16:45 Newmarket Tue 17 April 2018
Landed a Group 3 at Chantilly last year before finishing the season with a slightly disappointing effort. Not dismissed on return to action but won't be easy to concede weight to this field and like to need the first-time cheekpieces to improve him.
Impressive winner when dropped in to Listed company here in October and likely to kick on this campaign. Must concede weight to the majority of these but his course experience will hold him in good stead.
Won his maiden on good to firm at Redcar but found Group company a little too hot in the autumn, last seen finishing sixth of eight here. Needs to improve for the recent wind operation.
Winner at Doncaster last year and ran well on return to action at Newcastle when placed in a Listed event. Likely to come on for that and step up in trip on his side also. Not ruled out.
Well beaten last time in Listed company at Newcastle (Dark Acclaim) but return to turf probably no bad thing. Step up in trip is the worry and sole run on good to soft ground was disappointing.
Three wins from five runs last year and both defeats came in Group company. A slight concern that the defeats also came on his two starts on undulating tracks but rise in class is the more likely reason and he's the one to beat back in Listed class.
Ran well on debut and confirmed that promise by justifying favouritism at Nottingham last time out. Yard won this race last year and likely significant he's the only dart they throw at this years race.
New Approach colt, made easy work of his debut at Ayr in July. Form of that race doesn't look particularly strong but interest he has both English and Irish Guineas entries.
Last Year's Winner
|T: J H M GosdenJ: L Dettori|
Kew Gardens (7/4), Mildenberger (11/4), Msayyan (6/1), Dark Acclaim (8/1), Stage Magic (10/1), New Show (20/1), Arbalet (20/1), Fortune's Pearl (25/1)
- Kew Gardens
What the trainers say...
Stage Magic - Charlie Appleby
"His profile until his last run looked very good. He beat Olmedo, who ran well in France on Sunday, but I think you can put a line through his last run as it came at the end of the season on heavy ground. He's wintered well, his preparation has gone great and although he's got a penalty to carry, a repeat performance of his win in France would make him a very valid player. We actually declared him for a Group One in Saint Cloud in cheekpieces, but that was abandoned in the end. I just think they might help him as he runs from the front and they could freshen him up."
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