Not only does the Jersey Stakes have a massive field of 20, it is also packed full of quality horses. The best horse going into the race is Andre Fabre’s Le Brivido, and little wonder as he was only just touched off in the French Guineas. Then you have horses like Daban and Hugo’s Escobar, who shaped so well on his return at Sandown. But Dream Castle is clearly a great ride to pick up. I am not sure how my stall in 19 is going to pan out but I’d rather be on him than anything else that is potentially drawn a bit better. He went straight into Group company after winning his maiden so impressively at Doncaster, and he went like the winner for a lot of the race in the Greenham before being picked up by Barney Roy. And we know how good he was in the Guineas. Dream Castle didn’t get the run of the race at Newmarket either, and I think he did well to finish fifth. He travels so well in his races that I think the step back down to 7f will be in his favour, and if I can get him settled – the hood that he wore in the Guineas is left off here – then hopefully he can go close to winning. But it’s a very good Jersey.
She is 1lb out of the handicap, but hopefully that isn’t a barrier to success in a race that John Gosden and Cheveley Park won last season. The betting seems to think she has a good chance anyway! I actually beat her on Hugo’s Vintage Folly at Newcastle last season, and that was obviously very good form – I love our filly – and she reappeared to win really well at Chester last month from a filly who won next time out. She was raised 2lb for being beaten over 2 lengths at Kempton last time but that doesn’t tell the whole story, as she got no sort of run there. She hopefully has plenty of improvement in her, and is capable of going close.
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