Cape Peron fancied for Britannia Stakes glory
Cape Peron won his maiden in good style at Newbury and followed up in a handicap at Doncaster. The son of Beat Hollow cruised through to lead approaching the final furlong and quickly but four lengths between himself and his toiling rivals.
The handicapper has raised him nearly a stone for that effort but there looks to be plenty of improvement to come. He has been replaced as favourite in the betting by Wentworth who went into everyone’s notebook after an unlucky run at Goodwood.
The son of Acclamation was held up by Richard Hughes and he was always cantering over his rivals. The gaps never appeared for him and he finished like a train in third, beaten just a nose and a neck. He has only been raised 2lbs for that run and a wide draw in stall 30 should give Hughes a smooth passage up the rail.
Mark Johnston has been relatively quiet at this meeting so far and his horses usually peak for Goodwood later in the summer. He runs two with decent chances here in Shebebi and Maputo. Shebebi battled on gamely to hold Newstead Abbey in the valuable Silver Bowl at Haydock and meets that rival on only a 1lb worse terms.
Maputo is up 7lbs for a win in a Newmarket handicap, making all of the running to land the odds. Sea Shanty runs in the colours of Her Majesty The Queen and is seeking a four-timer. Richard Hannon’s colt was all out to win by a neck at Sandown and may struggle under a 6lb penalty.
Roger Charlton’s So Beloved ran very poorly at Newbury first time out but put up a much-improved performance when applied with the hood for the first time at Haydock. Secret Talent chased home a smart sort in The Professor at Ascot and Hughie Morrison has a good record in this type of race.
Jeremy Noseda’s Prophet’s Pride has won his last four starts on the all-weather and could be well handicapped if he can reproduce that form on the turf. You Da One and Homage are also worthy of consideration in a wide-open race.