PERFECT Power (114+) produced a sharp turn of speed to win the Group 3 Greenham Stakes and presented his trainer with a Guineas dilemma around heading to Newmarket or ParisLongchamp, though Newmarket now seems the choice.
Christophe Soumillon was quick to track the front-running Angel Bleu (108), using Frankie Detorri as his lead into the race, until asking his mount to put his seal on the feature passing the two-furlong pole.
In achieving his highest rating to date, Richard Fahey’s colt clocked a closing sectional of 46.21secs from the four-furlong marker, which was at least 0.5secs faster than the other winners of the straight track races.
I have no doubt the Middle Pak winner could have run faster and would not hesitate to support the Ardad colt if returning to six furlongs as he looks an ideal type for the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot’s meeting.
Modern News (108+) benefitted from racing closer to the pace than in the Lincoln and, as a result, reversed form with those who reopposed having finished in front of him at Doncaster.
A closing sectional of 47.14secs was just sufficient to hold the late run of Migration (108+) who was unlucky in the run for his in-form handler as Rogue Bear (107) twice took his ground when manoeuvring into a challenging position.
David Menuisier’s gelding is definitely the one to take from the race as he will improve on this performance for an extra two furlongs and softer ground.
Isla Kai (104) was a key component in creating the fast time-figure and will no doubt improve for his seasonal debut and it is worth noting the son of Awtaad won on his second start last season.
Wild Beauty (103) only managed a modest time in the Fred Darling, so I would still suggest Leopardstown winner Homeless Songs as the each-way alternative to Inspiral and Tenebrism in the first fillies’ classic.