John Sherriffs trains favourite Midcourt
Midcourt (#4) has been put in because the 4-5 Morning Line favourite within the quick five-horse subject for the $100,000 Native Diver Stakes at Del Mar this Saturday. The John Shirreffs’ educated horse took out this race a year-ago and is trying to repeat.
He spent the summer season dealing with off with the likes of a number of Grade I winners Inconceivable and Most Safety at Del Mar and Santa Anita in a number of top-level Graded Stakes races. It is a step down at school and contemplating he was a nostril away from beating Most Safety within the San Diego Handicap, if he can race a horse of his ilk onerous then it’s straightforward to see why the Del Mar linemaker expects Midcourt to go off at an odds-on value.
With solely a five-horse subject entered, this race has been relegated to Race 2 on the cardboard regardless of it being the one Graded Stakes race at Del Mar this Saturday and Midcourt is not going to be seeing an excessive amount of expertise alongside him when he will get into the beginning gate.
Combatant (#1) will break from the within submit place and regardless of being the one horse within the subject with a Grade I win on his resume, the 8-1 Morning Line value tells you every part that you should find out about how he is perceived. That victory within the Santa Anita Handicap again in March appeared to shock everybody because the five-year-old hadn’t truly tasted victory since breaking his maiden again in 2017. 15 races with out a win after which growth – a Grade I. Since then although it has been again to what you’d anticipate with 4 entries and a 3rd place being his prime efficiency.
Further Hope (#5) is priced up because the second favourite however his finest outcome could have been on this race final yr when he trailed dwelling Midcourt. The Richard Mandella horse was given a long-layoff after that run and has tried to shake off the rust by ending fifth in an Allowance race at Del Mar in October. The 2 different runners Royal Ship (#3) and Stellar Sound (#2) haven’t got a lot on their resume to recommend believing they will be on the pointy finish of this race.
It is a robust race to handicap past the plain favourite Midcourt and every other winner can be a real shock.
Order of Choice: 4-3-2-1