With the Stoute duo occupying the top of the market, it could pay to throw a couple of darts at bigger price rivals and the progressive SPRING OFFENSIVE is worth an investment. Richard Fahey has begun the season in blistering form and his representative adored soft ground at Pontefract to score readily last time so should appreciate this test of stamina.
MASTER THE WORLD is a little less obvious, but he is having his 10th run at the track so won’t lack from course knowledge and has gone well fresh in the past.
However, he is a thin price and the inclination is to try and find something each-way at tastier odds in case the ground negates the favourite’s sparkling turn of foot. Given that MASSAAT ran in the Dewhurst – a race just about top of my juvenile speed ratings last term - he appears the logical one with some improvement in the offing.
Owen Burrows has made a steady start since taking over from Barry Hills and the step up to a mile with cut in the ground could suit the son of Teofilo perfectly. Yes, he has three lengths to find on last year’s running, but it is almost impossible to gauge how a horse can develop from two to three so at double figures odds he is worth playing.
The troubled run of Foundation in the Racing Post Trophy occupied many of the headlines after the race, ensuring the winner MARCEL didn’t receive the plaudits he perhaps should have done.
The Lawman colt made giant strides from the middle of last season and the way he quickened to the front at Doncaster suggests he could take top rank as a miler this term. If that is the case, he is worth adding to the portfolio with the excellent Pat Smullen booked.
She is the number one pick, but it would be remiss not to play recent Doncaster scorer MORE MISCHIEF given she appears a huge price on that form and her run behind Moonrise Landing on soft ground at Newmarket last autumn.
George Baker and Steve Drowne teamed up to win a classy handicap at Epsom recently and FIFTYSHADESOFGREY is worth playing to follow up his win in this race 12 months ago. The five-year-old enjoyed a warm up at Lingfield recently when the stable’s horses were thought to need the run and, with two track wins under his belt, he appeals as a likely type to run well again.