Like so many good juveniles, Abel Handy spent his three-year-old career mostly in the wilderness.
However it has not been long for him to find his stride this season as a four-year-old – an excellent return at headquarters was followed with a smooth success in Scotland lumping 9st 10.
He’s back in better company here but with less weight he is a major player.
Nyaleti is bound to give the red hot favourite Lah Ti Dar plenty to think about on her return to the racecourse.
It will be easy to sit here and put up the odds on shot.
The selection ran an absolute cracker at Newmarket on May 5th when getting lost in the dip. This galloping track will play to her strengths and she will find out if the Jolley has any weaknesses.
All of the Derby trials have been a formality for the O’Brien team and now he sends over Japan to lower the colours of Too Darn Hot.
It’s nearly a given that Japan wants this trip and is further judged on his two-year-old form. However, the same cannot be said for Too Darn Hot.
I’ve already helped myself to Paddy’s generous Derby odds and they are going to be slashed again should Japan zip in.
Ledham has bumped into some pretty decent types in his limited career so far.
A typical late-maturing type. he’s going to get better with time given his size and scope. Ryan Moore takes over in the saddle and that can be the deciding factor from an ideal store position in 12.
Not knocked about when the winner had flown last time under heavy conditions, he will be suited by the faster turf this afternoon.
Odds correct at time of posting.