There are several unexposed sorts in the Zetland Stakes, with both Mythical and Volkan Star meriting plenty of respect from powerful connections, but it’s worth siding with Tritonic, who created a positive impression when gaining a second success at Newbury last time. Overcoming residual inexperience that day, and showing a knee action to suggest that he’ll cope fine with potentially more testing conditions, Tritonic is likely to be suited by this step up to a mile and a quarter judged on pedigree, being by Sea The Moon and out of a mare from the family of Bowdler’s Magic, who stayed two miles well. He boasts sound claims in this contest, and rates as a cracking 3-y-o prospect for next year.
It may appear on the face of it that Ethic’s progress has stalled, but there are reasons for thinking that he can get back on the up in this nursery. He made a promising debut before getting off the mark at Salisbury in a fast time, a performance good enough for connections to up him in grade in the Acomb Stakes next time. He didn’t cut any real ice that day, and was far too free into a headwind at Doncaster last time, but, with a bigger field and the potential for a stronger pace here, he may yet have more to offer.
This is a typically competitive renewal of the Cesarewitch, but one that appears to have been overlooked in the market is Who Dares Wins. He failed to do himself justice when fancied in the race last year, having won the trial on his previous start, but has enjoyed a fine campaign this time around, winning the Northumberland Plate in June before running two fine races in defeat. His latest effort, fourth in the Group 1 Prix du Cadran, represents a career best, and, with this test expected to suit him down to the ground, he looks worth siding with at a tempting price.