The stamina-laden Irish raider makes plenty of each-way appeal at double-figure quotes.
looked a three-year-old going places at Goodwood last time and rates a decent bet to take advantage of a fairly lenient mark on his first outing in handicap company. Andrew Balding’s charge split the progressive pair Memorial Day and Erik The Red at Haydock earlier in the campaign and a repeat of that form alone should see him competitive off a rating of 84 against this field. The galloping nature on the track on soft will suit and he makes appeal than most to continue his progression.
Arabian Illusion - 1pt @ 9/2Lost 1pt
Aidan O’Brien often runs what’s perceived to be his best two-year-old colts in the Beresford Stakes at the Curragh and given that BEACON ROCK
was well-backed to come out on top of his three representatives that day, it was therefore a surprise to many that he was defeated by unconsidered stable mate, Port Douglas – who looked to be the front-running sacrificial lamb. In mitigation, the son of Galileo was set a mountain to climb by Ryan Moore given how the race panned out and he’s worth another chance to prove the ‘lads’ from Ballydolye correct in their original opinions. Although you could pigeon hole him into the bone idle category, it could be that he’s crying out for a thorough test of stamina and with Gifted Master in the line-up, the sound gallop he requires looks assured.
Beacon Rock - 1pt @ 10/3Lost 1pt
won in the style of an improving stayer at York last time out and can provide his handler with yet another winner of this prestigious prize. Although Tony Martin has one of the likely favourites for this race in the shape of Quick Jack, it may well turn out that the son of Lando proves to be the better handicapped of the pair. Relishing every yard of the extended 2m trip on the Knavesmire, the progressive five-year-old appeared to win with a bit to spare and being a lightly-raced, un-exposed type with hopefully more to come, the Irish raider makes plenty of each-way appeal at his double-figure quotes. One of his main threats may turn out to be another trained over the Irish Sea in the shape of BAYAN
, who looks more than a dangerous floater off his low weight. Winner of the ultra-competitive Ladbroke Hurdle at Ascot last winter, clearly big-field strongly-run handicaps suit his run style and he should give his sporting connections another big thrill.
Heartbreak City - 0.5pts e/w @ 9/1Lost 1pt
Bayan - 0.5pts e/w @ 14/1Lost 1pt
looked like he’d got a competitive juvenile handicap at Newbury shot to bits as he went down to the last on his final start last season, only for him to get worried out of the argument in the latter stages. The way Tom George’s travelled through that contest suggested he’s potentially well treated and it was only a question of stamina over that 2m 3f that eventually found him out. With the likes of Storm Force Ten, Lil Rockerfeller and Golden Doyen all well beaten in behind, the form looks totally believable and providing he’s fit enough to do himself justice on his seasonal return, the son of Authorised is likely to be a massive player.
Dexcite - 0.5pts e/w @ 8/1Placed 0.3pts
SAUSALITO SUNRISE (NAP)
dined at the very top table last season as a novice and looks just the type to do well in plenty of these valuable staying handicaps throughout the rest of this campaign. Winner of both his two starts at today’s track, he clearly handles this undulating course well and being as the latter of those victories was over the C&D on his seasonal return twelve months ago, confidence is high that he can score first time off the shelf. On top of the long list of positives is the form of his yard at present and he is likely to be one of the best backed horses of the race as a result.
Saulisto Sunrise - 1pt @ 7/2Lost 1pt