This is a hold on to your hats race and lightning early fractions look guaranteed.
Midnight Storm (1) is a dual-purpose performer who is equally adept on dirt or turf but whatever surface he has under his hooves, you can usually find him leading the charge from the gate. His inside post guarantees he’ll be on or part of the lead. I say part because he has another need-to-lead type just to his outside by way of Heart-to-Heart (2). Either of them could be dangerous with a solo but that looks highly unlikely in the mad rush to the first turn.
WORLD APPROVAL (5), who leads the local defence was raced over longer distances last year and proved himself a pretty decent performer but since he’s been dropped back to a mile, he’s been a revelation. He’s ideally boxed in post 5 to stalk the pace and strike late. That’s exactly just what he did last time when striding clear of a decent field, including Lancaster Bomber (4), in The Grade 1 Woodbine Mile, who gets a better draw here. However, he was getting twelve pounds then and receives just three here and Mark Casse’s charge could give his handler another Breeders’ Cup Mile to accompany Tepin’s. He’ll do for me.
Ribchester (10) leads the European challenge but gets a poor draw and, although he’s a capable performer, to my eyes, his Group 1 wins over here have come on days when the opposition was from the low end of top class. He also returns from just a two-week turnaround.
Roly Poly (12) is even further out in the gate. She appears to still be improving but that has been against her own sex and this is the first time against the lads. She struggled in the Juvenile Fillies Turf last year and has enough negatives to put me off.
Like World Approval, Suedois (8) has thrived since he has raced at a different trip recently. In his case, David O’Meara moved his charge up from sprint trips to a mile in The Group 2 Boomerang at Leopardstown and he duly obliged, finishing strongly to take the prize. His next assignment came in The Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland and he completed the task in a similar manner. That run puts him firmly in the mix.
Selection: WORLD APPROVAL (5)
Exotic Play: Reversed Exacta (12 Bets) WORLD APPROVAL (5) and SUEDOIS (8)