Veteran SCOTTISH GLEN (Best price 18-1) saves his best efforts for this venue and could be a sporting each-way bet for a yard that have struck form with a vengeance in recent days. The old-timer boasts track stats of 1413 at the Berkshire course and gets on particularly well with Hector Crouch who is 112336 aboard the selection who appeals at a tidy price today.
Confidence in YATTWEE (Best price 14-1) is tempered by the fact his yard have barely run a horse in the past fortnight, but hopefully a 56-day break has ensured he returns to the track a healthy horse. He should improve for the opportunity to tackle some better ground and his trainer sent out a welcome winner yesterday.
STARGAZER (Best price 7-2) didn’t enjoy the clearest passage at Goodwood behind You’re Hired in a strongly-run handicap and looks likely to find more improvement for today’s step up in trip. He arrives at this race fresher than most and, although the bigger prices about him have disappeared, he remains a horse that appears to have scope for further progression. It is probably wise to treat Shergar Cup form with a fair amount of suspicion, but Danehill Kodiac should also go close.
A nasty heat and confidence in CONVEY (Best price 6-1) is tempered by the fact he has looked a quirky customer at times. That said, the return to a mile should suit him and he ran well in a strong speed figure both here earlier in the season and at Goodwood last time over an inadequate seven furlongs. Hathal, who has a host of decent entries, should be monitored in the market given the form of his yard.
Clifford Lee is making a name for himself in the saddle and the young apprentice has the opportunity to strike with a high-profile Saturday winner in INTENSE TANGO (Best price 14-1). Karl Burke sent out a well-backed winner at the north west venue yesterday and his mare looks in good heart at present judged on her recent efforts with Lee on board. She finished second in this race two years ago as a three-year-old and looks to have been laid out to go one better.
MAGIC CIRCLE (Best price 11-2 1PT WIN) is likely to head the market and understandably so especially if the rain arrives. The handicapper wasn’t too harsh on Ralph Beckett’s charge for his smooth York win last time and he may take some beating.
Not a race for big investment and, in the hope EL ASTRONAUTE (Best price 9-1) has recovered from his Epsom exertions, John Quinn’s speedster could prove the best of the bunch in a typically ferocious handicap to solve. The Quinn yard are enjoying their best season on the level and their representative had a little in hand during the week despite hanging down Epsom’s camber to the inside rail. That suggested that not only would a more conventional track suit, but the selection had a little up his sleeve at the line.
The chance of substantial rain means punters will face an 11th hour decision regarding the participation of LIMATO (Best price 9-4) in the 32Red Sprint Cup. That in itself is a frustrating prospect as Henry Candy’s speedster coped with easy conditions to win at Doncaster a year ago and we witnessed at York with Mecca’s Angel - another who was only allowed to run late in the day - that horses often confound their trainers with regard to ground preference. Limato probably boasts the highest cruising speed of any sprinter in training so fingers crossed the weather gods are kind and we are allowed to see the son of Tagula in action.
ARAB SPRING (Best price 13-8) was predictably outclassed in the Juddmonte Stakes at York last time and should be much more at home in this company on a surface like todays. The selection won his maiden at this track and could be a little more ready than the returning Sky Hunter who may have the Melbourne Cup as a chief objective.
AFJAAN (Best price 11-2) was mugged close home by Dommersen last time over course and distance and may gain revenge this afternoon if he is ridden with a shade more patience. The selection sauntered to the front on his latest start only to find his conqueror enjoying a dream run up the rail, a move which proved decisive at the line. Hopefully, William Haggas’ charge can make amends here in a race which should be set up for him to be delivered late.
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