Bet365 Lennox Stakes (Group 2) (Class 1) (3YO plus)
Advice: 3 pts win Toormoore (11/10 general)
Amarillo: Second in Group 2 at Newbury at the backend of last season and won twice at Munich and Hamburg this season, but worrying, either side of a blowout in Haydock Group 3; Needs to find more than he has shown in UK previously to take this, however.
Boom and Bust: Close second the last time he was here in August last year but not shown much since stepped up in class and on this season’s evidence, plenty for this former Goodwood Mile winner to find before we can call him a contender.
Es Que Love: Solid Group race efforts this season include a second to Hamza, along with thirds to Maarek and Music Master, but last effort at 7f was not exactly a promising one considering this company and makes far less appeal upped a furlong in trip.
Garswood: Landed this a year ago when overcoming troubled run and third in Foret at the end of the year; Taken his time to refind form this season, overcoming disappointing reappearance with fourth in Haydock Group 3 and then second to Gregorian at Newmarket last time out; That form makes him a contender here and bold bid expected
Glory Awaits: Never really repeated the form of his Guineas season in 6 starts since but his Listed win at Chester was a good way to end losing run; This an awful lot tougher though.
Here Comes When: Looked set for a big season when beating Abseil on reappearance at Chester but that form not worked out since and poor record on ground without cut in it, to add to a well beaten showing in only group race he’s contested this season; More needed.
Anjaal: Not built on July Stakes win from last year and a long way behind Toormore in the Craven when the two last met; Needs to find a lot more here than he did in the Jersey Stakes if he’s to get involved and others make more appeal.
Toormore: Top rated European 2yo last year when landing Vintage and National Stakes but been a big disappointment after solid reappearance run in both the Guineas and St James’s Palace (keen early) but maybe dropping down to this trip might help him and takes a swift drop in class compared to tasks’ he’s faced.
VERDICT: TOORMORE can salvage what has been a very poor season by his 2 year old standards. This is significantly easier than the Guineas and St James’s Palace, where he weakened late in the last furlong, and the drop back in trip could also prove to be a help for him. Last year’s winner Garswood should be close in a bid to defend his title and if Es Que Love is able to show is 6 furlong form here then he may get involved.