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.
Much has been made of his lack of size and suspect stamina, but he was heads and shoulders the best juvenile last season and there were occasions when a step up in trip looked as though it would induce further improvement. His breeding certainly suggests that and he boasts three of the top four figures.
Too Darn Hot 2pt win @ 11-10
This looks a cracking handicap where a case can be made for the likes of Newmarket scorer BERINGER (York, 3.35), hat-trick seeker Hortzadar and Mutafani who looked highly progressive with wins at Chelmsford and Thirsk last term.
A strong gallop, courtesy of the likes of Just Hiss (a fine third at Haydock from the front), should suit a horse like Beringer given he chased home the classy Wissahickon over ten furlongs here last summer and his high cruising speed can be employed to good effect.
Alan King's horses remain in rude health under both codes and he should give a good account if repeating the best of his ratings.
Beringer 1pt ew @ 11-2
Rod Millman has his string in fine form and SUFFICIENT (Salisbury, 2.10) could be worth chancing stepping up to ten furlongs for the first time.
The selection has won one of her two starts at today’s venue and should have improved physically for her comeback when she was asked to make the running. A more patient ride over today’s new trip may see her see off the claims of Frisella and Quintada, both of whom are respected.
Sufficient 1pt win @ 11-2
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