Alfaatik is the unknown quantity in the lineup and a low-mileage improver from a top outfit. We’ve not seen him for 455 days and this four-year-old has been a talking horse in Newmarket for a little while. After his debut victory he was stepped up dramatically in company, obviously thinking about the Derby, but that didn’t come to fruition. He then was reluctant to go to post and showed attitude so has had a gelding operation since we last saw him.
Eagles By Day has not been with this trainer for long but is already on the scoresheet, winning in tidy fashion over this course two starts back. They took a chance by taking on the mighty Stradivarius at Goodwood and he didn’t run badly when finishing fourth. With his sights lowered somewhat, and with no worries regarding the underfoot conditions, he can get back on track.
Dashing Willoughby will give the selection a perfect lead.
Ubettabelieveit has quickly made up into a very decent performer, winning in convincing fashion at Doncaster and then stepping up in grade to win at Sandown. Stepping up a furlong looks as if it is within his capabilities and would be a welcome home victory for his excellent trainer Nigel Tinkler, who doesn’t get top-class ammunition to go to war with too often.
Art Power is an improving three-year-old who has blitzed his rivals with the minimum of fuss on four consecutive occasions now. We know he likes the track, we also know that he is not at all ground dependent. With the underfoot conditions forecast to be slow, that is right up his street. However, for the mighty Battaash, that might just blunt his natural speed and he may have to play second fiddle to the young pretender this time.
Cost a pretty penny and his debut effort at Haydock can seriously be upgraded when you look at how the race was run. Haydock is a front-runner’s track and the eventual winner got away up on the front-end. Broomy Law was slowly away and babyish at the back of the pack but did incredibly well to finish off his race strongly. Given natural improvement, he will be much sharper and focused for this test.
Virgin Snow has the hood applied for today’s assignment and the services of Ryan Moore can make the difference in the saddle.
Visinari was a massive talking horse last year after his blitzing performance on debut. He didn’t live up to the hype but has the top rider Ryan Moore booked for his return which suggests connections mean business.
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