Harris Tweed to turn on the style in Fred Archer Stakes
Harris Tweed only knows one way of running and that is to lead from pillar to post. It was a tactic that worked well in his younger days in handicaps but he has often had to play second fiddle in listed and group races.
It was a familiar story for the six-year-old at Newbury last time as Willing Foe claimed the spoils after Harris Tweed had done all the donkey work. Jockey Richard Hughes will have to judge the pace to a nicety in this small field but he could not have a more willing partner.
Godolphin’s Lost In The Moment is another who is as game as the day is long yet struggles to get his head in front. He has not won since January 2011 but he has been competing in the top handicaps including the Melbourne Cup in which he was a creditable sixth last year.
He was taken back for another tilt at the prize that still eludes Sheikh Mohammed but failed to make the final field. He returns to the fray after a long layoff but certainly has the ability to win a race such as this.
I’m The Man is an interesting raider from France. He was not beaten far in a Group 2 last time out and it is unlikely that Royer-Dupre would have sent him over unless he felt he had a winning chance. His best form is at shorter trips and he would appreciate a little more cut in the ground than he is likely to get on Saturday.
Cameron Highland could be a bigger threat. He was only fourth of five in a slowly run affair at Goodwood last time but that at least offered some encouragement after a dire performance at Newbury last season. He had previously won at Windsor and Goodwood and Roger Varian’s Galileo colt could give Harris Tweed plenty to think about.
Barbican completes the small but select field and has not raced since finishing fourth at Ascot last July. He has the assistance of Ryan Moore and is not far behind on official ratings if sharp enough to himself justice.