Connections of Tattersalls July Stakes favourite Visinari are wary of overhyping the once-raced colt ahead of his Newmarket date this afternoon (14:25).
Mark Johnston’s son of Dark Angel was put in many notebooks after a winning Newmarket debut in May, making all the running and coming clear to win in an impressive time.
He makes his intriguing second start, going straight into Group 2 company, and is trading as the 10/11 favourite with Betfred to make it two from two.
Charlie Johnston, assistant trainer to his father, is wary of the hype surrounding the two-year-old.
He said: “I think it’s probably a little bit unfair on the horse that he’s as short a price as he is, to be honest…but I hope they (bookmakers) are right!
“He’s only a once-raced maiden winner at the end of the day, but obviously there’s a lot of talk about him because a man with a stopwatch says he’s something out of the ordinary. He was certainly very impressive, but this is a big step up in class – and it is a step into the unknown.”
He added: “We did look at the Superlative Stakes as well, but I think it makes sense to go back to the same course and distance that he won over on debut, rather than trying to do something different.
“Win, lose or draw, I’m sure he’ll be stepping up to seven furlongs on his next start.”
The July Stakes will be more demanding for Visinari, who is set to be partnered this time by Frankie Dettori, as the Archie Watson-trained Guildsman, who was beaten just three-quarters of a length into third place in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot last month, heads opposition at 7/2.
Ryan Moore rode Visinari on his debut, though he has been claimed this afternoon to partner King Neptune, one of two runners in the race for trainer Aidan O’Brien.
All eyes will be on Visinari and the in-form Dettori as they look for a perfect start to Newmarket’s showpiece July Meeting on the first of the three-days at Headquarters.