For Monday’s NAP, it’s an Ed Dunlop-trained two-year-old who’s backed – at a huge price – to take advantage of a favourable draw at Windsor.
Windsor, sprint trips and the near side rail go together like Messi, Suarez and Neymar. Jacket potato, cheese and beans. Etc…
Especially when the ground is quick, as it’s almost certain to be on Monday, there’s a clear advantage to runners coming down the stands side. Therefore, a low draw is ideal.
In stall one for this maiden contest over 6f is Ed Dunlop’s CUBAN HARRY, who’s taken to back up an eye-catching debut at Newmarket just over two weeks ago.
The two-year-old son of Havana Grey was slow out of the gates that day and extremely keen early on, but he seemed to get the hang of things late on and flew home under Neil Callan, who maintains the partnership here.
I think that was a strong race too, certainly compared to this assignment, and the selection will have learned plenty for it.
You could argue the drop from seven to six furlongs is a worry. Possibly, although I would argue that it could actually prove ideal as connections are likely to want to make use of him which, providing he breaks well this time, should see him bag that favourable track position.
Cuban Harry’s main rivals, at least of those with form already in the book, are Havanagreattime and St Lukes Chelsea. However, they’re drawn in stalls 11 and 12 respectively, which is far from ideal.
Of course, the newcomers Starring Role, Let’s Get Em, King Of France, Daaoye and even Hiya Honey are all to be taken seriously. Market support for any of them, especially Let’s Get Em, should be noted.
But, to my eyes at least, Cuban Harry looks seriously overpriced at present and can outrun his odds for a yard boasting a 24% strike rate at the Berkshire venue this term.