3.00 Newmarket – Royal Scimitar (e/w) – 4th at 28/1 (Adv 40/1)

In a race where we have two notebook horses in Jumby who was raised 9lbs for winning at Newmarket. He’ll be better suited by the better ground and drop in class from the Commonwealth Cup at Ascot, but this looks a tough ask off top weight. Boomshalaa was noted last time when 2nd over 5f at Royal Ascot. He’ll be suited by the step back to 6f and the drying ground. Still unexposed he’s worth a saver albeit at quite a restrictive price in such a competitive race.
Royal Scimitar had some very good 2yo form, especially when 4th to New Mandate at Doncaster in a listed event, where he showed really good pace and just faded in the final furlong. He’s been asked to race over 7 furlongs and a mile this season, but hasn’t stayed, having travelled well early on, showing plenty of early speed. As a result of those efforts the handicapper has dropped him 8lbs this season, so he comes here off an appealing handicap mark. The drop back to 6f looks ideal and whilst this is a hugely competitive handicap, Royal Scimitar has a touch of class about him and is worth an interest at a massive price.

Result: 4th 28/1 
Beaten a neck, a short head and a short head, with the front 3 all drawn high.
With a better draw, Royal Scimitar may well have won..

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