A very smart juvenile who was keeping top company. He then went missing for his three-year-old season and has only had two starts this year. Starts out for new trainer Robert Cowell and this operation do incredibly well freshening up horses from other stables. He can be expected to show up well in the opener on the Sandown card.
Comes here off the back of a massive run at Goodwood where he helped to force a very strong pace when beaten by Group performer Flaming Spear who won after being help up off the pace. There is lots of pace here again, so he doesn’t have to make the running. Perfectly drawn in stall two with the ‘Chester King’ Franny Norton on board.
He was gelded over the winter and it seemed to focus his mind as he was a cosy winner on his return over a mile at Ascot. He has run well the last two times off his revised rating looking as if a step up in distance was going to suit. His last effort was also on very quick ground and the slightly softer conditions on Saturday are right up his street.
It’s going to be tough for a three-year-old filly against some of the more-hardened sprinters but she is building a very impressive profile. She has excellent form over the 5f trip at this course and the race is loaded with early pace which will only help her hold up style of racing. Expect her to be played fast and late and she is the improver in the line-up.
Looks to be the main contender against a red-hot favourite Veracious. There is nothing between them on official ratings yet – but the prices don’t reflect that at all! We have not seen John Gosden’s runner since bolting up by five lengths at Epsom. She looked destined for the top table but has obviously had her problems since. However, they’ve kept her racing as a five-year-old rather than sending her to the paddocks for breeding purposes, so she must be showing the right signs.
Andrew Balding’s runner is top-rated by some way in this 1m 6f Listed contest. His form recently is of a very high standard having chased home Best Solution and Mirage Dancer at Newmarket last time. There’s a couple in here open to improvement but they’ll have to step up to the mark. It’s Duretto’s race to lose.
The mount of Frankie Dettori (above) made a massive impression on his racecourse debut, bolting up by a wide margin. He has a wonderful pedigree and is with the right handler to go to the very top. He’s going to be pretty tight in the market but does look the cornerstone for any accumulator.