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It hasn't seemed to be clicking as of recent, hopefully today's two selections will have a good chance of grabbing a win.
Carrying top weight could be a hard task for BRAVADO, but this is a drop in class for the Mark Johnston runner, and he should appreciate that.
He's been contesting some tough races this year, after he won 2/2 in his juvenile season, and then went on to win on his reappearance as a 3yo, beating Rohaan, who has been one of the stories of the flat season so far. He's primarily been racing over 6f, and though 7f hasn't seemed to suit him as of yet, I think a race of this nature will show his capabilities over this trip. This is a four runner race, and I hope he will be able to get a lead on the lead, which should allow Ben Curtis to dictate the race, and he is the class horse in the race, which should hopefully help negate the fact he carries 10st.
The form of the Newmarket race, where he finished 6th out of nine has worked out extremely well. Creative Force and Significantly who were 1st and 2nd, won last week at the Royal Ascot meeting. Jumby back in 3rd has won since, which received an RPR of 110. Back in 5th was Rohaan, and he also won at the Royal Ascot meeting last week, but has also won a Group 3 and Group 2 since the Newmarket race. This was a clearly strong race, so the fact he wasn't disgraced back in 6th was a good run, and he weakened late on after being up with the pace.
He does stay the 7f, as we saw when finishing runner-up at Chester on good-to-soft ground. Yes, he did make the running that day, so it can be said that he had it easy. However, he was headed around the bend, and at one point it looked like he was going to get swamped for the places, but he battled on and got 2nd.
Harswell Duke will be popular in the market, as he was visually impressive last time out, but this is tougher than his last assignment, as he beat Class 6 horses last time. Also, he is dropping back in trip to 7f from 9f, which isn't sure to suit. It wouldn't surprise me to see our selection drift.
Off a mark of 51 I think that FOSSOS is definitely capable of winning off this mark, if reproducing the form of his last run at Catterick.
Mokaman, who won the race at Catterick looks capable of winning another race in the near future, as he ran well in a Class 5 at Ripon which should produce winners. At Catterick, the front two pulled 4 lengths clear of the rest of the field, which gives the impression they are ahead of their marks.
Fossos is a speedy type who likes to race prominently, which is a bonus at Beverley if you can get the lead or a prominent position. Fossos from stall 6 should be able to get that handy position under Ella McCain, who is a good apprentice, and is a cracking pilot to have in an apprentice race.
Another positive for this horse is that he seems to be a battler. He was pressed for the lead and he stuck to his task and kept going, and even though he was under pressure he picked up again and nearly managed to win. This race doesn't appear to be that strong, and I think he has a big chance.