Looked very good when bolting up at York in spectacular fashion and very nearly followed that up to the winners enclosure when stepping up in grade to Group 3 company at Goodwood. He was just about put over the rail in the closing stages when gathering momentum and although he may not have won, his chance had obviously gone.
My Oberon is rated 109 at the moment and that was 8lb higher than his previous best, so he is clearly improving.
I’ve been waiting for her to get back on a decent surface for some time, as she hasn’t really had conditions in her favour since her racecourse debut victory, She’s been keeping very good company and has been unable to handle the softer underfoot conditions, as she has a beautiful, smooth, action.
If ever one was tailor-made for a synthetic surface like Kempton – Hala Hala Hala is it.
He proved his Sandown victory was no fluke with an excellent run in the Melrose Stakes at York. That piece of form can be upgraded, as he helped force what was a particularly strong gallop in the early stages, but still managed to stick to his guns later on when finishing a clear second.
Any rain that falls will be in Arthurian Fable’s favour and he did beat the market rival Favourite Moon by miles in the Melrose Stakes.
Not a lot to say really, except we hope Enable has a clear passage and gets to show her class and ability are all intact for another tilt at another Prix de l’arc de Triomphe in France next month.
Didn’t manage to follow up his excellent second in the Pittman’s Derby at Newcastle when producing a below par effort at Ascot. There was some interference late on, but he had already cried enough up by that point.
These are the softest conditions that Australis has encountered so far and that can bring about the required improvement. He is a big, powerful, individual who is only going to get better as the season progresses.
My Frankel ran behind the unbeaten Palace Pier on his one start last season and has obviously developed over the Winter. Two comprehensive successes this term, the latest of those under a penalty at Kempton, he looks to have a decent acceleration late on, which could prove to be his best asse at this track.
Kipps and a few others set a fair level for him to reach, but a mark of 96 could underestimate him, He could be the potential Group horse in a handicap.
Had top-class two-year-old form to his name and made no mistake on his return as a three-year-old at the highest level, when winning very easily at Ascot. Since then he’s run well against the older sprinters, but on both occasions I’m pretty sure the ground was a little bit too quick for him.
Golden Horde never traveled with any real fluency in the July Cup and looked like a cat on a hot tin roof. We will see a different animal under his favourite conditions on Saturday. Dream of Dreams was mightily impressive last time over 7f, but back over 6f it always just seems to happen a little bit too quickly for him.
A slow start at York last time saw him in last place on the wrong side at the half-way stage. Jonah Jones fairly flew home late in the day to finish fifth from the unfavoured side of the track. Hopefully he gets away on terms this time, as there is no doubting he has a massive amount of ability.
It could be a profitable 25 minutes for his handler, Ed Walker.
This could be the second leg of an Ed Walker double and he relies on a course specialist, Came from the Dark. He has two wins at this track, one over the minimum 5f and also over 6f. He never figured in that same contest as his stablemate Jonah Jones ran in at at York, but it was his first run of the season and can be expected to improve dramatically for that outing.
I don’t think it’s by chance that he’s been targeted at a race at this track.
Landed a massive punt on his first try for the new stable last time at this venue over 1m. Dropping back down to 7f holds no fears for him as he is blessed with a fantastic change of gear at the business end of a race. Via Serendipity took a 7lb hike in the handicap for his last win, but is a straight-track specialist at this venue.
Blue Mist was impressive last time over course and distance, but he’s drawn a little bit on the wing this time in stall two and doesn’t always deliver the goods,
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