A 6f dash for the cash is the feature race at Windsor tonight where unsurprisingly, The Tin Man heads the market. And it’s not hard to see why.
James Fanshawe’s seven-year-old has won this race twice (2016 & 2018) when making his seasonal debut, although swerving it in 2017 did help him land the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot later.
The problem this year is that he’s got an anchor weight of 9-12 to carry and must concede 7lbs to his main market rivals, Glorious Journey and Dream of Dreams, who bring plenty to the party themselves.
Charles Appleby’s Glorious Journey reverts to 6f for the first time since making a winning debut at Newmarket in June 2017. A win over 1m in a Group 3 at Deauville on good to soft ground looks the pick of his form in eight tries since that winning appearance, but whether the drop back to sprinting suits him will have to be taken on trust tonight.
Foxtrot Lady won four times last season and while a career-best is needed later – she does get 12lbs off the favourite and should improve plenty for her seasonal debut when finishing last to Dream of Dreams at Chelmsford last month.
Which conveniently enough brings us to our selection, Sir Michael Stoute’s DREAM OF DREAMS. An impressive win on the sand at Chelmsford in April was at least some compensation for having spent most of last season chasing home the most expensive backsides in the Group-level sprint division. He should appreciate the dip in class to Listed company here, even if The Tin Man finished well ahead of him when both were unplaced on Champions Day at Ascot last October
But that was off level weights, at the end of a long, hard, season for the then four-year-old. Tonight’s weight concession from the favourite and that confidence boosting win last month, can swing the balance in Ryan Moore’s favour later.
Selection: Dream of Dreams
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