This little two-year-old had been building himself a very enviable profile before a below par display at Redcar two runs ago. Shark Two One rubber-stamped his dominance and liking for soft ground when a run-away winner under a big weight in a novice contest at Redcar last time, back. having picked up a massive pot in Ireland.
The Richard Fahey team are in decent form and the jockey Paul Hanagan is hot, whereas the likely market leaders seem hit and miss. Both Lippizanner and Zamaani are rated a good bit higher on 105, but that looks inflated for both.
Was a very decent juvenile last season, bumping into some very decent types in A’Ali, Mums Tipple and also Liberty Beach. Things haven’t really clicked into place for Rayong this season, although he’s managed to get his head in front once. The drop down to the minimum trip will suit and the more rain there is, the better.
To be seen at his absolute best, he needs a really strong gallop to aim at. If he gets that he is massively overpriced by Paddy and rates a good each-way shout.
John Gosden’s runner was definitely unlucky when placed fourth behind One Ruler at Newmarket when last seen two weeks ago. He was shut down on the fence with nowhere to go – just as the race was starting in earnest. The jockey wasn’t overly hard on him once his winning opportunity had gone, but he stayed on in real eye-catching fashion to finish on the heels of the leaders.
Rob Havlin has had one or two opportunities to break his Group One duck and has been handed another solid opportunity with Megallan. He can turn the form around with One Ruler given a better run through the race and looks to have most to fear from the Irish raider, Wembley, who was second to St Mark’s Basilica in the Dewhurst Stakes at HQ.
Roger Varian’s colt was very impressive when winning on his racecourse debut at Ascot and certainly went down fighting making New Mandate pull out all the stops to get on top, late on, at Doncaster.
That form has been rubber-stamped since with the winner going on to be successful in the Royal Lodge at Newmarket, so this looks a perfect opportunity for Laneqash to round off the season with a comfortable confidence boosting win. If he does he’ll shoot up the market for next years 2,000 Guineas in the process.
Litigator made a very pleasing debut for new trainer Roger Varian at Newmarket recently over a trip that proved far too sharp for this stamina-laden type. He looked booked for last as they came down into the dip, but stayed on to finish on the heels of the front five suggesting that a return to today’s 1m 4f trip is going to be much more to his liking.
He also gets the 6lb weight-for-age allowance and can get his UK career up and running on only his second try for the Newmarket handler.
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