Dark Company didn’t get the run of the race last time out and looked like he should relish the step up in trip. Mark Johnson and Joe Fanning are in quite a vain of form and when taking into account the weights, he would be up there with the top of the market. Additionally, he has a slight advantage over his rivals as his draw is favourable. The downside is that the form of his races haven’t exactly been franked and he has been off the track for quite a long time.
Qaasid has been gelded since his last run and represents an interesting trio of connections in the colours of the late Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, trainer by Sir Michael Stoute and the very inform Jamie Spencer. He won his last race by a length and the manner in which he did would suggest he’d see out the trip. The form of his three races is slightly patchy and the long absence is a concern but he does certainly bring intrigue.
Now I tried to avoid selecting the favourite, as it isn’t something I like to do, but all roads seem to lead back to Sevenal. A well bred son of Sea The Stars whose form has been bolstered by likes of Mutasaabeq and Dhushan subsequently scoring. Moreover, Sevenal is Frankie Dettori’s only ride of the day. He is proven on the ground, over the distance and he wears Cheekpieces for the first time, which are bound to suit him. There’s a reason connections have turned to this race and the fact that he ran not long ago is an added bonus.
written by Kieran McHugh