Mark Brisbourne chose the jockeys for his two mounts. Nowt to do with me. It's a poor race and Kieren had a winner yesterday for Mark. The only three wins by Takajan were over course and distance and he is 15lbs lower, his last win was here a year ago. Anything could happen!
Kieren will hopefully be riding a lot for James Tate this season but I know very little about this gelding. He will handle the surface (by Oasis Dream) but whether he will good enough to handle Three Bards is another question.
The favourite, trained by Mark Johnston, has the best public form and is by Dubawi (28% on surface), who has one of the highest win rates of any sire here.
Could have gone for the handicap at 3.15 but, after discussing it with David O'Meara, it was decided that this was the better option. The 9-y-o needed his first spin back over 6f (first run in 7 months) and he loves the track.
A worry is the presence of Zomerlust (could stop Trans Sonic getting a soft lead) and that the recent bad weather has held up some work mornings in the North. This isn't a strong contest.
This fellow is a typical Kieren ride, lazy! He ran well when third to Samasana (now 7lb better off for just under three lengths) over course and distance. The visor is back on and there should be plenty of pace to run at. Hopeful.
On paper, at least, looks to be Kieren's best ride. He has run three solid races at the track and put up the best peformance of any of these based on his third to Sistine in an Amateur race.
Drop back to 1m4f not a problem and his handler is one of the best up-and-coming trainers in racing. Very hopeful