It’s a massive step up for this lad but he looked very good when winning on his racecourse debut against some tidy, well-regarded types at Haydock. He got himself out of a pocket and finished the race very strongly. Immediately afterwards his trainer Karl Burke was talking about next year’s 2000 Guineas at Newmarket. Let’s see how he gets on in this assignment first.
Has always been a bit of an underachiever for his previous stable but did run particularly well first time up for the Ralph Beckett yard in the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster at the start of the season. He also has a very tidy record of 1-2-4-5 around this course in his four races here to date. Was always thought to be a Group performer so he can take this Class 2 handicap before stepping back up in grade.
The outsider of the Aidan O’Brien pair but this filly managed to beat the highly-rated Skitter Scatter in a Group contest in Ireland and that form looks even better now since Scitter Scatter went on to win the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes earlier this month.
It could be argued that So Perfect’s run in the Phoenix Stakes behind Advertise was an even better effort considering how keen she was in the early stages. She went down fighting by only half a length and although she has a few pounds to find on official ratings here – that is highly possible given her progressive profile.
The stablemate of the odds-on favourite Ten Sovereigns brings in some very solid form himself. While Ten Sovereigns is a worthy favourite and has produced some solid figures – the form looks average, even if visually, he has looked great. Sergei is an each-way price in this field of eight runners and this massive son of Scat Daddy can only improve towards the end of the season. He is probably only just starting to strengthen and fill his massive frame.
Michael Dods’ runner has put up some tremendous efforts in very tough handicaps so far this season and deserves to get another victory on the board. Remarkably his handicap mark has been left pretty much untouched despite him bumping into some well handicapped rivals. He was not disgraced when eighth behind A Momentofmadness in the Portland Handicap at Doncaster last time. A repeat of that should be good enough here.
Has always been a talking horse in Newmarket with a wonderful pedigree and the looks to match. He was expected to make up into a Derby contender in his three-year-old career – but that and the wedding tackle is long gone now. His sights have been lowered somewhat since. While the Cambridgeshire is always a very competitive handicap – he can make an absolute mockery of it off his rating of 99 here. And Paddy’s paying the first 7 home!
*Prices correct at time of publishing