A new race for the royal meeting, this handicap is over the five-furlong trip and is for three-year-olds only meaning there are plenty of unexposed types to pick through. Here are the best of them:
After winning at Newcastle upon the resumption of racing, Tim Easterby’s Dark Angel colt was touted as a likely runner in one of the Group races this week and so it’s clear that from the yard’s point of view they intend to run him in at least one more handicap while they feel he is very well treated.
Making all at Gosforth Park over a stiff six furlongs on slow ground due to the heat, Art Power stayed on very powerfully to the line to win with any amount in hand in his novice race and he looked every inch the sort of horse who can take this event.
For the avoidance of doubt when it comes to the soft ground which has appeared at Ascot, on his second start Art Power demolished another field at York on soft going over a flat five and he really does have plenty in his favour here under Silvestre De Sousa.
Seen only twice on the track so far, Saeed bin Suroor’s City Walk was a good third behind Well Of Wisdom last spring at Newmarket and then suffered a setback.
His reappearance at Haydock was nothing special, but off a mark of only 83 it may well be that he is just very well handicapped and so from his draw in stall 13 he cannot be ruled out.
Karl Burke’s runner is very solid and has handled softer conditions before. A winner on debut at Carlisle, Classy Moon was then upped to Group 2 company and ran with credit in conditions that were most likely not to his liking.
On his final start of 2019 as a juvenile, he was a 4¾-length sixth behind A’Ali in a French Group 2 and now having been off the track a while and been gelded, it’s to be expected that he’s improved quite a chunk. He’ll be a little fresh, but his mark of 97 may not tell the true story of this horse and so he is feared.
Another with unspectacular form but a very low weight which could be very handy this week, William Haggas’ Dancin Inthestreet didn’t improve a lot in three starts as a juvenile but there were better signs on her first run this campaign at Haydock Park when she ran third in a low grade handicap on rain softened ground.
Jockey Cieren Fallon said that she was denied a clear run that day and more will be expected now, so under the very capable John Egan and from gate 11 she should be on for a fair run.
The very good Cieren Fallon is off Dancin Inthestreet and on this one, John Quinn’s Keep Busy who was a fine second last week to the speedy Lazuli in the Listed Scurry Stakes at Sandown Park.
That was on good ground and it will have no doubt provided her with a good grounding for this event, but more prevalent in her profile is her heavy ground success at Listed level over at Chantilly last back end and while that’s moved her up to a mark in the mid-90’s, she is bound to improve while her jockey takes off a valuable 3lbs.
Strictly speaking after six runs Spartan Fighter’s form has been a little in and out and that doesn’t help us from a betting point of view, however at his best the Dutch Art colt has shown the sort of form that would make his handicap mark of 98 look fair.
He reached a good level of form on his second start when beating A’Ali, then eventually improved on his fifth go when 6th in a Group 2 in France, both times on softer ground which is an important point to make.
A field full of three-year-old sprinters means a lot of unknowns, the likes of City Walk, Spartan Fighter and Keep Busy all potentially able to suddenly improve in these conditions.
The solid one however who seems to provably have everything needed to run a huge race here; a liking for the ground, solid recent form, potential for improvement, a strong jockey and a good draw is Tim Easterby’s ART POWER and it would be no surprise to see him in Group races soon.