He looked a sharp prospect when bolting up last season at York without coming off the bit and also his reappearance effort was good on the clock. He was lumping a massive weight that day which upgrades the performance. With the track riding a little softer for the final two days you need a horse who can handle it and there should be no issues on that score.
The US challenger made no mistake on racecourse debut when bolting up by five and a a half lengths in a very quick time at Gulfstream Park. It’s a little bit of a guessing game as to which of these will take a significant step forward. I’ve seen the Wesley Ward runners working at the trial ground in Newmarket and they all appear to be striding out with purpose. She will stay the 6 furlong trip and expect her to be away on the ‘B’ of the bang.
I’m not sure whether Frankie Dettori had the choice of which one to ride, but he may have got off a rocket in the shape of Golden Pal, who has been working like a champion in Newmarket under the former multiple champion jockey Kieren Fallon. He won’t be lacking in fitness or natural pace and this little bull of a horse may well be ‘off and gone’ before the others know what thit them.
It could be over in the first 100 yards.
Mark Johnston’s runner looks to have more in his favour than the Derby winner Anthony van Dyck, who seems to act better on a quicker service. The selection is clear second top-rated in the line-up and comes in off an excellent second at Haydock under similar conditions to Lord Naorth who ran away with the St James’s Palace Stakes on Wednesday.
Another Wesley Ward runner who was just caught at the winning post last season in the Queen Mary Stakes at this venue and comes back for more. I’ve seen her close up and I’m surprised that this three-year-old was able to produce such a high level of form in her massive frame as a juvenile.
She’s a powerhouse and like her stablemate Golden Pal, she impressed when working last time at Newmarket. Dettori looks to be on the right one this time.
William Haggas’ runner was switched to this contest over the extra couple of furlongs after disappointing on her reappearance, but the yard’s runners were not in as decent of form as present.
She’s always been the apple of her trainer’s eye and can start to repay some of that faith now in Group 2 company over 1m 6f. She may well prove herself a stayer from the top drawer after this contest.
David Simcock’s runner already has some excellent form in the book behind top-level performers Sir Ron Priestley and Technician and could be the proverbial Group horse in a handicap. The rain won’t be a problem but he handles most conditions so is ultra-reliable.
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