7.10 Sandown, Thursday, May 28
In the Cantor Fitzgerald Investment Trusts Henry II Stakes (7.10) at Sandown on Thursday, Trip To Paris managed to win once, over 1 mile 4 furlongs, during his three-year-old campaign, but stepping up to beyond middle distances appears to have been the making of him this season and he can continue his progress. The son of Champs Elysees has a few pounds to find with some of these, but has already risen 15lb in the weights this season and may still be improving.
Certainly, his win in the Chester Cup, over 2 miles 2½ miles, three weeks ago represented the best performance of his career so far and he fully deserves his place in the field. He’s won on the prevailing good to firm going and, although Sandown presents a much stiffer test of stamina than Ripon or Chester, where he’s done his recent winning, 2 miles 78 yards on the Esher track should suit him admirably. Graham Lee, who’s ridden him to both victories this term, has a 6-29 (21%) strike rate for the yard since switching to the Flat, so the former Grand National winning jockey looks a positive booking.
Selection: Sandown 7.10 Trip To Paris to win