MASAARR’S the star in the London Gold Cup at Newbury (3.00).
Roger Varian’s three-year-old was an impressive winner at Doncaster last time, staying on well over a mile.
PA:Press Association Roger Varian has his eyes on the prize with Masaarr He gives the strong impression that he will appreciate this longer distance and an 8lb rise in the weights is fair enough.
He’d already gone into many notebooks when winning his maiden at Lingfield in November when he again shaped like a middle-distance horse.
This is a step up in class but he’s ready for it and there should be a lot more to come on just his fifth run.
Sir Michael Stoute’s Mekong looks the main danger after he kicked off this season with a convincing maiden win at Leicester.
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That was over 1m2f so he’s already proven his staying power and gives the impression that there’s a lot more to come.
The handicapper hasn’t gone mad with his opening mark. The only unknown is how he will handle this quicker ground because he loved the heavy going last time. But he’s a son of Frankel so that shouldn’t be an issue.
Dukhan has done well on both starts this season but looked a tricky ride at Newmarket last time. Trainer Hugo Palmer puts cheekpieces on for the first time here which could help on that score.
RHODOENDRON has already proven herself at Group 1 level and can take another big prize in the Lockinge (3.40 Newbury).
PA:Press Association Rhododendron can land the Lockinge She was sent off the odds-on favourite for last year’s Oaks at Epsom but had to settle for second with the 1m4f distance possibly a bit beyond her.
It took her a little while to get over that but she came back to win a big race at Chantilly before hitting the crossbar when second at the Breeders’ Cup.
At first glance, her comeback run at Longchamp last time was disappointing but she looked rusty and wasn’t asked too many questions when coming home in fourth place. The Aidan O’Brien yard has been firing in the big-race winners since then and he can grab another one here.
PA:Press Association Beat The Bank is one of her dangers Beat The Bank is a horse to follow this season after winning three times in Listed and Group class last season. He had been to the well several times before his poor run in the QEII Stakes at Ascot in October and, even if he needs this comeback, there should be a lot more to come.
The draw hasn’t been kind to Addeybb but he was impressive when winning the Lincoln an followed that with a Group 2 win at Sandown last time.
William Haggas’s horses are in good heart and there looks to be more improvement in this four-year-old.