Thursday 11th April 2019
A tidy conditions race is to be had this afternoon at Chelmsford which takes place at 3.35 which has attracted the attention of the Ballydoyle master Aidan O’Brien as he sends 2000 Guineas entry U S S Michigan to take his place in the line up. He followed up a promising second on debut at the Curragh with a win at Dundalk at short odds at the beginning of last month and looks to be a typically smart prospect going forward for this all conquering yard. Ryan Moore is in the saddle and he’ll be a popular market leader at around the 2/1 mark. He’s followed in the betting by Mark Johnston’s Dark Vision, he put in one of the performances of the season last term when winning a Group 2 at Goodwood and on the back of that was purchased by Godolphin. On his first start for the boys in blue it didn’t quite got to plan when he flopped behind Too Darn Hot in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster however a return to the Goodwood form would see him bang there in this under James Doyle.
The top two in the betting are going to be hard to beat here if both turning up on song however I’ve tried to take them on here and I’ve done that with the Andrew Balding trained BYE BYE HONG KONG. This is a horse I put up in my Flat Horses To Follow for the season and I think a step up in trip will see him come into his own. He won over six at Windsor last summer and was since tried in group company when finishing down the field at Doncaster and then improved to finish second within a Group 3 the last day at Newmarket. He’ll likely have to improve again here but I think he’s a solid each way play, the newly found partnership of SDS and King Power is proving a shrewd one also. Fanaar is also worth a mention for William Haggas, winner of a Listed event last month at Lingfield and there could well be more to come from him.
EACH WAY: BYE BYE HONG KONG (5/1)