As ever, a devilishly tricky handicap to solve, but in the shape of GRAND INQUISITOR (best price 12/1)
and THE WARRIOR (best price 25/1)
, there are two live contenders worth playing each-way against the field with the five places on offer. The former caught the eye in a well-contested handicap at Newmarket recently and although he failed to trouble the judge in finishing 10 lengths behind the eventual winner, Accession, he did more than enough to suggest he’s worthy of a degree of loyalty. Coming with what appeared to be a potent challenge approaching the two pole, Sir Michael Stoute’s charge got completely stopped in his run at that juncture, and as there was precious little time to get involved in the business end of the race, Ryan Moore did the sensible thing and looked after his mount there on in. Sure to strip fitter for that initial outing, the Dansili colt has enough big-field handicap form – including one over today’s course – to suggest he can be a potent force back on better ground.
The latter takes a bit more explaining, but there were similar positives vibes emulating from his first performance under his new regime. On first start for Amanda Perrett at Lingfield recently, the son of Exceed And Excel shaped a good deal better than his final finishing position suggested in a competitive all-weather handicap and this former Aidan O’Brien inmate, who was rated 106 in his pomp at Ballydoyle, has enough class to make a big impact from his favourable middle draw.