There are few more likeable sprinters in training than the evergreen Kachy, but his vulnerability is that his run-style is pretty dependant on him having a bend or two to run around, and he’d make more appeal in Nottingham’s Greyhound Derby* than the Temple Stakes.
Ispolini looks the chief threat to Stradivarius in the Matchbook Yorkshire Cup based on his Dubai form, but with the Boys In Blue failing to achieve the success expected with their classic prospects this spring, it looks a good time to take the misfiring juggernaut on.
Too Darn Hot is the star of the show at York on Thursday, but the Ante-Post Guineas favourite had a setback earlier in the spring, and while he’s bred to stay, he looked very well suited by dropping to seven furlongs after his juvenile debut, and I think he will prove best at around a mile this year. He may get away with ten furlongs on fast ground at York, but I’m not backing him at close to even money to find out.
It’s a typically tricky card for layers at York, but with the sun shining with a vengeance, those who need to make a print are at a disadvantage, and I can’t see Great Prospector enjoying hearing his hooves rattle in the Infinity Tyres Handicap.
I know, I know, it’s Apple’s Jade again. But this time there should be no excuses, and after the bizarre decision to run her over three miles at Aintree having beaten Supasundae pointless over this trip, it’s time to make amends, and assuming she is healthy, she can run riot.
Minella Indo seemed to me to beat Commander of Fleet and Allaho strictly on merit at Cheltenham, and Henry de Bromhead’s charge has improved notably from start to start, so it makes sense that he should confirm form in similar conditions. So why’s he not favourite? Beats me.
Min is a hot favourite for the Champion Chase on day one of the Punchestown Festival, but his best effort came when allowed to dictate over further at Aintree, and he could find himself tactically snookered by his own stablemates today.