No Mystery about Brown Jack Stakes
Mysterious Man was given a bold ride by Jimmy Fortune in the Ascot Stakes at the Royal meeting and set out to make every post a winning one over the two and a half mile trip. He was only headed approaching the furlong marker and faded to finish fifth.
He had two of today’s rivals behind him that day with Homeric in 7th and Mawaaqet 15th. In his two previous outings this season, Mysterious Man was a close third at Chester and a short-head second to the smart Sun Central at Salisbury.
David Probert is doing the steering today and must have an excellent chance. Homeric will be better suited by this drop back in trip having won over course and distance previously. Ed Dunlop’s Montjeu gelding will also have the assistance of Ryan Moore and must rate a danger.
Mawaaqet put up a much better display at York last time when just out-battled by the lowly-weighted Eagle Rock in the John Smith’s Stayers Handicap. Paul Hanagan rides the visored runner for Sir Michael Stoute.
David Elsworth’s Highland Castle met with all kinds of trouble when unplaced in the Duke of Edinburgh Handicap at the Royal meeting. The son of Halling was well backed for the Old Newton Cup at Haydock but he could never quite land a blow.
It was still a decent effort to finish fourth behind Star Lahib but this step up in distance could find him out. He has not looked the easiest horse to settle in his races and tactics could be decisive in this small field.
Mark Johnston has his string firing on all cylinders ahead of his usual raid on Glorious Goodwood and is represented here by Broxbourne. The filly by Refuse To Bend is a typical Johnston horse and has only been out of the first four once in eight starts.
Her latest effort was probably her best when second to Lieutenant Miller and she is feared most. The field is completed by Pat Eddery’s Desert Recluse who has not gone on since springing a 25-1 surprise at Kempton.