Garswood gets the verdict in Jury Stakes
There is some top class action at Haydock today, and Garswood looks to have everything in his favour to get back to winning ways in the Group 3 Timeform Jury Stakes (2.40).
The Richard Fahey trained colt proved a touch below the best over a mile last year and was also not speedy enough to mix it with the top sprinters over 6f.
However, the son of Dutch Art had some top class form to his name over this afternoon’s trip of 7f which suggests he is the one they all to to beat in this contest.
Those runs included and excellent fourth of 21 to Gale Force Ten in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot, and a cracking third to superstar mare Moonlight Cloud in the Group 1 Prix De La Foret on soft ground at Longchamp.
A repeat of those runs would be good enough to see Garswood land the spoils, and the four-year-old is officially rated 5lbs and upwards clear of his rivals.
Although not at his best when soundly beaten behind Tullis at Sandown on seasonal reappearance, that race was over a mile and the drop back to 7f looks sure to see Garswood in a better light.
The biggest dangers to Garswood look to be Breton Rock and Tawhid; the former is a progressive sort, who showed a game attitude to beat Custom Cut by 1/2 a length in a Listed contest over course and distance last month.
There is no reason why Breton Rock should not confirm the placings, and the David Simcock trained four-year-old looks well worth a try at this level.
This son of Bahamian Bounty looks sure to give it his best shot, but whether Breton Rock has the class to beat Garswood is another matter.
Godolphin-owned Tawhid won the Group 3 Horris Hill Stakes on heavy ground as a juvenile and landed a Listed contest at Newbury over 7f on soft ground when last seen in action.
The four-year-old now gets the services of Kieren Fallon for the first time, and if ready to go after a 253 day absence could well be the one to give Garswood most to think about.