Earlier, the talented Hartnell took advantage of Winx’s absence to romp to a near eight-length win in the Chelmsford and he looks well-placed to repeat the dose in the Group 2 Hill Stakes (Race 5) over 2000m against a similar line-up.
While he stopped short of declaring it a performance that would have seen Winx toppled, jockey James McDonald was clearly elated with that display.
With the extra quarter-mile unlikely to provide much of an obstacle, we’re bracing ourselves for some of the heavy hitters to load up on Saturday.
Indeed, with Winx’s extremely short quote somewhat stifling betting in the feature, we’re encouraging Unibet punters to multi-up these two strong fancies for a race-to-race collect that should give you plenty of ammunition for later in the afternoon.
Amongst his four starters in the race, Waller will saddle-up multiple Group 1 winner Preferment, who boasts a strong second-up record and should improve markedly on his somewhat disappointing showing in the Chelmsford as he looks to lodge repeat victories in this Group 2 event.
Weir has also brought up Signoff who has been well off the pace both runs this preparation but is starting to get over a more realistic trip.
European import Storm the Stars hasn’t really measured-up since transferring down under but figures to take up the running again.