Another quiet days’ racing awaits as we edge closer to the Betfred St Leger Festival that takes place from Thursday-Sunday at Doncaster.
But in the meantime, it’s a Clive Cox-trained three-year-old running at Bath that gets the NAP treatment on Wednesday.
Clive Cox’s HEROISM and Buccabay for Eve Johnson Houghton, as three-year-olds dropping in class off career-low marks, have very similar profiles.
What separates them for me is that one, being the selection, is slightly less exposed than the other with seven runs compared to his rival’s nine.
His career began with a win at Salisbury in August last year, before he was tried in the G2 Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury where he finished dead last. A case of too much, too soon.
That meant the son of Invincible Spirit started the current campaign off a lofty mark of 85, which has gradually lowered all the way down to today’s rating of 77.
However, that looks somewhat generous to me as the colt has been running well in some good races – most notably a Class 2 handicap at Windsor last time out where he fared okay from the less-favourable far side.
This looks a much easier assignment, and a return to course and distance of his second-highest RPR to date should suit.
As I said, the current favourite has to be feared, but I’ll be very disappointed if Heroism can’t beat his other four rivals and therefore he must rate a great bet at the current prices.