I have never sat on him before. Even though he had some turf form, he was better known as an all-weather horse when with his previous trainers but he is two from two on grass this season since joining David Simcock. He has gone up 11lb for his Yarmouth and Bath wins, but he is still 10lb lower than his all-weather mark, so hopefully he can still be competitive here as he steps up in class for this 0-110.
I rode him to win at Sandown last time and he did it well from an improving sort. That probably wasn't too far off the form of his excellent Cambridgeshire win last season, so I think he should go well despite picking up a 3lb penalty there. He also has some excellent course form as well and, while he would probably prefer it faster, he does have some form on good to soft.
This looks a pretty hot Group 3, and the likes Magical Memory would not look out of place in a much higher grade. But my horse comes here with plenty to recommend him, too. He bolted up for me at Doncaster on his reappearance and then stepped up on a modest York run when staying on to finish sixth in the Diamond Jubilee last time. He would undoubtedly prefer it faster but a little bit of ease suits him well enough, and he has run some excellent races for me. In fact, he was only a neck behind Magical Memory in the Abernant last season.
To be honest, he will need to raise his game to be winning this - or even to be placed - after finishing only third off a mark of 77 in a small-field nursery at Lingfield last time. And he has to give weight to some much higher-rated horses, so his chance is not obvious. But Richard knows what he is doing in this race, so hopefully he has something up his sleeve with this colt.
I see he was made favourite for his debut over course and distance earlier in the month. He didn't come close to justifying that support but he probably shaped better than his beaten position suggests. Hopefully, that run will have taken the freshness out of him and we will see an improved performance here. We will need to, clearly, if he is to be competitive. Maybe the easier ground will suit, too.
Things were always going to be difficult for him this season after he won his maiden by nine lengths last year, and he has crept up the weights without winning in two starts this season. But being raised 2lb for two good seconds is what you would have expected, and he showed at Doncaster that he is equally at home on soft as well as fast ground.
This is the first time I have sat on him in a race but he took a massive stride forward from his April debut at Lingfield when winning a 1m2f Nottingham maiden in the soft last month. I am not sure about the strength of the form, but he did it well enough there and I think a mark of 80 is probably just about fair enough. You would also expect the step up to 1m4f to suit this Nathanial colt, so hopefully he should acquit himself well and we know he can handle the ground if they get a lot more rain.