After picking up a 7/2 winner yesterday, Architect Tips is back with six tips for today's action.
The Jacques le Marois Group 1 Stakes has attracted a quality field and I am going to take an each-way chance on LIGHT INFANTRY (best price 14/1), who produced a good effort when runner-up in the Group One Jean Prat at this venue last month. He had previously won his first two starts in good style and wasn’t disgraced when ninth in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, where he kept on nicely in the final furlong, despite having raced keenly and not at all looking comfortable on the track at any stage.
He was off the bridle a long way out but stuck to the task well under Jamie Spencer and his sectionals inside the final furlong were pretty impressive given he looked to be going nowhere at one stage. Jamie Spencer knows him well and the way he finished his race off here last-time-out, suggests the return to this one mile distance will suit better. I don’t think we have seen the best of him yet so whilst I recognise he has a bit to find with the market principles on ratings, he makes plenty of appeal at double-figure odds.
HONEY SWEET (best price 16/1) can potentially cause an upset in the feature race. Karl Burke runs two in the race but Clifford Lee has opted for this filly, who should be better suited to the six furlongs and her previous try over this trip resulted with an unlucky second at Carlisle behind stablemate Oscula in a Listed event. She has a much better chance in this event than her odds and rating suggests, especially when she was giving her stablemate three-pounds at Carlisle and had a nightmare passage when travelling better than the winner too.
I think the top two in the market are definitely worth taking on, as Gale Force Maya has had a hard campaign, while Chil Chil hasn’t really threatened in both starts this term. With this in mind, I’ll back this proven Listed winning-filly, who should be suited to this course and has the ability to go well over her optimum distance and appeals most at generous odds. She’s wildly overpriced.
SCALE FORCE (NAP) (best price 8/1) is a two-time course-and-distance winner, who defied a six pounds higher mark in a class-five event when gaining the second of those two wins. He won by over two lengths that day and won off an eighteen pounds higher mark (74) last year in a class-three at Wolverhampton. He is down to a mark of 55 whilst still performing consistently in defeat and he caught the eye when a strong-finishing fourth here last time, where he was given too much to do but was only beaten about two lengths, finishing with running left, behind The Tron and Marwari.
Gay Kelleway’s charge likes it here and wasn’t beaten far here back in March too off a mark of 64 and his overall record at this venue reads 12404353133220046244, where a good 95% of those efforts were in class-five events or better. Daniel Muscutt, who rides this course better than anyone, who’s operating at an astonishing 29% strike-rate here, has been booked to ride and his mount is drawn better today in stall eleven. Given all of this six-year-old’s form at this course has been off higher marks against mostly stronger opponents, if he can build on his latest eye-catching fourth, he looks capable of ending his long losing sequence.