Paul Ferguson has two selections on Thursday; Trade Commissioner in the 3.55 (Sali) and Diala in the 4.20 (Newm). Compare odds and bet.
The rain arrived at the wrong time for yesterday’s selection at Salisbury, but the softening ground certainly won’t deteriorate from the chances of Trade Commissioner (3:55) who steps in to Group company for the first time this afternoon.
The rapidly-improving four-year-old was a winner for the column at Sandown in July, before which he was impressive when scoring here over today’s trip. Due to run in the Betfred Mile at Glorious Goodwood a couple of weeks ago, he was a late withdrawal from that contest, but John Gosden is sure to have him back in A1 shape for this step up in class.
The son of Montjeu needs to step forward again here, but he looked a top-class performer in the making when last seen and he can take this next step up the ladder. Available at 3/1 with Paddy Power early last night, he holds an entry in the Group 1 QEII Stakes at Ascot in October, implying that connections believe he is up to mixing it at the top level.
At Newmarket, it’s last chance saloon time for Diala (4:20) who I have followed all season, having won her maiden for this column over course-and-distance last October.
William Haggas’ Iffraaj filly was sent off just 14/1 for the 1,000 Guineas on return and, after failing to get the clearest of runs in a Listed event at Warwick in June, she was beaten off this mark on her handicap debut at Ascot last month.
She again failed to enjoy the best of passages, however, and, in the hope that the in-form Ryan Moore rides her a fair bit handier, she is given another chance as she drops back to 7f (shouldn’t be a problem as she’s usually keen). The selection was available at 4/1 with Bet365 overnight.
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