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Caravaggio's a work of art; Seventh heaven for Ballydoyle's star in July Cup Get out of jail with Offender.

Byline: Garry Owen

AIDAN O'Brien's new superstar Caravaggio can stretch his unbeaten record to seven in the July Cup at Newmarket.

The son of Scat Daddy hasn't looked back since landing his maiden at Dundalk last April and soon added the Coventry at Ascot to his CV.

CARAVAGGIO (4.35) ended his campaign with a crushing win in the Phoenix at the Curragh in August, immediately entering the reckoning for this year's 2000 Guineas.

However, Team Ballydoyle wisely sent him down the sprinting route and he showed that he had trained on when bolting up from some very useful rivals INGROUP 3 contest at Naas in April.

Stepped back up to Group 1 level in the Commonwealth Cup at Ascot, the colt showed he had grit as well as blistering speed when cosily beating Harry Angel despite giving that rival plenty of rope.

He should confirm the form with Clive Cox's colt and can outclass the TURN TO PAGE TWO FROM PAGE ONE cream of the older speedsters with plenty of improvement still on the cards.

Team Ballydoyle can enjoy a big-race double with GUSTAV KLIMT (4.00) in the Superlative.

The Galileo juvenile built on his promising debut over six at the Curragh in May when hacking up over an extra furlong back at the Kildare venue next time.

The colt was thoroughly professional in a first-time tongue strap that day and can take the promotion to Group 2 company in his stride.

CITY OF JOY (2.50) can get his career back on track in the trappy Bet365 Mile.

Sir Michael Stoute's gelding has been largely progressive this term and did me a nice turn when scoring at Chelmsford last month.

I'm willing to overlook his luckless run in the Britannia at Royal Ascot and reckon he can return to winning ways in these calmer waters.

However, the nap of the day is John Gosden's TASHWEEQ (3.25) in the Bet365 Bunbury Cup.

Progressive last term, the Big Bad Bob colt took a Listed race at Doncaster in September before running with credit in a couple of back-end Group 1s.

The four-year-old definitely needed the run when last in the Sandown Mile in April but roared back to form with a terrific third in last month's Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot.

I don't think we've seen the best of Tashweeq who won't need to improve much to land this valuable handicap en route to bigger and better things.

Belting stuff at York where WEEKEND OFFENDER (1.55) can lay down the law in the John Smith's Racing Handicap.

Kevin Ryan's gelding has a decent record on the Knavesmire and caught the eye when third in a red hot Nottingham handicap first time out in April.

His last run at Hamilton is easily forgiven as he had to be pulled up after a stalls mishap and he can bounce back to his best today.

BARSANTI (2.30) will take all the beating in the Listed John Smith's Silver Cup.

Upwardly mobile since joining Roger Varian, the five-year-old put in his best effort yet when going down by half-a-length to Idaho in the Group 2 Hardwicke at Royal Ascot.

The gelding was closing nicely on a very talented rival up the hill that day and should relish today's step up to 1m6f for his in-form handler.

The 58th running of the John Smith's Cup is no easier than the previous 57 but I like the look of SIXTIES GROOVE (3.05).

for Jeremy Noseda's gelding made rapid strides in handicap company last year and signed off by landing a competitive Kempton handicap in November.

The five-year-old didn't over a mile at Epsom in April but went into plenty of notebooks when fifth in the Duke Of Edinburgh at Ascot and can resume his upward curve back over 1m2f.

TAKE COVER (4.15) has a solid chance for David Griffiths in the City Walls Stakes.

The gelding is a hardened veteran at the age of 10 but showed he still retained plenty of ability when fifth behind Lady Aurelia in the King's Stand at Royal Ascot.

That probably the best form on offet in a tight sprint and he can bag his first win of the season back at Listed level.

David O'Meara is hitting form and he can take the totescoop6 Heritage Handicap at Ascot.

The four-year-old was a decent sixth in the Wokingham at today's venue and can go very close back over the minimum trip.

Trust MUTAKAYYEF (3.50) to repeat last year's success in the Group 2 Summer Mile.

Williamm Haggas' six-year-old is a high-class miler on his day and should triumph with a repeat of his fine second over course and distance in the Queen Anne.

I reckon that the sky's the Klimt for Team Ballydoyle's latest high-flying juvenile Gustav.


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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
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Date:Jul 15, 2017
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