17:35 Newmarket Sat 8 June 2019
Ran well in some top handicaps last year, finishing sixth in the Britannia at Royal Ascot, and second in stands-side group in the Cambridgeshire having won at Goodwood in between. remains with scope, and one to keep on side.
Patchy record this year, but bounced back to form when 3L third of 14 to Al Muffrih in Zetland Gold Cup at Redcar last time. Needs to show he can build on that, but is on a fair mark.
Has made an excellent start to the year, winning handicaps at 1¼m at Newbury and over C&D. Has risen sharply in the weights, though and good run came to a jolting end at Redcar last time.
Standout effort last year when winning a 1½m handicap at Salisbury off 7lb lower. That race has worked out really well, so may be worth persevering with despite failing to build on that in two subsequent runs last year.
Much his best effort this season when 1¾L second of 13 to Mr Top Hat at Chester last time, but that came in the mud, and he's far from certain to back it up given his patchy profile.
Only creditable effort this year came in the mud at Chester last month, and he followed that with a poor run at Doncaster. hard to back with any confidence.
Won on his return at Chester last May, and gelded prior to finishing 6¾L fifth of 6 to Laieth in a 1m handicap here last month. Will improve for the outing, and promises to be well suited by this longer trip, so easy enough to make a case for him.
Last Year's Winner
|T: M JohnstonJ: R L Moore|
Stylehunter (3/1), Ventura Knight (10/3), Caradoc (9/2), Buzz (9/2), Ayutthaya (11/2), Lunar Jet (7/1), Infrastructure (15/2), Gossip Column (10/1), Autumn War (10/1), Awake My Soul (12/1), Employer (16/1)
Next Race Off
Nick Robson makes Stradivarius his best bet for Thursday and he has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.
Ben Linfoot had a great Wednesday with Value Bet winners at 14/1 and 18/1 and he's got five more big-priced tips for day three at Royal Ascot.
Our pundit Oli Bell expects Dee Ex Bee to dethrone Stradivarius in the Gold Cup on Thursday and he has a tip for every race.