TRIBUNA UFFIZI was taken out of a very winnable looking race at Nottingham on Saturday to wait for this Bath contest and I hope he can follow up his recent course win over slightly shorter from a mark just 1lb higher in the weights.
Benoit De La Sayette takes off a valuable 5lbs and George Scott’s top-weight shapes to me as if the additional distance will suit. I will be disappointed if he doesn’t run a very big race given he really should have won his last two starts as he was ahead a stride before and a stride after the line at Leicester on his penultimate run.
MOONLIT WARRIOR (NAP) was no match for Mostly Cloudy at Sandown last time, but the winner has since won at both Nottingham and Doncaster and is a most progressive young stayer.
Michael Bell’s 3-year-old steps up to two miles for the first time this afternoon which seems sure to suit and he is only 3lbs higher than his last start at the Esher track.
The race that CABRAKAN finished third in at Bath last time over 1m 5f was run in a course record time although these days with rail movements etc God knows how far they actually raced. One thing is for sure it was rattling fast ground.
That was still a good run in what looks a better race than this evening’s and he ran well here on his sole previous all-weather start when fourth over an inadequate seven furlongs. He has an excellent draw for one who can race prominently.
Prescott’s Anatomic has been put in as market leader but he is not guaranteed to appreciate this 11f on breeding and a bigger danger looks likely to come from Australian Harbour who was caught out of his ground at Chester last time. He doesn’t have the best of the draw again this evening.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.