We’ve got an interesting eight runner field for the Group 3 Gigaset Cumberland Lodge Stakes. Run at a currently sun-soaked Ascot over 12 furlongs, the good weather should produce lovely flat racing ground.
A couple of horses entered like to make the running or be on the pace meaning we shouldn’t have a messy contest.
Gigaset Cumberland Lodge Stakes Preview
John Gosden’s Romsdal is currently heading the betting. He is a classy horse on his day and has run well at a higher level. His second in last year’s St Leger was a good effort as was his third in the Derby, but he hasn’t exactly gone on this year and is worth taking on.
Hillstar has a similar profile. While being a year older, it was hoped he would go on and improve this year. It hasn’t been the case, but in his defence he was said to be a very sick horse over the winter. He has yet to recapture his form of old, but he is still running to a useful level.
Forgotten Voice is the elder statesman of the field and takes a drop in trip and a step up in class. He is a horse stuck between a rock and a hard place meaning, he is too highly rated to win top-class handicaps, but not quite good enough to compete at the upper echelons. This isn’t a great race, however, and with the ground quickening he is not ruled out.
The really interesting one in the field is Star Storm from the James Fanshawe yard. On official ratings he has to improve, but he is nearly the only horse in the race that is on an upward curve. This, factored in with his classy pedigree and trainer’s good form means he is a fascinating contender.
This looks a grade too high for Missed Call while Queen Of Ice is returning from a break having had a poor start to the season. Windshear is a horse that has never done it for us and is another in this field who has failed to improve this campaign while the sentiment applies to yet another in this field, Red Galileo.
The BetBright Verdict
In a race full of exposed horses a chance is taken with STAR STORM. While he has to improve there is every chance he will again. We’re not sure if it will be enough to trouble those at the head of the official handicap, but there is plenty to suggest can be firmly in the shakeup.
Odds are provided at time of writing, please check your betslip to confirm they have not changed before betting.