The Ballydoyle colt, successful on his debut at Naas last April, competed at the highest level in the latter half of his juvenile campaign, culminating in a bid for the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf, won by Hootenanny in Santa Anita.
And although he’s held by the Michel O’Callaghan-trained Rapid Applause on Curragh form in August, when they filled the places behind Cappella Sansevero in the Group 3 Round Tower Stakes, the Ballydoyle colt sets a decent standard in tonight’s contest on his Doncaster and Longchamp form.
He chased home leading Guineas hope Estidhkaar in Doncaster’s Champagne Stakes and was then beaten less than a length when fifth to subsequently disqualified stable-companion Gleneagles, the current 2,000 Guineas favourite, in the Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Legardere at Longchamp on ‘Arc’ day.
A son of War Front, War Envoy is likely to relish the polytrack surface and might have the edge over Rapid Applause, which beat him by three-quarters of a length at the Curragh last August but is rated 1lb. inferior by the assessor.
The Ger Lyons-trained Convergence is another to consider. A listed winner at Tipperary and a close third to Gleneagles in the Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown, he campaigned at a high level later in the season but is rated 5lb. below War Envoy.
Fitness and effectiveness on the polytrack will be crucia and War Envoy gets the vote over Rapid Applause and Convergence.
The Gordon Elliott-trained Moonmeister, denied a fifth polytrack success by Pivot Bridge recently, when returning after a break, might return to winning form in the Follow Us On Facebook Handicap. This tough four-year-old will have in-form 5lb. claimer Luke Dempsey in the saddle and should confirm last-time-out form with Wither Hills.
Trainer Jane Foley has double prospects with Torpedo Alle in the Crowne Plaza Race & Stay Maiden and Bomber Jackson, which might gain compensation for a recent second in the Race & Dine Handicap.