Glen Moss fancied to lift the Bunbury Cup
Glen Moss has been better than ever this season and looks decent value to land a fiercely competitive renewal of the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket today (3.15).
The David Brown trained five-year-old showed a game attitude to beat Louis The Pious over 7f at Haydock back in April, and the runner-up has gone on to land the Buckingham Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot to give the form a solid look.
Glen Moss then ran a cracker to finish a 2 1/4 length second of 25 to Gabriel’s Lad in the Victoria Cup at Ascot, again over 7f, where he had several of todays’ rivals in behind.
The son of Moss Vale was then far from disgraced last time out when dropped back to 6f and finishing ninth of 28 to Baccarat in the Wokingham Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Glen Moss kept on to be beaten five lengths, and finished first home on the unfavoured far side group who had absolutely no chance with those drawn high.
That run showed that Glen Moss remained in top form, and with the step up back to 7f sure to suit, everything looks in place for a big run.
There are plenty of dangers, and Abseil is undoubtedly one of the most interesting.
The Sir Michael Stoute trained colt has only had five starts, and looked handicapper to keep on side when showing a nice turn of foot to land a 16-runner 1m 1f handicap at Epsom last month.
The son of First Defence was then far from disgraced last time out when eighth of 28 to Field Of Dreams in the Royal Hunt Cup, where he faded late on to be beaten 4 3/4 lengths.
The drop back to 7f should not inconvenience Abseil judged on that effort, and the four-year-old remains unexposed and open to plenty more improvement.
Another leading contender has to be Horsted Keynes who looked a slightly unlucky loser when finishing second in the Buckingham Palace at Royal Ascot.
The four-year-old finished with a real rattle having been given too much to do, and went down by just 3/4 of a length to Louis The Pious.
The slight question mark is if Horsted Keynes will be as effective on today’s slower ground, but the son of Giant’s Causeway is a progressive sort who has won four of his seven starts and holds obvious claims on form.