He’s having his first start for the very shrewd Stuart Williams’ outfit having been bought at the horses in training sale for £38,000. That may just prove a bargain and it’s interesting that they drop him back down to the long sprint of 7 furlongs for his return, He looked destined for much bigger things early on in his career and a change of scenery and regime can get him back on track,
Watch the market for Herculean as the trainer has three runners declared in this contest.
She went off at even money favourite for the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot and travelled quite well, but didn’t finish off her race strongly and ended up back in ninth. I’m thinking that More Beautiful was out of her comfort zone over the minimum 5f trip then and stepping up at furlong to 6f on Friday will suit Aidan O’Brien’s charge. Dandalla and Time Scale are ahead of her in the market and we won’t get many opportunities to back this filly at this price or bigger in the future.
As is often the case with one from Mark Johnston’s stable, Themaxwecan normally forces the pace at the front-end. However, when ridden with a bit more restraint last time at the Royal meeting he put up an absolutely cracking performance behind runaway winner Fujaira Prince. There was some decent types close by who look to be very well handicapped and that piece of form coming reads very strongly.
Drawn in stall three, he will get plenty of cover and he can pick up the pieces late on.
Another Mark Johnston runner who was just too big to do him self justice last year as a two-year-old and wasn’t strong enough to carry his frame. Despite that, he managed to get into the winners enclosure a couple of times and has form in some tough contests. He’s a massive each-way price on his return as he now steps up in distance to 1m 2f. I’ve had him pencilled in as an improver throughout this season and next in his four-year-old campaign.
Ran an absolute cracker in this contest last season when only just failing to get the better of Voracious in a ding-dong battle to the line. Terebellum & Nazeef will guarantee that we go off at a decent price.
The red-hot French jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot has been booked for the ride having been successful on her twice at the highest level on the previous two Prix de l’Arc weekends in France.
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