Remote looked to be a horse going right to the top after impressively winning a Group 3 on his final appearance, obviously things went south from there and it can only be argued that he’s had his share of injuries having been off for almost two years now. Trained by John Gosden it would be silly to discount his chances here and although it can be argued that he ought to win this, there is every chance he will need the run and 13/8 does not look a price worth taking risks at. Grandeur will like this ground and has every chance of being the one to take advantage of any fitness flaws the favourite may have, he is closely matched with Lamar though and whilst both have their chance, their is a chance that the both will fall short. The Corsican has plenty enough to find to trouble a few of these, a good winner at Doncaster when last seen, he has improved greatly and may well find the required improvement to play a serious part in this. Educate is another whom generally runs his race, he is exposed but in a race that revolves around the fitness of the favourite he too would need respect. Outside Rydan is seemingly making up the numbers and so the only advice could be to watch the race for future reference and have a small investment on The Corsican who is at least sill improving.
The Corsican (WIN)
Last years winner Noble Silk attempts to retain this prize off a 3lbs higher mark and comes here with the stable banging in winners, a good forth afterwards in the Northumberland plate showed he was still competitive off this sort of mark and a bold bid has to be expected from the grey. Nearly Caught is closely match with last seasons victor and is another who should go close, he’s had a recent spin on the artificial surfaces too but is priced up accordingly and does struggle to win. Gabrial’s King, Totalize and former Chester Cup winner Ile De Re would all have a chance if at their best but the one who catches the eye is Seamour. Trained by Brian Ellison, he has only had the three starts in this sphere and looked the sort who desperately needed a stern stamina test when plodding on at York last time. Once again however, the bookmakers offer little value and so whilst we massively respect him, Noble Silk makes more appeal at the odds.
Noble Silk (E/W)
Eye Of The Storm was formerly trained by Aiden O’Brien and had looked a decent sort at times with that yard having won at Group 3 and Listed level, now trained by Amada Perrett it will be interesting to see what the market says about him but he did seem to lose his way and a watching brief is probably the best idea here. Ayrad has been highly tried and cut little mustard in a few Group 1’s last season, he once again has big race entries this year and although he has a very good chance to take advantage of what looks a soft Listed race, he may come on for the run. Felix Mendlessohn still has plenty to learn and has only had the three runs, he looks the one for the future but he probably deserves to be challenging for favouritism in this. Rawaki finished slightly behind Felix Mendlessohn last time and lacks the potential of that rival, he still looked a tad unlucky the last day however and despite his flaws, he is taken to prove too good for that rival today and take this.
Salateen is likely to ensure there is no hanging about here being one that likes to lead and is drawn in the one box today, progressive as a 2 year old he signed off the last campaign with a fine third behind Elm Park having previously won at Chester and Doncaster. Kevin Ryan’s charge gives weight all round today which makes life tough but with his tactical speed a huge positive, he is handed a vote to return us some each way money. Mutarakez has been handed a whopping 10lbs penalty for winning the Esher Cup comfortably at Sandown last time, he has improved every run and is by no means discounted here, that penalty does take some stomaching though and I’d rather not. Mutasayyid comes from the same owner as Mutarakez and is another who has improved each run, strong over 7f when just getting up late last time, this trip is likely to suit but Hanagan prefers the owners other. Go Dan Go will find this much tougher than his last two wins but deserves a mention chasing the hat-trick and although Billy Slater has yet to win, he was a big eye catcher at Chester last time.
Superstar sprinter Sole Power bids to finally break his duck over six furlongs here and has every chance of doing so, by far the best over five furlongs he is far superior to these when at his best. The trip is a very big issue though as he certainly prefers the minimum trip, is suited by fast ground and seems to prefer places like Ascot. Taking on the old warrior could turn out to be silly but he has had enough chances over this trip and there is no question he has bigger targets later in the season, therefore he is opposed. Gordon Lord Byron is another one difficult to weigh up, extremely useful on his day he has a good chance if fully revved up but could also have bigger targets, along with the frustrating Astaire it probably makes sense to take both on in favour of a value bet. Maarek beat Astaire over this trip last season and has had a decent pipe opener, he can be a little hit and miss but more than double the price of Astaire is baffling and despite the reservations over his consistency, he has every chance of placing and is taken to do so.
Mister Universe showed tremendous guts when making all last time and is probably a worthy favourite despite giving lumps of weight away here, this track should give him an advantage from the front and he is massively respected for his in-form handler. Quite whether he is up to taking up some of his future engagements is open to question and although we are to take him on today, it is done with a heavy heart. My Dream Boat showed clear signs of ability last term when trained by Donald McCain, on debut for the Cox yard last time he looked ultra impressive and is worthy of his place in this much better company. With further improvement on the cards, he is the one who looks to have the most scope for further improvement and as such, he is handed the vote. King To Be is interesting, his mark makes things look tough judged on his recent run but he looks a nice long term prospect. Muffri’Ha is improving and just failed to catch one at Thirsk last time, she ought to play a part here and is respected greatly.
My Dream Boat (WIN)
This looks ridiculously tough and is the sort of race where any result wouldn’t surprise, Irish challenger Gathering Power looks likely to go off favourite and arrives here having had a pipe opener. A repeat of her good second in this last season would give her every chance and his master handler is unlikely to have come here to see the sights, a big run certainly looks on the cards again and she is respected. Aetna probably wants cut in the ground and has failed to fire a few times without it, she is no mug against her own gender though and must also be afforded tremendous respect. Explosive Lady would need a career best to land this but improved on each run last season and is the least exposed, she is also the only three year old in this and is handed a very speculative vote to bring home some place money in receipt of weight all round.
Explosive Lady (E/W)
Newmarket hero Gleneagles is by far the best horse in this and should complete the Guineas double having looked a cut above in the English version. Despite this crop of three year olds looking weak ( To my mind ) he has shown improvement on every appearance and really ought to blitz these, it wouldn’t be my idea of fun lumping a massive odds on shot however and although he will probably win, I would rather go with a small each way bet. Ivawood looks a good thing for a place having finished only three lengths behind the favourite at Newmarket, he really should fill the same position but would make you nothing from a place and is therefore overlooked despite looking a place cert. Endless Drama finished behind the re-opposing Tombelaine here over 7f last time, there is every chance of a form reversal on this vastly different ground however and Ger Lyons charge is handed the each way vote.
Endless Drama (E/W)
G Force had always promised to win a massive race and finally delivered when taking a Group 1 here over 6 furlongs last year, he rather flopped afterwards but there were excuses and although he will probably come on for the run today, he is the best horse in the race and probably worth risking at each way odds. Golddream had been previously labelled a handicapper by me and made a mockery of that the last day, whilst I still stand by that he has every chance of once again making me look silly and has a fitness edge, he gets more respect from me today but I would be disappointed if he were to follow up. Hot Streak took this last season and could go close again having ran a nice race in France last time, he will have to be at his best however. Kingsgate Native is a grand old campaigner and has a very good record in this race, like Jack Dexter though he is not the force of old and both probably have place prospects at best. Great Minds is tough and chasing the hat-trick, the lively ground could be the problem today though and he is worth opposing. Justice Day, Danzeno and Take Cover all have chances of sorts but the O’Meara horse is the classy one and he gets the nod.
G Force (E/W)