SIR THEODORE (best price 3-1) looked a sprinter right on top of his game at Nottingham last week and is taken to follow up that impressive victory under similar conditions. Out of the traps smartly and always on the speed, Richard Spencer’s inmate totally bossed that race at the Midland venue and with the time figure also backing up what a smart performance it was by the in-form three-year-old, the son of Arcano can make it three wins in four starts on soft or heavy ground.
The overall and sectional times of AWESOME QUALITY (best price 7-2) on his all-weather debut at Newcastle last week (compared to the 91-rated Mr Bossy Boots) suggests he’s potentially a much better horse than his current rating implies and for that reason, a chance is taken on him translating that sort of performance back to the turf. Always in control at the Gosforth Park venue, James Tate’s charge readily pulled clear of a useful field for the grade inside the last two furlongs and providing the ground stays on the quick side for this encounter, there’s a fair chance the son of Elusive Quality will be able to run to a similar level of form – which should prove good enough.
LILLY THE LIONESS (NAP) (best price 9-2) arrives here in belting form thanks to an upturn in fortunes over fences last time out and hopefully she can carry that sort of momentum with her now back on the Flat. Given that five of her six career wins have come during the months of June and July, it was no great surprise to see the daughter of Welsh Lion bounce back to winning ways at Wexford 15 days ago and that performance has to go down as one of her best ever based on the standard of opponents she beat that evening. Set to return on a 6lb lower mark than when last seen on the level, it’s also worth pointing out that Garrett Power’s charge often saves her best form for tonight’s venue, so the combination of those two factors make her an irresistible bet around the 5-1 mark.