Felix De Vega is versatile ground wise and he cruised through a competitive Ripon handicap before scoring decisively last time. Although raised 8lb for that success, there looks more to come from Mick Easterby’s charge and he could be a touch of value given the presence of some higher profile yards.
Dark Red also fits into the unexposed category having won twice this term since being stepped up to 10 furlongs, while American Artist is a tough horse to put a line through given his preference for good ground and his powerful connections.
CANNOCK CHASE (Best price 3-1) found his turn of foot nullified by soft ground when second in this event last term and, although a trip to Royal Ascot will again by the ultimate objective, he is rated to take a hand in the finish, even if he may ultimately need a mile and a half these days. The drying ground will aid his cause.
Battalion didn’t get home over 13 furlongs at Chelmsford and looks a real threat if in the mood.
Stablemate Port Douglas has already won a Group 2 and the blinkers he wore when fourth in the Racing Post Trophy are replaced by a tongue strap and cheekpieces. That form has seen a couple of sizeable reverses this term but there could be more to come from him as a three-year-old given his breeding.
Ode To Evening didn’t stay 10 furlongs at Sandown last time and this test looks more suitable, while both Storm Rising and Dark Devil are unexposed and respected having looked very useful juveniles.