Bentley hopes for Balmoral win
The third running of the £250,000 Balmoral Handicap (sponsored by QIPCO), Europe's richest mile handicap, will be contested by a maximum field of 20, with the three reserves being Silent Attack, Dutch Law and Dinkum Diamond.
Harry Bentley is hopeful of a big run from Morando
GM Hopkins, winner of the 2015 Royal Hunt Cup and runner-up in last year's Balmoral, and Tullius, a four-time Group winner, head the weights.
Bronze Angel, who landed the race two years ago and is a dual Cambridgeshire winner, and the first two home in last year's Cambridgeshire – Third Time Lucky and Master The World, will also go to post, while Sea Wolf, this year's Irish Cambridgeshire winner, will join them.
One of the most intriguing runners is the Roger Varian-trained Morando, who was unraced as a two-year-old but has been rapidly progressive this term. Well beaten on his debut in April, he has since reeled off a hat-trick of victories at Windsor, Chester and Ayr.
The colt won off a mark of 86 at Chester and defied a 10lb rise with something to spare at Ayr last time. He now has to cope with a rating of 104 but Harry Bentley, his jockey, is hopeful he will be up to the task.
"I like the horse, he has impressed me each time," Bentley said.
"He saves his best for the races and I'm hoping he will come on again. He needs a bit of persuasion to go through the gears but once he gets there and is really stretching, he seems to find it quite easy.
"It's a tough handicap with a lot of runners and factors to consider, but I expect him to run a big race."
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