Following two winners yesterday, Steve Ryder is back with three selections for Tuesday's racing.
The Charlie Hills trained GOLDEN WAR (best priced at 11-10) sets the standard in this novice stakes with a rating of 83 and he should prove hard to beat if repeating the form of his course and distance run last month. The son of Churchill finished 2nd on his debut at Goodwood before finishing down the field in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot. He then finished 5th in a strong maiden at Newmarket on his next start in which the winner, second, third and fourth have all won since.
Golden War was only beaten a length last time over this course and distance in August and the form of that run has also been boosted with the third Thunder Legend, beaten 2 ¼ lengths, winning by 4 ¾ lengths on his next start. Golden War now returns after a short 41 day break having undergone a gelding operation and interestingly is also now fitted with a first time hood for the race. Both Sydney Street and Rich King will no doubt progress on their third career runs but I expect Golden War to get off the mark at the fifth attempt.
The Ger Lyons stable had an impressive listed winner yesterday with Straight Answer and his representative ROCA ROMA (best priced at 9-4) is expected to continue the stable’s good form with a victory in this race. The daughter of Australia won a handicap at Killarney in July off a mark of 97 in a first-time tongue tie before putting up a career best performance last time in defeat in the Group 3 Fairy Bridge Stakes at Tipperary.
The form of that run was well advertised when the winner Pearls Galore finished a neck 2nd in the Group 1 Matron Stakes on Irish Champions Weekend and Roca Roma is expected to win now dropped down in class to listed level.
The George Boughey trained FOXY RASCAL (best priced at 4-1) was sent off a well backed 15/8 favourite on her debut at Pontefract but she disappointed and eventually finished 8th of 9. Uncharacteristically for a stable debutant, she looked green and inexperienced on her first run but a lot better is expected in this race.
Both El Hadeeyah and Brazilian Beach set a good standard with ratings of 82 and 79 but Foxy Rascal looks worth backing to improve on her second run from Stall 11 under Ben Curtis.