Johannes Vermeer returns to action after a year off-the-track and is clearly the class act in this Group 3 contest, which brings a fantastic card to a close. It is completey unknown whether he will be fit and raring to go, but if he is up-to-speed then he will be very difficult to beat.
He is favourite based on last season’s form, but without a recent run to his name, he could be vulnerable and is worth taking on.
Abdon might prove a great deal better on this ground versus his latest showing, but he doesn’t travel like a horse that enjoys his racing and has already come undone in pattern company this season. It is tempting to back Carry On Deryck as he steps up in grade for the first time, with an excellent 2/31 over C&D last time out, but there is no value in his price.
The one that could be interesting is ANCIENT HISTORY for Andre Fabre. A three-year-old that was tipped up at the beginning of the campaign to achieve great things this year, he has started to ramp up his form towards the end of the season.
He only has a few minor event successes in France to his name and is 2 from 4, but he looks the type to do better and is completely unexposed. His pedigree looks strong being sired by Shamardal and Fabre has said that he wants good ground, hence why he has brought him over to the UK at this stage in the season.
He is very much the dark-horse in the race and could be underestimated by the bookmakers at 16/1. He is worth a punt to sneak in to the places and perhaps go one better.
0.75pts each-way Ancient History @16/1, 17:20 Newmarket, Saturday
(1/5 odds, paying three places with Stanjames)Leave a comment