In what looks one of the most competitive contests run on the all-weather for some time, virtually all of the field can be given some sort of chance and that includes the rank outsider according to the betting, JAADU (best price 40/1)
. Highly regarded enough by connections to take his chance in the Group 3 Acomb Stakes at York’s Ebor meeting following a smooth win in a competitive nursery at Glorious Goodwood, Mick Channon’s charge failed to live up to that lofty entry when only managing to finish mid-field behind Recorder and he was duly roughed off for the winter. Gelded in the interim and looking as though the time off the track and done him the world of good, the son of Holy Roman Emperor made a pleasing start to his three-year-old career with an encouraging display on his comeback run at Wolverhampton 15 days ago. Despite being extremely keen and fresh and with no cover in the early stages, this imposing sort still managed to produce one of his best efforts when making the strongly fancied Dream Mover pull out all the stops at the Dunstall Park venue. Encouragingly, the form has already received a huge boost when the third-placed horse, Bear Faced, scored at Dundalk last night and with the potential of even better to come in a more conventionally run race, the selection is easily expected to outrun both his current rating and extremely generous-looking price of 40/1.