This doesn’t look the strongest renewal and the way Hazapour travelled in last year’s Derby suggests he is capable of getting involved with the mile trip looking like being his best trip. He looks a fair price.
Richard Hannon doesn’t have too many debut two year old winners anymore but when he does, it is worth noting. Threat was visually impressive when winning on debut at Newmarket and the clock suggests he could be top class. He can enhance Hannon’s strong record in the race.
All eyes will be on Battaash and Blue Point but the American raider Imprimis could go under the radar. He is 7-9 but is a little unlucky not to be unbeaten and his Keeneland win last time, when running down last year’s Diamond Jubilee third Bound For Nowhere while conceding that horse two pounds, is top class form. He is a fair each way alternative to the top of the market.
If Phoenix Of Spain can replicate his Irish 2000 Guineas form he will be tough to beat but there was a bit of a pace bias at the Curragh that weekend and I think that Too Darn Hot might be able to reverse the form here.
Too Darn Hot had to get a flu jab only 5 days before that race and that is never an ideal prep and with John Gosden sounding pretty confident about his well-being, I think he can really start fulfilling his two year old promise.
There is rain forecast for Tuesday afternoon and any easing of the ground will really play to the strengths of Snow Falcon. He has Grade One form over jumps and a mark of 99 on the flat would look fair judged on the best of his jumps form. Colin Keane is a positive booking and he looks to have solid each way claims.
Latrobe is an Irish Derby winner dropping to a Listed Race here and while the 10 furlong trip may not be ideal (though he did finish a close second last November in a Group One in Australia over this trip), the likely strong pace will bring his stamina into play and he can get Joseph O’Brien off to a good start to the week.