It didn’t happen for him in the stallion shed, but he has made no mistake since returning to the racetrack. Richard Hannon’s runner was rusty on his return, which had to be expected, but made no mistake with an easy victory over in France last time. He swerved when hitting the front, suggesting that there is plenty more in the locker. He rates the surprise package in the opener.
The front two pulled a mile clear when he was second on his racecourse debut to Sunday Sovereign, when not knocked around and given a beautiful education. He obviously benefited from that as it was a bloodless success on his second try. A slight ease in the ground should be no problem as he seems versatile ground wise. He’s going to light up the two-year-old division.
Michael Dods’ runner put up a spectacular sprinting performance when returning at Newmarket, carrying the penalty against good opposition. You have to forgive her last run as the winner, Battaash, got his perfect conditions on rocket-fast ground over 5f and the race was over before she got into gear.
A slight ease in conditions on a stiffer track she can close in fast and late.
Has three lengths to turn around from his Irish 2,000 Guineas run behind Phoenix of Spain. He was caught out wide and raced keenly for the first three furlongs, while the winner had a soft time on the front-end. With the selection drawn close to the inside, it sets up perfectly for him to be ridden for a change of gear with Frankie Dettori waiting to pounce. I see another Mark of Esteem performance from back in the day coming up!
A smart performer on the Flat when he was trained in England and has raised his game since going jumping for the Gordon Elliott team. He sits perched on a jumps rating of 154 and if you subtract the 45lbs as a rule of thumb for conversion purposes – he looks thrown in off a rating of 96 on Tuesday. Do the math!
William Haggas’ runner rapidly went through the gears in handicap company and has found things slightly tougher in Group races, A look back at his Chester performance would suggest that these softer conditions will be absolutely ideal. He sits perfectly with no penalty to carry under these race conditions. A red-hot jockey in Daniel Tudhope and a red-hot trainer too. What’s not to like?
*Prices correct at time of publishing on Sunday