Justice Angel won over this course and distance at the beginning of the month so it this race was an obvious next target. This daughter of Dark Angel was kicked on just at the right time by Silvestre De Sousa in order to get up and see off the likes of Reflektor and Celebration. The Champion Jockey is back on again this afternoon and similar conditions expected they have to rank high on any shortlist and the duo command plenty of respect.
Giddy was only just touched off when partnered by Sammy Jo Bell on her seasonal reappearance at Ripon just a couple of weeks ago. She receives plenty of weight from here from her rivals and if in the same form, she looks the biggest danger. She is far from exposed and with Richard Fahey in excellent form she looks sure to go well. Secret Hint was beaten in a similar race at York last time off a lower mark. He may find it difficult giving weight away to younger and quicker types.
With winning track form and his yard in decent form, Justice Angel can make it two wins from as many starts over this course and distance. The likes of Alsaaden, Lady Clair and Plagiarism are woefully out of form and may struggle once again here.
JUSTICE ANGEL (WIN)
Journey looks the one to be on here as she brings the best form to the table. She needed her seasonal reappearance quite badly and that was telling in the closing stages at York last time. There has to be every possibility that she will improve again for that run and much better can be expected this afternoon. She was good enough to finish second to Simple Verse in the Champion Fillies and Mares race at Ascot last autumn and that is the stand out piece of form here. With Frankie back in the saddle today the pair should return to winning ways.
Carnachy made a winning seasonal reappearance when taking a listed race at Goodwood last month. She has subsequently run in a group three race at Newbury but was brushed aside by two older rivals in Astronereus and Ayrad. Unlike a few of these she is race fit though and she should confirm the form with the likes of California and Miss Marjorie. Laganore looks to be a versatile type and she has won her two most recent races on contrasting ground. The way she was eased down by Kieran Fallon on her last run at Navan suggests that she should have no bother with this extra furlong and she has solid place claims.
Journey looks to be the best of the John Gosden trained trio. Frankie would have had the choice of the three runners so clearly she has been showing all of the right signs at home. With the cobwebs well and truly cleared a big run looks to be on the cards.
JOURNEY (WIN) LAGANORE (E/W if 9/2+)
Sound Advice absolutely loves it around the Roodee and his two previous course and distance wins are testament to that. He is beginning to edge back down the ratings and now only remains one pund higher than his last winning mark. His recent fourth behind Hillbilly boy here earlier in the month suggested he was coming back into himself and now that he arrives here in peak physical condition, it wouldn’t be the biggest of surprises if he were to go extremely well once again.
Gabrial’s Kaka is a regular visitor to this part of the world and he has previously won at the track too. Running in the colours of local owner Marwan Koukash, he is likely to prove popular in the market. He has finished second on his two most recent runs including when beating Sound Advice in by almost four lengths here last time. He is better at a mile these days but he will be there or thereabouts at the end. Best Of Times has his sights lowered having been off the track for just over a year. Having won at listed level in the past he has been set no easy task by the handicapper but he is housed at the right yard in order to make an impact despite the burden of top weight. Will Buick takes the reins but they are drawn out in the car park and that is a massive disadvantage.
Sound Advice is a regular in this type of event and he will likely travel smoothly into this contest. Robert Winston takes over in the saddle this afternoon and he might just encourage a little bit of further improvement out of his mount.
SOUND ADVICE (E/W) GABRIAL’S KAKA (E/W if 9/2+)
Breton Rock may not have won a race since 2014 but he is certainly a consistent sort. He has gone well here in the past including when winning over the course and distance and he ran another decent race when finishing third to Toormore at Sandown last month. The form of that race was given an almighty boost when Belardo subsequently went on to win the Lockinge and there ought to be more to come from the six year old son of Bahamian Bounty.
Home Of The Brave won in the style of an improving sort when last seen out at Leicester. This is certainly his level having won a similar event at The Curragh last summer. Hugo Palmer has made a bright start to the campaign and with him now at maximum fitness, the Godolphin runner looks sure to be on the premises with Will Buick keeping the ride. So Beloved travelled sweetly for much of the way when successful over this course and distance last time out. He has always been held in high regard and is another should have place claims once again.
Breton Rock wouldn’t want the ground to be too firm and any rain that falls would certainly be in his favour. Jamie Spencer will know a bit more about him this time around and the combination should give a bold sight.
BRETON ROCK (E/W)
Trendsetter is now seven pounds better off with Indira based on their most recent encounter around this track. That run also was his first in just over six months so he is fully entitled to reverse the form. Cam Hardie replaces George Wood in the saddle and having made the frame here in his two most recent visits, Trendsetter can go close yet again.
Sir Chauvelin has looked very much a reformed character this season and has won twice at Hamilton already this year. Jim Goldie rarely sends his runners south of the border unless they have a decent chance and for that reason despite top weight, he looks to be the biggest threat. Indira has notched up three quick wins in succession for John Berry and Josephine Gordon but he just gave the impression that he was coming to the end of his tether at Newmarket and connections could be going to the well once too often here. He has never won off a mark this high but given the woeful form the of some rivals here, he still has frame prospects.
Trendsetter looks to have a decent position in stall two and if utilising that to his full advantage, he should be capable of running another solid race. With him set to receive weight from all bar one of his rivals, he can continue to progress his way through similar handicaps this season.
TRENDSETTER (E/W if 9/2+)
Buratino may well have fluffed his lines in the 2000 Guineas but he takes a noteable drop in distance and grade this afternoon. He has never finished out of the frame when tackling this trip and with a run under his belt, he is likely to strip much fitter this afternoon. James Doyle partners the Godolphin inmate today and it would be of little surprise if they were able to bounce right back to winning form here.
Gifted Master has started this season in the same manner that he finished off the last. Two recent wins at Ascot and Newmarket mean that this proverbial speedball is likely to make another determined effort. Pat Smullen remains undefeated on this son of Kodiac and the combination are the obvious dangers. Karl Burke has his yard in fantastic form at present and Quiet Reflection did well to win on her seasonal reappearance at Chantilly. She has earned a crack at this race and with her allowance in play, it would be foolish to completely dismiss her chances. Dougie Costello is once again on board and they have a decent each way shout.
Mark Johnston is likely to have Buratino fully prepped for this feature and now that he drops him back to what is his favoured trip a more prominent display is expected. If reproducing the form that saw him win the Coventry Stakes last season he will prove hard to beat.
BURATINO (E/W if 9/2+)