Six from Andy including a young colt in the last at York he thinks is primed to run a big race.
THEYDON GREY (best price 15-2) has built up a proper affinity for today’s course throughout this season, so even though the handicapper has tried to take revenge against William Haggas’ inmate, the quirky grey may have at least another big performance left in him. Beginning his winning run back in May, the son of Champs Elysees has worked his way through the ranks and distance range and with his latest victory conclusively proving that he stays 2m particularly well, confidence is high that another positive display is on the cards despite him sometimes giving the impression he’s going to head-butt his jockey with his high head carriage. Winner of this race back in 2014, EDGE OF SANITY (best price 16-1) clearly has had his problems, but he ran really well on his return to action behind Theydon Grey here last time out on his first start for Iain Jardine and a repeat of that sort of performance suggest he’s overpriced at 20-1.
TATHMEEN (NAP) (best price 10-1) was hugely impressive both visually and on the clock last time out at Newbury and he doesn’t look too badly treated of a mark of 85 on his first try in handicap company. Unable to cope with the flying Invincible Army at Newmarket on fast ground the time before, Richard Hannon’s charge was a totally different proposition with a bit of ease underfoot next time at the Berkshire track and although he probably didn’t beat a great deal that day, he did it in the style of a thoroughly progressive colt. Moreover, his time figure and sectionals suggests he ran to a pretty high level that afternoon and given that he achieved those numbers without being asked a serious question in the latter stages, the thought process of this powerful-looking colt having plenty more to offer appears a valid one. Nicely drawn down the centre of the track, any overnight rain will enhance his chance and he looks destined to be a big player despite the complexities of the race and strength of opposition.
Ability to handle tonight’s testing conditions will count for plenty, so with that in mind, JEREMYS JOY (best price 10-3) is better equipped than most and it may allow her to shrug aside top weight. All her four career victories have come when the ground has been heavy and the latest of those success was achieved it pretty convincing fashion at Roscommon on her seasonal return. Always travelling best 15 days ago, Keith Clarke’s inmate had the race won fully two furlongs out and with the time figure and strength of opposition in behind all suggesting the form looks pretty reliable, she’s taken to repeat the dose.
The feature of the race won by PHALABORWA (best price 7-2) was overall speed figure generated by the strong pace throughout, so both she, and runner-up NOSTALGIE (best price 11-2) are likely to be huge players here again tonight under a likely similar set of circumstances. The former impressed by the way she travelled throughout that hot heat at the Dunstall Park track and even when James Tate’s inmate came along side at the furlong pole, she still had enough in reserve to keep her main rival at bay close home. Having already won over tonight’s C&D, Ed Vaughan’s charge is clearly a lover of synthetic surfaces, so despite a wide draw, another positive display looks on the cards. Although held on merit by her old rival last time, a much better draw of the two puts the daughter of Archipenko firmly in the mix and hailing from a stable that are going particularly well at present, she also worth a dabble to back up that excellent effort on the speed gun last time out.