Is dropping in grade and switching to this track for the first time, away from the track for six months will not be a problem as his workout in the morning here have been more than satisfactory, if there is a B after the horses name it means they have been working strongly without the jockey moving a muscle and his last five or six have all come in that bracket. He’s ready off a break.
On the morning line prices at 8/1 the selection rates a solid each-way punt. Horse six, National Honour, beat him and neck last time and is vying for favouritism with the Derby Champagne, who takes a suspicious drop in grade. There should be loads of pace on from horses drawn wide and our five-year-old can get the perfect stalking position from the inside over the tough two-turn mile start.
We could hold a significant advantage here with having already had two racecourse experiences last season, dropping in grade is obviously a positive and our rider at the moment is flying. It’s basically the two big trainers going head-to-head. Chad Brown, who trains the selection, and Todd Pletcher, who has the market rival Colonel Liam, but he hasn’t had any racecourse experience.
Makes only his second racecourse appearance after going off at a pretty big price on his debut over the exact same course and distance. He was posted out in the car park last time install position number nine and tonight we’ve been gifted the inside birth next to the paint, there has been a lot of talk regarding medication for horses recently and he does get the anti-bleeder Lasix for this assignment, he can step up and give the favourite Danceronthebeach plenty to think about.
This race is restricted to horses that have not as yet won three races lifetime Small Hope has had 13 life-time starts and on eight occasions has managed to fill the first three spots so is incredibly consistent, with a pinch of luck this evening he can gain that elusive third victory as on numerous occasions he’s had a troubled passage or got into a bumping and barging match. He stays this distance strongly and let’s hope he gets a decent pace to help his style of racing.