19:05 Sandown Thu 23 May 2019
- Matchbook VIP Henry II Stakes (Group 3) (Class 1)
- 2m 50y,
- 6 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Classy individual who finished second to Masar (beaten 1½L) in the 2018 Derby before unsuccessfully contesting the Irish Derby (seventh) and the St.Leger (fourth); stayed on strongly to beat Raymond Tusk by 3¼L in Ascot's Group 3 Sagaro Stakes.
Rattled off a four-timer on the AW (mainly over 1m4f at Lingfield) around the turn of the year; stays 2m (is a winning hurdler), but surely out of his depth against this calibre of opponent.
Backed up his 2018 Chester Cup win (bolted up) when running out an equally impressive 6L winner of this race last year (good); raced very sparingly since - no show in the Melbourne Cup; could strip fitter for his Ormonde Stakes comeback.
Tough and reliable handicapper who is a stablemate of Dee Ex Bee and Making Miracles; ready 6L winner of the Queen's Cup at Musselburgh (1m6f, good) on his penultimate start; progressive, but plenty more is required in this company.
Progressive handicapper; always had the measure of his stablemate Austrian School when making most for a commanding 6L win in the Chester Cup (2m2f, soft) a fortnight ago; has earned the right of passage to step into this Group 3 contest.
Twice finished behind the Godolphin-owned Ghostwatch in 2018 (in the Melrose at York, and in the Listed Noel Murless Stakes at Ascot; both 1m6f); has to prove his stamina over 2m - in with an EW shout on seasonal reappearance if doing so.
Last Year's Winner
|2||Magic Circle||6||9-2||11/2||Full Result|
|T: Ian WilliamsJ: Fran Berry|
Dee Ex Bee (13/8), Mekong (5/2), Magic Circle (5/1), Austrian School (6/1), Making Miracles (7/1), Fearsome (50/1)
- Dee Ex Bee
- Making Miracles
Next Race Off
Anita Chambers has a selection for every race in Britain and Ireland on Wednesday, with the nap going to post at Ayr.
Matt Brocklebank looks ahead to the fiercely competitive Investec Dash at Epsom on Derby day, with a 33/1 selection in the big sprint handicap.
Ben Coley takes over nap duty for one day only - and he's heading to Yarmouth, where Ed Vaughan can score with Nasee.