MAJORIS (best odds 5-4) clearly found his first racecourse experience at Haydock a little overwhelming, but as the same time, he shaped as though he would know a good deal more next time. Being the second offspring of the mighty Frankel, big things were expected of him at the Lancashire venue, but he was far too green to do himself justice and he could only manage sixth behind the more experienced Dream Of Dreams. That said, his work in the closing stages offered plenty of encouragement for the future and, hailing from a yard where most of the juveniles tend improve significant for a run, Hugo Palmer’s charge can show what he can do at the second time of asking.
DELEGATE (NAP) (best price 6-4) proved conclusively that he handled both the track and testing underfoot conditions when landing a similar event over tonight’s course last time out and he’s taken to continue his progression despite having to race over an extra half mile. Always travelling well in the hands of Jack Kennedy, Gordon Elliot’s charge led before the third last going best and only having to be mildly shaken up in the home straight, he pulled readily clear of Tesseract, who has gone on to advertise the form with a win next time out at Bellewstown. Having already won over 2m 3f at Kilbeggan previously, there shouldn’t be too many concerns regarding stamina, and for that reason, the son of Robin Des Champs rates a confident choice to justify his position in the market.
Despite slight reservations about the soft underfoot conditions, ICELIP (best price 9-1) is worth a small interest to confirm the promise he showed last time at Gowran Park. Held up out the back, David O’Brien’s inmate was hampered at a crucial stage when a rival fell directly in his path and, given the way he finished off his race to finish a never-nearer sixth, the arguments for him being a shade unlucky are undeniable. A good winner at Tramore previously (arguably his favourite track), the son of Urban Ocean has enough talent to be competitive in a race of this similar nature, especially off what looks a workable mark of 88.