Backing lightly-raced, three-year-olds against more worldly-wise experienced handicappers at a shortish price isn’t a profitable strategy in the long term, but in the case of PREDOMINANCE (best price 9/2)
, he’s very much the exception to the rule. Impressive when overcoming a slow beginning at Chepstow on debut, William Haggas’ inmate was strongly fancied to make a successful handicap bow at Newbury next time out and although he failed in his attempt to land the punt, he did more than enough to suggest he will pay his way in this sphere. In a strongly-run affair at the Berkshire venue, the son of Danehill Dancer just found himself too far out of his ground when the eventual winner, Lear’s Rock, nipped up the inside and kicked for home at the two pole, and even though he got the deficit down to a head at the line, he was just always being held by Ralph Beckett’s charge. Although he’s dropping back down a furlong, conditions are such that the ability to stay further than 7f won’t go amiss, and hopefully this imposing three-year-old will know enough on this occasion to make his class count.