The London Gold Cup is invariably a brilliant race to follow for the remainder of the season as it has thrown up a host of superb winners with the likes of Al Kazeem, Cannock Chase, Time Test, Defoe and Communique all successful in the past decade. Solid Stone and FOREST OF DEAN (Newbury, 3.00) met at Newcastle last November (7f) with the former narrowly prevailing and both look colts of immense potential
John Gosden isn’t one to return his horses to the track quickly unless they are in top condition so it appears highly significant that TWIST ‘N’ SHAKE (York, 2.25) faces the starter just seven days after a Nottingham romp at short odds.
TOO DARN HOT (York, 3.00) has a few questions to answer, most notably fitness and trip, but he looked as though today’s distance would be within his compass last season and, providing he settles on his return to action, his chance is obvious.
Aidan O'Brien has held a vice-like grip on the Chester Vase in the past decade and fields another strong raiding squad as he bids to maintain his early domination of the UK flat season.