This doesn’t look a strong renewal and we think the favourite Natalies Joy will take a lot of beating here, she has really shortened up however and the value now looks to lie elsewhere each way. Of the others San Donato could be interesting, he’s still a maiden. Although he was second to a very good horse on debut and could step forward a lot from that. He’s available at 9/1 and looks to be a great each-way gamble.
Crystal Ocean could well be the banker of the week and even at a short price he’s well worth backing. Both Barsanti and Idaho offer decent opposition, but they don’t have anywhere near the potential of Crystal Ocean, who could prove to be a big King George/Arc contender should he win this like we expect.
We quite like Junius Brutus who looks a decent each-way punt at 10/1. He’s been very impressive in two starts in France and was recently purchased for £200,000, so a big run is likely expected. Moonlight Romance was second to yesterday’s Norfolk winner Shang Shang Shang on her debut before stepping up on that to win next time in America and she looks to hold a big chance of giving Wesley Ward his second winner of the week.
This looks wide open. While it’s fair to say Harry Angel has the most ability in this field, he has failed to win in three starts here and this race may not set up perfectly for him. Both Merchant Navy and Redkirk Warrior are hard to split, so we believe the value currently lies elsewhere. The Tin Man has an excellent record here having won this last year and looks a solid bet at 7/1, while at a bigger price Projection could surprise a few at 22/1. He was a very unlucky second to the Kings Stand winner Blue Point towards the end of last year and looks likely to take a big step forward, with the race promising to set up nicely for him.
We have an unusually short favourite for the Wokingham this year in the unbeaten Dreamfield, though he is one we’re very keen on. He hammered an excellent field on his reappearance after a lay off and is bred to be top class. There’s not a lot in this that could have anywhere near the same amount in hand, so he looks a very good bet at 11/4. Giving the extra places on offer, if you’re looking for each-way gambles we’ve take a fancy to Tis Marvellous at 16/1 and Spring Loaded at 18/1 with both looking primed for big runs.
Thomas Hobson looks well clear of these, he was the runner up in this last year and has had a much better prep this year, while he’s also improved a lot since that run. The vibes seem incredibly strong and the opposition seems very weak, with only Count Octave having the potential to improve enough to trouble him. Elsewhere, Light Pillar feels like value at 12/1. He looks certain to stay and could well improve for the Joseph and Donnacha O’Brien team.