I like Dream Castle in the Jersey. I think he is potentially high-class and, if he relaxes, I think he will have too much for these. You obviously have to respect Le Brivido though, as his French Guineas second is the best form on offer coming into the race.
Bath And Tennis
I rode her on her debut at Chelmsford and she improved on that effort to finish second at Brighton last time. She was unlucky not to win there, getting hampered at a crucial time, and she is a progressive filly who I think will be suited by a big field and a strong pace. But, clearly, she has an awful lot to find here. This doesn’t look a vintage renewal and if Wesley Ward’s Happy Like A Fool is as good as the rumours suggest then I think she will take a lot of beating.
This looks a very strong Duke Of Cambridge and I was very impressed by Laugh Aloud at Epsom. I think she has a massive chance but we know Qemah is a Group 1 filly and she wasn’t ideally positioned when she was beaten by Mix And Mingle in the Chartwell at Lingfield on her comeback. She is the one to beat on form.
Highland Reel and Jack Hobbs are the form horses but they are better at 1m4f, and I like Ulysses in here. He is a typical improver from the yard, being brought already steadily, and I liked the way he beat Deauville in the Gordon Richards on his return. There could be a lot more to come from him.
I was originally on Cote D’Azur, but I have picked up the ride on Banksea now there have been some jockey changes after Frankie’s injury ruled him out of the meeting. And it is obviously a very good ride to land. The form of his Newbury win last time has been franked time and again, so a 4lb rise for that win is probably lenient with the benefit of hindsight. He has course and distance form, conditions will suit, and he deserves to be among the favourites. He has very strong claims. I should mention Cote d’Azur, too. I know the horse well from his Sir Mark days. I won on him three times, and he is a tactically versatile horse for whom 1m in a strongly-race on fast ground is ideal. Les Eyre has done really well with him, too, winning the Thirsk Hunt Cup two starts ago before running a fair race off a 4lb higher mark at York last time. He may be vulnerable to classier types though and is one of the outsiders, so if he is finishes in the first four then he will have done very well. I think El Vip is the horse I most fear in here, though.
She is 5lb out of the handicap here, which obviously makes a difficult task all the harder. But she comes here on the back of a much-improved performance after making all to win a 7f Newmarket maiden last week and hopefully there is plenty more to come from her on ground that will suit. There will need to be at these weights, but the potential is there as this is only her fifth start.
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