An interesting race worth over £9,0000 to the winner and won twice in three runnings by Ryan Moore, though he won’t be adding to those statistics unless there is a late jockey change of course. A fraction short of a mile and for three-year-olds only it is invariably a contest between those who have proved they have trained on (and are handicapped accordingly) and those yet to run this season. read on for our tip and a full betting preview.
IN SUMMARY: Looking for a spot of each way value and ZEFFERINO looks the one at these odds for trainer Roger Charlton who will surely bounce back to form any day not., That is the only negative that can be found for the three-year-old and he should prove very hard to keep out of the places here at the very least
1 HUGIN – Top weight for David Simcock’s son of Henrythenavigator who moved from David Wachman to Newmarket in May and repaid that cost with a comfortable maiden win at Newcastle when keeping on well over the seven furlongs to see off Bob Maxwell by three and a quarter lengths. The runner-up has been beaten since so the form looks anything but special though he seems sure to improve for the run after over a year off the track and won’t be far away. Jamie Spencer rides and with the stable ticking over nicely with four recent winners, connections must be hopeful.
2 ROCK N ROLLA – One win from three run at two for the Keith Dalgleish colt with a Third maiden victory over seven furlongs. Stepped up in class at Ayr over six furlongs he finished a very disappointing fourteenth of fifteen in a Class Two nursery and needs to do a lot more than that if he wants to win this afternoon. He does deserve his rating of 84 from the form of his win and his stable have had five winners from fifty-four runners in the last fourteen days but others look more likely winners at this stage until we see any evidence that he may have improved.
3 MAKKAAR – Mark Johnston’s colt ended his juvenile season with a win at Newmarket when making all the running under William Buick over seven furlongs but couldn’t repeat that on his return to action at Ayr when slowly away and never really getting involved in the race before finishing an eight-length seventh of ten in a Class Four handicap. Perhaps harshly left on the same rating today he will need to do a lot better than that but may have sulked, and if he can get out of the stalls on level terms and steal an early lead, he may well challenge for the places.
4 OMEROS – One of the less exposed runners here after just the one start for Hugo Palmer and one win at Chelmsford last October. The son of Poet’s Voice raced in midfield that day and only needed to be pushed out by Josephine Gordon to assert by half a length at the line and it will be interesting to see how much he progresses for that experience. Hugo has his horses back in form after a torrid period and is hitting a one in four strike rate of late, and Omeros is clearly open to any amount of improvement – or not.
5 INTIMATE ART – More experienced than many after six races and looked to be coming to hand with a length third to City Of Joy in a better race last time out (Class Two) at Chelmsford. There is a fear that all his best form is on the all-weather so far with the one win at Kempton and he has been put up three pounds for his latest effort, but if he can repeat that here then he has a very lively chance of success for trainer Andrew Balding.
6 ORIGINAL CHOICE – The William Haggas stable were on fire when the gelded son of Dragon Pulse made his seasonal return at Wolverhampton with a three-quarter length success at Wolverhampton from Medahim when making close to all of the running. He will not be the only one looking to get to the front today which counts against him and was well beaten at Ascot last time out when twelve lengths adrift of winner Winning Ways though that was a better race and he may well have found the going too fast for him.
7 ZEFFERINO – Ended his two-year-old season as a maiden despite three races at Newmarket (second), Sandown (fourth) and Wolverhampton (fourth again), but made amends on his first run this year when winning his maiden by a length and a half at Lingfield on Good to Soft which mirrors the going expected here, though after his win jockey James Doyle added “Zefferino is quite eager to get on with it so the plan was to get him covered up. Another furlong will be in his compass and he will enjoy better ground.” He did stay on well that day and as a son of Frankel will have no trouble with the mile here, with the only negative the poor form of the Roger Charlton stable who have only had one winner from their last twenty-two attempts.
8 SIDEWINDER – Two neck wins over course and distance in his last two races have to mark him down as a player here even though an added four pounds from the handicapper may mean he is reaching the end of his winning run. Tom Dascombe will be hoping he can squeeze one more win out of him on his thirteenth start, but the likelihood is others are better handicapped now.
9 FIRE BRIGADE – A seven pound rise in the handicaps after a narrow win at Newmarket proved all too much for the son of Firebreak who finished a six and a half length fourth over course and distance on firm going when last in action toward the end of May. Connections will be hoping it was the faster ground that was his undoing that day added to the lack of a clear run but he will need to bounce back big time off the same rating now but a place is more than an outside chance.
10 INTERNATIONAL LAW – Trainer Brian Meehan is as shrewd a judge as there is and it stands out that he has added a first-time visor to this son of Exceed And Excel who win his maiden at Bath but was a poor fifteenth of sixteen at Ascot last time, beaten twenty-three lengths at the line. That really doesn’t look good enough and off just two pounds lower, a win here looks too much of an ask.
11 IN FIRST PLACE – Lived up his name just the once so far when scoring at Catterick over seven furlongs off a rating of 76 in a similar classed handicap. Although he hadn’t won in eight races prior to that and another three afterwards, he does get in here off bottom weight and is trained by Richard Fahey, who has had sixteen winners for a 13% strike rate in the last two weeks. Others have to appeal more but with his connections he cannot be written off.