The latest round of Classic trials take place at Newbury on Saturday and Robbie Wilders from the Racing Post eyes up three each-way plays.
Stenton Glider @ 14/1
Charyn @ 14/1
1pt each-way extra
Saga @ 9/1
This season’s running of the Fred Darling Stakes (2.05) at Newbury is as open as any I can remember, and any of about four fillies could go off favourite.
The highly tried juveniles in this field - the likes of Magical Sunset, Olivia Maralda and Swingalong - do not set an unassailable standard and it might be worth taking a chance on one of the promising unexposed types.
At the prices, I like STENTON GLIDER for Hugo Palmer and Tom Marquand each-way with bet365 offering four places.
Stenton Glider is proven with an ease in the ground after accounting for a more experienced 1/4 favourite on her debut on good to soft at Chester last September, landing that race despite showing notable greenness.
A replication of any of Chaldean’s three most recent juvenile runs, two successes over this week's Craven winner Indestructible and a Group 1 strike in the Dewhurst, will probably be enough to secure another big-race success in the Greenham Stakes (2.40).
However, he is odds-on and such quotes make limited appeal on his seasonal return in a race full of unexposed types with the capacity to improve. Chaldean is related to precocious sprinters and might struggle to hit the heights of last season’s juvenile campaign.
bet365 are paying three places for each-way bets, but I would advise taking CHARYN in the each-way extra market for four places at a slightly reduced win price.
Charyn gave the impression he would greatly improve for a step up to seven furlongs as a two-year-old, rounding off a campaign spent exclusively at six furlongs with a staying-on Group 2 success at Chantilly.
This son of Dark Angel handles cut in the ground, is the second-highest-rated runner in the field, and it is highly likely he is yet to show his best for Roger Varian, a statement which might not apply to Chaldean.
Toimy Son is my long-range fancy for the Spring Cup (3.15), but I’ll add the John and Gosden-trained SAGA to my each-way portfolio.
It is plausible that this son of Invincible Spirit will improve for the combination of a gelding operation and first-time cheekpieces, and apprentice Benoit de la Sayette’s 3lb claim continues to be a steal.
Even without those factors Saga has a solid chance. He has been unlucky to finish second to three genuine top-class milers in his career - Modern Games, Coroebus and Maljoom - and his record off the back of breaks is encouraging.
Saga failed to quite stay an extended 1m2f at at the end of his three-year-old campaign in a race that has worked out excellently with subsequent Group successes for Protagonist and the top-class Algiers, and should appreciate dropping back to a mile at this stage in his career.
An unlucky second in last season’s 30-runner Britannia, Saga can add to his maiden success as a juvenile off a winnable mark of 102 under De la Sayette.