It’s a sprinter at the very top of his game who gets the NAP treatment ahead of the Bullet Sprint Stakes at Beverley on Saturday.
I wouldn’t usually ‘double up’, but after writing my tips for Saturday’s live ITV races I just can’t get away from the claims of APOLLO ONE at Beverley.
The five-year-old is in the form of his life having recorded the three highest RPRs of his career back-to-back, culminating in his narrow defeat in the 27-runner Stewards’ Cup at Glorious Goodwood last time out.
That piece of form is arguably as good as anything on offer from his six rivals, many of whom come into this with questions to answer.
Karl Burke’s Silky Wilkie has a two-day turnaround to overcome, while Judicial is 11 years old and seems to finally be regressing. Kerdos has a bit to find on form, and frankly the other three would be shock winners.
The drop to 5f is a slight concern for the selection, for he’s only actually tried it once, but he’s got a low draw (vital round here) and, providing he can break smartly, so should make it a test from the front.
I often find these Listed contests can be easier than the big handicaps at the major Flat festivals – a theory which is hopefully proven true as Apollo One records his second Listed success.