14:25 Newmarket Thu 11 July 2019
Like several of this trainer's better juveniles he made a winning debut at Carlisle (5f, soft) having cost £220,000 at the breeze-ups. Strong in the betting, he overcame inexperience to win well; steps up to 6f (even bigger step up in class).
Posted a useful debut effort (knew what was required) when powering home at Goodwood over 6f (won 6L). Built on that display in a much tougher scenario (Coventry Stakes; 6f) on quicker ground last time (third); proven at this level and may progress.
Comes here seeking a hat-trick having taken his last two starts getting off the mark at the third attempt at York (5f) making good use of his experience. Followed up in determined fashion in a three-runner affair at Pontefract (6f); tougher test.
Winner over 5f on debut (AW) he found Listed company just too hot in a couple of subsequent starts (second both occasions). Ran as well as could be expected in the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes last time; some way down the Ballydoyle juvenile batting order.
Confirmed his AW debut promise with an easy odds-on victory on turf at Leicester over 6f before looking very much at home in a higher grade at Royal Ascot (Windsor Castle). Second there over 5f (travelled well); will appreciate this return to 6f.
Made a winning start to his career when picking up a Navan maiden over just short of 6f. Needed to improve on that next time (did to a certain extent) when pitched in at this level (Coventry Stakes); better than seventh behind stablemate Arizona.
Gained plenty of plaudits for his easy C&D victory from a yard that know how to ready one for a juvenile debut. Looked well clued up for his initial experience returning a good time; this is a sharp rise in grade; he looks set to cope well with it.
Last Year's Winner
|T: M MeadeJ: L Dettori|
Visinari (4/6), Guildsman (7/2), Platinum Star (10/1), Royal Lytham (11/1), Classy Moon (11/1), King Neptune (14/1), Hurstwood (33/1), Dogged (50/1)
- Platinum Star