LIBERTY BEACH was a rocket juvenile performer and has continued her progression into the three-year-old campaign. She did incredibly well to hold on over 6 furlongs on her return at Haydock, showing loads of natural pace as well as grit and determination to hold on.
An excellent effort last time behind the top-rated sprinter in the world Battaash will make her tough to beat.
SPANISH MISSION is totally unexposed as far as this distance is concerned and that may well prove to be enough as lots of the others in here have questions to answer. Ryan Moore is an interesting booking in the saddle.
Cross Counter keeps throwing away his races before they start, by getting sweaty and upset, Withhold has been disappointing of late and seems to have lost his edge. It could be a match between our selection and Dashing Willoughby.
The two form horses, Dark Vision and Montatham, are bound to be punted off the boards in this.
However, they may have most to fear from VIA SERENDIPITY, who finished pretty close in this particular contest last year from a 9lb higher rating.
The selection is flexible as to how he needs to be ridden and with a featherweight to carry and a jockey off the back of an incredible four-timer at Wolverhampton in Hollie Doyle, we have an in form, well-handicapped combination.
All the talk is going to be about Enable and she may well take this for a second consecutive season, but her trainer has warned she may lack match fitness. With that in mind I feel the price is too short.
Ghaiyyath is one-dimensional and must go forward, and surely is going to have some pace pressure from at least a couple of runners which will dent his chances.
DEIDRE can be ridden cold at the back of the pack by Oisin Murphy and he gets the free ride into this Group 1 to produce her late on the scene.
A little look back through SUBJECTIVIST’s form last season will see he bumped into the likes of Max Vega, Pyledriver and also Mohican Heights.
His last run at Ascot was an excellent effort when third to Hukum, considering he was posted wide on the track. With no problems regarding the underfoot conditions, he can give a lump of weight away to likely market leader, Favorite Moon.
Admittedly MANUELA DE VEGA was allowed an easy time on the front-end when last seen beating Royal Ascot winner Fanny Logan at this venue and it looks as if she may well get away on the front end again.
She can be a little bit edgy and a handful, however her jockey Rob Hornby seems to get on particularly well with her fragile nature. Ralph Beckett holds a strong hand with three in the line-up, and Manuela De Vega looks the most likely winner.
BABBO’S BOY could well prove a fantastic afternoon at Haydock for rider Rob Hornby. He was on board when this gelded son of Mastercraftsman bolted up over course and distance last time.
He’s been put up 7lbs for that, but for me he could still be competitive with double that penalty, such was the ease of the victory.
The only slight negative is whether the blinkers have the same effect for a second time, but he is well drawn and the team are in particularly good order.
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13:50 Sandown – Liberty Beach
14:25 Sandown – Spanish Mission
15:00 Sandown – Via Serendipity
15:35 Sandown – Deidre
14:05 Haydock – Subjectivist
14:40 Haydock – Manuela De Vega
15:15 Haydock – Babbo’s Boy
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