Rhys Williams has analysed Thursday's action and has one selection at Newmarket.
"The return to a straight six furlongs will suit Point Lynas and gives him the chance to build on the promise of his debut."
Promise in debut run
Point Lynas finished tailed off last at Chester on his second start but there was an obvious excuse for that and if he can get back to the level of ability that he showed on debut then he can be more competitive than the market suggests in this race.
He made his debut over six furlongs on the Rowley Mile course last month and was a bit slowly into stride before racing very keenly under restraint just behind the leaders. He settled better after a couple of furlongs and made smooth headway to be in a share of the lead with around 2½ furlongs to go. He was travelling better than most of his rivals going down into the dip but after being pushed along around a furlong out, he didn't find another gear and faded inside the last half furlong.
The manner in which he travelled for a long way suggested that he had a good level of ability and it was a combination of inexperience and being very keen early that meant it didn't show fully in the result. The first three home are now rated 85, 88 and 81 respectively.
Point Lynas was drawn widest of all in stall 10 on his next start at Chester and he never looked comfortable. He appeared to be hampered at the start by the horse drawn next to him and he raced at the back of the field. He hung right on the bend and was unsteerable after with Jamie Spencer unable to ask the horse for any effort as a result.
The return to a straight six furlongs will suit Point Lynas and gives him the chance to build on the promise of his debut.
There is a concern that he's a difficult ride and will be keen once again early on which won't allow him to show his true ability but hopefully that was merely a case of inexperience which caused that on debut.
Maybury sets a good standard for Point Lynas and the others to aim at after finishing third in the Woodcote last time. Rather than take him on, I think the more appealing betting option is the without the favourite market. I think Point Lynas has shown the second highest level of ability of those that have run and none of the newcomers have outstanding credentials on paper.
While there are concerns over him, any 5/1 or bigger appeals in that market.
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