Timeform’s John Ingles highlights a NAP, Next Best and Each-Way choice at Chester on Thursday.
“…sets the clear standard dropping down to Group 3 company for the Ormonde Stakes…”
Albaflora was runner-up in Group 1 firm in her final two begins final 12 months and units the clear normal dropping all the way down to Group 3 firm for the Ormonde Stakes. While she was no match for runaway Oaks winner Snowfall within the Yorkshire Oaks, she then completed in entrance of that filly when overwhelmed only a brief head by Eshaada within the Fillies’ & Mares’ Stakes at Ascot when final seen. Albaflora has additionally received first day out in each her earlier campaigns, her seven-length win in a listed race at Ascot this time final 12 months making her a number one contender for the Coronation Cup. She went on to complete fourth at Epsom and can ebook her place in that race once more with victory right here.
There are some progressive varieties on this handicap for three-year-olds over a mile and a half however the one with the strongest claims is Trojan Horse. He represents Charlie & Mark Johnston, the yard that has been profitable in two of the final three renewals of this race. Trojan Horse appears on mark for his handicap debut after successful his final couple of begins in novices, at Redcar final October and on his reappearance at Ripon final month. He appeared nicely suited by the step as much as as we speak’s journey at Ripon and was solely doing the minimal in entrance, main below three furlongs out however then idling within the closing levels to win cosily in the long run by three-quarters of a size from Kincade.
Militia is all pace so he ought to be capable of make probably the most of his draw subsequent to the rail which can be an enormous benefit at Chester, significantly over this 5 furlongs. He’s a former course-and-distance winner and confirmed that he goes nicely right here when making the body in each his visits to Chester final 12 months, regardless of a a lot much less beneficial draw on the primary event. Militia proved higher than ever on the age of six final season, when profitable twice at one other sharp left-handed observe, Catterick, and with the advantage of a current run at Ripon behind him, he ought to strip fitter right here and provides it shot from stall one.