Punkawallah’s return run was too bad to be true, especially considering he was punted off the boards. The fact he returns just 26 days later suggests they have found the problem and can get some cash back tonight.
Vintage Brut popped up at big odds and won in decisive fashion at Thirsk by seven lengths a few weeks back. It’s not very often that this team bring them down south so he must be high up the pecking order. He has the perfect draw to get a rails run here.
Bidding to maintain his perfect record, Without Parole looks good for the hat trick here. He was a possible runner for the 2000 Guineas but connections have taken the patient approach, the 2nd behind him has bolted up at Newmarket since giving the form a good boost.
Red Verdon nearly pulled off the upset at HQ when catching Defoe cold at the 3f marker. He has always been highly regarded and given a pace to run at he can hopefully use his potent turn of foot late on and out speed the field here. He’s also a cracking each way price with the dead eight going to post.
Poets Word brings in top class form at the highest level from Dubai behind Hawkbill. He’s a typical late maturing type from one of the most patient handlers in the world, top rated and with track and trip to suit, he looks a banker.
Mountain Angel bolted up at Ascot and has taken a steep rise in the weights, however, he looks as if the rise to Class 3 won’t be a problem. A mark of 92 may not be his ceiling.