SIR MICHAEL Stoute hasn’t tasted John Smith’s Cup (3.05pm) glory since 1989, but BALLET CONCERTO should have punters dancing all the way to the bar on Saturday.
The four-year-old had a luckless run when finishing fourth in the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot in June and will certainly appreciate the step up in trip at York.
This son of Dansili stayed on all the way to the line to kick off the season with an impressive victory in the Spring Mile at Doncaster in April.
That victory came with a bit of cut in the ground and hopefully tomorrow’s conditions should suit better than Ascot when Ryan Moore was onboard.
James Doyle is a worthy replacement and I can’t resist having an each-way play at 9/1 with 188BET.
Sixties Groove is another who performed well at Royal Ascot and was a bit unlucky with how things unfolded in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes.
He will go close with a repeat of that run and looks a danger, as does Victory Bond who finished third in Listed company at the track in May.
However, I’m happy to stick with Ballet Concerto, who could end up being a Group horse.
There’s racing up and down the country tomorrow and MUTARAKEZ is one that has caught my eye in the London Handicap (2.40pm) at Ascot.
He wasn’t beaten far at Sandown last week when suffering bad interference in the closing stages.
Admittedly, he finds winning difficult, but conditions in Berkshire are likely to be ideal, as he doesn’t want it quick and he will relish this step up to 1m 2f.
Useful claimer Jordan Uys remains in the saddle, while Brian Meehan’s horses are in great form.
Mutarakez e/w 2.40pm Ascot
Ballet Concerto e/w 3.05pm York