MIGHTY GURKHA could be the way to go given that Archie Watson usually hits the ground running with his two-year-olds. Our confidence will be increased further if the market speaks in his favour. The Richard Fahey-trained Patsy Fagan is another from a stable well known for juvenile success and rates a likely threat.
IGOTATEXT, who is from the family of the very smart sprinter Kingsgate Native, is another representative of Archie Watson – a trainer whose strike rate with juveniles over the past few years has been exceptional. He can make a winning debut at the expense of Richard Fahey’s newcomer Brutal Lion.
CORVAIR has been most progressive on the all-weather and completed a hat-trick over six furlongs here when last seen in March. While a wide draw is a possible negative, Simon Crisford’s colt is taken to go in again, going back up a furlong in trip in what is a cracking three-year-old handicap.
MISS YODA, one of three in this Oaks trial for John Gosden, was second in the Zetland Stakes at Newmarket last autumn and that gives her the best form on offer here. She is taken to prove too strong for some potential improvers headed by her stablemate Lake Lucerne. The step up in trip seems sure to suit this daughter of Sea The Stars.
ENGLISH KING looked one to keep firmly onside when accounting for a next-time-out winner under hands and heels at Newcastle late last year, That’s why this Derby entry gets the nod to take the step up to Listed level in his stride. Berkshire Rocco and King Carney may well pose the chief threats now their stamina is drawn out further.
IMPERIUM made a positive start to life in handicaps last autumn for Roger Charlton, making a winning debut at Kempton before shaping better than the bare result when runner-up here over two miles. He is taken to resume winning ways back over this shorter trip.
FARES POET is becoming well handicapped so is given another chance after disappointing here on his most recent start in February. A first success for Marco Botti’s charge looks overdue as he was runner-up three times on the all-weather off higher marks last season.
ROYAL DYNASTY won twice here during the winter and took her record to three wins from four starts for trainer Mohamed Moubarak when showing battling qualities in her latest success at Chelmsford in March. She’s taken to progress again, with Tom Marquand keeping the ride.
JOVIAL makes plenty of appeal on paper and looked a useful filly in the making when landing two of her three starts as a juvenile at Yarmouth and Newcastle. Sir Michael Stoute’s yard has made an excellent start to the campaign in recent days, and she earns the vote with further progress likely.
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