Richard Hannon’s two-year-old has made steady progress all year and doesn’t looked to have leveled off with another excellent effort last time at Doncaster. He ran a cracker when second to Soldiers Call who made all to win. That form was rubber-stamped with the winner running an absolute blinder to get placed in the Prix de L’Abbaye at Longchamp last Sunday. Well Done Fox is a straightforward, tough individual.
She is a full sister to Winter and attracted plenty of support on her racecourse debut at Fundalk. Admittedly this is a big step up but she has the profile of a massive improver and already ran to a rating in the middle 80’s on her sole start. Hidden Message, the likely favourite, has to come with a slight health warning as she is very excitable. They need to keep a lid on her to stop her ruining her chances of winning.
Roger Varian’s charge did us a favour at a big each-way price last time at headquarters in the Cambridgeshire. The way he travelled that should mean a drop down of a furlong will not be a problem. His rating has been left alone at 99 and he could still have a few bullets left to fire.
Henry Candy’s runner is the class act in here by someway. Returns off the back of two confidence boosting Listed successes and travelled dominantly when winning this contest last year. The only worry is the lack of a strong gallop. Frankie Dettori could be dangerous on the front-end aboard Salateen.
However, class should tell late on with Limato.
If Michael Bell’s filly settles going up in distance, she looks very, very hard to oppose in this line-up. She was given too much to do last time where she was the only runner making any inroads late on to try and catch Fairyland, when favourite for the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes a fortnight ago. Daniel Tudhope replaces the champion Silvester De Sousa who will have to watch this from the weighing room at York. Painful!
Has taken a little while for the penny to drop for this 80,000 guineas purchase and you can see why. He has a wonderful pedigree by Sea the Stars and just seems to do enough in his races. The good news is his handicap rating has not risen too much. He was still coltish in the prelims before winning last time. This suggests we are only just scratching the surface ability wise with Amanda Perrett’s runner.
Put up a tremendous performance two starts back at Goodwood beating a real good yardstick in Corgi. He was unable to back that performance up at Haydock in very heavy conditions, but back on this quicker surface with the old Wexford strawberry Jimmy Quinn on board, he can put up a bold show at an each-way price.