Ed Walker’s underrated STORMY ANTARCTIC can reward his connections’ patience by defeating a highly competitive field in the Gr 1 Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville on Sunday.
Rightly held in high esteem by his capable trainer, he reappeared in the Craven Stakes here on the Rowley Mile and created a favourable impression with an “oh so smooth” three-and-a-half lengths demolition job on Foundation.
It was then on to the 2000 Guineas, and at first sight his 11th of 13 to Galileo Gold was disappointing.
However, there was reason for this as it was discovered that he had pulled a muscle.
With commendable patience, Walker gave him plenty of time to recover and had it judged right as he bounced back with a game two lengths second to the potential French superstar Zeizal in the Gr 1 Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly.
Walker told me he could not have been happier with Stormy Antarctic’s final serious workout on Tuesday morning.
The son of Stormy Atlantic will represent great each-way value to gain his revenge on Galileo Gold and Ribchester, in addition to beating the ‘French Resistance’.
Racing is more humdrum on the home front on Saturday, but there are plenty of backable winners waiting for us at a lower level.
Here on the July Course Charlie Appleby looks set to continue his good season with OCEANOGRAPHER in the newmarketracecourses.co.uk Handicap.
This lightly raced four-year-old started making up for lost time when he won at Doncaster and his work suggests the handicapper has let him in lightly. He strikes me as a November Handicap contender in the autumn.
In the next race, in-form Charlie McBride appears to hold the answer to the Devil’s Dyke Handicap with the hat-trick seeking KYLLA INSTINCT, and Charlie Fellowes’s HIGH ON LOVE should be backed to get our afternoon off on the right foot in the Racing UK HD Fillies Nursery.
Further north on Saturday, Doncaster boasts an attractive card, and Paul D’Arcy’s SPRING LOADED goes on a retrieving mission in the Betfred ‘Be Part Of The Action’ Handicap.
The grey ran up a sequence of wins on the all-weather, and his trainer then put him aside for the Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot only to find the soft ground all against him.
It was then on to Goodwood for the Stewards Cup, but a draw “out with Sussex washing” in stall 27 virtually put paid to his chances.
Though Frankie Dettori got him in touch with the main pack he then hit traffic problems, finishing only 19th.
The way he works indicates this seven furlongs will suit him, and I hope to see him return to the winner’s enclosure.
This afternoon Charlie Fellowes should be on the mark at the seaside with the progressive TWIN POINT, who has Anastasia to beat in Yarmouth’s totetrifecta Pick The 1, 2, 3 Handicap.
I must also put in a good word for Conrad Allen’s course and distance winner WILLOW SPRING, who can take the totepool Racecourse Cash Book Available Handicap in the hands of the apprentice find of the season Josephine Gordon.
At Salisbury, David Elsworth returns to his old stamping grounds and has sound prospects of a double with SIR DANCEALOT in the 1.40 and his Goodwood runner-up MASTER THE WORLD in the Gr 3 Sovereign Stakes.
Tomorrow evening at Newcastle, Martyn Meade’s CONSULTING should not be missed in the Cene Handicap.
The son of Cheveley Park Stud’s Kyllachy used his good turn of foot to dispatch Finelcity by a neck at Kempton.
His former stable companion ANNIE SALTS is now with Chris Dwyer and appeals as the winner of the @newcastleraces On Instagram Handicap on the same card.
On her first run for her new connections she fulfilled the promise previously shown on the gallops when trotting up at Yarmouth. And the way she won indicates there is more in the tank.
On the July Course tomorrow evening QUICK LOOK is fancied to keep William Jarvis’ good run going with a win in the Firestone Building Products Handicap.
A winner at Brighton on his only run last year, he ran a stormer on his reappearance on the July Course, finishing strongly to be third to Cartmel Cleave over this six furlongs.
That run will have brought him nearer concert pitch, and he will be backed to make it two wins from three starts.
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