John Quinn’s Safe Voyage (3.35) has won three of his last four starts including both runs over C&D this term on soft and good to soft ground including when upped to listed class last time. The ground has again come in his favour today and this progressive 6-year-old – 7/2 with BetVictor – can maintain his upward curve in the Gp 3 John Of Gaunt Stakes.
I am convinced there is more to come from Spirit Ridge (2.45) this season although I would have, ideally, wanted to see a bit more rain at Newmarket for Amanda Perrett’s son of Nathaniel who steps up in trip to 1m 6f for the first time this afternoon. The each way selection is 6/1 at BetVictor. One note of caution is the form of the stable who have gone over 7 weeks and 50 runners without a winner.
Great Bear (5.05) was entered in the Haydock opener but connections have decided to race at HQ and I feel he might be fairly treated from an opening mark of 81 having won two of his three career starts. I remember Roger Charlton training Baron Ferdinand in these famous Rothschild silks to win the Magnet Cup at York all those years ago and I will always have a soft spot for the colours. I believe his opening mark is very fair. Gravistas will appreciate this stiffer track and the booking of Ryan Moore suggests connections expect a big run.
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