It’s not very often that David Egan gets it wrong, however things went badly against him when Mountain Angel ran last time at Sandown.
Shut in at a vital stage as the winner flew by down the outside, he was momentarily stuck for room. When he didn’t get it he fairly flew and was arguably an unlucky loser. It won’t be easy in here as Stylehunter looks progressive, but the selection was not raised for his unlucky run in the handicap.
All of Salt Whistle Bay’s winning form has come under soft conditions, and it’s going to be a very severe test at this meeting.
You can put a line through his last two efforts – they were both under quick conditions and he doesn’t look badly treated on all known form.
Added to that he’s a massive double-digit price and rates a solid each-way shout.
Young Rascal looked set for stardom in the early part of the season with two victories, notably a solid derby trial at Chester.
He never turned up for whatever reason in the Derby itself at Epsom, however he has been given plenty of time by his excellent handler to regroup and this looks an ideal starting point in Group 3 company.
Snazzy Jazzy had a fantastic time as a 2-year-old last season and things just haven’t gone to plan this time around so far.
However he looks to get his ideal conditions as he is a proven mudlark, which he showed when winning in Ireland last year.
The yard has been under a bit of a cloud recently but is starting to pick up winners up and down the country. Track, trip and ground will all suit.
True Mason is likely to be overlooked in the market as he doesn’t represent a fashionable stable, but they could not be any hotter after a Group 1 double in Ireland.
This lad has mixed it with the best, bumping into some very top-class fillies last time in France and this represents a drop in grade.
With an official rating of 107, he comes out second top-rated but that may well be below his ceiling.
Queen of Bermuda has been in with some real speed demons so far, and has acquitted herself very well indeed, going close up in the Molecomb at Goodwood and then winning in France prior to being second to Soldiers Call at Doncaster on the rain-softened ground.
These conditions will be her toughest so far but the step up in trip looks ideal and there is a strong case to suggest she will love the mud.
Judicial had been on a real winning streak at Beverly and Sandown prior to running a shocker at York. Surely we can forgive him one bad day at the races, as prior to that he had looked destined for top sprinting honours.
Given his lightly raced profile from a very patient handler, we can expect him to have a little left in the locker and he can put some more seasoned sprinters in the shade.
Staxton is a massive each-way price in a wide open sprint with a favourite that has been punted off the boards due to his second in a below-par Group 1 just a week ago, and is 10lbs well in.
Staxton has a middle draw and has always looked just a touch shy of pace over 6 furlongs, which is why they tried to start him off over further in the early part of the campaign.
With lots of pace around him he can be smothered up in the early stages and pounds late for the three-year-old brigade.