Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Pinstickers' Guide to Big Race

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Pinstickers' Guide to Big Race

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Bollin Eric

difficult to fancy as a potential winner in this sort of company, but could run a big race judged on his neck second to Indian Creek over course and distance in the Hardwicke Stakes at the Royal meeting. Has been badly hampered by a 5lb penalty for winning the St Leger all season, but he won't have to carry it this time. Rating (out of 10): 6


Looked a top-class act when producing an exhilarating burst of pace to destroy his rivals in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown, where he got the run of the race while main opponent Nayef was enduring a rough ride. A serious contender, although astute trainer has warned he might not be so effective over the extra two furlongs. 7


Dismal shows on his last two outings give little encouragement, even though he clearly has enough ability to win at this level when he fancies it. Seventh behind Nayef at Royal Ascot and eighth to Falbrav at Sandown. Has in any case shown all his best form at 10 furlongs, so is unlikely to be Godolphin's 100th Group One winner. 3


Picked off Bollin Eric with last-to-first charge to win Hardwicke Stakes over course and distance last month on his first run over a mile and a half, which clearly suits him now. Should get the fast pace he needs, but his form simply isn't up to winning a race of this calibre. 5


Nayef's pacemaker and will not be on the premises at the finish. 0


Winner of a Listed race at Windsor in June and stepped up considerably on that to take the Group One Gran Premio di Milano, beating Warrsan. Not one of the big names but appears to be still on the upgrade and no knowing how far he might go. This is a much stronger race, however. 6


As good as ever at the age of six and won the Princess Of Wales's Stakes emphatically at Newmarket last time out. Victory would cap Pat Eddery's farewell season in glorious fashion, but needs a bit of cut to show his best and has never suggested he is quite up to winning a race as hot as this. 4


Tough and consistent five-year-old who warrants serious respect as a multiple Group One winner. …

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