Aidan O'Brien's charge is confidently expected to step up on what he's shown so far.
Although he may have quite a bit to find on the official figures, GREYFRIARSCHORISTA (best price 6/1)
has such an amazing record over today’s track that he may be able to poke one in the eye of the weights and measure brigade. Even though he’s advancing in years, he still proved that he has plenty of pace for an eight-year-old when blowing away nine rivals over the C&D last time out - clocking a fair time into the bargain. Clearly benefiting from a return to the polytrack surface that afternoon, Giles Bravery’s charge should be capable of hitting the frame at the very least if he runs to a similar standard on this occasion.
Greyfriarschorista - 1pt e/w @ 6/1
DUKE DES CHAMPS (best price 6/1)
may have only beaten one horse of any note when scoring at Market Rasen last time out, but the speed figure of the race revealed they weren’t mucking about for a three-runner affair, so the performance deserves to be upgraded. Considering the runner-up that day, Matorico, has an official rating of 137, Philip Hobbs’ charge may have done extremely well to be given an opening mark of just 128 based on the bare bones of the form and hailing from a yard that continues to thrive, it’s hard to see this imposing chasing-type not running a huge race over a track that should suit.
Duke Des Champs - 1pt e/w @ 6/1
TAKE THE HELM (best price 11/2)
clocked a smart time when scoring on all-weather debut over the C&D last time and he looks way overpriced given that he has the potential to improve even further. Clearly appreciating both the step up in trip and the tapeta surface, Brian Meehan’s charge proved just too strong for the well-touted newcomer Taqdeer in a driving finish and as that race was almost a second quicker than the first division of the same maiden won by Harry Champion, it makes little sense how the son of Monsieur Bond can be three times the price of Hugo Palmer’s inmate based on those findings.
Take The Helm - 1pt e/w @ 11/2
OSCAR DOMINGUEZ (best price 5/2)
has shaped with a degree of promise on each of his three starts so far to date and he looks poised to step up to the plate on his first foray into handicap company. His latest performance when a staying-on fifth behind the useful Red Rannagh in a strongly-run maiden here three weeks ago suggests that he should easily be capable of winning races off a mark of 70, and in a contest where there doesn’t appear to be too many dangerous floaters lurking, Aidan O’Brien’s charge gains the confident vote.
Oscar Dominguez - 1pt @ 5/2