Put up a smart performance to win on racecourse debut at Newbury in a decent contest and upped his game dramatically with a respectable third place to the Champion Juvenile at Ascot. I’ve seen him close up in the flesh and he is like two boards slapped together so the fact that his trainer has given him a little bit of time to strengthen can only be a positive.
Put up a very solid performance last time over 7 furlongs under similar testing conditions, he’s a bit of an unknown stepping up to the mile but the way he hit the line last time it shouldn’t be a problem. He is fairly lightly raced so should have a bit of an upside and with Victory Command and Club Wexford likely to make it a strong test he can be held up and produced late.
The fact that the multiple French champion trainer decides to send her over to take on raffle prize speaks volumes for the high regard this filly is held in. She’s bringing in a very taking profile having not been fully extended to rack up the three-timer, it’s a jump in grade today however on ratings she’s going to give the red hot favourite plenty to think about.
I still can’t get that dramatic performance out of my mind at York and he comes here looking to back that up in top-class company. If he wins as expected he certainly won’t be a double-digit price for next seasons 2000 Guineas, with the unbeaten Earthlight and Siskin in the lineup it’s an absolute cracker. Lope Y Fernandez might nick a slice of the pie at an each-way price as well!!!!
Makanah was my selection for the Portland Handicap at Doncaster but the rain hadn’t arrived in time for him and he hung badly to his left having held every opportunity at the two-pole. These conditions will suit him better, we have a decent sprint jockey on our side in Jason Hart and he is drawn in the middle of the pack with a pace runner drawn either side of him in Stake Acclaim and Hyperfocus. It’s all in place for the bounce back.
Korcho has gone up through the grades in his three-year-old season quite smoothly and has the added advantage of strong mile and a quarter form. He was rushed up to take a handy position at Goodwood last time and did remarkably well to hang on in there for as long as he did. He’s back to 9 furlongs and that looks perfect in a strongly run race. He’s a half brother to a former Cambridgeshire winner in Credit Swap and 50/1 each-way looks too big for me with the added incentive of Paddy paying seven places here.
Newmarket 13:50 – Highland Chief @ 6/4
Newmarket 14:25 – Tropbeau @ 4/1
Newmarket 15:00 – Mum’s Tipple @ 5/2
Newmarket 15:40 – Korcho @ 50/1
Haydock 14:05 – Dubai Dominion @ 9/2
Haydock 15:15 – Makanah @ 9/1
*All prices correct at time of posting