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18:05 Chelmsford

Saeed bin Suroor’s Big Meeting is an interesting entrant to this race, considering he is a five year-old. He’s only ever ran twice, both times at Nottingham, were he finished down the field. Pat Cosgrave is in rather good form and boasts a nice strike rate around Chelmsford, as does Saeed bin Suroor. However, given the penalty he faces and another long layoff, it seems a tall order for him to win today.

Assessment is nicely bred and represents the mighty combination of Sir Michael Stoute and Richard Kingscote, who are enjoying a fine time of it lately. He was second on his debut here at Chelmsford but was victorious at Yarmouth in April, albeit narrowly. He will improve for both of those races and will enjoy the step up to the mile at Chelmsford today.

Enzos Angel was fifth on his debut in a Newmarket maiden won by Claymore, who went on to finish second behind Native Trail in the Craven Stakes. The rest of the finishers in-front of Enzos Angel have since gone on and won, which gives him a handy form boost. He’s trained by Stuart Williams and will be ridden Marco Ghiani, who both have a pretty good record around this track. The only thing he really has against him is the long layoff.


19:15 Sandown

My Prospero is related to My Oberon and Muthmir and represents the inform William Haggas and Tom Marquand. He was third on his debut at Newmarket but duly obliged on his three year-old debut at Newbury, over a mile. He won with a lot in hand that day and you would imagine further improvement will come. He may just find the favourite too good in this race but he does have a lot of potential.

Akhu Najla is a half brother to high class miler, Galileo Gold and was just narrowly denied on his debut at Leicester, over seven furlongs but absolutely scooted clear by six lengths, on his three year-old debut at Yarmouth, this time over a mile. He’s entered into the St James’ Palace Stakes (for which he’s a general 8/1 shot) and the Coral Eclipse Stakes. He was highly impressive at Yarmouth and although this is tougher, you would fancy his chances to live up to his 2.7 million pound price tag.

Reach For The Moon was a leading Derby contender before he was ruled out by team Gosden due to injury. He makes his seasonal debut today after a busy two year-old season, which landed him with some nice form. He’s never been outside of the top three and the step up in distance won’t be a problem. Of course, his return from injury does pose questions but the Gosdens have an impeccable record in this race, including winning it for the last three years. He’s best placed to make his return a winning one.


written by Kieran McHugh


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