Conor Murphy: Compiegne 17:27 – Gardons Le Sourire
It was hard not to be taken by what Gardons Le Sourire did last time in Grade 2 company. That was his first time over today’s trip and made it look easy despite doing plenty wrong. His jumping out to the right technique might give a fright or two but he’s done that his whole life and it’s yet to hold him back.
He’ll be held up at the rear and Le Lude should ensure this will be run to his liking. Le Lude was a tearaway winner of a good race last month when he turned over his stablemate, Nanosecond, who reopposes. The first-time blinkers that day seemed to work as intended for him but will struggle to find much improvement off that run.
As for Gardons Le Sourire, his trainer Gab Leenders would be well known for getting one ready off a break but even still the ease in which he travelled through the race was eye catching to say the least and the way this will be run should give him every chance of replicating that success and landing his maiden Grade 1.
Sean O’Sullivan: Clayton 21.21 – Woodbine
Was possibly the most impressive 2yo winner at Woodbine last year justifying strong market support when overcoming a slow start before readily dispatching a maiden field in the process of putting up a big number.
His main rival is Untitled for Mark Casse; highly tried he is starting to look regressive and makes his debut on the all weather surface here which judging by his running style is in no way certain to suit
Donal McKenna: Belmont 21.32 – Cost Benefit
At Belmont Park on Saturday evening Chad Brown is unleashing 2 fillies in the seventh race, a mile turf maiden. Cost Benefit takes the eye on some very consistent works. Chad Brown dominates these types of races with some eye-catching stats of 27% in maiden special weights, 25% in first-time starters on turf and 23% when running on debut at a trip of over a mile.
The daughter of Dansili is excepted to be dropped out and come with a charging run in the straight.