Was once useful but seems to have slipped by the wayside as is often the case. Has now swapped to David O’Meara’s yard and that may well have the desired effect of a return to form. A trappy little heat, with Moonlight Spirit heading the market and Communique heading the ratings we could still be in for an upset.
Let’s just hope the dead eight runners go to post as there is no way this lad should be towards double-digit odds. He fairly bolted up on his second try when not fully extended up at Hamilton and it’s interesting that the yard decide to send him all the way to Newbury for this Listed contest. They obviously feel he is better than average.
We put him up a couple of weeks ago at Epsom and he wasn’t fully wound up for his return to racing, everybody saw him as a massive eye-catcher when staying on late and although this is an incredibly tough handicap, he looks to be well in front of his current rating of 100.
James Doyle is in the saddle and that’s a massive bonus from a perfect stall position.
Eve Johnson Houghton horses are running well but are normally overlooked in the market, which I find incredible. This lad was competitive at a very high level as a juvenile and a return run at the top level can easily be overlooked last time. Back in the handicap company, admittedly taking on a few improvers, they will need to be ready for a proper battle against this three-year-old filly who is thrown in of a mark of 97.
Always known as the ‘nearly’ performer, there is no getting away that he is incredibly talented. Lots of these in here are glorified handicappers and he stands out among them. Alpha Delfini is top-rated but is returning off of 420-day absence and that can swing it in our favour.
The rocket 5 furlongs is perfect for equilateral to produce his best.
She’s always going to attract plenty of admirers, being by one of the champion milers out of a superstar performer in Snow Fairy. She did herself no favours last time when proving far too keen in the early stages over this trip at Newcastle. We will give her one last throw of the dice over this trip and if it doesn’t work she may well be suited by a little shorter in time. Her class should get her through.
A solid handicap with a fair few of the runners expected to improve as the season goes on. The selection put up a great performance last time when staying on late in the day behind a winner that had already flown, on the front-running track of Ripon. She hit the line strong on that occasion and I would imagine they will ride her very forward on this free-wheeling track.
Great opportunity for her rider on a big day, who doesn’t get all the opportunities that his work rate deserves.
Judicial is undoubtedly one of my favourite sprinters, but it may just pay to side with the youngster Repartee this time. He looked very decent on his return last time taking care of inferior opposition at Windsor and steps up in grade. There are some solid performers in this line-up but the youngster seems to have a massive upside and looks the real improver in the lineup.
If he has improved 7 to 10lbs from his last run, that should be enough here.
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