That said, he could be worth chancing on his return for a new handler and he already boasts track knowledge given he was a creditable fourth in a warm handicap at the Royal meeting so could be a horse to catch fresh.
Duretto is defending a perfect 2-2 record at today’s venue and could also go well in a tough handicap to unravel.
Her fitness has to be taken on trust, but that is the issue with a number of her rivals and her two runs at the track have yielded a narrow course and distance victory on fast ground and a career best last autumn when beaten by her progressive stablemate Star Storm in a Group Three.
David Menuisier has made a bright to the season and Havre De Paix was another example of his abilities at Chelmsford when beating a subsequent winner.
The selection was an honourable runner-up on his seasonal debut last term and today’s conditions are near enough his optimum, while we saw again last night that Jamie Spencer is a master at riding the straight track. Buckstay was fourth in this event 12 months ago, a place ahead of Emell who has faced a stiff task on a number of occasions this term and could outrun his price.
A raft of dangers include the progressive Predominance, Free Code (caught the eye at Newmarket on his return) and Mister Universe whose stable have begun to find some form again after undergoing a quiet spell.
Wait For Me posted an excellent effort at Cheltenham given his inexperience, while Ch’Tibello is another to bounce off the faster ground as he proved in the Scottish Champion Hurdle.
Markaz, fifth in a very strongly-run Leicester contest on his reappearance, and course specialist You’re Fired are the chief threats, even if the latter is seemingly better at a mile.
Architecture hails from a yard carrying all before them and she has a huge chance if today’s trip on tacky ground doesn’t prove beyond her first time out. Seventh Heaven won with plenty in hand at Dundalk, clocking a good time in the process so is a threat to all given her stable have their fillies in excellent form this spring.
Humphrey Bogart handled deep ground well at Epsom behind a live Oaks candidate and should pick up some pieces late even if this trip isn’t confirmed as his optimum yet. Stablemate Viren’s Army enhanced the form with victory at Chester yesterday.
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