Includes a 194/1 each-way double!
Galadriel (16/1) was well behind approaching the half-way marker last time out before absolutely flying home. The finish was a real eye catcher, and if Kevin Ryan’s horse can reproduce the second half of that race again she’s got a great chance. Also noted how excited Andrea Atzeni is to ride this filly.
Daahyeh (6/1) chances have received a massive boost this week with Raffle Prize scoring earlier in the festival. The two-year-old beat Raffle Prize last time out at Newmarket and has a cracking chance of making it two from two.
The price has gone on Japan (6/5) but still looks the likely winner. That third in the Derby is much better form than any others in this race. He has huge potential and could go on to be one of O’Briens best. If you wanted something a little tastier, then have a look at Pondus in the without market at 3/1.
I'm going to be a bit boring backing another short priced runner, but Ten Sovereigns (5/4) is the best horse in this field. The three-year-old didn’t like the extra distance at Newmarket, and goes back to 6f. He fended off Jash the time before, but I think this win was easier than it first looked.
Hermosa is the likely winner but I’m not as confident on the three-year-old as I was with both Japan and Ten Sovereigns. I’m not that keen on the French form in this race either, and have opted to go with Twist n Shake (w/o fav 14/1) in the without market. John Gosden’s horse will enjoy the cut in the ground and could improve from the three runs this season. With three places in the without market I’m willing to take a risk and take on a few in this field.
I was tempted to stick three in this race as I think Coral Beach could go very well in this race. However, Ive decided to stick with I’m Available (16/1) and Lady Maddison (14/1). I’m Available has enjoyed running with a bit of give in the ground of late, and looks very good value. Lady Maddison was a real eye catcher when winning last time out. Richard Hughes’ horse had so much more in the tank and has been saved for this race.
Corgi is the one to beat in this one and looks to have been shaped for this race. However, with a bit of give in the ground I believe that Collide (12/1) has a solid chance. Hugo Palmer’s horse only just finished behind Corgi last time out (appreciate Corgi wasn’t going hell for leather) and was 3/6 from on soft last season. 12/1 looks a pretty big price for a talented four-year-old.