Paul Ferguson has two selections from York for us on Wednesday; Bondi Beach in 15:05 and Gleneagles at 15:40. Compare odds and bet.
Derby winner Golden Horn bids to maintain his unbeaten record in today’s Juddmonte International but, at the prices, I’m prepared to take him on with 2,000 Guineas winner GLENEAGLES (3:40) assuming the ground is deemed suitable (it is anticipated that he will be pulled out if the rain arrives) – ideally he wants it as quick as possible.
Golden Horn of course landed the Dante in impressive fashion over course-and-distance back in May, before seeing off The Grey Gatsby in the Eclipse.
In contrast to John Gosden’s colt who has won over further, the selection steps up beyond a mile for the first time today. I’ve long been of the opinion that his running style suggests he’ll get an extra quarter-mile and his pedigree is encouraging, too.
If he does stay, he might just have too much pace for Golden Horn and, at the prices (currently 7-2), his stamina is worth chancing (again, unless the ground turns).
Time Test adds further intrigue to a potentially explosive contest. Regular readers will know I was very keen on this horse at Royal Ascot, where he was hugely impressive, but a lot more is required here and his price seems tight enough in comparison with the multiple Group 1 winning Gleneagles. Of course, there is no question regards to the trip with Time Test, but there is terms of form.
Earlier on the card Aidan and Joseph O’Brien can initiate a big race double with BONDI BEACH (3:05) in the Great Voltigeur Stakes.
I had hoped the Galileo colt would be aimed at the Ebor on Saturday, but the drop back in trip shouldn’t be too much of an inconvenience here and he ought to relish the long straight up the Knavesmire.
An improving stayer, he only ever looks to do enough so there is a strong suspicion there is plenty more to come. Again, at the prices, he looks worthy of support.
In the same contest, stable-mate Aloft is the one that potentially looks over-priced. Another who won’t mind the drop in trip, I can see him running a big race under Seamie Heffernan.
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