Finished fourth on debut in the Group 3 Earl of Sefton Stakes over 9f on just his second start after a wind operation. He’s always going to have a massive following given his outstanding pedigree and finished close up in the 2018 2000 Guineas at HQ behind Saxon Warrior. A class act who can start to fulfil his potential this season.
Put up a career-best performance last time at Wetherby on good to soft ground, but he is versatile in regard to ground conditions. With all the condensed handicaps we have now, it’s good to see this one get an off a featherweight of 7-11 with Noel Garbutt’s 3lb claim.
He is well drawn just off the fence in stall 2 and will feel he is running loose under this low weight.
Roger Varian’s filly made up into a decent performer last season and it was slightly disappointing that she couldn’t collect at very short odds on her return at Nottingham. She’s not been rushed back and has had plenty of time to recuperate after that disappointment. She has an Ascot Gold Cup entry so connections must be sure that she is a strong stayer, with more than a touch of speed.
Went through the gears quite nicely as an improving sprinter last term but his reappearance at Chester was a shade disappointing where he finished seventh. However, he was drawn in the car park and never got into any sort of rhythm or challenging position behind Merhoob. He’s from a very good sprint academy and can get his four-year-old season back on track at a big each-way price in this cavalry charge on the Knavesmire.
Ireland’s first Classic of the season at the revamped Curragh and it looks a cracker with Ballydoyle’s Magna Grecia looks to double up on his Newmarket Guineas win. There was a lot of talk about his position on supposedly a favoured side at HQ, but for me he just looked a class at and would’ve won regardless of where he was drawn. Aidan O’Brien has said he will definitely improve as the season progresses so we can expect an explosive display against Too Darn Hot & Co.
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