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This race would appear to be, as in so many other two year old races, a Hannon and Hughes benefit. Richard Hughes would of had the choice of three here and the fact he’s chosen BEACON is enough for me to put a line through Dougal and Spirit of Xian. The selection also beat Mukhmal and Union Rose easily last time out.
Burning the Clocks is still without a win from three career starts so far, so just doesn’t look to be good enough. Fast Act ran a credible third in the Wetherby Super Sprint, which backed up his win at Carlisle. However neither of those performances matched up, visually, to what Beacon has shown.
That leaves Cotai Glory as the most likely challenger. He finished behind Union Rose at Royal Ascot. After that race he was entered into a Class 5 maiden at Bath, he was 1.36 (4/11) that day and won like an odds on shot should. However that form doesn’t really tell us much about this horse. He showed much better at Newbury last time out, with a 2nd in a Listed contest but I still feel that he’d need to improve significantly again to beat Beacon.
At the prices I’d rather back Beacon to hold his form, than look for something to improve. I was expecting to see something around the 1.66 (4/6) mark, so I’m happy to get involved at 1.910 (10/11).
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Back Beacon at 1.91 – Bet365
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If this race was run off level weights I’d be backing TOORMORE, in receipt the 7lbs three year old allowance I don’t see how he’ll be beaten. He’s already the best horse in the race with Group One and Two wins over this distance. He started this season with a Group Three victory over a mile. He was then ‘found out’ in Group One company over eight furlongs. However back in trip and down in grade should be right up his street.
Gregorian looks to be the main danger and I expect him to hold his form with Garswood from last month. The John Gosden colt has a number of group wins at various distances under his belt, however I feel that conceding 7lbs will be beyond him.
This race is simple for me, I was expecting Toormore to be a 2.50. (6/4) shot at best. This horse looks high class at this distance, he has previous course and distance form and receives weight from his nearest rivals.
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