Ponte Acclaim seems to have been given a decent shot here by the handicapper. He has very good course form and should benefit from his pipe opening run behind Ancient Cross earlier this month. He has come down in the weights because of a few runs at the end of last season on soft ground and his midfield run here earlier. He had some very decent runs early last year giving him a rating of 105 and his rating here of 91, should put him in with a great shout at a huge looking price. 33/1 with Stan James looks a great price for a horse who has plenty of potential and is still only 4.
1 Point EW 33/1 Stan James
Kiama Bay is another who looked to have been given a decent chance by the handicapper here. After a very good 2011 he came down the weights last year after a lot of half decent runs of what was probably a mark that was too high for him. He came back this year in the Chester Cup and really he doesn’t seem to stay that far. The Owner loves his horses to be ready to run at this course and this race looks far more suitable of a decent mark of 87. 14/1 with Bet Victor looks decent and if he can improve for his seasonal return he might well have a decent chance here. He doesn’t have the best of draws but I’m hopeful that won’t be the end of the world over this trip.
1 Point win 14/1 Bet Victor
This race has the look of one with nothing between a lot of the contenders here. I think the Fav looks a bit too short over this trip and I’m more inclined to go with one of Aidan O’Brien’s other runners here in George Vancouver. He was the subject of a few EW wagers at Newmarket but in the end looked in need of the run. The Fast ground here will definatly suit him and he has possibly the best 2yo form of these with a very good 2nd to Reckless Abandon in the Prix Morney and winning the Breeders Cup Juvanile on very fast ground. He looks on the face of it to be the 3th choice of ballydoyle judging by the jockey booking, but there probably isn’t a lot between them and he looks great value at 16/1 with Boyles at the moment
1 Point EW 16/1 Boyles
I’m having a lot of difficulty seeing anything other than Our Jonathan winning this race. The rest of the field have a lot to prove or are overrated. A Repeat of his first run out this year when 3rd behind Jack Dexter should be enough to win this, and his last run can be ignored as he was very slow away and was never in the race. He has very consistent for over 7 Furlongs and 3/1 looks a fair bit overpriced to me. I have him more like 7/4 to win this.
2 Points win 3/1 Various