Meehan looks Most likely to claim Insurance
MOST IMPROVED faces the first test of his |Classic pretensions in the Novae Bloodstock Insurance Craven Stakes and can rise to the occasion at Newmarket.
The one-mile heat has a lamentable record of producing 2,000 Guineas winners in recent years, with Haafhd the last victor to go on to Classic glory back in 2004.
However, while the result should perhaps be viewed with caution, no such reticence is needed in backing Most Improved for the Group Three contest.
Brian Meehan's charge is officially 1lb or more better than each of his 12 rivals following a juvenile campaign that was capped by a narrow third in the Dewhurst.
His inexperience possibly cost him when beaten a short-head on his racecourse bow but he made no mistake next time when he was a clear-cut five-length victor.
That run was enough to prompt Meehan to up him to Group One level in the Dewhurst and, while only third, Most Improved lost little in his narrow defeat at the hands of two more experienced rivals.
It is obviously impossible to know if he has trained on at this stage, but with Kieren Fallon committed to ride for the whole of this term, he has clearly been showing something at home.
A modicum of confidence in Mickdaam should not be misplaced as he tackles the £250,000 Tattersalls Millions 3-Y-O Trophy.
New Planet has hit the ground running this season and can take the opportunity to gain a valuable Listed verdict in the Connaught Access Flooring Abernant Stakes.
Cecil should also be in the money at Ripon as Jet Away is the choice in the Ripon Silver Bowl Conditions Stakes, while Black Cadillac can land a second win on the bounce in Wolverhampton's 32Red Casino Handicap.
Cheltenham host the second of their two-day fixture and Prima Porta is the choice in the opening Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Mares' Novices' Hurdle.
Billie Magern ran a cracker to be fifth at the Festival and he could take some beating in the Ian Williams Racing Handicap Chase.