Progressive G-Force tough to beat in Scurry Stakes
Tackling sprints over the minimum trip at Sandown can leave you feeling disheartened after they are run, and that’s because a lot of them end with unlucky losers. Time and time again, horses are falling back on your lap and there’s a lack of anywhere to go, so luck in-running is paramount and I usually leave the sprints around here alone because of that – it’s the least painful thing to do!
However, for the Scurry Stakes – a Listed race over 5f for 3-year-old’s – I’m going to give the nod of approval to David O’Meara’s talented G Force as he looks a possible Group performer in the making and if that is to be proven correct, he should be beating this lot without much trouble – although, having said that, there are a couple of potentially progressive sorts set to line up too.
The former Richard Hannon trained colt only had one run for that yard as a juvenile before being shipped out and it came over 7f, which he patently didn’t see out on the day. However, having been picked up for 25,000gns afterwards, he made no mistake on debut for O’Meara in April to win his maiden at Newcastle and that race has worked out as well as you could hope for.
It led to G Force being sent off as the hot favourite for a rock-solid York handicap that was previously won by the likes of future Group performers Hamish McGonagall, Hoof It and, most recently, Moviesta. He made absolutely no mistake in following in their footsteps, scoring by 2.5-lengths having been held up in the middle of the pack. It’s a performance of some quality on just his third start – his first in a handicap/second for the yard – and he absolutely routed them in the end (the 4.5-length third won nicely off 4lbs higher next time).
This will require more, there’s no doubt about that as he’s stepping out of handicap company and into a Listed race. However, he is clearly better than the 3-year-old handicappers in the sprint division that he could face, as his rating of 103 testifies, and I’m sure that connections of the Tamayuz colt have got aspirations of running in Group 1’s next term. I wouldn’t think that he’ll develop into one who’s quite that good, but Listed/Group 3 success is there for the taking if he stays sound and this looks a perfect introduction to the stakes races.
He should have no problem with the raw layout of this track, with a stiff finishing promising to suit based on how powered home at York, and my only true worry is that he’s drawn in stall 11 and that could pose some issues late in the day. Whether it will or not, however, is impossible to gauge and as far as who’s the best horse in this race, I definitely think that he is. The likes of Strategical and Perfect Blessings warrant respect, as the market indicates, but G Force has the most class in my opinion and should be very hard to beat.
Selection for the Surrey Stakes (2:55 Sandown; Saturday):
G Force – 3/1, available generally.
Post by James Boyle. Picture by Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.
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