KYPRIOS finally got the message on his racecourse debut after being woefully outpaced and looking booked for no better than third position rounding the home turn at Galway.
However, the race changed dramatically in complexion late on, as stamina came to the fore and he zipped away in the closing stages for a comfortable three-quarters of a length victory. He is a brother to the Irish St Leger winner Search For A Song, so he’s going to love this extreme distance for two-year-olds.
You’ve got to upgrade REGIONAL’s last performance when he was held up at the back of the pack and the front few got first run on him on the way to the line. Admittedly, he was a little bit outpaced, but the way he finished off suggests that he was still learning what was required throughout that contest.
The winner on that occasion Winter Power has always been held in high regard, meaning the form should stack up well. He is positioned close to the likely favourite Light Refrain and can latch onto that runner’s tail for a perfect tow into the contest.
MEGALLAN managed to win on his debut and was then only just denied on his second start trying to give away the weight penalty on that occasion. He then stepped up again when finishing a close up second to Yibir at Newbury, who made all and definitely had the run of the race.
The selection looked to be making ground from the back of the pack, but the winner was allowed first run and Megallan was not given a hard time once his opportunity to win had gone. The trip, track and ground all look in his favour, and you can expect an improved display with Frankie Dettori taking over in the saddle.
MATTHEW FLINDERS is off the back of a comfortable victory at Doncaster over a trip that arguably will prove short of his best further down the line. A big, powerful, good-looking individual with a huge raking stride, he looks absolutely tailor-made for the step back up in distance.
He was a little keen when tried over this far on a few occasions, but we now have the added services of Adam Kirby taking over in the saddle with his beautiful soft hands to get this lad to relax. Don’t be surprised if we see him up out of handicap company, possibly towards the back end of this season and into 2021.
FIVETHOUSANDTOONE was very green on his debut at Windsor and then made no mistake winning at a canter up in Newcastle. Stepped up in grade, he only found Alkumait – who had an ideal run into the race being switched off at the back of the pack – too good.
Whereas our selection was far too keen in the early stages and did remarkably well to rally, hitting the line strongly. Provided he settles he rates a massive each-way prospect stepping up into big boys company.
ANOTHER BATT did us a favour at Thirsk, but has been a disappointment the last twice – admittedly on one occasion possibly over the wrong distance when running in Ireland. There was a massive amount of money for him later on at a big price in the Ayr Gold Cup, but after a slow start he never got involved and he’s better than that.
He is also reunited with jockey Robbie Downey, who got that perfect tune out of him at Thirsk and he can bounce back on Saturday under his ideal conditions at 6 furlong. He’s got softish ground and a fast pace to run at here, that should suit him too.
GREAT WHITE SHARK’s jumping rating has now risen all the way up to 145 and given that the normal rule of thumb is to take off 45 for the Flat rating equivalent, he looks thrown in on a mark of just 86. He will stay all day and goes for the same combination in Willie Mullins and Jason Watson who plundered this prize last season.
He is towards the top of the market. But, if you wanted to get a good run for your money with an each-way chance, Indianapolis has the services of Frankie Dettori in a race where Paddy is paying the first 7 home.
He steps up in distance for the very first time and the 2m 2f trip looks tailor-made for this relentless galloper, and he won’t mind the ground conditions.
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13:45 Newmarket – Kyprios
14:00 York – Regional
14:20 Newmarket – Megallan
14:35 York – Matthew Flinders
14:55 Newmarket – Fivethousandtoone
15:10 York – Another Batt
15:35 Newmarket – Great White Shark
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