Long Awaited looks lovely at 16s

The lightly raced Long Awaited looks a sprinter with plenty more to offer and at 16/1 makes plenty of appeal in the Epsom Dash (3.15).

The gelding has some useful form in maidens when trained as a juvenile by the late Michael Jarvis and broke his duck at the third time of asking when slamming Easy Over by nearly four lengths in a 6f maiden at Ripon on his seasonal reappearance last year for Roger Varian.

He travelled strongly that day and showed a good turn of foot to put the race to bed, and although he was subsequently beaten in his next three starts he did run some really solid races.

The four-year-old didn’t seem to handle the tight turns of Chester when fourth of 10 to Roker Park off a mark of 83, and after disappointing at Newmarket rounded off his campaign with a good third of 7 to Judge N’Jury off 82 at headquarters and now meets that rival on 2lb better terms for a 2 length beating.

That run suggested that he had plenty more to offer, and that proved the caes when he made an impressive winning debut for David Barron at Doncaster in April.

He travelled supremely well that day and after cruising into the lead on the bridle only had to be shaken up to quicken and beat Even Stevens by a cosy 3/4 of a length off a mark of 82.

The son of Pivotal was value for much more than the winning margin and a 5lb rise looks lenient given his unexposed profile.

He is the type that only just does enough and has a good turn of foot, and that makes him very difficult for the handicapper to get to grips with.

The strong pace here will suit as he has a high cruising speed, and from a decent draw in stall 13 he must go well and is one to keep firmly on the right side of this season.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Long Awaited (16/1 sportingbet)

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