Asymmetric was a £150,000 breeze up purchase, Showcasing colt who won two minor races before being beaten by a head in the Group 2 July Stakes. That was a big step up on his previous runs and he must be feared here.
Gubbass, sired by Mehmas who also won this race won on his debut at Leicester in April but then missed Royal Ascot due to a growth spurt. Returned to win the Super Sprint at Newbury. He did very well to win a race like that on just hIs second start. His trainer has won this 6 times since 2008. He’s yet to race on anything softer than Gd/Firm which may be his potential downfall.
Winner of a Hamilton maiden and then victorious again when upped in class in the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot Perfect Power looks to hold a very strong hand. The form of that Group 2 victory has subsequently been boosted with the second winning a Group 2 in Ireland on his next start. He should also be suited by the step up to 6 furlongs.
Connections of Ebro River will be praying the ground doesn’t dry up as he seems to perform better under softer conditions. He’s tended to hang in a finish and was 4th at Newmarket in the race that Asymmetric was second. A place probably the best to be expected.
Trainer Clive Cox has won this race for the last two years and that stat alone means Caturra dwarves plenty of respect. Seventh at Royal Ascot he won narrowly at Newbury last time out. Well regarded but must improve again to win here.
Three progressive colts head the market here and have high level form. Gubbass has a slight question mark over the ground and Asymmetric hit trouble in running at Newmarket and finished very strongly. However, I am going to go with Richard Fahey’s horse Perfect Power. He was impressive at Royal Ascot and promises to be even better over this new trip.
PERFECT POWER (WIN)
written by Steve Marriott