Tasaamuh has seen a lot of early money, but I think My Oberon is the one to be on here. William Haggas’ colt went straight into my tracker following his debut at Newmarket, where he was slowly away but travelled into the race with plenty of class. He should be all the better for that experience and with a couple of winners already coming out of his opening contest, the form looks solid and I’d expect him to take a marked step forward.
A case can be made for many of these, but Fifth Position has an improving profile which is too good to ignore. A good season last year when beating Space Blues and coming a respectable eighth in the Cambridgeshire, he looks much more the finished article this campaign. Third over a mile on his comeback, he raced up with the pace throughout and was the only prominent racer to still be there at the finish – the two that beat him both went on to win at Royal Ascot, so the form is undeniably strong. Back at his much favoured mile and a quarter, he won going away at Doncaster in decisive fashion and there must be more to come after only eight starts.
The majority of these are less exposed than Graceful Magic, but whether they have her class is a different story. Placed at Group 3 level on her juvenile swan song, she finished down the field in the 1,000 Guineas when we last saw her and this is a far easier assignment. She has to concede weight to some potentially useful rivals, but from what I’ve seen I wouldn’t say any of them are on particularly lenient marks. A three-time winner on good to firm ground last season, the drying conditions will be ideal for Graceful Magic and she may well have the class to give the weight away.
Love, Peaceful and Fancy Blue are all noticeable absentees, making this a far more attractive betting proposition than it had originally looked. Cayenne Pepper was a high class juvenile and was not disgraced when second to Magical on reappearance, but I think one of the latter’s stablemates will have her measure once again.
Being a sister to St Leger winner Kew Gardens, Snow was always going to improve the further she went, and with her first try at 1m4f last time, she did just that in beating her elders and being very strong at the finish in the process. She doesn’t have much to find on ratings with the market leaders , seems to be progressing with every run and even though she doesn’t quite have the form of her Ennistymon, she can improve past her.