Big prices in order of preference: one horse I’ve been really looking forward to seeing out at Meydan is Fox Trotter. So far he’s not made it in to 2 turf handicaps when a reserve and ran on the dirt last month which didn’t seem to suit him. He should fare far better on the turf and his dirt debut may prove a wise way of getting a run into him whilst preserving his mark, which looks pretty handy on the face of it. The trouble is, if past exploits are anything to go by, he will need luck. Two starts at Goodwood last year saw little chance and he was left plenty to do from the rear at Ascot over 7. The step up to a mile should suit given what we’ve seen on the track and there is pace on here, for all more would be welcome. Either way, he’s 2lb lower than for that Goodwood reappearance and a juicy price.
There’s no doubt I’m chasing out at Meydan it’s so far been a very different year this time around. Last year though a big price over the minimum came to the rescue and hopefully Hototo can do something similar this afternoon. He has won fresh over course and distance so his reappearance run was most disappointing, finishing last of 15. Looking back at it though, he was next to Foxy Forever in the stalls and that horse reared and popped his head over in to Hototo’s stall, which seemed to have a negative knock-on effect. I’m inclined to put a line through it, he missed the break and raced freely on the wrong side with little cover before being asked nothing by Luke Morris when his chance was gone. He's eased 2lb, still not chucked in but 2lb above that last win out here and is ideally drawn to track Caspian Prince, as was the case when winning here last term in a decent time.
Save the most speculative for last in the form of Glory Awaits. I just think he’s worth chancing with the blinkers back on. Slowly away then sulky in 2 starts for David Simcock out here without the blinkers, this free going sort just hasn’t been himself but the returning headgear, on for his last 2 wins, could just spark him into life. I like Fils Anges if they go a clip but with only Art Wave and Glory Awaits likely to go forward it’s tricky to see the closers getting competitive. If the selection reverts to more prominent tactics, which looks likely given the blinkers, he should be involved at the business end, particularly now eased 3lb in the handicap.