Following two winners yesterday, Architect Tips is back with nine tips for today's racing.
SAFE VOYAGE (best price 12/1) has been a credit to connections over the years and owes them absolutely nothing but the nine-year-old might just have one big performance in him and today could be that day now that the assessor has given him respite. He’s been held the last twice but is a former Group Two winner over today’s course-and-distance, who ran well to finish fifth in the same race last year and it is rare we see him in this grade nowadays.
He gets his favoured conditions and is drawn well in stall ten to avoid any possible early carnage and go forward under Jason Hart. On the overall balance of his form he is the best horse in the race so while he’s probably vulnerable to the younger brigade at the other end of the weights, he looks great each-way value with four places generally available.
GOOBINATOR (best price 13/2) returned a beaten favourite last time over hurdles but the return to this course off a fair mark back in this sphere should see him competitive. Donald McCains six-year-old is a very consistent horse on the flat, in which his form figures read 32143114 and he was last seen in this code running a blinder to take fourth behind Buzz in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket.
Before that good effort in defeat, he’d won very easily over course and distance and is only four pounds higher today, so his current mark of 86 is workable and with Graham Lee booked to ride, who’s enjoyed so much success with this stable over the years, has an excellent chance of winning the Cazoo Hell Nook Handicap on this son of Noble Mission, who’s the only course-and-distance winner in the field too. Four places generally available.
In the Sandy Lane Stakes, I have two really strong fancies. Firstly, Karl Burke’s EL CABALLO (best price 10/3) who made it five on the bounce on All-Weather Championships day at Newcastle last time where he beat subsequent winner Tiber Flow. He did well to get the job done considering the race was run at a sedate pace and this race has been the plan ever since. Before his four consecutive wins on the all-weather, he had shown a lot of promise in two starts on the turf which included a close-up second on debut to Armor comfortably going one better at Carlisle next time.
He’s improved with every start since and, with connections likely to send him to Royal Ascot to tackle the Commonwealth Cup next time, he goes here with a very good chance of extending his winning sequence with a lot more improvement to come.
Clive Cox and Adam Kirby teamed up to win this race in the past with Harry Angel and they have an outstanding each-way contender in this year’s renewal in the form of CATURRA (best price 15/2) who’s second in France last time is working out well and that run should have blown away the cobwebs. He had got better with each start at two, where he got up late to beat Armor in the Group Two Flying Childers at Doncaster before being beaten just over a length when fifth in Middle Park at Newmarket (Go Bears Go one place in front of him). He may have been finished in front of the former too without being short of room in the closing stages so I’m struggling to see why the price between the two is so large.
Theoretically, he should be pushing for favouritism, especially being the second highest-rated runner in the field at 110 (only Go Bears Go is higher at 111) and this talented sprinter brings some of the best form to the table. Furthermore, Adam Kirby has opted to ride him rather than stablemate Wings Of War and, with a strong pace very much guaranteed, everything looks to have aligned perfectly for this capable sprinter to produce a big performance in Merseyside.