Roger Charlton is the man responsible for our first suggestion here and has already booked Ryan Moore to ride Chester Street (6/1 Each Way) with the added incentive of first time blinkers. Staying on in to third over half a furlong shorter at Leicester, jockey George Baker must have suggested the application of the headgear today, and if it has the desired effect (sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t), then we think that form is good enough to see a winning run this afternoon under one of the World’s top jockeys.
Dommersen (10/3) was also declared in an earlier race on the card but he now arrives here looking to land his hat trick then he is another with a superb chance of success, also travelling south from Newmarket, but this time from the John Gosden stable. A less flashy sort than some, his victories have looked like hard work but beauty is as beauty does and wins at Lingfield and Wolverhampton show he has ability, though today we find out if he can transfer that to the turf. He is also rated 86 so the pair will have to carry the same weight, yet we can’t help but feel that he has more on his plate and less room to improve than some of his rivals, though if Mr Gosden thinks differently we won’t dare to argue.
We cannot help but be interested by the chance of Star Blaze (8/1) here as Mick Channon allows this twice raced son of Shamardal in to a handicap of this class despite nothing more than a narrow maiden win to his name. Certainly getting better race on race he will need to improve again to get involved here, but the stable are firing on all cylinders and he hasn’t been too harshly rated off a rating of 82 here in our opinion.
As a son of Lemon Drop Kid, it was no great shock when Wild Hacked (5/1) failed to quicken up on the soft ground last time out at Haydock and he may be much better judged on his maiden win at Windsor on a suitably quicker surface. He beat fellow joint favourite Silk Cravat half a length that day over the mile, despite showing signs of his inexperience, and seems the sort to get better with his racing, and with Andrea Atzeni seemingly keen to get on board, Marco Botti’s colt is expected to put in a much better performance than some (including the bookmakers) may expect.
Lastly, there is a bit to like about High Draw (8/1), especially if Jordan Vaughan rides and takes his five-pound allowance off of the horse’s back. Karl Burke’s gelding has been a pretty slow learner but got better race on race with a three length fourth on his Nottingham debut followed by a nose second at the same track and finally a maiden win at Wetherby when dropped to a Class Six event and running on to see off Torch by a length and a half. With the hampered runner up already rated 80, the handicappers had little choice but to give him 83 for this afternoon which seems pretty harsh for a low class win, and he will need to improve again to shrug that off upped to this class, but he is going the right way and could run a big race with a place a distinct possibility.