Antonia De Vega made no mistake when winning 35 days ago at Newmarket, and that form has been given a solid boost since then with the second coming out and winning easily. She has a beautiful top-class pedigree, being a half-sister to none other than Al Wukair. She will need to up her game with Richard Hannon running three in the lineup but she has the making of a quality type.
There are quite a few runners in this lineup who are in much better form than Boundsy at present. However, there is no doubting that the selection is dangerously well handicapped. He has four wins to his name, and more importantly, one underneath today’s pilot who takes off another 5 lbs,
The 6f trip is a bit of a question but he has won over this distance at Hamilton so should get away with the short nature at Ripon.
Algometer is a bit of an old favourite of mine and it was great to see him put up another smart performance over in France. There were a few runners in that lineup on a recovery mission and some unexposed improvers, however he is a very solid type at this level and this Group 3 looks tailor-made.
Staxton is another horse who got his career back on track last time over course and distance with a little bit of ease in the ground. Understandably, connections tried to stretch him out over further in the early part of the season, however it is clear that he is a sprinter through and through.
A lot of interest will be with Buffer Zone and Jawwaal but that can only help our price. Staxton also has cheek-pieces on to squeeze out another bit of improvement.
It seems to me that Charles Molson’s excellent effort behind Burnt Sugar has gone completely unnoticed as he is a massive double-digit price around 20/1. He doesn’t look badly handicapped, and also has a talented young 3lbs claimer easing that burden again. The trip and track look tailor-made, so he is a massive each-way player.
Gunmetal started out for this team with two very solid victories, admittedly climbing in the ratings but has run well on the last two occasions in very competitive handicaps. There are a couple of pace runners drawn pretty close to where the selection is with Flying Pursuit the likely pacesetter in stall number 14. That rival should give us a perfect lead into the race down the stand side.
Sir Dancealot has won three of his last five starts and has possibly put up just about a career best performance underneath this pilot. He would have been an extremely unlucky loser at Goodwood but the head bob went his way.
Most of the focus here will be on Gustav Klimt with him trying to maintain his unbeaten record over the 7f trip but undoubtedly the team are not firing at present. Expect the selection to finish fast and late.
Odds Correct at time of posting.