Robbie Wilders from the Racing Post is back to provide his three best bets across the cards on Wednesday afternoon.
Exoplanet @ 2/1
Mister Camacho @ 15/8
Mojo Star @ 11/8
The novice that kicks off Nottingham's card (1.30) is quite the race with two Group 1 entered colts locking horns.
Possible Derby runner Torito, a son of Kingman and half-sister to Group 1 winner Journey, shaped well when third at Newbury on his debut last October and has opened up as the short-priced favourite.
However, Exoplanet might have enough in the locker to give Torito 7lb and he looks the better value.
Exoplanet landed a gamble at Newbury on his debut and was sent off a 5/1 chance in the Autumn Stakes at Newmarket off the back of that - a high-class race that he struggled to make an impression in.
The least experienced runner in a line-up that also contained Breeders’ Cup runner-up Silver Knott, Vertem Futurity second Epictetus and Chesham winner Holloway Boy, Exoplanet seemed all at sea on the Rowley Mile and I’m sure he is better than that.
Roger Varian’s Sea The Stars colt will probably need to be winning this to justify future entries in the Dante, Irish 2,000 Guineas and the Irish Derby.
The 1m4f trip of the Doncaster race is an insufficient test for Mister Camacho, who almost scored at Pontefract over 2m2f last season, and he ran a cracker to keep on into third, half a length behind the winner.
This four-year-old proved a model of consistency last season and is open to more improvement as a stayer. He heads to Catterick off the same mark of 68 and, with race fitness on his side, will likely never encounter a better opportunity to break his maiden. Expect him to be finishing strongly under Joanna Mason.
The Further Flight Stakes at Nottingham (3.55) is an absolute cracker of a midweek race and we will witness a first clash between Trueshan and Mojo Star, two proper Group 1 performers.
Mud-lover Trueshan has twice struck at the highest level and landed this last season on good to soft ground, so will be more at ease back on the slowest surface he has encountered since October 2021.
However, there is a sense that Mojo Star, a three-time Group 1 runner-up, is capable of operating at Trueshan’s level if granted a clear run this campaign - and receiving 7lb from the established stayer can tilt things in his favour.
Mojo Star proved he can go well fresh by almost plundering the Ascot Gold Cup following a 259-day break last season, with his half-length defeat by Kyprios demonstrating his capacity to make his mark as a top-class stayer.
I’m not overly concerned about the prospect of testing ground for Mojo Star as he almost beat ill-fated top-class stayer Scope on his racecourse debut on heavy at Newbury back in 2020, and my selection can get one up on Trueshan before the pair meet on identical terms in Group 1 company later in the season.