The unexposed Uriah Heep looks worth another chance at 14/1 on his handicap debut in the 5.35 at Royal Ascot.
Sir Michael Stoute’s colt disappointed last time out when last of four to Astrology in the Group 3 Dee Stakes at Chester, but he seemed totally unsuited by the track that day and it was definitely not his true running.
That was just his third run, and prior to it he had shaped like a horse with plenty of talent who would have little difficulty winning races.
The well-bred son of Danehill Dancer, who is from the same family as the yard’s Derby winner North Light, shaped with bags of promise on his sole starts as a juvenile when fifth of 11 in a Newmarket maiden and duly stepped up on that effort on his seasonal reappearance.
He made the highly regarded Minimise Risk pull out all the stops in a maiden at Newbury, going down by just a head after being carried right inside the last.
The pair finished 7 lengths clear of the third, and the form looks solid enough in the context of this contest.
What I liked about the selection that day is how he dug deep and stayed on well in the soft ground despite having been keen in the early part of the race.
He looks the type who has plenty more to offer, and connections clearly think plenty of him to have pitched him into Group company last time out.
The handicapper has given him an opening mark of 90, and that certainly looks workable.
Another plus is that he will handle any cut in the ground after rain hit the track overnight (with more forecast), and at the odds on offer he looks good each-way value.
Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Uriah Heep (14/1 Ladbrokes – BOG)