London – Trainer William Haggas’ patient approach with Sea Of Class can pay further dividends in the Johnnie Lewis Memorial British EBF Stakes at Newbury today.
The Newmarket handler could easily have thrust this impeccably bred daughter of Sea The Stars into the Classic maelstrom at Epsom earlier in the month, but instead opted to take a long-term approach with what appears to be a very promising filly.
She will be having just her third start, having been narrowly edged out on her Newmarket maiden bow in April before opening her account in another Listed heat at this track last month.
Sea Of Class impressed with a two-length victory that day, coming from last to first off a muddled pace, before passing the post with plenty in hand.
She must shoulder a 1.5kg penalty for that win as she lines up over the same 2000m, but her Group 1 entries in the near future demonstrate the regard in which she is held and it will be disappointing if she cannot hit the mark again before switching up in class.
Glencadam Master can defy top weight in the Burlington Palm Hotel Of Great Yarmouth Handicap at the seaside venue.
He is not one of John Gosden’s stable stars, but he showed some decent form as a juvenile, although he has yet to really build on that this term.
His recent second in first-time blinkers showed promise, though, and if he can take a more restrained approach through the early stages he might have enough in reserve to fend off his rivals.
David O’Meara could be in for a fruitful day with both Muscika and Escobar holding live chances.
Muscika goes in the Enhanced World Cup Specials At 188Bet Handicap at Yarmouth having opened his account for the season at Ayr last Monday.
He must carry a 3kg penalty for that win here, but, following reassessment by the handicapper, he is still 1.5kg well in, so it is easy to see why O’Meara has opted for a swift return.
Escobar’s claims in the Develop Ineo Print Copy Scan Store Handicap at Haydock may not be quite so clear-cut, but it is interesting that this gelding bypassed an Irish Group 3 option to run here.
Previously trained by Hugo Palmer, Escobar was a Listed winner as a juvenile. While not disgraced in some classy events as a three-year-old, he was clearly below Pattern level and was duly shipped out of the yard.
Escobar was not a cheap purchase at 100,000 guineas last autumn, but his recent third at Doncaster showed he might be getting back on track now and a mark of 95 makes him a tempting proposition.
Entered in a couple of big handicaps at Royal Ascot next week, victory would enhance his chances of making the cut. – Press Association