As we saw last time when winning in impressive fashion, Julei Camacho’s runner is blessed with a remarkable change of gear late on in his races. He loves the quick, underfoot conditions and given a fast pace to run at, he could produce that fantastic turn of foot.
He’s not been over-raced despite being an eight-year-old and has a perfect draw in the centre of the field to get the required cover in the early stages. Judicial looks a leading player.
This lightly-raced four-year-old is closing in on a triple-digit rating, but I’m hoping they’ve not pigeonholing him as a front runner. There seems to be a huge amount of natural front runners in this contest. Vitralite was arguably unlucky in a red-hot handicap at Newmarket when he was knocked sideways in the early stages of that race, but was still bang on the premises with half a furlong to run.
He is still improving and can get involved at the finish again.
Charlie Appleby’s charge sets a fair standard for the others to reach in this 10f Group 2. He went back- to-back in impressive fashion and only found Barney Roy too good at Group 1 level last time. Quite a few of the other runners are looking to get back on track, but Magic Lily comes here at the top of her game. She should be ready to roll, having wintered in Dubai.
Charlie Fellowes’ runner put up arguably his best performance over this course and distance when chasing home Withhold in the Northumberland Plate before. The winner was gifted the easiest time on the front end and that may not happen on Saturday with a few other likely pace-setters in the lineup.
We need a good gallop to aim at as Prince of Arran is a hold-up performer who will be produced late. The team are in good order with a winner this season already.
John Gosden’s runner produced a fantastic clock-splitting performance in the final two furlongs at Wolverhampton on his racecourse debut. He comes from a fantastic pedigree line and at this moment he’s in the ‘could be anything’ bracket. The Newmarket dogs have been barking how well Waldkonig has been working ahead of Saturday’s reappearance and only has to make the little journey down the road.
Frankie Dettori is in the saddle so let’s hope for something spectacular from this impeccably bred colt.
It could be a fantastic 20 minutes for the John Gosden team as they are also represented with another unbeaten runner in this Newcastle handicap over a mile. Palace Pier hasn’t been extended so far to win on both occasions up the hill at Sandown over 7f and the step up in trip should hopefully be within his compass. I would imagine it will be a leap straight into Group company after this contest.
The first Classic of the season, the 2,000 Guineas. We all want to see a champion and possibly the short-price favourite Pinatubo will be that, but he is no value at the current prices so we’ll look for a couple to fill the frame at least.
Kinross was only having his second start when going off a red-hot favourite at Newcastle in a Group 1 but the ones that finished in front of him had so much more experience and were battle-hardened.
Everybody keeps talking about him being too keen, but I honestly didn’t think he was too bad throughout that contest. He is much better than we have seen so far.
Mums Tipple put up that spectacular performance at York that literally took everybody’s breath away, but was unable to reproduce that form afterwards. He did pull up slightly lame in front on his final start, so we can put a line through that run. He must’ve worked particularly well or at least better than stablemate Threat who has been re-routed to Royal Ascot. He’s just too big at the prices to ignore.
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