WASAAYEF has some very strong juvenile form in the book and starts this campaign on what looks a very realistic handicap mark.
At 580,000 Guineas she wasn’t cheap, and it will be no surprise to see her turn into a Listed/ group performer.
YURI GAGARIN looked as if he was destined for the top table after two easy successes early on. It looked as if defeat was out of the question on the July course at Newmarket, but he ran an absolute shocker and it can only be attributed to the loose conditions underfoot.
Back on the sound of surface, he can get his career back on track here.
DARK LION’s debut effort was solid, and he duly stepped up on that to run a cracking fourth in the Coventry at Royal Ascot. It looked a straightforward opportunity for him to get a victory on the board at Wolverhampton, but he was made to work hard for a head success.
However, the front two were 7 lengths clear of the field. He looks reliable and the red hot favourite has got to back up his performance from Ascot, which the Roger Varian yard’s two-year-olds haven’t been doing.
Last year’s winner SIR DANCEALOT looks to be coming to the boil nicely and David Elsworth’s horses appear to be hitting a peek at present.
Off the back of an excellent effort in the July Cup, where he was not disgraced over 6 furlongs, he looks primed to put in back-to-back performances in this particular long sprint contest.
This looks a straightforward opportunity for champion stayer STRADIVARIUS to pick up another pot. He may well have most to fear from Eagles By Day.
Over one of the fastest 5 furlongs in the country, you need a speedball and RECON MISSION has all of the required attributes. He’s drawn next door to a 3-furlong rocket in Ornate and should get the perfect toe until around about 2 furlongs out.
Recon Mission can then kick in the burners and go for home. He should just have pinched enough of an advantage to hold on from the late thrusters by then.
Richard Hannon’s two-year-olds are just striking form at the right time for a meeting that they usually excel at. The yard has a bunch to pick from and RIFFAA WONDER gets the nod from me.
AU CLAIR DE LUNE looked fairly decent when winning at Doncaster to start back and only just failed in her follow-up bid over this trip at Leicester.
Natural improvement will make her tough to beat and this 72,000 Guineas daughter of See The Stars can continue up the ladder from some suspect stayers.
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