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Bay Bridge stands out from King Frankel (blue) in the London Gold Cup
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World Pool At The tote Handicap | 1m2f | 3 years | RTV / ITV
How good is the London Gold Cup winner and King Edward VII Stakes favorite? We should better understand when recent nemesis King Frankel tackles this 1m2f Epsom handicap.
The New Bay son won 32 lengths in a young girl from Pontefract for Mark Johnston before running in what is typically the hottest three-year handicap of the season at Newbury last month.
King Frankel posted a great career performance (his Racing Post Rating was 93, up from a previous record of 85) and finished four and a quarter lengths behind third home River Alwen, but he was barely within earshot of the Bay Bridge winner.
After proving he was well handicapped with an 82 rating while stumbling upon a potential artist in the group, King Frankel received a 6 pound hike in weights. While such a drastic raise might seem harsh for a horse that has been comfortably beaten, a similar display could place it in a different parish in that area and it is well drawn in stall three to acquire a crucial leading position.
It is common knowledge that Johnston loves his forward-mounted horses, and there’s a good chance Middleham’s trainer will want to lead this race from the start given that teammates King Frankel, Chase The Dollar and King Zain, showed speed on shorter trips. It wouldn’t be surprising if they were treated aggressively from their large circulation.
Patient Dream is the only course winner in the field. He gained length on his reappearance after gelding surgery and this form worked well with five of his seven rivals – Coul Kat, Il Bandito, Dr TJ Eckleburg, Siam Fox and Trevolli – scoring on their next start. The big step up to 1m2f offers a different challenge but a score of 83 seems fair if it stays.
Those open to further improvement include Greatgadian. He is at the start of his handicap career, has a strong rookie form and represents leading connections.
Race analysis by Tom Collins
What they say
Bruce Raymond, race director of Mohamed Obaida, owner of King Frankel
He is very lucky. The rain announced at Epsom will suit him. He won well at Pontefract and went on to run a great race in the London Gold Cup at Newbury to finish second. It is certainly going in the right direction. It could be that Patient Dream is the one we all need to beat.
Roger Varian, Greatgadian trainer
He’s a progressive but things didn’t quite go as planned at Sandown last time around, when the heavy terrain didn’t suit him.
George Boughey, Freak Out trainer
It’s probably a weaker run than it could have been for a 0-105 handicap and, while not ideally drawn, the ramp-up should be fine. He seems to reach the finish line in all of his races and he worked well with a set of cheeks so we put them on.
Oliver Cole, co-trainer of Zhang Fei
He’s absolutely no handicap-prone and hopefully a rating of 79 is generous. They didn’t go fast enough for him at Lingfield last time around and I think the winner, Alfaadhel, is very good. The track should be fine for him and there is no reason why he shouldn’t have a great race.
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FIRST PUBLISHED AT 6:00 PM, JUNE 4, 2021