Jack Dexter primed for victory in Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle
Jack Dexter put up a career-best effort when fourth in the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot on his latest start. Sent off at 33-1, he was held up by Graham Lee before making steady late headway to be less than a length and a half behind Sole Power at the line.
He had previously finished a fair sixth in the Duke Of York Stakes behind Society Rock and meets nothing of that class on Saturday. He began last season off a handicap mark of 78 when winning at Chester in May but he is now performing to a rating of 109.
Richard Fahey’s Majestic Myles is closest to him on official figures and will be having his start since April. He performed well at Group level last season including finishing third to Libranno at Newmarket in the Criterion Stakes on the corresponding weekend.
Roger Varian’s Justineo is another who has been highly tried and has consistent form at this level. He met a smart performer in Professor at Salisbury last time out but has only got his head in front once in sixteen career starts.
Hitchens is a regular in these types of events and made no show in the Wokingham Handicap under a welter burden at Royal Ascot. He is better judged on his success in a Group 3 race at the Curragh on his previous start where he defeated Reply by a neck.
Mass Rally also finished down the field in the Wokingham but his handicap victory at York over Nocturn and subsequent Wokingham winner York Glory gives him place claims. Dubawi Sound can be forgiven his tame effort at Ascot after missing the break in the seven-furlong Buckingham Palace Stakes and is a course winner here.
Free Zone, Mirza and Switcher all look up against it on their recent efforts although Free Zone could be given a chance if returning to his best.