Hoping for more improvement
13:10 - Captains Bar
Captains Bar has improved with each run this season and got his head in front last time out at Haydock. He is stepping up to 7F on Saturday, and this will be his first run in handicap company for trainer Richard Hannon".
Step up should suit
13:45 - Blue Grass
I rode Blue Grass on debut at the Curragh over 7F where he finished sixth. That was a nice introductory run, and he was an easy winner next time out when he stepped up to a mile. He is stepping up to a mile-and-a-quarter on Saturday, and I am hopeful this will suit him, and he is going the right way. There are a couple of interesting runners in here, and this race has a good record for throwing up a nice horse for the future.
First time winner set for big jump in class
14:20 - United Nations
United Nations was a very impressive first-time out winner for Aidan O'Brien at Naas over 7F. He is stepping up to a mile, and this is a big jump in class from a maiden to group company, but he was very promising that day at Naas. Of the others, Charlie Appleby's Coroebus put up a brilliant performance in the Royal Lodge, only to be run down late by the underrated Royal Patronage. He will be tough to beat.
Dewhurst will be a tough test for smart horse
14:55 - Glounthaune
Glounthaune is a smart horse by Kodiac. He beat Castle Star on debut at the Curragh back in the spring. Castle Star already had the benefit of a run that day and has franked this form since, finishing second in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes behind Richard Fahey's Perfect Power. The form is very good. We have not seen Glounthaune since his debut win, and it will be very tough going into the Dewhurst with just the one win in a maiden.
Native Trail is the right favourite, very impressive in the National Stakes. Ger Lyons runner was impressive on both his starts at the Curragh, and he wouldn't be supplementing him if he didn't believe he could be competitive. Also, Hugo Palmer's Dubawi Legend is held in high regard and ran well in the Acombe behind the smart Royal Patronage.
Hopeful of a big run
15:35 -M C Muldoon
I rode M C Muldoon at Royal Ascot, and he ran a blinder. He was just beaten a short head and things didn't fall right for him on the day. He has since won a novice hurdle race at Galway very convincingly. The Cesarewitch is a 30-runner handicap, and we have a middle draw. He is going to need things to go his way in-running and hopefully, he is still ahead of his mark. I am hopeful of a big run.
Can place if she continues progress
16:10 - Bimble
She has been progressing nicely this year and put in a solid effort last time out at Ayr in Listed company. A repeat of that performance gives her place claims.
Trip will suit us in a strong race
16:45 - Khartoum
Khartoum ran a very good race on the AW last time out at Dundalk. He is stepping back in trip, but I don't see that being an issue. I think this is a solid race for the grade. You have the recent Cambridgeshire winner in here and John and Thady Gosden's Moshtahdaf, who looks quite smart. This is a strong race, but 1M1F and a bit of cut in the ground will suit Khartoum.