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It’s taking a bit of a chance considering how EYE OF HEAVEN performed on his return to action, but on last season’s form he surely is overlooked in the market. He won on his racecourse debut at Newmarket and then went off favourite at Royal Ascot.
He’s an absolute speedball, who will be suited to this test and of course he has Franny Norton in the saddle as well. The Mark Johnston yard are just starting to hit a bit of form going into the Royal Ascot meeting next week.
ARCTIC FOX has not pulled up any trees for the new connections, but finds herself dangerously well handicapped for hopefully a return victory in this contest – which she managed to win in 2019. She looked in need of that return to action at Ayr last time and that would have blown away the cobwebs to put her spot on for this. A rating of 77 underestimates her true ability, and it doesn’t look a particularly strong line-up this time around.
ATALIS BAY sits in here as the joint top-rated sprinter in the line-up along with Steel Bull, who comes over from Ireland along with Queens Carriage. His form is rock-solid off the back of an easy win on his return, after that he bumped into a red-hot Winter Power – who is the currently second favourite for the Kings Stand Stakes on Tuesday at Ascot.
He’s not badly positioned towards the far rail, and he is guaranteed to get an ideal tow off the improving Queens Carriage – who looks the main danger on the hunt for a four-timer. But, Queens Carriage does need a career best to lower the colours of our selection.
MANIGORDO is still well handicapped on his previous form for another trainer and only required one pipe opener to put him spot on before bolting up at Thirsk. His runs after have been okay with a third last time up at Hamilton behind Lampang over an inadequate 6 furlongs, where he hit the line very strongly and was an eye-catcher for me. Back up in distance on quick ground on this freewheeling track, he may prove incredibly tough to peg back up on the front end.
LATEST GENERATION looked really good when winning his maiden last season at Doncaster and didn’t run too badly behind One Ruler up in Group 3 company at the backend last year. His return was in a very hot contest behind Hurricane Lane, who obviously went on and won the Dante at York.
He was far too keen over that trip and connections quickly drop him back down in distance with the addition of a tongue tie to help. at this stage of the season the three-year-olds are in receipt of 11lbs from their elders and he looks well treated.
In the small four-runner field, three of the horses who line-up are fully exposed having had 18, 24 & 46 races each, whereas ROBERTO ESCOBARR has only had four tries out on the racetrack so far. The selection is only 2lbs behind them from a ratings point of view, yet the hope is that he is nowhere near his ceiling rating at the moment. He steps up in distance, which may well bring about a chunk of improvement and it is his second run after a wind operation.
GLEN AGAIN has done little wrong in his short career to date and still looks to be on an upward curve, he doesn’t seem ground dependent and has acted well under most conditions that have been asked of him so far.
They went no gallop whatsoever when he was beaten last time, and the southern raider Dhushan who was successful, still comes under the could be anything bracket. He could easily put up a better display granted a more solid gallop in the early stages.
FIRST FOLIO cost £50,000 at the sales and quickly showed that it was a decent purchase with a very solid victory at Yarmouth on his debut for the James Ferguson stable. After a hike in the ratings, he reappeared at Newmarket just short of a month ago, but got himself far too worked up beforehand and upset in the starting stalls.
After a slow start he did really well to finish back in fifth position considering how much ground he forfeited early on. Do keep an eye on him beforehand and hopefully he will be loaded a little later in the process at the gate, if he behaves he could be the answer.
13:40 Chester – Eye Of Heaven
14:00 York – Arctic Fox
14:15 Sandown – Atalis Bay
14:35 York – Manigordo
14:50 Sandown – Latest Generation
15:05 York – Roberto Escobarr
15:20 Chester – Glen Again
15:40 York – First Folio
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