Progress likely but newcomers are an unknown
13:50 – Arizona
I liked him when I rode him here earlier in the month. He travelled into the race nicely and finished off well to finish second to a useful sort who had the benefit of a run, and we pulled a long way clear of the third, too. I would expect him to have learned a lot from that, and progress a good deal. However, he is up against seven newcomers, two of which are War Front stablemates, so you never know what you are bumping into.
Another Group 1 beckons for outstanding filly
15:50 – Magical
She clearly developed into an outstanding filly last season, winning her Group 1 at Ascot and then running superbly in defeat against Enable in the Breeders’ Cup Turf. She was very good on her return at Naas and I was again happy with her over course-and-distance last time when again beating Flag Of Honour. She has the form to win this and to win this well, so hopefully she is on her A-game here and can net her second Group 1.
Track could suit English Guineas winner even better
16:25 – Hermosa
I think it is fair to say that she is the one to beat in here after her Newmarket win. She really did knuckle down and find to make all that day, and this track could suit her even better. You can make arguments that those behind her who re-oppose here could at least get closer – Qabala, Fairyland and Just Wonderful all ran well and may not have had the ideal runs through the race – but the simple, and correct, assessment is that she was the best filly on the day.
I do think there is more to come from Just Wonderful though, who I rode to finish sixth at Newmarket.
Of the others, I thought East ran very well in the French 1,000 Guineas considering what she had to face after being drawn widest. She is a live threat to all. And I also still rate Iridessa, even though you had to say she was disappointing in only finishing eighth at Newmarket. I expected a fair bit more from her there after her comeback run.
The excellent form of the Michael Bell stable makes Pretty Pollyanna interesting, as does her juvenile form. She has sound-enough form claims on her Morny win, and the fact that she is here on her reappearance suggests her in-form trainer is pretty happy with her.
Can run well if leaving previous run behind
18:00 – South Sea Pearl
I didn’t ride on her debut and the form of her sixth at Cork clearly needs building on to win this. But, of course, this Galileo filly is entitled to leave that run behind and acquit herself well.
Source:: Betfair UK Horse Racing News