Not the best of seasons for handler Charlie Hills, however he could just be about two unearth a potential superstar in Breath of Air. He stepped up dramatically from his Salisbury debut on his second start at Newbury and quickened away in the style of a really good prospect. He has a pedigree to back it up as well. The dam is a sister to Zafonic!
Patience is often the key and his super handler William Haggas seems to have it in spades. He reportedly fell apart physically after his exertions in the Epsom Derby and we saw him show up in tenacious fashion to win here over a shorter trip on his return from a lengthy spell on the sidelines. He swerved an engagement in France on Prix de l’Arc weekend and still looks to have a huge amount of potential to fulfill.
Looks to be going the right way now that he’s being campaigned over a more suitable distance of 7f. Finished 9th over 6f at York in one of those sales races that carries a huge pot and was arguably unlucky when second last time to Arctic Sound when caught in a pocket as the taps were turned on. Newbury’s beautiful, galloping track, is right up his alley.
I followed him closely this season and have seen his rating drop from 94 all the way to 83! He also has a talented, experienced 7lb rider in Robert Dodsworth on board meaning he runs off a feather-weight on Saturday. He’s drawn in stall eight so there’s a bit of speed around him which will suit his running style. He’s a massive double-digit price, looks a big each-way player and Paddy’s paying 5 places to boot.
He’s come along way since winning at Wolverhampton stepping up dramatically to win in ready fashion in the Acomb Stakes at York. I know he was put in his place last time over 7f behind Too Darn Hot at Doncaster – but it was still a very smart effort considering that one’s now the 2,000 Guineas favourite. I wasn’t taken with Magna Grecia or Turgenev at Newmarket even though they won. The value lies with the selection against the front two in the market.
*Prices correct at time of publishing on Friday.