Supplicant 'showing a lot at home' - Richard Fahey
Irish Stallion Farms EBF Champion Two Yrs Old Trophy (Listed Race) 6f, 2yo, ATR
SUPPLICANT bids to follow up his recent course-and-distance victory in the most valuable contest run in Britain today.
The Richard Fahey-trained colt did what was expected of him when winning by two and a quarter lengths at odds of 1-20 last time but will find this £30,000 Listed sprint trickier.
Fahey is happy with Supplicant, who was previously beaten a neck by Extortionist in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot in June before finishing a close fifth to Brown Sugar in the Molecomb Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
"We won there last time out and he's come out of the race very nicely," said Fahey. "He's showing a lot at home and I'm very happy with him."
Riverboat Springs, second in the Woodcote at Epsom, found the Coventry Stakes too warm last time and trainer Mick Channon said: "It's his first run since Royal Ascot and he's in very good form. He's a nice horse."
Hoku demolished a field of 13 by seven lengths in a soft-ground Windsor maiden last time for trainer Olly Stevens, who said: "She loves cut in the ground so we won't be wanting the ground to dry out because good to soft or softer would be ideal.
"She was absolutely brilliant at Windsor so hopefully she can continue in her ways in this."
Legend Rising, who has suffered a couple of reverses since taking a novice event at Chepstow in June, steps up to Listed company despite finishing last of three in a nursery at Kempton last time out when sent off 4-6 favourite.
Conditions should suit the Richard Hannon-trained colt today, though, as he has won twice on good to soft ground.
Today's key pointers
Jamie Spencer is 3-7 in the past three seasons on two-year-olds at Newcastle. He rides Light Weight, a juvenile by Danehill Dancer, in the 2.50 and Clever Miss in the nursery at 4.00.
Soul Magic must be of interest in the 3.30 at Cartmel considering his form figures at the idiosyncratic track read 611114141.
Sir Michael Stoute is 2-3 in Chepstow maidens since 2010, making him a rare visitor to the track, so Ghaawy will make plenty of appeal in the 2.05.
Pointers courtesy of Raceform Interactive
Bangor: good, good to firm in places
Chepstow: good, good to firm in places
Downpatrick: good to firm
Epsom: good to soft, soft in places on the Derby course
Huntingdon: good to soft, good in places
Newcastle: good to soft, soft in places
Ripon: good, good to soft in places