Mr Chua and Frankenstella are both coming in off the back of recent wins, but they could be fighting it out for second here. Kaizer has only had eight runs on the flat, and his first turf run over 2m last time. He travelled well at Musselburgh and only lost out to Three Castles by a neck, with the pair over 5 lengths clear of the remainder. That rival was having his first run at the trip too, which bodes well for the pair going forward. They both looked to have improved for the distance and Kaizer should have more to offer.
A brilliant field of 6 for this Group 1 contest. I don’t think Pinatubo is at his best over 1m and he looks too short a price for me today. I love Siskin I really do, but again in terms of price against this field, I don’t think he’s value. Victor Ludorum on the other hand, sticks out like a sore thumb in that regard.
He’s finished third behind Mishriff the last twice, but those efforts were over a mile and a quarter, a distance that in my opinion, he simply does not stay. He had a horrible trip the first time and was too keen the second. Unbeaten over 1m as a two year old, he was exceptional over the distance in the French 2,000 Guineas this campaign. He looked a top class animal that day and back to the same trip here, I think we’ll see that Victor Ludorum return. His price is wrong and in my view, this is one of the best 8/1 shots you’re likely to see.
A weak affair where I think Lagenda can get back in the winners enclosure. He’s only 2lbs higher than for his win at Ayr earlier in the season and won at this venue twice last year, including off a higher mark. At Catterick last time, he was the only one to make up any sort of ground, and it was significant at that. Detached from the main body of the field rounding the bend, he stayed on relentlessly for second. Stepping back up to a mile is no problem at all and hopefully he can go one better than last time.