He appeared to take a big step forward on soft ground at Thirsk last time, and there should be plenty of ease in the ground here. The problem is that the form of that race hasn’t worked out and he carries a 7lb penalty, so this won’t be easy for him. But he did win very well at Thirsk in a decent time and hopefully there is more to come from him.
He doesn’t appear to have run badly when an outsider on his debut at Yarmouth last month and, with improvement, he could have each-way claims. This does look a decent and competitive race of its kind, though.
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His early-season form gives him claims here, though of course we haven’t seen him for a long time. We were a bit disappointed when he was beaten on his debut in April but the winner was a certain Sound And Silence, who went on to win the Windsor Castle and a Group 3 in France last time. And although he only scrambled home at Leicester next time the horse he beat there is now rated 94. He is a horse we have always liked and hopefully he can shrug off his lengthy absence and go well in this valuable race. I don’t have a lot to do with him at home, to be honest, so I don’t know exactly why he has been off, but I think he is pretty straightforward.
Jallota is probably the horse to beat on form and then you have good last-time-out winners like Stamp Hill and Lahore to consider, but my horse has definite chances. I haven’t ridden him before but he is progressive and the form of his Haydock second to Donjuan Triumphant was boosted when the winner landed the 32Red Gold Cup at that track last Saturday.
He has been running well – I rode him at Yarmouth two starts ago – and the handicapper is slowly beginning to give him a chance again. This is his first attempt at 1m2f though, so that’s a question mark.
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