13:30 Chester Sat 15 September 2018
Pacy Equiano colt; runner-up here on debut in August (7f, good) before getting off the mark on the AW at Wolverhampton (6f) on his second start; below-par latest, with the nagging worry that was attributable to softer ground.
Finished a reasonably close up seventh of 18 in a competitive nursery at York last month (6f, good to firm), which was more akin to his early season form; still a maiden but has had some near misses; handles cut; wide draw isn't ideal.
Had a busy season (seven starts), and it's difficult to argue that he's overly progressive; adopted prominent tactics when finishing third over 7f here (g/fm) on his penultimate start, so the drop back to 6f from an inside berth offers hope.
Has started at sizeable odds on both previous starts on the Roodeye (5f-7f), and has scarcely managed to beat a single rival; simply can't be the solution based upon that level of form; little chance.
Stablemate of Absolute Dream; cost £30,000 as a yearling, but has proved unable to trouble the judge in soft ground contests at Pontefract (5f) and Carlisle (6f); difficult to pin-point where the required improvement will come from.
First foal out of an unraced dam who was a half-sister to the US 1m-1m1f Grade 1 winner Frosted; makes her debut from the widest draw of all in a very modest contest, but the suspicion is that she'll be one of the Godolphin lesser lights.
Sold at a reduced £6,000 as a juvenile (28,000gns yearling), and has appeared to be light on ability based upon what we've seen on track so far (7f); holds an equivalent chance to Willett on form, and that's an extremely slim one.
Last Year's Winner
|T: Roger FellJ: F Norton|
Absolute Dream (2/1), Wild Edric (5/2), Dubai Discovery (7/2), Axel Jacklin (6/1), Zip (8/1), Champagne On Rocks (33/1), Willett (66/1), Orrell Angel (66/1)
- Wild Edric
- Absolute Dream
- Axel Jacklin
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