Karaka Jack took advantage of a slip in the weights when making the long journey to Newmarket count the last day, he probably got the run of the race but he did me and my article a massive favour at odds of 14/1 and is almost certain to be bang there again today. Off a similar mark now to when he won this race last year, he really ought to be difficult to beat and is taken to follow up, despite not being the most prolific. Father Bertie has felt the wrath of the handicapper having already won a few times this season, the drying ground would be a concern for him but he has some very good form and is highly respected. Almuheet won the last time and would be a big player if repeating that effort, he and the likes of Bahamian C, Westwood Hoe and the frustrating Dual Mac, are others to consider.
Karaka Jack (E/W if 9/2+)
This looks a very competitive sprint and hard luck stories seem the only certain outcome. Barnet Fair has probably been a tad disappointing this term and he has yet to register a victory, he has performed with plenty of credit on numerous occasions however and this represents a drop in class. Seemingly suited by a fair surface and likely to get one today, he is taken to make his class tell over a course and distance he has twice won over. Shipyard has improved rapidly this term and looks a massive danger, successful almost two months ago he ought to have this run to suit, the penalty for that victory does make this tougher though. Perfect Muse, Elusivity and veteran Judge N Jury are other who need respecting in what looks a nice race for the grade.
Barnet Fair (E/W if 9/2+)
Heavily backed two starts back, Freight Train has proved to be most disappointing in two subsequent runs since and was virtually pulled up on his second start of the year. Trained by Mark Johnston he had always promised to be pretty decent and though he was eventually hammered the last time, he probably paid for following a suicidal pace. A glimmer of hope for his fans however would be the way he travelled on that last start and its possible he is just starting to find his feet, confidence wouldn’t be high in following him again here but he is surely better than he is showing and a chance is taken he will prove it at fancy odds. High Barouque won a maiden last time having shown promise in two earlier runs, the handicapper has hardly been lenient on Handicap debut however and so despite being the dark horse, the percentage call would be to oppose. Dance King is tough and will likely find this much easier than some of his recent races, he deserves the main danger tag and though Bella Nouf looks far from straightforward, she has strong claims and is unexposed.
Freight Train (E/W)