To say he’s a good hurdler is an understatement, rated 160 in that division and finds himself running back on the flat off just 82. The rule of thumb is take off 45lbs from the jumps rating and you won’t be far wrong. Even by my bad maths that makes him over 30lbs well in and he’s going to be hard to beat in the opener at Goodwood.
He seems to be getting better with his racing and on five starts so far this season, he has yet to finish out of the first three. Drill is off the back of a very easy two and quarter length victory over this distance at Newmarket, which seems to have brought about his improvement. He can continue up the ladder here for his shrewd handler Luca Cumani.
Street Parade wasn’t cheap at £100,000, but it is starting to look like money well spent after two easy victories. Looking closer to his eight length win at Chepstow you could say the race was weak. However, he managed to stop the clock in under a minute for the five furlongs and he did so carrying 9 stone 9 Lbs! Yes, he’s up in grade, but he’s an each way price to boot and is coming in under the radar as well. What’s not to like?
Gustav Klimt has done very little wrong so far this campaign running in both the English and Irish 2000 Guineas, then chasing home Without Parole in the St James Palace at Royal Ascot and a had good run last time in France. He got to within half a length of the 6/4 favourite and is just too big a price to overlook at 6/1. He’s not ground dependent and the fast nature of the track should suit his style of racing.
* All odds correct at time of posting.