Papal Bull rates a standout bet in Tuesday’s Ladbrokes Great Voltigeur Stakes at York.
Michael Stoute’s three-year-old has a tremendously progressive profile having landed five of his last six races – including a typically well-contested Group Two affair at Royal Ascot last time.
His only reverse within the sequence came in the Derby where he endured a nightmare passage throughout but still ran a fair race to finish eighth.
York’s long straight looks sure to suit this strong-galloping type and he is expected to rise to the head of the St Leger ante-post lists by landing this valuable contest.
The Juddmonte International Stakes is the Group One feature and in all honesty, it does not appear to be the most competitive event this year.
Should Dylan Thomas line up, he would be hard to beat but he will go off a short price and French raider Laverock could offer more value at 5-1 with Cashmans.
The four-year-old is already a winner at the highest level after taking the Prix d’Ispahan and he has subsequently run two fine races in defeat, most notably when two lengths behind Pride and Hurricane Run in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.
Laverock is obviously a useful performer and could strike lucky for France in a what seems a relatively weak Group One.
Wi Dud could well be the best bet on Wednesday’s card in the £130,000 (€191,000) Scottish Equitable Gimcrack Stakes.
Kevin Ryan’s speedy juvenile gained valuable course experience when scorching up the Knavesmire turf to record a comfortable victory on his racecourse debut back in June.
He stepped up considerably on that fine effort when edged out by Nunthorpe supplementary entry Enticing in a thrilling finish to the Molecomb Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
The Elnadim colt looked unlucky not to pick up that contest but compensation awaits now he steps up to six furlongs for the first time.
While the absence of star juvenile Sander Camillo has robbed Thursday’s Jaguar Cars Lowther Stakes of some of it’s interest, Jeremy Noseda could still be celebrating another high-profile success with Bahama Mama.
The Shalfleet handler has also entered the filly in Wednesday’s Julia Graves Roses Stakes but she will presumably now go for Thursday’s six-furlong showpiece and punters are advised to get behind her as she attempts to earn the title of super-sub.
Noseda’s charge had no trouble in justifying a short price when following up a Newmarket maiden victory with an easy success in a minor conditions event at Brighton.
She then went on to finish sixth behind her highly-regarded stablemate Sander Camillo at Royal Ascot, where she probably paid the price for trying to go with the pace.
Bahama Mama has continued to take the eye since – easing to a most authoritative success at Sandown before finishing an unlucky-in-running third - three-quarters of a length behind Enticing and Wi Dud – in the Molecomb.
Critically, the way Bahama Mama has stayed on strongly on her two most recent outings suggests the Knavesmire’s easy six furlongs will suit her ideally and she can use her tactical speed to good effect.
The elder sprinters get their chance to shine in the VC Bet Nunthorpe Stakes over five furlongs.
The Group One event has been won by some good sprinters in recent years such as Mozart, Oasis Dream and last year’s heroine La Cucaracha.
She bids for a repeat victory this year and arrives in top form after a recent win in a Group Three at Goodwood.
However, the Eric Alston-trained Reverence is a much more attractive proposition after the recent rain in Yorkshire.
A true five-furlong specialist, he is at his best with cut in the ground and with an unsettled forecast in the run-up to the meeting, the 16-1 on offer with William Hill about Reverence looks very tempting indeed.