Moviesta can play leading role for Smart and Mulrennan
Moviesta came close to landing a hat-trick when just denied by Body And Soul in the valuable Charity Sprint Trophy at York. He pulled too hard in the early stages and it was to his credit that he stayed on as gamely as he did to take second.
That was as hot a three-year-old sprint handicap as we have seen this season so it is not surprising that the handicapper has raised him a further 5lbs. He won his previous two races by narrow margins but was value for more on each occasion.
He is closely handicapped with several of these on this season’s form and may have most to fear from Rivellino. The son of Invincible Spirit met with interference Doncaster and Newmarket and was only a couple of lengths behind Moviesta at York.
William Buick takes the ride and the colt is weighted to run well here. One place ahead of him was Richard Fahey’s Heaven’s Guest who was an impressive winner at Epsom over seven furlongs.
There was nothing wrong with that effort at York and the booking of Ryan Moore looks significant. Kevin Ryan saddles an improving sort in Equity Risk. His Haydock victory over Beach Club was given a boost when the runner-up won at Sandown last Saturday.
The weights are headed by Ninjago who looked a progressive type when bolting up at Ascot first time out. He was comprehensively beaten at Newbury next time but was not disgraced when seventh in the Jersey Stakes at the Royal meeting.
The drop back to six furlongs should suit him and Richard Hughes will be looking to produce him with a late run. Qatar Racing have two recent winners here in Robot Boy and Burning Blaze. Jamie Spencer rides the latter who was unlucky when fifth at Newmarket prior to a fair third at Sandown.
Andrew Balding’s Purcell was a close second at Kempton last time and may have each-way claims from near the bottom of the handicap.