Chinese Jade can cause a minor upset in the Weatherbys Bank Stonehenge Stakes at Salisbury.
The Listed contest has attracted a small but select field, with Richard Hannon’s Washaar sidestepping a clash with Guineas favourite Kingman at the weekend to instead run in this.
He is likely to be a pretty warm order, despite carrying a penalty for his easy victory in the same grade at Ascot. However, there were plenty in that field who looked exposed and Washaar was quite comfortably outgunned in the Superlative Stakes by Good Old Boy Lukey before that to suggest he is not unbeatable.
Strictly on the figures, Chinese Jade has no right to beat Washaar, but when Sir Mark Prescott’s inmates get on a roll it is usually worth siding with them until defeated. Beautifully bred - he is the first foal of the Group One-winning filly Chinese White and a son of Cape Cross - Chinese Jade looked to have inherited little of his parents’ class when last behind Washaar on debut.
He steadily progressed in maidens before winning at the fourth attempt at Brighton, but there was then plenty to like about his all-the-way success over Sea The Skies, a highly-regarded son of Sea The Stars, which suggests he is capable of mixing it at this level.
It is completely out of character for Prescott to run a horse in this grade if he thought a handicap mark of 74 could be exploited so expect a hugely improved display. Following his win at Headquarters last time out, Prescott suggested one more quiet run this season so it all adds up to a big display.
The Charlie Appleby-trained Anglophile was second to Chinese Jade at Brighton before returning to the seaside venue to open his account and runs in the Bathwick Tyres Nursery Handicap.
If he continues his progression - he did not come off the bridle when breaking his duck - it is hard to see him being beaten.