Some very special horses have won this race over the years including the likes of Rainbow View in 2008, Certify in 2012, and of course a certain Minding last season before she went on a run that includes the 1000 Guineas and the Oaks, though we suspect she hasn’t finished winning just yet! In the last ten renewals Aidan O’Brien has taken three of them and Godolphin three as well, and with a 50% favourites record we won’t be ignoring them in our race preview. Before we get to them we will start with our selection and n official ratings Ralph Beckett’s Rich Legacy (6/1 Each Way) has a superb chance after two wins from three starts including the Group Two May Hill Stakes over this mile at Doncaster. She fought back tenaciously after being headed that day with is a good attitude to have on your side and clearly stays this mile with ease, so if Sobetsu (see below) does go off in front as expected and goes too fast, she looks to be the one to hunt her down inside the final furlong if she has the speed to get to her in the first place under Oisin Murphy as we hope.
As we write, Charlie Appleby has the twice raced Sobetsu (5/2) in here and she was third to Spatial on her debut but showed the benefit of that experience next time out when winning her maiden over this mile by no less than ten lengths, eased up after making all the running. With the second and third favourites finishing well, second and third, the form looks as good as a small race like that can be and she seems sure to put in a bold attempt at following up this afternoon.
Feeling like we have been sent in to Gardeners World instead of Channel 4 racing it seems likely that Aidan O’Brien will rely on Rhododendron (7/2) though he has also entered Hydrangea who may yet be the second string. She has already won two of her four starts with a seven-furlong maiden at Goodwood and the Group Two Debutante Stakes at The Curragh (when beating Hydrangea by a head), before she finished third to Intricately in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the same track, this time a length and three quarters behind her stable companion who would obviously be a worthy substitute. Despite being very forgiving sorts we could not really see any excuses for her loss that day and good as she clearly is, she does not arrive here with any superstar tag just yet, and looks to have a bit to prove if she wants to head off to the 1000 Guineas next year near the head of the betting.
As we seem to mention most weeks, Hugo Palmer has already had a season to remember but hasn’t finished yet but what can we make of the once raced Fleabiscuit (20/1). Seemingly well bought for 57,000 Euros, the daughter of High Chaparral was well supported ahead of her Haydock debut before winning by a length at odds of 5/2, only needing to be shaken up inside the last to get off the mark first time out. She will clearly improve for the experience but who knows just how much, and all we can add to that is she looks massively overpriced in the circumstances for her in form yard and even more in form jockey Jim Crowley.
Finally, we noted Saeed Bin Suroor has decided to send Easy Victory (40/1) here after she lived up to her named first time out over six furlongs before finishing eighth of nine to Nations Alexander in the Sweet Solero Stakes with Grecian Light in front of her and she will need some serious improvement to get involved in the finish today.