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There’s only one horse for me in this race, JOURNEY is a Group One filly in a Group Three race. The reason I rate her as a Group One filly is because of her run on Champions Day last season, where she finished second to Simple Verse. I’m happy to forgive her last run as as it was her seasonal reappearance over a trip too short. I’m expecting her to come on for that.
BACK JOURNEY at 2.38 (General)
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Home Of The Brave has been purchased by Godolphin after he won a Listed race at Leicester. The general belief is that this is a Group One horse, he may progress into that but I haven’t been convinced yet. My preference is for BRETON ROCK, he’s a solid Group Two horse and I think he has the best form in the race, in the form of his run at Doncaster last September. He had Tupi and Home Of The Brave behind him that day. This year he made his seasonal reappearance at Sandown in the Bet365 Mile, he had subsequent Lockinge winner Belardo behind him on that day. Adaay, who re-opposes today, was also behind.
BACK BRETON ROCK at 8.00 (Bet365)
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Gifted Master has a string of ones by his name and gets 3lbs from his main rival, and my bet, BURATINO. The Godolphin horse won last seasons Coventry Stakes and finished his campaign as a runner-up to the excellent Shalaa in the Group One Middle Park Stakes, Ajaya was behind him that day. I think that piece of form is the best on offer and if he’s back to that level after disappointing in the 2000 Guineas then he should go very close to winning this. There are some concerns about the ground, as he is at his best when it’s rattling quick. It was dry overnight, and the forecast is for a dry and warm day. Hopefully that improves the track conditions by the time of the race.
BACK BURATINO at 6.50 (Bet Victor, Paddy Power, William Hill, Betfair)