OKOOL (best price 11-4) created a favourable impression on his debut when a close-up third behind the well-ridden Glencadam Glory at Doncaster 14 days ago and with the potential of much more to come, Owen Burrows’ charge has a fine chance of breaking his maiden tag at the second time of asking. In a race dominated by a fine tactical front-running ride by Frankie Dettori on the John Gosden-trained winner, the son of Cape Cross was one of several who suffered on account of the Italian’s initiative to come across to the stands side rail and make those in behind dance to his tune, but the way he finished off his race once in top gear suggested he would be a much greater force in a more conventionally run race.
Based on her recent form figures, BULGADIN LADY (best price 9-1) wouldn’t necessarily jump off the page as a potential bet to most punters, but a closer inspection of her credentials point towards her having a better chance than at first glance. Firstly, John Feane’s charge caught the eye by the way she finished off her race in a strongly-run affair at Navan last time out and secondly, her only career win came at this time of year twelve months ago so it could well be that she’s very much a filly for the Autumnal air. Although the daughter of Zoffany has yet to race at today’s venue, she has plenty of solid form racing right-handed over galloping tracks and with soft ground and a decent low draw also added to the list of positives, she’s well worth a small each-way interest at her double-figure quotes. Silas R, who also ran on strongly in the same race at Navan to finish second, has to go onto the shortlist despite his wide draw being a cause for concern.
After fly-jumping at the start and proceeding to pull hard in the early part of the race, GREAT ORDER (NAP) (best price 2-1) looked to have totally blown his chance at Ascot last time out, but such is his natural talent, he was able to overcome those two disabilities and win in the style of a horse that is clearly some way ahead of the handicapper at present. Prior to that amazing display at the Berkshire venue, Saeed Bin Suroor’s inmate had signposted his potential by easily beating two subsequent winners in the shape of Stratum and Sir Valentine with plenty to spare at Leicester and this prize should turn out to be ample compensation for not making the cut in the Cambridgeshire at the weekend.