As so many of Aidan's do, he looks sure to come on a lot for his debut third at Leopardstown a fortnight or so ago where he showed obvious signs of inexperience. And hopefully the first-time blinkers should sharpen him up, too. Being a War Front he would ideally prefer faster ground, though.
I rode her once last season and she has progressed okay, winning her maiden in heavy ground and she looks to have been running fairly in defeat of late. I don't think she has any secrets from the handicapper but 7f with a bit of cut should suit her.
I sat on him for the first time in the Coventry and he ran a great race for me there, finishing a close -up third. That was obviously a big step up from his maiden success and, providing he handles this easier ground and doesn't find the race coming too soon, then he has obvious form claims. As you would expect there are some lightly-raced and unexposed sorts ranged against him, but he sets a pretty high form standard for them to aim at, and there is the prospect of more to come from him, too.
As we saw again at Royal Ascot, Willie is a master when it comes to the Flat, too, and this 4yo has flourished for him since being gelded. He has gone up 7lb for a course and distance win last October but he clearly has a very progressive profile and won after a long break last season. He has a fair bit to recommend him in what looks a competitive handicap.