Almashriq was an expensive purchase at $1.2 million and has pleasingly been going through the grades over a trip which looks short of his best. A win and a good effort over an inadequate 7 furlongs was followed by an excellent effort over the mile staying on late. Given his pedigree and profile he is likely to improve again and, off a featherweight in our opener, he looks good.
Final Song looked electric on her racecourse debut spreadeagling the field by a long-looking five lengths. It arguably was a step up when second to Raffle Prize in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot. She hit a flat spot and stayed on late suggesting that with that experience under her belt she may well be able to turn the tables and rates as the value option at around 9/2.
I’m all for latching onto a stable that is in red-hot form and Durston seems to have been winning when the Simcock outfit were not particularly hot. Given that he has gone on a run with wins off 79-82 and now 88 he still looks way in front of the handicapper, The yard are about to burst into form and all of their runners are worthy of a second look at this moment.
Caliburn has wasted no time in two runs for this team putting up very much improved displays on the track. He ran a cracker for the yard at York behind a very good type and then won very easily at Pontefract, which is one of the stiffest tracks in the country. He’s going to go off at rewarding odds of about 13/2 because Dettori will be over-bet on the favourite Ben Vrackie.
He’s coming in with a perfect record of three from three, but Archers Dream was lucky to hold on for a dead-heat last time as inexperience nearly caught her out. Also, the stamina-sapping six furlongs on soft ground at Salusbury fully-stretched her to the limit. Back over a slicker six furlongs at York on a perfect bowling-green surface, she can maintain that perfect record.
Veracious has been a work in progress so far for the master trainer Sir Michael Stoute and is getting slightly better with each outing to date. Oisin Murphy’s on board and has been in sparkling form recently, but surely this is one that got away at the Royal meeting. Sharply away from the gates, he was unable to get any cover for the whole contest and ran herself into the ground with the choke out. Hopefully, she’s given a hold at ride this time and our rider will be able to unleash her potent turn of foot.
*All odds correct at time of posting