Improving Ottonian looks a stayer to follow
2pts winCharlie Appleby’s string are in fine form with five of his last eight runners having won and his unexposed Ottonian has a good chance here.
Winner of his sole start at Thirsk, this son of Dubawi looks to have a promising future over staying trips and can maintain his unbeaten record off what looks to be a lenient mark of 80.
Although Kilowatt was seemingly travelling best inside the final quarter-mile at Thirsk, Ottonian battled on tenaciously to run out a ready winner. The pair pulled six lengths clear and the runner-up has since finished second to another Godolphin charge.
The way Ottonian finished his race suggests this extra quarter-mile should help, while fast ground is also likely to prove to his liking.
1pt winTop-weight Hugin can score for David Simcock and Jamie Spencer, who partnered him to an easy maiden victory at Newcastle last month.
Previously with David Wachman in Ireland, he changed hands after a creditable third in maiden company at Dundalk last season behind subsequent Group 3 winner Peace Envoy.
Last time out he proved he had trained on for his new connections when winning by upwards of three lengths. He quickened and stayed on well over 7f and the step up to a mile looks the right decision.
That was his first run since being gelded and he could have plenty more improvement left – a rating of 84 certainly doesn’t overestimate him.
1pt winA winner on debut last season, the Gay Kelleway-trained Reedanjas looks to have a big chance in this low-grade fillies’ handicap if coming back to form.
She put five lengths between herself and her nearest pursuer when scoring at Beverley, striding out in splendid isolation and looking a decent horse for the future.
She was then well fancied for a Chantilly Listed race on her second start but wasn’t suited by the heavy going and was eased, so it’s easy to put a line through that performance.
Her reappearance at Nottingham was disappointing when last of seven, but that was in a much better race than this and she should take all the beating down in grade.
1pt winLast year’s winner Very First Blade bids to score again off just a 1lb higher mark, but he may find the experienced Under Approval too strong.
Winner of five of his 56 starts, the Karen Tutty-trained gelding is very inconsistent and has more duck eggs next to his name than placed efforts, but he has won over course and distance off a 2lb higher mark and ran promisingly last time.
That effort at Catterick, when fourth behind Kodimoor, should be marked up further as the track is renowned to suit horses who race prominently and he did by far the best of those coming from behind after a customary slow start.
He now races off a career-low mark of 44 and is worth a go at an each-way price.
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