1:50 bet365 Esher Cup Handicap – Atty Persse (11/4)
Atty Persse made a striking impression when winning on debut over this course and distance in September. He finished the race off really strongly and was well in command of the second Hamada who went on to win a maiden by six lengths. Having subsequently been bought by Godolphin I wouldn’t be surprised if he is a group horse in a handicap. One to watch out for is First Up who boasts strong form from last season behind Rivet and Zainhom, he won at Kempton comfortably after those two runs and is an attractive each way price at 10/1.
2:20 bet365 Gordon Richards Stakes (Group 3) – Royal Artillery (5/2)
John Gosden and Frankie Dettori are in fine form at present and they combine here with Royal Artillery. For a lightly raced 4 year old he possesses some really strong form from last season. He won a Group 3 at Haydock where he beat subsequent Group 3 winners Scottish and Arab Spring, he then went on to Deauville and ran a blinder only 2¼ lengths behind Almanzor. Based on that form and with ground conditions looking to suit him more than last years winner My Dream Boat, he has to go close.
2:55 bet365 Classic Trial (Group 3) – Monarchs Glen (10/11)
The battle of the Frankels. Out of the three of them it’s clear to see that Monarchs Glen is open to the most improvement, he put his latest race at Kempton to bed in a matter of strides and stayed on strongly to the line. This will likely be the fastest ground he has been on but that shouldn’t be an issue I would expect him to improve past his rivals.
3:30 bet365 Mile (Group 2) – Dawn Of Hope (5/1)
This looks like a really competitive race that could go the way of any of them. But Dawn Of Hope is unexposed and wouldn’t need to find much improvement to get the better of the favourite and her Doncaster conquerer Kool Kompany. It pays to look near the top of the market as no horse bigger than 5/1 has won this race in 13 years and receiving weight from the field, Dawn Of Hope looks the value option.
4:05 bet365.com Handicap – Queen In Waiting (5/2)
Queen In Waiting beat Nuclear Power off level weights on just her second start and that one is now rated 98. She won her reappearance comfortably off a mark of 80 and has a 6lb penalty to contend with today, but she should be well capable of defying that and I think she is probably a Listed class horse racing in a handicap.
4:35 Nordoff Robbins Sir George Martin Memorial Maiden Fillies’ Stakes – Neshmeya (5/2)
This is a tough race to call with them all being unexposed and some unraced, but of what we have got to go on Neshmeya looks like the pick. The form of her two runs last season is stacking up well, with Talaayeb who she was second to on debut a general 14/1 shot for the 1,000 Guineas. She then wasn’t too far behind Shutter Speed in October who cemented her Oaks claims a week ago.
5:10 bet365 Handicap – Century Dream (9/2)
It took Century Dream three efforts to get off the mark, but the form of his second attempt looks strong with the winner going on to run a respectable fifth in the Greenham. His maiden win has already been franked with the third and fourth both winning since and with Andrea Atzeni on board I think he could be overpriced. He really appreciated the step up to a mile last time and so this extra couple of furlongs should play to his strengths.