William Haggas’ runner has to turn the form around with Ataser, but Mayaas is much better off at the weights this time then when second at York to today’s rival. He was checked coming out of the gate and was slow to find his stride and rhythm that day, but he did stay on quite well down the outside in the closing stages. He cost 425,000 guineas as a yearling and he very much is on the upward curve. His master trainer has added the cheek pieces for added focus.
Managed to rattle off the hat-trick winning at Lingfield and also twice around this track, when looking for the four-timer. He was held up at the back of the pack as usual but there was no pace on for him to aim at, so it was a huge effort to finish a close up fourth. He started his winning run from a rating of 79 and has crept his way up to a mark of 90, which still looks well within Omnivega’s reach.
The Irish raider has not been gifted an ideal stall position, but I’m a great believer that a decent jockey can overcome that hurdle and we have the best in the business on our side in Frankie Dettori.
Although Johnny Murtagh’s charge hasn’t been to the winners enclosure for a little while, he’s off the back of a very decent effort at Navan and the trainer is having by far and away his best ever season.
It’s interesting that he decides to send him over the Irish Sea.
Already proven over course and distance, Impatient sits at the bottom of the weights and has a perfect inside stall position in box two. He’s off the back of a very tidy effort over a furlong shorter and the way he hit the line suggested that the step back up to the mile will be perfect.
He didn’t really go with any fluency early on and then after being set alight, he grabbed hold of the bit, so hopefully the rhythm of this contest will suit better.
Jamie Osborne’s Mykonos St John managed to win a tidy little handicap at Windsor off a rating of 64 and then didn’t produce his best when splitting the field at Kempton last time, finishing seventh of 14.
At least he’s got low mileage and is an obvious improver in this particular lineup for a very shrewd outfit. The ground has probably gone against last year’s gamble Hammer Gun. He could be worth a second look if the ground is rattling fast and the money arrives again.
Not the best on official ratings in the field, but Althiqa has been keeping her form remarkably well with not finishing out of the first three in five runs in 2020. Her form behind proven Group One performer One Master is rock solid and she definitely still seems to be improving with her racing.
Jubiloso is always over bet because of her fantastic pedigree, being a half sister to the mighty Frankel. She doesn’t always turn up in the afternoons and she may just work spectacularly in the mornings.
Was thrown in the deep end after winning his maiden last season and started this campaign off with a run in the 2,000 Guineas. Starcat dropped back in company last time at Goodwood and stepped up to this distance and was much more competitive despite never really getting a clear cut at the leaders having been checked on a few occasions in his run,
He gets the tongue tie on to help him breathe better and we have the excellent Sean Levey on our side.
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