WITH plenty of rain forecast at York, conditions should be ideal for ADDEYBB (3.15) in the Group 2 Sky Bet Stakes. If the heavens open soft ground specialist Addeybb definitely comes to the fore, especially given his impressive demolition job from a very wide draw in the Wolferton Stakes at Royal Ascot. The cheek-pieces which were worn for the first time that day are retained.
Elarqam, third in the Wolferton, was a beaten favourite in this race 12 months ago but cannot be dismissed in a contest tighter than the betting might suggest. Regal Reality has been installed favourite and is undoubtedly the class act. He thumped Matterhorn in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown in May and produced a personal-best when third in the Coral-Eclipse behind Enable. That form gives Sir Michael Stoute’s colt the edge over Bangkok, a well-held second to Japan at Royal Ascot, but deep ground is a great leveller.
GET KNOTTED (2.05) can make a bold bid to scoop the handicap named in his honour as he seeks to land the race for the fourth consecutive year. He has dropped to an attractive mark and with a few showers expected, underfoot conditions should be ideal.
At Ascot, KIEFER (5.20) will take a deal of beating. The son of Derby winner Pour Moi is a dour stayer and he was strong at the finish when failing by a neck to reel in Desert Icon at Salisbury when last seen 80 days ago.
MOTAKHAYYEL (2.25) was given a canny ride by Chris Hayes to score with something in hand at Newmarket’s July meeting, charting a course up the centre of the track before edging over to the favoured stands’ rail. A 6lb penalty shouldn’t anchor his progress. Wings Of Time, another winner at the July fixture, rates a threat.
Keith Dalgleish has found a suitable opening for DARK LOCHNAGAR (5.35) at Chester. A winner on soft at Redcar as a juvenile, Dark Lochnagar ran a race full of promise at Hamilton last time and is nicely drawn in stall two.