He has hopefully already shown enough to be competitive in this 1m maiden. That was the trip over which he finished placed in Newmarket and Kempton novices, and hopefully there is more to come this season. That may be over further in time, but this trip looks a good starting point for him first time up.
He won first time out last season, which is an obvious positive, and he followed up with a smart win in a decent Kempton handicap. He went up 10lb for that Kempton victory but that didn’t stop him going off at just 8/1 for the Britannia, albeit things didn’t work out there. The handicapper hasn’t dropped him for that Ascot run, and he is yet to prove he is effective at this mile trip, but he has few miles on the clock and hopefully he can return to that Kempton form.
He admittedly didn’t show a lot when I rode him on his debut at Goodwood, but that was run in terrible conditions and on worsening, soft ground, and he was much better at Wolverhampton next time. He will probably need more time and experience, and a longer trip, but hopefully he will give us something to build on here.
I don’t know much about this newcomer, but he is a half-brother to a number of winners, notably Brian’s high-class miler Delegator. He is by Nathaniel, so this 1m3f trip should be okay. There are reasons to be positive then, but this is often a hot maiden and this year could be no different.
His best form has come with some cut in the ground, so he could have probably done without this recent weather, but he shaped pretty well on his comeback at Kempton, I thought. I have ridden him once before – when things didn’t go his way at Sandown – but this is his first attempt over 1m2f, and that is a question mark. He looks well worth a go at it, though, on run-style.
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