Lady of Shalott
She is a big, rangy filly who shouldn’t mind the fast ground, as she is a light mover. Like Highbrow at Newmarket, I would expect her to improve a fair deal for the run though and to progress through the season. But I really liked her when she won at Yarmouth last season, her work has been good and, being a Camelot, middle distances should be right up her street. She should give a good account of herself.
He obviously ran a blinder to finish a close third in the Spring Cup at Newbury on his reappearance, his first run since running below par at Royal Ascot, where he probably over-raced. We had to do a fair bit of running to get into the race from stall one at Newbury – no other horses drawn in single figures finished in the first 10 home – and, in theory, I don’t think a 3lb rise should be enough to stop him. Obviously, it’s a hugely competitive race again but I would like to think he has as good a chance as any given luck in running. I don’t think the step down to 7f should be an issue, and he has won on fast ground.
I don’t know a lot about him but he has a decent pedigree, even though it suggests he may come into his own over a fair bit further down the line. But hopefully he has been showing a lot of toe at home to be starting off over 5f.
He has switched stables since his last run and I think Ed [Vaughan] thinks he has inherited a fairly handicapped horse. He has form on fast ground and he was running well on the all-weather when we last saw him in January, so I am hopeful of a good show, especially with Ed’s horses in such good nick.
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