Even though STAR STORM
has plenty to find on official figures, it would come as no surprise if James Fanshawe’s charge runs way beyond expectations in this Group 3 contest. The son of Sea The Stars has really clicked into gear of late and given that he’s hardly had to come off the bridle to win his last two starts makes it virtually impossible for the handicapper to be accurate with his new assessment of 94. The chances are that he will turn out way better than that current mark and it certainly looks as though his trainer agrees given that he’s allowed his charge to bypass easier pickings to go straight into pattern-company.
Star Storm - 0.5pt e/w @ 5/1Won 3pt
Not seen out since bolting up in a novices’ contest at Newcastle 100 days ago, presumably GIFTED MASTER
(nap) has been saved specifically for one of these big sales events as he was also entered up in the Two-Year-Trophy over at Redcar today. This larger pot, however, clearly has the bigger lure for connections and it would also make sense to come here given the fact the son of Kodiac has twice tasted experience of the uniqueness of the Rowley Mile. Impressive when scoring on his debut back in April, Hugo Palmer’s charge couldn’t quite cope with Buratino on his return visit to HQ, but as the winner went on to land the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, the performance still counts as one of the best singular pieces of form coming into this contest. It’s also seen as a significant factor that the trainer has gone down the well-trodden route of booking Pat Smullen to do the steering and from a potentially good draw in stall two (far side had significant advantage last week), it’s hard to see him not running a big race.
Gifted Master (nap) - 1pt e/w @ 9/2Won 4.5pt
It was universally accepted that BUCKSTAY
was more than a shade unlucky not to capture the Ayr Gold Cup last time out and he rates a decent bet to prove that theory correct in this similarly competitive and valuable prize. Drawn on the wrong side of the track given how the race panned out, the Lawman gelding did best of those that raced towards the nearside rail by flashing home into fifth place and now racing over a more appropriate trip based on his previous form, Peter Chapple-Hyam’s charge has a great chance to make amends.
Buckstay - 0.5pt e/w @ 6/1Won 3.75pt
Gowran Park 16:00
remains in tremendous form on the evidence of his recent performance at Listowel and he looks primed to put up another bold show in a race that should suit his run style. John Kiely’s charge just found the drop back in trip and softer ground a bridge too far 14 days ago, but given a strongly run race over three miles on a decent surface and he’s more than capable of mixing it against this kind of opposition.
Master Appeal - 0.5pt e/w @ 8/1Lost 1pt
Things didn’t quite pan out for RIO RONALDO
on his last visit to today’s track but at the same time, he did more than enough to suggest he’s by no means a lost cause. The combination of being too keen in the early stages and rain-softened ground blunted the finishing speed he’d previously displayed at Windsor, but now racing on a much livelier and favourable surface, Mike Murphy’s charge has a fair chance of sneaking in under the radar at a big price.
Rio Ronaldo - 0.5pt e/w @ 16/1Non Runner
has exhibited more than a fair share of ability in four runs so far to date and rates a strong fancy to take advantage of a huge drop in grade. It has to be said, it’s a little surprising to say the least to find Mick Channon’s filly in this seller in the first place given that she’s been a bit of an eye-catcher in several useful maidens and it seemed for all the world she would find herself in nursery company after obtaining a workable mark of 67. Her best effort came when fourth to the progressive Quick March at Windsor two starts ago and a repeat of that performance should enable her to take this contest without too much fuss.
Cooperess - 1pt @ 7/2Lost 1pt
Although it seems a massive ask given his lack of experience, QUATRIEME AMI
showed enough raw ability on debut to suggest he shouldn't be allowed to go off 66/1 in any subsequent race. Well backed to make a winning start at Kempton 12 days ago, the son of Equiano found the tight 5f track at the Sunbury venue all against him, but in finishing very strongly into a never-nearer fourth at the line, he gave out positive signals that he's likely to prove a different proposition next time. Whether that'll prove to be the case in this red-hot contest is obviously a serious doubt, but at the fancy morning prices, it's got to be worth a small each-way interest to find out.
Quatrieme Ami - 0.5pt e/w @ 40/1Lost 1pt