Triple Champion Hurdle winning jockey Steve Smith Eccles previews the action.
At Warwick the best horse on show by some margin is almost certainly WINKER WATSON when he heads for the Conditions Stakes over seven furlongs at 4.05 and if any where near to his best he will win this with ease. Unbeaten as a two year old he included wins in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot as well as the July Stakes at Newmarket but never appeared to be quite right last year when failing to add to those successes. Although basically disappointing he did show he still held plenty of ability when a decent enough fourth in the Sussex Stakes behind Henrythenavigator and if he could repeat anywhere near to that kind of run this afternoon his opponents need not bother turning up. Recent homework suggests he may well have recaptured some of his earlier sparkle and if that is the case he should have little problem brushing these rivals aside in one of his easiest tasks to date and with trip and going considered absolutely perfect.
At Yarmouth all eyes will be on the return to action of DREAM WIN in the 2.15 as Sir Michael Stoute unleashes his first runner of the new season. A beautifully bred son of Oasis Dream, he only had the one run as a two year old when as green as grass over seven furlongs in a Doncaster maiden where he finished fifth after which he was put away for the winter to mature and strengthen. He is reported to have improved out of all recognition since and has been working extremely well on the Limekilns gallops and with the step up in trip likely to suit connections cannot envisage him being beaten this afternoon.
Lastly we turn to Jeremy Noseda who seems to have his string well forward this season as witnessed by a very well backed winner returning from a long lay off on Saturday. MAVERIN was another who ran as green as they can at Doncaster last October before the penny finally dropped and he ran on in to fourth and he is reported to have wintered well and to be in excellent form at home and they are very hopeful he can continue his trainers early season sparkle.
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