The first race of the meeting will likely see a short priced favourite sent off in the form of Animal Kingdom. The second race in contrast will see the best sprinters in the world face off in a 5 furlong dash which looks likely to a competitive affair.
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The favourite here is Shea Shea but at 5/2 with Coral he is plenty short enough in such a big field and looks opposable at the current prices. He won at Meydan twice in the month of March (beating Sole Power who also lines up here) and is in good form so whilst favouritism is justified a betting proposition he is not. I’d be more tempted to side with RECKLESS ABANDON (7/1 with Coral) who had a brace of Group 1 victories last year and will be much better for his run at Haydock a few weeks ago. Avoiding the temptation of a Guineas tilt earlier in the season, connections feel he is a sprinter and this rather than the 6f Golden Jubilee Stakes appears to be the favoured option as things stand.
Sole Power is also a back-able price at the moment, currently sitting around the 10/1 mark with Ladbrokes, but I don’t see him adding to his sole Group 1 victory here without his market rivals underperforming. That sole success was back in August 2010 and whilst he should run well he may find a couple too strong. There are some other interesting contenders in this field and one to watch might be Rosdhu Queen who is bought back to 5 furlongs – a trip she won over last year at Haydock as a 2 year old. In stark contrast to Dawn Approach, connections were keen to try and stretch her stamina for a tilt at a Classic but even the 7f in the Fred Darling Stakes proved too far for her and sprinting looks likely to see her at her best. Available to back at 16/1 with Coral she could prove competitive.
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