He's our man in the Geoffrey Freer
Jack Nicol provides an in-depth horse by horse guide to Saturday's Betfred TV Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury.
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The globetrotting Red Cadeaux comes in at the top of the weights here and Ed Dunlop's gelding is starting to look a little long in the tooth.
Poor runs on both his starts since returning to the UK have left question marks over the seven-year-old who has gone off the boil since his creditable third-place finish in a Group One contest in Japan back in April.
Connections remarked that the ground was unsuitably fast that day in Japan and they could be to blame for his subsequent drop in form, it is also worth noting that all of his successes have on Good ground or softer.
The step up to a mile and five furlongs is likely to help the Cadeaux Generaux gelding who was never involved over shorter trips at Ascot on his previous two runs.
If Red Cadeaux can bounce back to his best form then there is no doubt that he would be one to consider for this, but on the back of his last three runs he is now on somewhat of a retrieval mission and is definitely best watched for now.
Aiken has been ready to run for some time now and connections will be starting to pull their hair out regarding the ground as the quicker conditions have so far denied him from making his seasonal reappearance.
The ground is currently Good to Firm at Newbury which would see his participation in doubt once again, rain is forecast between now and post-time and that would hopefully be enough to ease substantially to see the Selkirk horse run.
He improved from a handicap mark of 91 to 112 last season and there would be no reason to suggest that he can't continue on an upward curve granted he gets his favoured conditions this season, this Group Three looks a great starting point for the five-year-old and if he is in the line-up then this Group Two winner should be in contention at the business end of the race.
Biographer is another horse to appreciate cut in the ground with his final start coming on Good to Firm ground at Sandown where he finished a close second behind Caucus in a Listed contest. Bearing in mind he is a much better horse on softer conditions make that run a very creditable effort indeed and trainer David Lanigan will be hoping the heavens open before Saturday as that will undoubtedly enhance the chances of the Montjeu colt.
The form of that race has taken a knock however, as Caucus ran very poorly next time out in the Artemis Goodwod Cup.
The four-year-old has long been touted as a potential Cup horse and his two runs this season suggest that he could live up to those expectations, the drop to a mile and five furlongs shouldn't be a problem for the four-year-old who won over a mile and a half twice last season and he looks to have further improvement in him.
Genzy returns for another crack at Group company having finished second behind Bishop Roko in a class 2 handicap at Ascot last time out, he just failed to get up that day and the extra furlong looks like it could suit the Gentlewave gelding.
He still holds an entry in the Ebor on Saturday week so it is interesting that he takes his place in this Group Three contest where he looks considerably out of his depth, the five-year-old has only won one race from 12 attempts and this is his stiffest assignment since arriving in the UK and a line can safely be put through his name here.
I'm Your Man
Alain de Royer Dupre's four-year-old looks like a very interesting contender here having finished a close second to Lost In The Moment on his final start at Newmarket last time out, the Cape Cross colt was staying on all the way to the line that day only to be denied by a head and the extra furlong here looks like it will be right up his street.
I'm Your Man re-opposes Lost In The Moment on 3lb better terms here and I expect him reverse the form from the Newmarket race with the Godolphin inmate, Lost In the Moment has since went on to finish second at Glorious Goodwood whilst the third and fourth that day (Harris Tweed and Cameron Highland) have both won impressively since so the form has been franked substantially.
I'm Your Man holds an entry in the Long Distance Cup on Chamipon's Day at Ascot and this race looks a perfect stepping stone for this improving colt who I think will take all the beating.
Lost In The Moment
Lost In The Moment's form ties in with the selection I'm Your Man on their encounter at Newmarket two starts ago, they were only separated by a head that day and he comes here on 3lb worse terms.
The Godolphin six-year-old therefore has a bit more to find if he is to confirm those placings but he did consolidate that victory with a solid second in the Group Three Coutts Glorious Stakes at Goodwood earlier this month.
The Danehill Dancer horse is unbeaten at Newbury having won both his starts here and is likely to go close once again, he is versatile regarding the ground but he would need a career best to win and minor honours are likely to be the best connections can hope for.
Charlie Hills' four-year-old steps back in distance following three poor runs over extended trips, his last run over two miles at Sandown saw him go up against Biographer only to finish over ten lengths behind David Lanigan's four-year-old.
Positives can be taken from his two runs over a mile and a half this season, winning a Conditions event before going on to finish a close fourth in a Group Three contest next time out.
The Sinndar colt has only ran twice on Good to Firm ground and they were on his last runs where he was comprehensively beaten on both starts, conditions are likely to be similar again on Saturday and he is best overlooked.
Royal Empire enjoyed a spell in Dubai which saw him win once and finish second twice in his four starts earlier this year, he returned to the UK to land a Listed contest here at Newbury in July and won impressively that day.
Kieren Fallon takes the ride on the Teofilo colt as Saeed Bin Suroor looks to win this race for the second time following kite Wood's success in 2010 and they look have a live chance if Royal Empire can continue on an upward curve.
The step up in trip looks as though it will bring about further improvement in this Irish St Leger entry and his official rating of 112 sees him as the joint-second best horse in the race and it would be no surprise to see him win this Group Three contest.
Three-year-olds have won two of the last four runnings of this race but I would be very surprised if Ralston Road can continue the recent record as he is pitched in over his head here .
Officially rated-98 means he has to find improvement with every horse in the race and that looks an impossible task for the horse having finished a distant seventh in the Irish Derby last time out.
His odds of 100/1 represented his chance that day and he will be a similar price if not bigger in this and he is one to be ignored here.
Testudo is the other representative of the Classic generation and he is likely to be more competitive than his fellow three-year-old Ralston Road.
Brian Meehan's grey has been highly tried following his maiden success and was far from disgraced in his efforts in the Bahrain Trophy or the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood. He will find it a lot tougher against the older horses here and is another to be dismissed.
An excellent renewal should finally see the seasonal reappearance of the talented Aiken.
John Gosden's five-year-old has been ready to run for some time now and any rain would further boost his chances on Saturday.
Lost In The Moment has been in good form this season and has reportedly been working well ahead of his next race, the Godolphin six-year-old is joined in the race by his stablemate Royal Empire and this improving four-year-old is an interesting contender having won impressively last time out. The Teofilo colt steps up to a mile and five furlongs for the first time here and it should bring about further rimprovement.
The selection is I'm Your Man and his form ties in strongly with the aforementioned Lost In The Moment at Newmarket.
Alain de Royer-Dupre's four-year-old was only beaten a head at HQ and is 3lb better off with his rival here, the form has subsequently been franked and the Cape Cross colt can reverse the placings with Lost In The Moment and land this Group Three contest.