All the hot views as Spencer looks for Louis Treize to pay for the drinks
Weatherbys Racing Bank £300,000 2-Y-0 Stakes | 6½f | 2yo | ITV4/ATR
Glasses could well be raised to Louis Treize if he can land the first prize of nearly £150,000 in this cavalry charge as he is named after an expensive French cognac.
Owner Phil Cunningham is already in celebratory mode after selling half of his classy sprinter Rumble Inthejungle in recent days and the flashy Louis Treize is held in similar regard by trainer Richard Spencer.
After a promising debut when runner-up over Thursday's course and distance in July, the son of Slade Power went one better when accounting for Swiss Connection by three lengths, with subsequent winner Woven back in fourth.
Put away since then specifically for a crack at this, Louis Treize has pleased in his recent work on the Limekilns in Newmarket.
Spencer said: "Louis Treize has progressed with every start. It's a big step up from what he achieved at Newcastle, but he's a fresh horse and we're looking forward to it.
"The lads who have ridden him at home of late say he should handle a bit of cut in the ground and his draw in eight gives him some options."
Richard Hannon a six-shooter
This is about the only sales race Richard Hannon has yet to win and he is going all out for a breakthrough with six runners, headed by bottomweight Aim Power.
The daughter of Zebedee earned black type when fourth in a Group 3 at Goodwood on her penultimate start but had excuses when third at nursery level next time.
Hannon said: "Aim Power was very unlucky at Goodwood. She got boxed in and just couldn’t get out in time but still rallied well to finish third. We’ve always thought an awful lot of her and she has the right profile to win a race like this and should go very well under David Egan, who has ridden her before."
Owners King Power Racing are also represented by Good Luck Fox, who is on a hat-trick after successive wins at Windsor and Sandown.
Hannon said: "The likely fast pace will really suit him as he can be quite keen and this sort of contest could really play to his strengths. I was very pleased with his win at Sandown last month and, if getting the trip, he has a massive each-way shout."
Of Critical Data, the mount of Hollie Doyle, he added: "The step back down in trip won’t be a problem for him as there will be a good gallop and he’ll definitely be staying on. He’s drawn right against the stands' side rail, which is sometimes the best place to be."
The free-going Mordred will have to settle if he is to make his presence felt and is back on a straight track after winning at Chester.
Hannon said: "He got the job done at Chester and I think that will have helped him mentally. He’s another of mine who wants a decent pace, as he stays well and is getting better with racing, but giving weight all round won’t be easy."
The two outsiders of the sextet are Dirty Rascal and Glory. The trainer said: "Dirty Rascal ’s a tough colt who is yet to finish out of the first two. I really liked his attitude at Windsor last time.
"I wouldn’t be entirely surprised to see Glory run a decent race. He's yet to live up to his name but has been knocking at the door and I think he may even improve for any cut in the ground."
Fahey out to enhance great record
Richard Fahey has won this three times in the past decade, most notably with subsequent Group 1 winner Wootton Bassett, and is double-handed this year with Get The Rhythm and Wasntexpectingthat.
Get The Rhythm has the stewards to thank for his win at Thirsk last time, where he was leant on by first-past-the-post Fuente.
Fahey said: "Get The Rhythm is a nice horse. We like him a lot. He won at Thirsk and, while he has plenty to find on ratings, he isn’t without a chance."
On his other hope, he added: "We’ve been waiting all year for some decent ground for Wasntexpectingthat – the softer the better for him.
"We really liked him early on but he got a bit jarred up at Beverley last time. He’s back moving well now after a break and we’re very happy with him, but he, too, needs to step right up."
What the others say
Aidan O'Brien, trainer of The Irish Rover
He ran a bit lazily in the Gimcrack last time and that's why we're trying blinkers. We think and hope they'll make a difference.
George Scott, trainer of Crantock Bay
He ran a nice race when second on his debut, but things didn't pan out for him at Salisbury. He's a nice horse for next year, but he should handle the ground.
Ed Walker, trainer of Triggered
He got away with it when making the running at Catterick, but dropping him in off a strong pace here may suit him better. He has a decent shout.
Kevin Ryan, trainer of Celebrity Dancer, The Great Heir and Rathbone
It's nice to have three chances, and Celebrity Dancer should have no problem on the ground as he won his maiden on soft. He ran well to be fourth at York last time, where The Great Heir also ran well to be fifth in a nursery. Rathbone was unlucky last time and this would be a nice way to break his maiden.
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