Everyone knows he hasn’t been the most prolific or consistent winner in recent years, can be a tricky ride and doesn’t come here in the best of form having finished last of eight for me at Ayr recently. But he is down to a mark of just 85 and that has to make him of some interest on what I think is his first start at this track.
This looks a closely-knit 6f Group 3 but my mount is in there with a fair chance. His good recent form has come over 5f but he has plenty of form over 6f, and I thought he ran as well as could be expected when in midfield in the King’s Stand at Ascot.
He hasn’t raced since finishing last at Ascot in May but he looks a far better horse on the all-weather – he is 11lb higher in this sphere – and has run well on all three starts at this track, including when sixth in this race last season. Is fairly handicapped at his best and has each-way chances.
He looks to have plenty going for him. He is obviously lightly-raced, proven on the track and over the trip, is fairly in drawn in eight and comes into this race in good form at home. He went up 9lb for his win here in May but that form has worked out well – the runner-up Endless Acres ran a blinder when second in the Ascot Stakes – and I think he does have a favourite’s chance.
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