Tuesday 20 March 2018

Watching Brief

KIEREN FALLON'S booking on True Story in Thursday's Dante Stakes is good for the horse, but bad for his price.

The Godolphin colt is as short as 10/11 for York's Derby trial, and that might yet look justified if Ger Lyons' Obliterator were to live up to its name in tomorrow's Derrinstown Stud trial by franking the form of True Story's reappearance win at Newmarket.

However, in one trial that doesn't look like being affected by a Ballydoyle horse, the value appears to lie elsewhere. Kingston Hill, in particular, appeals at up to 4/1.

Roger Varian's colt capped its unbeaten juvenile campaign with a superlative Group One triumph at Doncaster.

On his return in the 2,000 Guineas, he got outpaced at halfway before keeping on purposefully to be beaten just five lengths.

The Guineas is often the most relevant trial for Epsom and this year's race was bang up to standard, so that was no bad turn for a horse that always had the premier Classic as its main objective.

With the likely soft ground also in his favour, then, Kingston Hill is fancied to cause a minor upset on the Knavesmire.

Irish Independent

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