It's a busy day of action and our resident pundit has SEVEN selections to get your teeth into.
The only time YATTWEE (best price 12-1) has raced over the straight track at today’s venue, resulted in the Saeed Bin Suroor’s inmate running a blinder to finish fourth in the Britannia Handicap at the Royal meeting back in June and with the form of that big mile three-year-old contest working out as well as it has done subsequently, there’s every chance this will be a fruitful return for this likable individual if he runs to a similar standard. All the way down the line that day horses such as Arcanda, Folkswood, Taurean Star, Mustashry, Wall Of Fire and Oh This Is Us have gone on to prove how strong that race at the Berkshire venue was 80 days ago and having backed up his own performance with a sound effort in a listed race at Chester next time, the son of Hard Spun has done his bit to add to the overall profile. Having already proven himself suited by plenty of give underfoot twice over, the forecast rain which is due to land in the area just before the build up to the race won’t bother him as much as some others and with strong early pace around him in the shape of Bobby Wheeler and Ice Slice, he should get a nice tow through to the business end from box 16.
ELJADDAAF (best price 6-1) had to be marked up as an unlucky loser at Wolverhampton last time out and he looks set to make amends returning to the scene of some of his career-best performances. Winner of both of his previous starts, Dean Ivory’s inmate was coming with what looked to be a well-timed challenge at the Dunstall Park venue only to get the door slammed in his face at the furlong pole and with not enough time to recover, he was allowed to coast home in his own time. 3-5 over today’s course, the Shamardal gelding has plenty in his favour to add to those impressive track stats.
REAL DOMINIUM (best price 9-1) has yet to run a bad race in his career and that consistent level of form looks set to continue at a track he’s twice performed to a decent standard. A winner on his first visit to the Berkshire track on King George Day back in July, Andrew Balding’s charge followed that up with another sound effort when third over the same C&D at the Shergar Cup meeting and although he failed to justify strong market support when sent off favourite at Newmarket last time out, he may have done so if he’d obtained a smoother passage at a crucial stage. Nicely housed in stall one, the son of Cape Blanco has the perfect platform to gain the ground-saving run around the inner before striking down the home straight.
KOROPICK (NAP) (best price 6-4) looked a proper piece of kit when scoring at the first time of asking at Thirsk and that natural talent will hopefully offset his lack of experience in this much stronger race. The way Hugo Palmer’s inmate cruised through that race before sealing the deal with an instant change of pace at the Yorkshire venue intimated he’s horse of some potential, and providing he can translate that level of performance to the Polytrack surface at the first time of asking, the son of Kodiac should prove difficult for the others to handle.
MAGICAL EFFECT (best price 9-4) shaped as though he was the best horse in a similar race to the one he faces this afternoon without winning seven days ago and he gets an immediate chance to put that theory to the test. Held up behind a wall of horses going well two out, Ruth Carr’s charge failed to get a run at a crucial stage and by the time he saw daylight and burst clear of the pack towards the nearside rail, the first two had obtained first run down the middle of the track. Prior to that effort, the son of New Approach had demonstrated his liking for today’s course with an easy and deserved victory in a maiden and with the promise of more to come, this lightly-raced four-year-old can keep his upwardly-mobile profile going forward.
CALLENDER (best price 9-4) ran an extraordinary race in the Windsor Castle at Royal Ascot when last seen out and this looks to be a decent opportunity for him to get back to winning ways and carry the baton into the latter part of the season. Although a 50-1 outsider in that listed race 81 days ago, the son of Exced And Excel belied his market position by coming from virtually last place at halfway to finish a never-nearer fifth at the finish, and having already proven he goes well over today’s C&D with a game victory at the Co Kildare venue back in May, new connections appear to have inherited a smart juvenile for the remainder of the campaign based on those two performances.
Although SOCIETY RANGER (best price 33-1) has yet to win in 12 starts, he’s shown on more than one occasion that he has the capabilities to end that unwanted tag sooner rather than later and he has to be worth a small each-way interest at his top morning odds to find out whether today could be the day. The way Ado McGuinness’ inmate stayed on from an unpromising position in a strongly-run three-year-old handicap over today’s C&D last week (fast speed figure for grade) suggests he’s not the forlorn hope his 33-1 price would have you believe and with the useful Killian Leonard doing duty on the son of Bushranger, the combination should be more than capable of holding their own in this sort of company.