It was very hard not to be impressed by BEDOUIN’S STORY when he bolted up at York in July and his subsequent second off a 7lb higher mark around Chelmsford was even more impressive when you consider the amount of ground he had to make into a pace that wasn’t collapsing. Dropping back in trip should aid his cause, especially on this more testing surface, and despite another 2lbs being added to his rating, I think the best is yet to come from a horse who remains unexposed over 7f on soft.
CAMACHO CHIEF was selected in this column for last week’s abandoned Haydock meeting and I’m happy to go in again despite the different track. This speedy 4-year-old has all the hallmarks of a horse to act well in a big field at Ascot, as he travels powerfully, has a good change of gear and wants to be covered up behind a proper gallop. The latter should materialise here and if he doesn’t overdo it in the travelling stakes (can be keen), he could outclass this lot now returned to a 0-95.
I was planning on having a nice bet on INSTISAAB around the 7/1 mark but that price disappeared so a single point will have to do! This is the third time in succession that I’ll be backing O’Meara’s charge but now that he’s running in a Class 3 for the first time in God knows how long, it could finally pay off. He’s obviously well-treated, shaped nicely the last twice and has the benefit of Cieren Fallon removing what is effectively a free 3lbs. Over a C&D where he’s 1-1, only misfortune should keep him out of the frame.
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