A very smart two-year-old who was only seen once in his three-year-old season. His return as a four-year-old was a smart effort in top-class company on the all-weather at Lingfield. Given natural progression and also a second wind operation, he rates an each-way player in the opener at Donny.
Has not put a foot wrong since been switched to the Willie Jarvis stable and is thriving at present. Raised 5lbs for an easy victory at Kempton when last seen and that spin should’ve put him spot on for this assignment. He’s already a winner on turf with a slight ease in the ground and the champion jockey Silvestre De Sousa is up.
It would be very easy to put up the favourite Auxerre who by all reports is a Group horse floating around in handicap company. However, something has got to finish in the each-way money! At a massive price, my selection has run at Doncaster a couple of times and acquitted himself very well on his last run when staying on behind a tidy type over 7f on the all-weather behind Breathless Times. On only his second over 1m he looks a big player at 25/1 where Paddy’s paying the first 6 places!
Hugo Palmer’s runner has a 100 per cent five from five record on the all-weather and has managed to win over a variety of trips. He was successful last time on return over 1m 4f at Wolverhampton, which probably stretched him. It was only class that got him through and back down in distance now to 1m 2f should suit him perfectly. Given a strong pace to run at – we can see another improved display from this classy colt.
George Scott’s runner is still slightly unexposed over this 6f trip and his last try came in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot, where he was arguably a little bit unlucky in a top-class field. He’s not badly drawn in stall seven, to get a toe into the race. The ‘sniper’ Luke Morris is in the saddle and we have a hungry young trainer bidding to make his mark.
The American runner looks overpriced to me at around the 12/1 mark in a race where they are bound to go a million miles an hour on the front-end, The track has been favouring speed and with that amount of money on the table, it’s going to be a real scrap in the early stages between the jockeys to get a decent position. Very few horses in America face the kick-back but this lad is an exception to the rule. He will be dropped in and played late. Expect him to fly down the lane in the big one.
*Prices correct at time of publishing