THE speedsters are in action on Thursday in the Richmond Stakes, with Threat heading the market for Richard Hannon.
We’ve had a look at the main talking points in a race that’s as competitive as it is classy.
Key Richmond Stakes contenders
Already looks a very classy colt after just two starts, with a defeat of an odds-on favourite on debut followed by a fine second in the Coventry Stakes.
Thought of very highly by trainer Richard Hannon and he may not need to improve to win this, despite the strong likelihood of more to come.
Strong traveller should be fine on the track and he rates a strong proposition.
Very fast colt hasn’t quite managed to reach Group-race heights just yet but now returns to the scene of his impressive debut victory.
Has a bit to find with Threat on his Ascot run and disappointed a little at Newmarket last time, but after only three starts he still retains potential.
Will to want to break well from his draw.
Impressive debut winner was well-backed for the Windsor Castle at Royal Ascot and ran a big race in fourth.
Nothing went right for him then but he wasn’t beaten far at the line and clearly has more to come.
This is a step up in grade but it would be surprising if he wasn’t up to it.
Rest of the field
Don’t Stop Dancing 100-1
Dream Shot 18-1
Fleeting Prince 25-1
Golden Horde 7-1
King Neptune 16-1
Maxi Boy 11-1
Misty Grey 20-1
Royal Commando 18-1
Royal Dornoch 40-1
Volatile Analyst 40-1
How will the race pan out?
Expect Guildsman to be prominent alongside Mark Johnston’s Misty Grey as both like to front-run.
Threat is happiest when getting a tow into the race, as is Golden Horde who finished just behind him at Royal Ascot.
Symbolize will also be left to challenge late, while Aidan O’Brien’s King Neptune will likely try and fly from the rear.
Betting advice for the big one
These two-year-old contests are risky betting heats, though it has to be said Symbolize is very backable at around the 7-1 mark.
Andrew Balding’s colt was notably unlucky in the Windsor Castle at Royal Ascot and given how imposing he is in stature, there’s almost certainly going to be more to come after just two starts.
Provided he can get a nice position from his good draw, he looks the one at around the 6-1 mark.
Take advantage of Unibet’s £10-£40 offer as his price could well collapse.