Dark Devil looks as though he is crying out for today’s step up in trip after a creditable effort at Chester last time and is shortlisted with his yard enjoying a magnificent day yesterday.
The former ran well at Goodwood on her turf return and will be staying on at the death, while Epsom Icon was 1th in the Guineas before finding 10f stretching her at Newbury last time. A sporting split-stakes approach could be the way to go with the favourite so prohibitively priced.
Found looks ready for a step back up to the trip which saw her beat Golden Horn at the Breeder’s Cup. Incredibly, she would be her trainer’s seventh winner in the race in the past decade if successful. Last year’s Leger heroine Simple Verse was very easy to back on her Newmarket reappearance and is sure to strip a good deal sharper for her reappearance.
There does look a lot of early speed drawn along the stands’ rail with Caspian Prince (won two years ago) the main instigator, while Mukaynis and Blithe Spirit are no slouches from the gates. Therefore, recent York scorer Duke Of Firenze should enjoy racing behind the speed from 20 and is likely to make a bold bid to follow up, whie Humidor suffered a nightmare passage in last year’s race and could be capable of springing a big-price surprise for those keen to play at massive odds.
True, he has yet to live up to the hype, but Moore has chosen not to discard him despite there being recent rumours he was considering a switch to market rivals Deauville or Ulysses, both of whom he rode last time out.
Aidan O’Brien and the Ballydoyle operation have never hidden the regard they have for US Army Ranger who was reported to be working with high quality Group horses prior to his successful Curragh debut and he gets the nod in front of stablemate Port Douglas and Newbury winner Ulysses.
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