GREY BRITAIN (best price 5-2) put the willies up backers of odds-on favourite Sea Fox at Lingfield on his debut and that promising performance should prove to be an excellent building block in his attempt to go one place better at the second time of asking. Held up towards the rear at the Surrey venue, the son of Arcano impressed by the way he travelled through the early exchanges and although he found plenty for pressure once asked for maximum effort, he couldn’t quite reel back the more experienced winner, who also had the benefit of racing up the favoured stands side fence. Sure to be more streetwise this time around, John Ryan’s inmate will be hard to beat granted normal improvement.
As expected, ST MICHEL (NAP) (best price 11-8) took the step up in trip at Beverley last time out firmly in his stride and in-keeping with many former inmates from his stable, Sir Prescott’s charge looks set to run up a bit of a sequence now he appears to have found his niche. Prior to that romp at the Yorkshire venue, the son of Sea The Stars had found the combination of soft ground and the progressive force in the shape of Emperor Napoleon a bridge too far at Bath, but given that the conditions at today’s track are likely to be riding on the quick side, everything looks set fair for him to strut his stuff again.
Although HERON HEIGHTS (best price 5-2) was well beaten at Kilbeggan last time, he was by no means disgraced against the quality opponents he faced that evening and he has every chance of getting back on track in this slightly less taxing examination. As it turned out, the likes of Tiger Roll and Valyssa Monterg proved too strong at the Co Leinster venue 31 days ago, but he ran well for a long way until his early exertions took its toll late on and with his previous speed figure at the same track standing alone as the best piece of form compared to the rest of tonight’s field, Henry De Bromhead’s charge clearly holds all the aces.