There are bound to be a few of these more highly-touted because they have a better pedigree, but it’s all about how you perform on the track, Jumby was a smooth winner of admittedly a weaker contest on debut at Ascot but has every reason to take a significant step forward now.
He can ruffle a few feathers from the top stables.
The Sir Michael Stoute runner managed to win a very average maiden handicap at Yarmouth last time and was an absolute stand-out pick in the paddock pre-race. He can only improve and considering he is a 375,000 guineas purchase, there is every reason to expect Boss Power to progress well beyond his mark of 78. There’s plenty of stamina in his locker too for this 1m 4f trip.
The form of his last run in the Golden Mile behind Prompting and Urban Icon is absolutely rock solid and makes him an obvious pic. Afaak runs in headgear for the second time and while that is a little off-putting, there should be no reason to think that he couldn’t go and make the running and just let his class tell.
Connections have avoided this scenario before now though.
William Stone’s charge has only managed to win a small Class 5 handicap at Yarmouth last time, but did beat a runner with a particularly high profile from a top stable. He may well have been in the right spot and had the run of the race, but there is no getting away from the way he knuckled down late on.
It’s a jump in grade for Dashing Roger, but I’m a big fan of the young jockey, Marco Ghiani.
There is every reason to expect that a rating of 108 is not his ceiling, A big, powerful, individual who hits the ground hard when galloping – he will welcome any and all the rain that falls at Newbury.
Alignak is also blessed with a nice change of gear late in a race, which can be the killer blow for the likes of Morando and Communique.
This is always an incredible tough race to predict but it’s a beautiful spectacle with the 12 galloping greys coming down the July course at headquarters, Buccaneers Vault at least has some solid winning form under his belt and comes from the Paul Midgley stable who are know for their sprinters.
He’s not badly weighted and with his stall 4 draw towards the centre of the track, he has a few more positives than most.
There is no doubt that he is the best in the race by some margin and now gets the services of the reigning champion jockey, Oisin Murphy. This is the first time he has sat on Dream of Dreams and he should suit this hold-up performer perfectly, who admittedly doesn’t have a great wins-to-runs ratio. Richard Hannon’s Threat is probably the biggest danger in the field.
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