A non-runner and an unplaced selection for Alan yesterday but he is looking to bounce back today with the winner of a cracking three-year-old listed race at Epsom and some jump action at Perth...
"His win at Sandown in September has been franked recently by the second who has won well since."
John Gosden and Frankie Dettori team up again in this listed race at Epsom today, this trainer/jockey combination tend to target this race having won the previous three renewals, he won this 12 months ago with Cracksman. In Crossed Baton they look to have another outstanding Dansili colt who will take all the beating, he already holds entries in the Dante and the Derby. He started his career with a decent debut at Newmarket in a Novice Stakes race and followed that up with a win at Sandown in September, the form of which has been franked recently by the second who has won well since. He then had a break of 197 days before returning to win impressively over this trip at Kempton last month.
There are some worthy challengers he faces today though and the main threat could come in the shape of James Cook from the all powerful Aidan O'Brien yard. He is by Galileo out of the top class Red Evie, making him a full brother to Arc de Triomphe winner Found, so has to be respected. He has run in two maidens so far finishing second on debut but then took the second one at Leopardstown in October and hasn't been seen on a course since, so he may just need this run and this is a big step up in class here. While he looks a very smart prospect my money is on the Gosden team making it four in a row.
Another trainer who has targeted a race in recent times is Tom George, having won this race three times in the last seven years and with Brandon Hill he could make that four. A recent recruit to the George team after previously being with Tom Lacey he could get his first win on the board for his new yard. His last run was his worst since moving yards but he has since had the famous wind operation which suggests they may have found a problem with that run. Providing that works at the first time of asking, he could easily be too good for these and has the assistance of apprentice Noel George in the plate taking a handy 7lbs opff his back.
He is no spring chicken at the age of 10-years-old but he is relatively lightly raced for his age, has won five times, the last two of which were over fences. He has also showed a liking for right handed courses so Perth should be ideal and with underfoot conditions in his favour he could take all the beating today off this mark.
2018 Overall (prior to this week): +9.75 pts
This week so far...
Staked: 8 pts
Returned: 9.25 pts
2017 P&L +53.30pts
2016 P&L +15.23pts