Paul Ferguson has two selections for us on Thursday; Forever Now in the 13:40 and Arab Spring 14:40 both at Newmarket. Compare odds and bet.
Though he has a little to find on official ratings with a few of today’s rivals Forever Now (1:40) created a good impression when winning his maiden last time and can provide John Gosden with a fourth Bahrain Trophy in a row.
The Galileo colt is a full-brother to 2012 winner Shantaram and, given how he stayed on at Doncaster last time, he ought to relish the extra furlong. There was a fear that race wasn’t much of a contest at the time, but it has since worked out reasonably well with the second finishing runner-up in a Haydock handicap off 87 and the third winning a Ripon handicap off 74.
Available at 4-1 on first show last night (3-1 this morning), he looks to have Ascot winner Hartnell and Ascot second Windshear to beat. The latter is a horse I have plenty of time for, but there is plenty of pace on here and it could become a stern test of stamina.
Windshear’s stable-mate Pether’s Moon looks the each-way call in the day’s feature, the Group 2 Princess Of Wales’s Stakes, but preference is for market leader Arab Spring (2:40) who continues to go from strength to strength.
The Monsun colt impressively disposed of 17 rivals in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes last time and deserves this step up in class. While more is required in this company, it isn’t the strongest contest and Ryan Moore stays loyal, despite Hillstar having the stronger bare form.
Pether’s Moon was just behind Hillstar at Royal Ascot, having travelled strongly for a long way behind Telescope, and he can go well at double-figure odds.
1:40 Newmarket Forever Now 3/1 Bet365
2:40 Newmarket Arab Spring 5/4 William Hill
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