Much of Tuesday’s racing looks difficult to decipher with very few standout candidates having NAP of the day potential. There’s lots of competitive action on offer in Britain with two jumps cards and an all-weather meeting. Uttoxeter, Fontwell and Navan look particularly challenging which has forced me to look elsewhere. It has taken until the penultimate race of the day in Wolverhampton’s evening meeting to find the most likely winner of the day but there is one runner who looks very difficult to oppose.
Stormy Ocean is the standout candidate of the day and he makes his handicap debut off a mark of 88. This mark doesn’t feel particularly generous but it seems that connections do otherwise they would be looking at conditions or pattern races for this son of Frankel. He finished fourth at Newmarket on his second start with no fewer than eight subsequent winners coming out of the race. Stablemate Noble Truth won that race and he went on to be beaten less than a length in Group 1 company.
It was last time out that he really left an impression when obliterating the field at Newcastle in January. Stormy Ocean beat a stablemate who has since won twice including a valuable conditions race at Kempton. On top of that, the third and fourth have both won since making the form rock solid and suggesting that the decisive victory was no fluke.
He looks like a pattern race performer running in a handicap and seems to be levels above the opposition here. This race should be a stepping stone to bigger and better things for this colt and he’s unlikely to be competing in handicaps for too long on the evidence of that victory.
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