Henry II Stakes Preview
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1. Aaim to Prosper (18/1)
This seven year old gelding has shown he has the ability to win quality races, as was evident by his victory at Newmarket two starts ago. Aaim to Prosper has won three times over the 16 furlong trip but this represents a big jump in class.
2. Akmal (4/1)
All of this horses recent starts have been in listed or group races so you know he has the ability to run a strong race here. Akmal has won twice over the 16 furlongs, with one of those victories coming in the 2010 version of this race.
3. Blue Bajan (3/1)
This horse has not won a race in its 15 starts, dating back to May 2008. Although having said that he has shown good form in some superior races without saluting judge. Last time in he finished a close second in the Group 2 Yorkshire Cup.
4. Buxted (11/1)
Buxted arrives here coming off a last start fifth in the Yorkshire Cup. He seems to be having trouble finding his feet in this grade. He has stepped up to the 16 furlongs just once and was defeated by 8 lengths.
5. Holberg (2/1)
This Saeed Bin Suroor trained Stallion has not been seen since finishing 6th in last year’s Melbourne Cup. During 2010 he showed what talent he possessed by winning twice at listed level and he gets Frankie Dettori which is a big boost. Also gets back out to his preferred 2 mile journey
6. Montaff (18/1)
It’s hard to imagine a maiden horse having its third start in 22 days could win this but that is the task ahead of this Mick Channon trained gelding. This should prove too tough.
7. Nehaam (11/1)
This horse is resuming after a 586 day break. Interestingly, in his last two races before going for a long trip to the spelling paddock he finished second to Akmal. He was unable to win at 16 furlongs before his break so the chances of him doing it first up are slim.
8. Caucus (8/1)
Although this horse has not raced since October he has to be given a chance on the basis that last time he had a break of similar length he produced a cracking effort first up.
Holberg gets back out to his favourite distance and has a good record when resuming. Akmal is super consistent and Blue Bajan has a chance based on his effort in the Yorkshire Cup.