AIDAN O’BRIEN won the Bet365 Superlative Stakes last year and I reckon he’ll follow up with CAPE OF GOOD HOPE.
He was disappointing on his first two starts but it’s never wise to get carried away with early performances from youngsters from his stable.
He beat three previous winners at Tipperary nine days ago and he looks to have clicked into the groove. I’m expecting this brother to top-class Highland Reel to keep on improving.
Quorto was impressive over 6f at today’s course last month. The form looks good and today’s extra furlong is the natural progression. He’s the big danger.
Certain Lad won his first two races and he wasn’t beaten far when third behind Van Beethoven in the Group 2 Railway Stakes at the Curragh. He’s already won over today’s trip.
John Gosden often uses Newcastle for some of his best juveniles so the fact Daafr only won on the all-weather should not be a negative. He’ll appreciate today’s trip.
POINT AND SHOOT Blue Point heads select field for July Cup barnstormer
THE Bet365 Bunbury Cup is the return of the Mak.
Talented MAKZEEM might not have beaten a horse home in two races this season but that doesn’t bother me. He’s got a great record at this track and he goes well in big-field handicaps.
Ryan Moore has ridden him four times and has won twice. He was also on board when he was runner-up in the Silver Bunbury Cup last season. With Roger Charlton in tremendous form he has a fine chance in a wide-open race.
Gilgamesh has obvious claims. He found the drop to 6f against him in the Wokingham. He was first home of the unfavoured stands’ side group in the Victoria Cup and struck at York on his next start. Fast ground is ideal for George Scott’s runner.