He wouldn’t have an obvious chance on his last two runs, most recently when beaten a long way in the Albert Bartlett, but this is clearly a step down in class and the return to 2m4f will suit, too. He actually ran his best race when third to Woodland Opera in this race last season, when ahead of horses like Supasundae, so if he returns to that level of form then he is certainly no lost cause here.
He has obviously had his problems since we beat Djakadam in the 2015 Gold Cup but the Bradstocks have done seriously well to get him back on track. He has done everything right in his preparation. He went really well in his racecourse gallop at Ffos Las and Dan Skelton was kind enough to let us use his all-weather schooling ground recently and the horse went really well round there, full of enthusiasm. I will be keeping it simple, popping him out from the front, and seeing if we can draw the sting out of the others. But we are fully aware that they are race-fit and top-class rivals so the task is clearly no easy one, and ideally we would like it softer for the horse. But we go there fresh and well, so let’s see what unfolds. Very little separates all bar Flemenstar on official ratings so you have to respect them all, but with Jessie’s horses flying and Puppy riding out of his skin you probably have to fear Sizing John most.
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