Anthony Honeyball’s inmate is way ahead of his current handicap mark.
(best price 6/1)
is building up quite a nice rapport with the contours of Haldon Hill and this bang-in-form and consistent eight-year-old is fancied to brush aside the steadier of top weight over this marathon trip. Just touched off by the improving Wizards Bridge over 3m on his seasonal return, Jackie Du Plessis’ charge went one place better in emphatic fashion on his most recent outing, when staying on strongly in the latter stages to easily turn away five rivals. Given that he looked like he had plenty left under the bonnet as he coasted passed the line, the extra six furlongs shouldn’t pose too many problems to the son of Oscar and the burden of 12st 3lb is offset to the tune of 5lb courtesy of useful conditional David Noonan in the plate.
ST DOMINICK - 0.5pts e/w @ 6/1Lost -1pts
LABEL DES OBEAUX
(best price 4/1)
left the impression it was only lack of match fitness which prevented him from making a winning British debut at Ascot and he can provide his in-form stable with another decent pot. The fact that both he and the eventual winner, American, pulled well clear of the rest to record a fast time suggest that the form is well above average and hailing from a stable that has claimed this prize with the likes of Junior and Manyriverstocross in recent times, the Alan King team will naturally be hoping for a bold show.
LABEL DES OBEAUX - 1pt e/w @ 4/1Won 4.8pts
NEVER SAYS NEVER (best price 11/10)
was a decisive winner for the second time in succession at Lingfield three days ago and connections are fully entitled to let their charge run again before being reassessed. The way that he brushed aside the in-form Sirop De Menthe at the Surrey venue indicates Anthony Honeyball’s inmate is way ahead of his current handicap mark and being a C&D winner who seems to relish testing conditions, everything looks set fair for the hat trick bid to be a successful one.
NEVER SAYS NEVER - 2pts @ 11/10Lost -2pts
Even though there’s every possibility that John Gosden’s Taqdeer could prove well above average on debut, it would still come as something of a surprise if EJAYTEEKAY
doesn’t hit the frame at the very least. Staying on well in the closing stages of a very strongly-run maiden over the C&D last time out, Jo Crowley’s charge posted her best set of figures so far to date and with the likes of Waalaa (won), Rubis (third) and Make Music (third) all boosting the form since, a repeat of that performance makes the daughter of Big Bad Bob the perfect bet to nothing project the each-way scoundrels desire.
EJAYTEEKAY - 1pt e/w @ 9/2Lost -2pts
LITTLE SWEETHEART (best price 4/1)
was desperately unlucky to bump into a rampant Danz Gift when heavily punted in a similar race here four weeks ago, but having finished well clear of the rest, Patrick Flynn’s charge rates a decent bet to gain compensation off the same mark. Setting a frenetic gallop from the outset, it seemed for all the world like the daughter of Lawman would win with a furlong to go, but she was eventually gunned down by a horse who is now rated 75 – making the pill even harder to swallow. Handed the perfect inside draw once again, she’s likely to prove very hard to catch if she gets to the corner in front.
LITTLE SWEETHEART - 1pt e/w @ 4/1Won 4.8pts