You never know until they're asked the question, I take this as British candor as opposed to the US bragadocio we're more accustomed to. How many trainers over the years swore up and down their runners would love 10f the first Saturday in May only to saddle them to a triumphant 8th place finish? Besides this ain't a group of world beaters, if he can use his burst and hit the front staggering home should work just fine. By all accounts he's training better at CD than he was in New York before the Gotham or Wood, I'd put more stock in that.
>>>Besides this ain't a group of world beaters, if he can use his burst and hit the front staggering home should work just fine.
Excellent point, Reg.
That's a terrific frame of reference in which to view the hunt for a winner (or key horse): Who has a game-breaking move?
This is the most evenly matched field I can recall -- and they're evenly matched in mediocrity. Twelve horses own a Beyer between 97-101 in one of their last two preps. Any horse who can uncork a burst of momentary brilliance can seize command of the race, much as Mine That Bird did in a similar field last year.
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