Andy was three from three yesterday and is back with plenty of big prices today.
CALIBURN (best price 16-1) may lack a bit of experience against some of these more established opponents, but ability wise, he may not have as much to find as the ratings and market suggests and he’s worth a small punt to back up that viewpoint.
Promising on his opening salvo in a useful novice event over on the Rowley Mile back in April, Hugo Palmer’s colt made further progress with an eye-catching effort from an unpromising position turning for home at Thirsk on his next outing.
Well-backed to make it third time lucky in a minor event at Haydock, the son of Camelot duly delivered the goods and although that performance alone is a far cry from what some of his rivals have achieved so far to date, the manner of the display and the prospect of a good deal more to come are the investments made into this potentially smart middle-distance three-year-old.
ADVERTISE (best price 6-4) proved with his excellent effort when second in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot that he’s a colt of some potential and that can be realised even further as he heads into this Group 2 prize with a wave of optimism surrounding his chance.
A hugely impressive winner against the track bias on debut at Newbury, Martyn Meade’s colt was well-fancied to prove the surprise package of the big two-year-old colt’s race at the Berkshire track 23 days ago and although he couldn’t quite land the gamble, he certainly more than covered himself with glory. Dropped out the back door by design due to his poor draw, the son of Showcasing had to make an extraordinary amount of ground up just to get to the pace-setters on the far side, so for him to stay on the way he did and eventually come out on top of the low-drawn horses, is testimony to the horse’s ability.
A big, scopey sort with the physique to make into a proper three-year-old next season, this race appears the perfect stepping stone to further his education and despite the presence of Legends Of War in the field, he’s expected to come through with flying colours and prove that his position for next year’s 2000 Guineas is all wrong.
TRIGGERED (best price 12-1) shaped with plenty of encouragement on his debut at Windsor and with just normal improvement, he’s capable of featuring more heavily in the finish of this similar contest. Dwelling and very slowly into stride at the Berkshire track, Ed Walker’s colt found himself in a detached last position going past the intersection, but once the field straightened up with two furlongs to run, he really picked up the bridle nicely to power home into a never-nearer sixth.
Hopefully with that initial run under his belt he will be a good deal sharper in every department second time around and if so, the son of Dandy Man certainly has enough ability based on that opening display to figure prominently.
A hugely competitive and tricky to solve three-year-old sprint handicap but both FOXTROT LADY (best price 8-1) and BURIDAN (best price 9-1) have exhibited the sort of qualities to suggest they should each play a significant role.
The former is very much going in a similar direction as many of her previous family members (half-sister to Dancing Star) and even though she failed in her bid to complete a quick hat trick at York last time out, she left the impression it might have been a different story if she’s been drawn better. Potentially well-berthed smack down the middle, Andrew Balding’s filly should appreciate the stiff uphill climb to the line over today’s C&D and she makes of each-way appeal at the morning odds.
The latter has really burst into life on his last two runs and given that one of those winning performances came over today’s C&D, another solid effort looks on the cards. More decisive on his latest outing at Haydock five days ago than the time before, that easy victory proves that Richard Hannon’s colt is improving at a rapid rate of knots and connections are fully entitled to strike while the iron is hot and before he’s reassessed.
The older horses have a better record in this contest over the years but in the shape of RAA ATOLL (best price 5-1), the Classic generation have a chance of getting one back on their more established counterparts.
John Gosden’s three-year-old was well-backed to land the King Edward Stakes at Royal Ascot last time out, but like many who tried and failed over the five-day meeting, his bid to make all the running at the Berkshire venue ended in failure.
That said, it was still no disgrace to finish a close-up fourth in a race of that nature given his lack of experience at the top level and this progressive colt can hopefully stake some sort of claim for top honours further down the line providing he’s ridden with a bit more restraint on this occasion.
COULDN’T COULD SHE (NAP) (best price 11-2) posted some smart closing sectionals for a horse of her grade at Windsor last time out and she’s fancied to confirm form with Juneau and continue her progression over a trip which clearly plays into her strengths.
Held up off a steady pace, the daughter of Sixties Icon mowed her field down with a powerful and sustained run down the outside to win going away and with her final split times on a par with the sprinters and better than the 89-rated Masham Star on the same card, she clearly is a useful filly at a fairly low level.
Only up 3lb for that win, tonight’s long straight should really suit her run-style and in a race where quite a few can be safely kicked out on account of their suspect recent form, it’s hard to see Adam West’s three-year-old not being heavily involved in the finish.