John Gosden’s filly returned to action at Sandown just 13 days ago and looked fatter than I do after Christmas! Remarkably, she managed to be stay close up to the pace until she could not carry that belly anymore. Despite that, she was only beaten three and a half lengths behind Veracious and comes in here second top-rated on official figures. Given natural improvement, she is going to take a world of beating in Friday’s opener.
He had plenty of these behind him when winning at the Goodwood Festival, running all over the opposition down to the furlong marker before readily going away to win for a second time in three starts. It’s no surprise to see him sit close to the top of the market, but he looks a very strong contender.
Dodged Haydock at the weekend because of the heavy conditions and that can pay off now. The form of his second place last time to Maid Up has been given a massive boost with the winner a single figure price for the final classic of the season, Saturday’s St Leger. He could prove that his rating at the moment is nowhere near his ceiling. Dettori’s on top which is always a bonus.
His trainer David Simcock has always felt he is better with some ease in the ground, however it may just be that he needs an extreme distance to be seen at his best. Stepping up to 2m 1f in distance on Friday will see this beautiful grey in a much better light. He s tough, game and consistent and I fully expect him to make up into a serious ‘Cup’ horse for next season.