A field of seven go to post for the fifth race of the day at Nottingham on Tuesday. See our betting tips and full race preview below.
IN SUMMARY: Ornate stormed away to win his latest start in impressive fashion at Newmarket, but he raced alone on the stand’s rail that day and may have been advantaged by doing so. He is respected nonetheless, but preference is for James Tate’s KYLLANG ROCK who thrives in smaller fields as proven by two placed efforts in Listed races with eight runners or less earlier this season. He was last seen at Glorious Goodwood in the King George Stakes where he was a good sixth and a repeat of that performance back down in grade should see him very tough to beat under Tony Hamilton.
1 GRACIOUS JOHN – Useful four-year-old for David Evans who has struggled in the main this season as he’s campaigned in pattern company races, including the King’s Stand Stakes. This is a much more realistic race for him and conditions will be fine, but he does have to concede four pounds here which won’t be easy. Adam Kirby takes the ride which is positive and he has to be considered a danger at his best.
2 GOLDREAM – Formerly a very high class performer for Robert Cowell, winner of both the 2016 King’s Stand Stakes and the Prix de l’Abbaye, but he’s clearly not up to that level anymore. He had his sights lowered when last seen at Newmarket in Conditions company, but he was well beaten by Ornate and Monsieur Joe, despite being sent off favourite. He cannot be discounted with any confidence, but others are preferred.
3 GREEN DOOR – Won a Class 2 handicap at Newmarket in June, but he’s a hard horse to catch right and failed to follow up another good performance at Goodwood when well beaten at Ascot on Saturday. This is a tougher race than that and, although he has conditions to suit under Fran Berry, he would be a surprise winner and can only be given an outside place chance for Robert Cowell after such a quick turnaround.
4 MONSIEUR JOE – Another who was formerly top class but he’s clearly nowhere near as good as he previously was – four lengths behind Ornate at Newmarket on his penultimate start. He was well beaten at Ascot 18 days ago, eased after his chance was gone and he meets Ornate on identical terms today, so a turnaround looks almost impossible. Likely to miss out on the money this time around.
5 ORNATE – Gave subsequent Group 1 winner Brando something to think about when second to him in the Group 3 Abernant Stakes at Newmarket in April and he’s been mixed since then. His latest win at Newmarket was impressive, showing a devastating turn of foot to scorch away from Monsieur Joe and Goldream and a repeat of that performance will see him tough to beat here under P J McDonald.
6 KYLLANG ROCK – Enjoys himself in smaller fields like this as proven by his win at Nottingham in April and subsequent placings in Listed races. He was far from disgraced when last seen behind Battaash in the King George Stakes at Goodwood and this is much easier. He will enjoy the ground and still remains with potential for better after only 11 runs, so a big run is on the cards under Tony Hamilton.
7 BOUNCE – Progressive filly for Henry Candy who has placed in some tough races, including a Listed race at Haydock in May. She did take a step backward on her latest start when well beaten in the City Walls Stakes and this doesn’t look any easier, with six furlongs her ideal distance. Fergus Sweeney takes the ride, but others make more appeal on this occasion.