SOLID STONE showed improved form when winning impressively on his seasonal reappearance and clocked a very impressive sectional in the process.
He still looks extremely well handicapped, even off a 7lb higher mark and it would be no surprise to see him win a group race before the season finishes.
His draw in stall 21 is a slight negative, but his price is more than big enough to compensate for this and it would be disappointing if he doesn’t give his backers a serious run for their money here.
WEMBLEY made a lovely debut over C&D a few weeks ago when third behind his stablemate and with the usual improvement from Aidan O’Brien’s team he should win this.
He had two of today’s field behind him the last day and his biggest challenge is likely to be from the Ger Lyons-trained Colour Sergeant, who was well fancied but beat on debut.
THAMES RIVER had two runs in quick succession at Dundalk last October, breaking his maiden on his second start.
He looked a work in progress that day and was very green when hitting the front. He reappeared at Gowran Park last month where very little went right. He was held up on a day when it was difficult to make ground on the front runners and met trouble in running.
He is entitled to improve significantly for that experience now and he goes up in trip, so her has very good chance of taking this contest.
This is a really competitive renewal of the Scurry Stakes and with Paddy Power sponsoring the race, we are paying five places.
Urban Beat, Gulliver and Gunmetal are all very interesting, but I thought the most interesting of all was ROMANTIC PROPOSAL, who is trained by Eddie Lynam. She ran in four maidens over a mile last year, running well each time behind nice horses like Georgeville (now rated 105), Miss O’Connor (now rated 108) and Tauren Shaman (now rated 95).
She got off the mark in a Cork maiden when dropped to 7 furlongs, winning well beating Lovee Dovee who is now rated 89. Romantic Proposal was let in very lightly for her handicap debut when bolting in from a mark of 71 over 7 furlongs at Cork, beating the good yardstick Katiymann. She made her reappearance a couple of weeks ago over 7 furlongs at the Curragh and I thought she shaped beautifully, travelling well until it looked like she blew up about a furlong out.
She runs here off a mark of 83 and I believe she will take a big step forward to the reappearance effort, while she is a double figure price at the moment and it would look a lovely each-way bet.
Andre Fabre has had his work cut out with PERSIAN KING since finishing second in the Prix Du Jockey Club last year with an injury meaning he spent a year on the sidelines, but it looks like he has found him a perfect opportunity to bag another Group 1.
He was beaten a head on seasonal debut behind stablemate Magny Cours when very badly in need of a run. That form reads even better now with Magny Cours taking a strong Listed race in Goodwood since.
He was workmanlike at Saint Cloud the last day, but he’s sure to improve for that again. The extra furlong will be no worry, the tempo of the race is likely to suit too as I’m not convinced he’s a horse who wants to make his own running.
There are a few front runners here that should take him into the race and any shade of odds against would seem generous.
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