TSAR looked a good prospect in a pair of two-year-old starts, finishing fourth on his debut in a red-hot maiden at Newmarket last July and not needing to improve on that form to get off the mark at Newcastle three months later. He appeals as the type to progress further as he gains in experience, typical of John Gosden’s patient approach, and this looks a good opportunity for him to get another win under his belt before testing the waters in better company.
FORTUNE AND GLORY resumed winning ways in determined fashion at Lingfield last week, digging deep under a strong ride from Oisin Murphy to land the spoils by half a length. He is only 3 lb higher here and looks sure to give another good account over the same C&D as when recording his last win on turf.
SINGING SHERIFF was in good heart on the all-weather earlier this year, filling the runner-up spot on both his starts after winning at Wolverhampton in January. Officially rated 17 lb lower on turf, there isn’t quite the same disparity in his ratings with Timeform, which suggests he could be well-in here if picking up where he left off when racing was suspended.
IT’S GOOD TO LAUGH shaped better than the bare result when second on his handicap debut at Newmarket in November, likely to have finished closer than he did (beaten two lengths) if he hadn’t been badly hampered by the winner close home. That rival, Global Storm, gave the form a boost when following up on his most recent start, and It’s Good To Laugh has shown enough in his own right to suggest that a 4 lb higher mark is workable if fully wound up after seven months on the sidelines (during which time he has been gelded).
MISS CELESTIAL is a solid operator at this level (placed on several occasions last season) and looks to hold sound claims here of belatedly making the breakthrough. She is entitled to strip fitter for her reappearance at Haydock last week, when beaten just a length and a quarter behind the smart Liberty Beach, and the reapplication of the cheekpieces she usually wears could just give her the edge she needs to get her head back in front.
CABALETTA is very much bred more for stamina than speed, which makes it even more encouraging that she was able to make a winning debut as a juvenile at Yarmouth in October. The filly who chased her home that day, Frankly Darling, is now as short as 8/1 for the Oaks after going one better on her recent return at Newcastle, and that Epsom classic could also feature on the agenda for Cabaletta if all goes to plan in this listed heat, in which the step up to a mile and a quarter seems sure to bring about further improvement.
KING OF COMEDY showed very smart form on a couple of occasions as a three-year-old, notably going down by just a neck behind Circus Maximus in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. Admittedly, he went off the boil somewhat in the second half of last season, when also showing signs of temperament, but there is no doubt he is the class act in this field if putting his best foot forward, especially in receipt of 3 lb from chief market rival Zaaki.
NASRAAWY cost $725,000 as a yearling and he certainly has plenty to recommend him on pedigree, being by Kitten’s Joy (sire of Roaring Lion and Kameko amongst others) and a full brother to a couple of talented performers in the US. Trainer John Gosden is in form and well capable of readying a newcomer, so Nasraawy is fancied to start making up for lost time by putting some fair rivals to the sword on debut.
SNOW OCEAN just about makes most appeal in a competitive finale. He showed much-improved form on the all-weather during the winter, recording back-to-back wins before the end of 2019, and there were valid excuses when he finished well held on his final start at Wolverhampton in January (failed to stay the markedly longer trip). The balance of his form suggests there is still some mileage in a BHA mark of 79, so everything looks set fair for a big run on his return to turf.
- 12:15 – Tsar
- 12:45 – Fortune and Glory
- 13:15 – Singing Sheriff
- 13:50 – It’s Good to Laugh
- 14:25 – Miss Celestial
- 15:00 – Cabaletta
- 15:35 – King of Comedy
- 16:10 – Nasraawy
- 16:45 – Snow Ocean