Experience should count for a lot in this contest so the one-raced Lipizzaner has a big advantage on his second start. Although he is drawn out towards the middle of the course here he showed more than enough on debut to go one place better next time out. He is currently 8/1 with us to win the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday week so it will be interesting to see if that price moves much after he performs later.
Was once rated as high as 96 when trained by Joh Hayden and makes his stable debut for Joseph O’Brien having been picked up for 12,000 guineas at the sales. He’s dropped all the way down to a mark of 72 and with very good apprentice Shane Crosse claiming another 3lbs off his back, he should take all the beating in what looks a below standard handicap for the grade.
Career best run came on his final start of last season when finishing third in the Champions Sprint at Ascot on Champions Day at a huge price. Although that run was on heavy ground, he has winning form last year on good to firm ground, so seems versatile with regards to the going. His main danger and early favourite for the race is Sceptical but he has to prove he is as effective on turf as he is on the all weather.
Forever In Dreams looks a more solid choice.
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