He’s out of a Barathea mare so looks like he will love the ground. A low weight under tough conditions and stepping up in trip looks ideal for him to hopefully get us off to a flyer.
Has to carry the 5lb penalty for his Group 2 victory and giving weight to a superstar like Enable is not easy. However, she is returning after 342 days away from the racecourse. Crystal Ocean finished second in the King George to Poet’s Word last time but did set the race up for his stablemate. He still has more to offer and crucially, is match fit! It makes for a fascinating contest.
We know that he stays further than the 1m he contests today, but this is going to be a real slog and a stamina test. Look back through his form though and these conditions could well bring about a pinch of improvement which is all that is required in this contest. Regal Reality will be very short and might just not have the experience to handle these very tough conditions on only his fourth lifetime start. If we are going to sink him today could be the day.
One of two runners for the stable and likely to be overlooked in the market. He has gone close in nearly all of his starts so far this season in very competitive handicaps without quite getting the rub of the green. He is positioned in the middle of the track which gives jockey David Egan options as to which pace runners to follow and our rider is red-hot at the moment.
Was rated as high as 106 in his pomp when trained by Aidan O’Brien and admittedly we are not expecting him to get back to those heights. However, he looks absolutely thrown in off a mark of 75. Given his profile around this track he is likely to hit the board at a big price and rates a solid each way selection in this lineup.
Came across from France to this stable and it didn’t take Ian Williams very long to find his ideal conditions. He bolted up at Doncaster with some juice in the ground at the backend of last year. This season he has not seen much racing and also has not had his favoured conditions. However, he has slipped to a realistic mark, gets a trip track and ground conditions that will suit and we have the French ace Gerald Mosse in the saddle.
This colt was always going to have a massive following being by the superstar Frankel out of that wonder mare, Midday. He’s not done much wrong so far winning two of his three starts at Windsor and Newcastle. Yes it’s a step up in company, but with his pedigree this rating should be nowhere near his ceiling.
If this sprinter gets it right at the start – they will not see which way he goes. Of course, given what happened at Ascot that is now factored into the price. He should be a strong odds-on shot yet he is odds against. The rumours are that he has a new blanket for entering the stalls. If it works we should all be lining up at Paddy’s pay-out window!