Just as trainer Ed Vaughan announces he will stop training in the UK, his horses are starting to win left, right and centre!
This stiff 5 furlongs looks ideal for MAGIC J as he was successful up the hill at Sandown. Well drawn in stall 10, he can be another victory for the current champion jockey Oisin Murphy.
I’ve put ALMANIA up to Paddy as one of my horses to follow this season and he very nearly came good at the first time of asking for trainer David Simcock.
He won’t be inconvenienced by the drop back in distance and is drawn down on the fence. With less runners to face on this occasion, even if he is sat last, he won’t have a mammoth amount of ground to make up like last time. Jockey Ryan Moore is certainly not a negative either!
BILLESDON BROOK is always underestimated, but she produced another spectacular effort at the July meeting in Newmarket last time.
She went down fighting yet again on that occasion and can get a deserved victory on the board in 2020, now she’s dropped down in grade.
I’m sure there won’t be too many more opportunities to back MORE BEAUTIFUL at odds against.
You’ll have to keep an eye on the forecast though as she has been a non-runner on a couple of occasions recently, due to softer conditions. She has to turn the form around from the Queen Mary winner Caroline Dale, but that is very possible now she steps up a furlong in distance on what is hopefully a sounder surface.
The old boy SO BELOVED put up a smart performance last time, chasing home in fourth a very well handicapped stable companion.
He travelled into that contest very well and should be able to get a tow into this contest from some speedy horses on his right-hand side. I believe it’s going to be a good weekend for young claiming jockeys, of which Angus Villiers is one.
Lots of familiar names in this field and a whole host of them are see-sawing up and down the handicap.
Frankie Dettori is on-board Jonah Jones and that will make him very much of interest as far as the market is concerned and could lead to him being over-bet.
GUNMETAL has slipped to a very attractive handicap mark and he can start to climb the ladder again with a big run. I imagine he will be taking in Ripon and the Ayr Gold Cup later in the season.
FRANCONIA has not been rushed back into action after her victory 43 days ago at Newbury, suggesting they have taken the patient approach, as she can be a little bit fiery.
That form has been boosted since and this looks an ideal stepping stone onto better thigs. Patience can be rewarded you know.
MAGICAL is switched from the Ascot highlight on Saturday and she can be rewarded with an easy €150,000. She looks too good tactically whichever way they run this contest at the Curragh.
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