After Workforce’s emphatic 7 length victory in the Epsom Derby racing looked to have another potential superstar on the back of Sea The Stars 2009 exploits.
Whereas last years Derby form had a solid look to it after the runner-up Fame and Glory’s convincing Irish Derby victory, this years race has taken several knocks.
At First Sight, second at Epsom after acting as pacemaker for two better fancied stable companions, has been beaten twice subsequently, and only the eighth horse home Buzzword has gone on to win another race.
The record time recorded by Workforce looked impressive on the day but was the horse flattered by the relentless gallop set by the leader?
Sir Michael Stoute’s charge showed an abundance of stamina at Epsom but tomorrows race should prove just what Workforce achieved in the Derby.
Cape Blanco, 6/1 generally, recorded a game victory in the Irish Derby after a poor run in France and on the book has the beating of the favourite on York’s Dante form.
The biggest danger to Workforce however, looks to be stablemate Harbinger.
Set to be ridden by Olivier Peslier after stable jockey Ryan Moore opted to partner Workforce, the Dansili colt has done little wrong this season but has yet to race in Group 1 company.
Royal Ascot’s Hardwicke Stakes has proved a good stepping stone to tomorrows race in recent years and Harbinger could hardly have been more impressive in beating Duncan by an easy 3 1/2 length.
Currently a 5/2 shot to record a first Group 1 victory, Harbinger looks the one to beat in the £1 million contest and with bookmaker Stan James guaranteeing to be best industry price between 11.00 am and noon on the day, it could be an offer well worth taking advantage of.