It was good to hear Oisin Murphy issue a positive bulletin regarding Roaring Lion this week, as the Coral-Eclipse winner returns to the track in the Juddmonte International at York on Wednesday.
I have backed him ante-post for the Champion Stakes at Ascot in October so I’m hoping he will give Poet’s Word plenty to think about in the Group One feature on the Knavesmire.
Without Parole is also being considered for what is set to be a fantastic contest, especially if the finish is as good as the King George at Ascot last month!
Anyway, here are four selections for Thursday’s action. Best of luck.
Glass Slippers has shown an abundance of promise in her two starts to date and I fancy Kevin Ryan’s youngster to get off the mark in this 5f novice stakes.
She was second to the useful Angel’s Hideaway, who has since won a Group Three, on debut at Haydock in June and was unlucky not to finish closer when sixth in a 6f maiden at Glorious Goodwood when denied a clear run.
The drop back to five furlongs will not be a problem as she has shown plenty of speed on both of her starts and, although she faces other unexposed rivals, this daughter of Dream Ahead should prove hard to beat. She was 6-4 last night and is Evens now. She could get shorter.
A good opportunity has been found for the Ed Dunlop-trained Dagueneau to record his second career victory.
He is yet to finish out of the first two since switching to handicaps and pulled seven lengths clear of the remainder when runner-up to Elysees at Sandown in June.
The step up to two miles looks certain to suit and finished second on his only start at the track in May.
The three-year-old’s other three exposed rivals need to bounce back to form to pose a threat and the receipt of weight-for-age is a big advantage. Once again, this horse was 13-8 last night, but is now no better than Evens.
This is a competitive race on paper, but Considered Opinion is 2-2 at Wolverhampton and looks nailed on to go close in this Class Four handicap.
She ran a good race at Newbury this month, when she raced keenly from the front but rivals Malaspina and Kalagia like to get on with things so should set the race up nicely for Considered Opinion who sat off the pace in both of her wins at the track.
Ralph Beckett’s filly is 5lb above her last winning mark, but there should be more to come from her and is more than capable of winning off a rating of 82.
Formerly trained by Dan Skelton, Gibeno is yet to win in five starts on the Flat but has shown promise on more than one occasion.
The four-year-old outran his odds of 200-1 when third at Doncaster in April and finished an arguably unlucky fourth at the Curragh in July when short of room in the closing stages.
He disappointed at Yarmouth in between those two runs, but was soon outpaced on the firm ground, and the softer ground at Chepstow will suit.
Silvestre De Sousa, who has been operating at a strike rate of 30 percent when riding for Michael Appleby this year, is a positive jockey booking and Gibeno looks feasibly treated off a rating of 74.