Alan Thompson has two selections from the first day of the Dubai Future Champions Festival...
"He looks well worth another chance to back up the impression he made at Ascot"
Dropping back to seven will help the grey colt
Roger Varian's three-year-old hasn't quite lived up to the potential he showed when he was so impressive winning the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot, putting almost five lengths of daylight between himself and the rest in what is always one of the most competitive handicaps of the season. The Dubawi grey remains a colt with great promise and I believe one that is worth sticking with.
This drop down to seven furlongs could be a shrewd move, it should produce a stronger pace for him to chase and he won't have any issues with the soft ground. He looks well worth another chance to back up the impression he made at Ascot with his stamina for further likely to be a big help in these conditions. Jim Crowley is in the plate again today and I think that this race could be run to suit.
The one I think might be chasing Khaloosy home is another Dubawi offspring Glorious Journey for the in-form Charlie Appleby team. The five-year-old looks to be regaining some form with a Listed win three weeks ago and we should not forget that he is also a dual Group 2 winner. One of those group 2 wins was on soft ground over today's trip so conditions today won't hurt his chances.
The race could set up perfectly for Royal Address
I am taking a bit of a punt on Royal Address in this race. Fillies have dominated this race in recent times, winning four of the last six renewals and I think William Haggas's Royal Address can continue that female dominance today. She has won her last three on the bounce and produced a career best run in France last time out when running on the softest ground she has encountered to date to win a Listed contest. That suggested she is well worth this try up in class with the ground conditions the way they are.
I also think the race could set up perfectly for her, there will be plenty of pace on here with the likes of Atalis Bay and First Edition in the line up. That should allow her to take a tow, settle into the race and come with a rattle late. At an each-way price and 11 runners going to post, I can see her at least making the frame.
2020 (prior to this week) : -1.06 pts
This week so far...
Staked: 7 Pts
Returned: 11 pts
2020 P&L +3.94 pts
2019 P&L +0.31 pts
2018 P&L +82.29 pts
2017 P&L +53.30 pts
2016 P&L +15.23 pts