Meydan 18.30

Lots of prices of interest in the last at Meydan, particularly that of Battle Of Marathon. This former Aidan O’Brien inmate has headgear back on, first time visor this time, and is back over a mile, which should suit. He was out wide last week over 7 furlongs, his first run for 5 months and never well positioned given the winner dominated up top. There should be improvement to come from that and I think he’s way overpriced for all others have more obvious claims, particularly the very likeable Musaddas. If Fox Trotter got in I’d be very keen. I’m convinced he wants this sort of test and he’s a well treated horse if things drop right. He looks an unlikely starter however.
Battle Of Marathon - 1pt @ 33/1

Meydan 17.20

The Listed contest on the turf looks worth a go too given a couple of unexposed fillies lurking down the card. I’m not sure this is the strongest of contests and am not struggling to pick holes in those near the top of the market. More Aspen ran well last time, the form of which has been franked, and finished ahead of Limario. She looks a touch forgotten. So too Excilly, an improving filly for Tom Dascombe who didn’t look like stopping over 7 furlongs when winning at Carlisle in Listed company. She had ground excuses in France prior to getting hampered at Doncaster in a deeper race than this. Her jockey had a treble last week and these are very much her conditions. She’s not an obvious one to try beyond a mile but there’s not bundles of pace on and she’s well worth a play at the prices.
Excilly - 1pt @ 16/1