It's a bumper day of top-class Flat action on CH4 and the Daily Mail's Sam Turner has the best bets.
Although he has yet to win with Frankie Dettori on board in four starts, EAGLE TOP
(Best priced 5-6) boasts a significant amount in hand of his rivals on official ratings and this looks a decent springboard to loftier targets this summer. John Gosden’s charge is one of few possible pace angles in the race and may have his own way in front if ridden in that manner. The reservation is his strike rate and propensity to throw away winning opportunities, but he won’t have many more open goals like this and it will be disappointing if he can’t take full advantage.
Ayrad is likely to strip fitter for his recent Sandown comeback while Star Storm is a big price simply because he has to concede a penalty.
Eagle Top - 1pt @ 5/6
Desert Encounter looks the type of late maturing stayer his stable do well with and he was impressive in victory at Doncaster even if the time was nothing special. He steps up in trip today and is likely to be a thin price so it could be worth taking a chance with WOLFCATCHER
(Best price 9-2) who returns to the flat after a spell hurdling and has, as yet, untapped potential in this country over staying trips.
It appears significant that Godolphin persevere with Wolfcatcher given his history and he could develop into a decent staying prospect.
Wolfcatcher - 1pt @ 9/2
Dream Dubai and REMARKABLE
(Best price 4-1) look the two most upwardly mobile sprinters in this field of those to have run this season.
The former posted a terrific effort in Group Three company when chasing home the talented Gifted Master at Ascot (Dhahmaan a staying-on 4th and should improve), while Remarkable was just that when landing a competitive Doncaster handicap with a sparkling turn of foot.
The fourth and fifth have won since and John Gosden showed in the Dante that he doesn’t mind blowing a handicap mark with a horse he regards as pattern class. Taneen is one to watch in the market on his return.
Remarkable - 0.5pt e/w @ 4/1
(Best price 3-1) and Thikriyaat are fancied to fight out the conclusion of this intriguing puzzle and, in all honesty, it is difficult to split the pair. The former ran well on his comeback over course and distance last month and should strip fitter for that outing with his stable back among the winners this week. The form of Thikriyaat’s reappearance success at today’s venue was handed a boost when the runner-up won at Ascot and he is a tough to knock given there should be plenty more progression to come.
Scrutineer - 1pt @ 3/1
The Hannon operation have made this race their own in the past six years, winning it four times and Toormore they have another likely candidate following his gritty Sandown Group Two defeat of Dutch Connection. The duo are becoming old adversaries given they fought out the Lennox Stakes last year at Goodwood and they should both be on the scene again, however KODI BEAR
(Best price 9-2) appeals as a horse that can make the step into Group One company this term and gains the nod.
The selection looked a class act with cut in the ground last term, especially at Goodwood in the Celebration Mile, and is expected to improve again with another winter behind him.
He didn’t look to be in top form when hanging his chance away behind the mighty Solow in the QEII in the autumn, but goes well fresh and Gerard Mosse has won two of his three starts aboard the four-year-old. The selection also appears well drawn towards the middle of the track.
Kodi Bear - 1pt @ 9/2
Richard Fahey has won this twice in the last five seasons so his runners make appeal in different ways. MR LUPTON
(Best price 14-1) has plenty of weight but he is a class act on his day and looks capable of overcoming the burden despite the presence of the seemingly well-handicapped Nisser and Venturous. The Elnadim gelding went to some tough parties last year but performed with credit on a number of occasions, including when Jamie Spencer rode him to win a valuable Doncaster Sales race, and looks overpriced at his morning odds.
(Best price 9-1) looked like the run would do him good at Doncaster in a race that’s working out well and is another to consider.
He appeared that he was ridden with an eye to the future that day and should strip fitter back on his favoured fast surface.
Mr Lupton - 0.5pt e/w @ 14/1
Gallipoli - 0.5pt e/w @ 9/1
Having introduced both Time Test and Al Kazeem to land this prize in recent seasons, handler Roger Charlton’s decision to run Imperial Aviator will not escape the notice of the shrewdies. His Leicester win was given a huge boost yesterday when the runner-up, Ulysses, hacked up by a wide margin at Newbury and he looks a huge danger to the progressive VIVRE POUR VIVRE
(Best price 13-2). The selection holds an entry in an Ascot Group Two next month so is clearly well regarded and, as a son of Pour Moi, he should appreciate conditions. Admittedly, he hasn’t beaten a great deal yet, but is well drawn to make an impact on a classy renewal.
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Vivre Pour Vivre - 0.5pt e/w @ 13/2