Postileo has been off the track since June when last seen down the field in the Ascot Stakes, over two miles and four furlongs, were he probably didn’t see out the full distance. Before that, he ran creditably well over two miles when finishing second in the Chester Plate. He could be well handicapped but is dropping down quite a bit in distance and there is a substantiated chance that he could find this too fast.
Favourite Moon has been in good form of late. He wasn’t beaten far in a competitive handicap at Newbury and was just outgunned at Goodwood, last time out. He’s well in on the handicap and connections are in good form. He probably warrants favouritism but he does have to produce a career best to land today’s race, so it could be worth going against him.
Not So Sleepy is probably most recognisable from running in top class hurdle races but was last seen finishing a creditable seventh in the Chester Cup, over two miles and two furlongs. Evidently, there’s no concerns about the distance! This is the type of race he’d like to boss from the front, so if he’s ridden that way then I wouldn’t be concerned about him being taken off his feet. Additionally, Hughie Morrison and Graham Lee are in good form at the moment. This looks to be a race that could stand Not So Sleepy in good stead for the upcoming jumps season.
NOT SO SLEEPY (WIN)
written by Kieran McHugh