Here is what he has to say...
He did it very nicely on his debut on fast ground at Salisbury, and the form looks decent enough with the experienced runner-up going one better in a nursery last time. Of course, he will have different conditions to cope with here as he steps up markedly in class – and the bare form of his win leaves him with a lot to find in this Group 3 – but of course the potential is there after just the one run.
2:25 Breath Of Air
He is a horse I know well. He would probably prefer better ground but he has form with ease, and he only just got touched off at Haydock last time. He has gone up 1lb for that, but that small rise was to be expected and he clearly has his chance. The better the ground, the better his chance.
3:35 Regal Reality
All the form horses in here would like better ground than they are likely to get, and I imagine we might lose one or two to the weather by Saturday afternoon if we get more rain. My horse would certainly like it quicker, but he ran well in soft ground when third in the Wolferton first time up and he was back to form when winning well in a first-time visor at Salisbury last time. Hopefully, he is in the same nick here and can handle conditions better than most, but Benbatl is clearly the horse to beat on form. He is rated 125 and he deserves to be on that level.
He has run two solid races this season. I rode him when he was second at Newmarket on his comeback and he occupied the same position at Newbury last time, when he met an improver and finished nicely clear of the third. He has gone up 1lb for that defeat, but he still gets into this 0-85 off his revised mark of 87, and he will enjoy the ground. He has another solid each-way chance.