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I’m going to go for Patient Dream, who has gone up 10 lbs in the handicap for beating Coul Kat here on his last start. That was over a mile and I’m hoping Ralph Beckett has gone up two furlongs in distance to try and counteract the penalty. If he has, he could still be ahead of the handicapper.
I like Statement in this one. She ran well in the 1,000 guineas behind Mother Earth and she had a nice run behind Alcohol Free prior to that at Newbury. She was a pretty decent two year old, she won at Newbury last year and placed at Sandown and Newmarket.
Statement’s a solid pick, she’s rated 106 and Martyn Meade trains her, with David Egan taking the ride. She’ll come forward from her run in the 1,000 guineas, this is a weaker contest.
I’m going with Maximal. He’s getting 12 lbs off Century Dream and he’s had some really good runs. He was second to El Drama at Chester in May and won at Sandown over a mile last year. Before that he’d been second to One Ruler at Sandown.
I know he’s by Galileo but I’m hoping his Oasis Dream pedigree will come out in this run. Hopefully Maximal is carrying that gene! Ryan Moore’s on board for Sir Michael Stoute so I’m going to go with him.
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I fancy Sunday Sovereign. He won well on his debut at Tipperary a couple of years ago before failing to impress at Ascot in June 2019. He then joined Tim Easterby and didn’t run for 12 months. He came down in the handicap and had a poor run off 105 at York last year and was dropped 5lbs for that.
He ran really well at York since, finishing second behind Pendleton. He’s gone up 3lbs since that solid run in May but he has a high draw for this one. He’s drawn 19 and Silvestre De Sousa has chosen Sunday Sovereign over Stone of Destiny. That’s a tip in itself!
I love Bolshoi Ballet. He was brilliant when he won the Derrinstown Derby trial. Ryan Moore sent him off the bend at Leopardstown which is quite a stiff finish and he galloped every step of the way to the line.
That was over 10 furlongs and it looked to me that he’s could go up in trip without any problems. Good ground is not going to bother him. It was quite quick at Leopardstown when he won in May. He doesn’t want soft ground though as his one run on the soft was very disappointing. He finished fifth of seven at Saint-Cloud last October.
What Bolshoi Ballet has done this year has been very impressive. He is Aidan O’Brien’s only runner in the Epsom Derby and reading between the lines that means he really fancies him. Therefore, I’m all over him!
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