Ennaadd made rapid progress through the ranks last season, culminating in a facile win in the Hyde Stakes, over a mile, at Kempton in November and sets the standard in the All-Weather Mile Championship Stakes at Lingfield on Friday. The King’s Best colt won his maiden over course and distance by 6 lengths on his final start as a juvenile and won on his reappearance last season, so an absence of 149 days is less of a worry than might otherwise be the case. He holds the second highest rated horse in the race, Sovereign Debt, on their running at Kempton in November and may have more to fear from the progressive My Target, who’s unbeaten in five starts over course and distance and was hampered at the start when dropped back to 7 furlongs at Wolverhampton last time. However, if Ennaadd picks up where he left off in November, he could make odds of 2/1 look generous.
Selection: Ennaad to win (2/1 generally available)