Stayed particularly well when winning at Newbury last time over a mile, with a big, high-galloping knee action suggesting that a further step up in distance will help. He won’t mind a little bit of ease in the ground either and with three or four proven pace runners in the line-up, this test of stamina will suit the selection perfectly.
Tim Easterby’s runner has looked something out of the ordinary in his two races to date with a thoroughly professional and dominant display at Ripon last time. They don’t often win first time up for this outfit and when they do they are normally very decent. Sylvester De Sousa gets the leg up to the first time too – so he’ll be pleased.
Admittedly he will have to step up from what he showed when winning at the Galway Festival, but he looks a real nice type for the future. He was raw and babyish last time, so can only improve. Roger Varian’s Molatham beat Persia’s stablemate Wichita last time, so the team have got a line on the form.
John Gosden’s runner has built himself a decent profile and reacted very positively to headgear. I know Robert Havlin would probably have to ride him anyway as it’s for his boss John Gosden, but the fact he is getting down to ride at 8 st 6lb is a big pointer to his chances.
Unlike me, Havlin will be going nowhere near the fridge!
We all like to see a champion and this lad brings in a 100 per cent record – winning his last five from five. With an official rating of 128, it will take a herculean effort for something to knock him off his perch.
Ran a cracking race just a week ago over the minimum 5f trip and the time before behind a red-hot Dakota Gold. Steps back up to 6f and it’s a positive that Theodore Ladd takes off a valuable 5 lb. This is an important opportunity for the young claimer – and from what I’ve seen he’s more than capable.
You’ve got to go back 10 years to Darley Sun to find the last three-year-old to win the Cesarewitch. But the selection has a perfect profile and a real winning-attitude, so won’t be intimidated by the hustle and bustle of a big-field handicap like this.
James Doyle is bidding to maintain his 100 per cent record when getting the leg up for Mark Johnston and at double-digit odds he rates and each way player with Paddy paying a massive 6 places in this monster betting heat.
*Prices correct at time of publishing