The Mathattan Stakes (Grade 2)

Alexios Komnenios

Alexios Komnenos and a happy Chris Hayes returning after winning The Desmond Stakes at Leopardstown last August

The Manhattan Stakes has attracted an Irish runner tonight in Alexios Komnenos from the Fossy Stack yard. He’ a lightly raced individual who could well put in a bold show in New York on the undercard for the Belmont Stakes.

He showed his class last year winning the Desmond Stakes as a three-year old having hinted at that as a juvenile when second to Churchill in The Tyros Stakes. He returned at G1 level this year running in The Lockinge Stakes. He found the early pace a bit quick at that level but his run suggests the step up in trip to 10f should be ideal as will be the ground.

He could surprise at a big price.

Recommendation: Alexios Komnenos 25/1 ew

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