The Messenger returns this Saturday and he has one bet for Ascot in the shape of the Mark Johnston trained Londinium.
Londinium showed decent form as a juvenile including a defeat of the very useful Tommy Taylor at Haydock on heavy going. Given his breeding, by New Approach out of a mare by Troy, who is a half sister to Street Cry, he always promised to be much better when stepped up in distance as a 3 year old.
That has proved to be the case and he has improved in leaps and bounds this term as he has been stepped up in trip. He ploughed through the slop at Goodwood on “Wet Wednesday” to win over this trip and narrowly failed to follow up two days later over a furlong shorter. He was far from disgraced on slightly quicker going at York last time and should find this track to his liking, while the softer ground is also in his favour. Strictly at the weights, it could be argued that he has a task on his hands, but there is the potential for further improvement to come on this stiffer course
1.5 points each way Londinium at 12/1 with William Hill, Betfred and Betbright