There might be 25 runners in the Weatherbys Super Sprint (4.10) but the terms of the race are as such that you can’t really fancy all that many and I’m interested in the one down at the bottom this time around.
Clearly, Clem Fandango and Mrs Danvers have to go on the shortlist but I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that Spiritual Lady can take a big step forward after a really taking debut at Newmarket. Charlie McBride has clearly noticed that Cam Hardie is back and has been riding plenty of winners in the north, and he’s a very useful young rider who can do 8st. The form of Spiritual Lady’s Newmarket maiden win took a boost when the runner-up won an Ascot maiden next time and, given she is able to race off a very low weight because of her cheap purchase price, she rates a decent each-way play in the feature race on Channel 4 this afternoon.
Thirty-five minutes earlier, in the Bet365 Hackwood Stakes (3.35), I would give The Tin Man an excellent chance of putting his Ascot disappointment behind him. There were excuses on that occasion and I still think this horse has what it takes to make up into a Group One sprinter in due course. He might have most to fear from Ibn Malik who looks an interesting proposition dropping back to six furlongs.
The Bet365 Stakes (3.00) features the comeback of Trip To Paris though surely this trip is way too short for last year’s Gold Cup winner, although that said, I don’t think he will disgrace himself because he’s got a class edge over most of his rivals. It’s an extremely trappy race with horses that either need a bigger field or a stronger pace than looks likely, or slightly disappointing horses that are dropping in class. The one that fits into neither category is Scottish who posted a perfectly respectable comeback in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes and is a course and distance winner who represents an in-form yard. Boring though it might be, Scottish gets the vote.At Newmarket, I’m going to take a chance that James McDonald can work his magic on Reputation in the 4.55. I don’t think this horse is entirely straightforward but he is still relatively unexposed, wears a visor for the first time and he has a jockey that might just make a difference. The market is likely to be made by Arab Poet so Reputation looks an interesting play at 6/1.