Although he has quite a lot to find on official ratings, he doesn’t deserve to be a double-digit price in this nine runner line-up, After a good look through the contenders he is the lone speed on a front runners track. He may well get picked up by some of the top-rated runners late on but he has a sporting chance of winning and hitting the board at massive odds.
Looks to have found an excellent opportunity to get his head back in front again. Ran a cracker last time behind Lightning Spear and the slight drop in grade should see him regain the winning thread. Arod should set the race up nicely from the front and Beat The Bank can attack at the furlong marker.
Another big-priced runner who looks to be flying under the radar having only been with this excellent trainer for three starts. He is improving at a rapid rate. Stepping up in trip has been the key as he was only beaten by a head over a mile-and-a-half last time, and although he has gone up slightly in the handicap, the extra distance is right up his street.
She made a very pleasing debut at Newmarket, winning comfortably in quite a competitive field, especially considering how green she was in the early stages. The penny dropped late on and she knuckled down well, and she now looks sure to improve. If that wasn’t enough, she comes with a very good pedigree too, being a half-sister to Group 1 winner Al Wukair.
He’s always been highly regarded but on occasions has looked less than straightforward. However, he looks to have gotten his act together this season with an explosive victory at Ascot and a fair run from a bad position at Goodwood. He will be held up for a late run over this easy seven furlongs and his class can see him scoot clear late on.
Sent off as favourite last time at Ascot in the International Stakes, but could only finish back in eleventh spot after a very tardy start. Given that he gets away on terms this time from his middle position draw, he has the class to carry top-weight to victory in this handicap. Added to that, we get a change of jockey with Adam Kirby taking over, so we won’t be lacking in the saddle.
This has been the long-term aim for Blakeney Point for some time. He finished last season with a smooth success at Leicester and on three outings so far this season has run well without going up the handicap, and that is key here. Jamie Spencer takes the ride as Ryan Moore is over in America and, with blinkers added from his inside stall, expect the red-hot favourite Stratum to have plenty to think about.