Sam Turner guides you through a big day of live racing.
Bahamian Sunrise and Kasbah both like this venue and like to bowl along in front so the strong gallop SHAMSON (Best price 9-2)
requires to produce his best may be on offer. The six-year-old feasibly handicapped at present and is likely to be producing his best at the death if the pace collapses sufficiently so could be the answer to a tricky opener. Shamson failed to fire at York last time, but it paid to race prominently that day as the winner Desert Lord sat on the heels of the pace-setting Thesme and the selection should appreciate this slight drop in class.
Shamshon - 0.5pts e/w @ 9/2
Intimate knowledge of today’s track courtesy of two career starts at Sandown could benefit CONNECT (Best price 13-2)
who may prove a tough adversary for his six rivals to peg back. Adam Kirby executed the perfect front-running ride aboard the Royal Lodge entry early last month, when he routed a reasonable field by upwards of six lengths. Today’s event requires another step up from the selection, but his maiden win was achieved in a very strong time for the level and he can breach the rise in class and take care of Masar who appears the chief danger following his fine performance in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Connect - 1pt @ 13/2
NATHRA (Best price 4-1)
, placed in the French Guineas last season after finishing an honourable fifth in the English version behind Minding, returned to somewhere near her best in a strongly-run renewal of the Group 2 Hungerford Stakes last time where she was noted putting in some decent late work. John Gosden’s filly is fresher than most and if she can continue her resurgence could be difficult to beat against her own sex here returning to a mile. Aljazzi sets an excellent standard courtesy of her fine second to Qemah in the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes and a reproduction of that clear lifetime best could make her difficult to beat. However, as a 40-1 chance, there may have been a chance she was flattered by the set of circumstances that prevailed that day and Nathra is preferred.
Nathra - 1pt @ 4/1
ACROSS DUBAI (Best price 4-1)
didn’t appreciate a combination of a first attempt at 12 furlongs and the step up to Group 3 company at Goodwood but should find today’s conditions much more to his liking. The prospect of a strongly-run 10 furlongs back in a handicap could ensure the son of Cape Cross rediscovers the form which saw him run out an impressive Haydock scorer on his penultimate start. He was the last one off the bridle that day and eased to a decisive success with a sharp turn of foot and, although the assessor saw right through the efforts of his rider to keep the winning margin to a length, he remains capable of better. Silver Ghost may not have concluded his improvement even with three victories behind him and rates a major danger.
Across Dubai - 0.5pts e/w @ 4/1
Paul Midgley has enjoyed a wonderful time of late with his sprinters with the likes of Hee Haw, One Boy, Tarboosh and Desert Law all enjoying notable success. The last-named forms one third of a triumvirate of Midgley contenders for this race with Line Of Reason and FINAL VENTURE (Best price 5-1) forming a powerful three-pronged attack on this notable prize. Final Venture narrowly gains the nod as he is likely to sit close to the strong gallop set by Take Cover and the five-year-old is fancied to improve on his run in this race 12 months ago when, after a sluggish start, he recovered to finish fourth, only beaten half-a-length by course lover Alpha Delphini.
Final Venture - 0.5pts e/w @ 5/1
A difficult race for punters to sift through, but in the hope BREAKABLE (Best price 5-1)
enjoys the run of the race from stall two she is offered as a tentative selection to gain reward for some creditable recent displays. A repeat of her smooth course win last month could be enough to see her go close again and she was perhaps a shade unfortunate to run into Lincoln Rocks at York last week having previously run well in a strong Ascot handicap.
Breakable - 0.5pts e/w @ 5/1
Frannie Norton has earned a reputation of being a master of riding this track so stall 11 might not be an insurmountable obstacle for CAPE COAST (Best price 9-2)
. Two victories in small fields preceded a valiant defeat at the hands of Bin Battuta at Ascot and he shapes as though this step up in trip could well play to his strengths. Track position is arguably the most important facet of races around the Roodee, even over middle distance trips, so Cape Coast is positioned wider than ideal unless his excellent rider can exit the stalls smartly and sit on the heels of My Reward and fellow pacesetters.
Cape Coast - 1pt @ 9/2
If El Astronaute can leave the stalls expediently he remains a threat to all his rivals, however stall 10 is a tough obstacle to overcome for a front-runner so with that in mind, CONFESSIONAL (Best price 9-1)
is offered as a better value alternative despite his advancing years. The veteran has visited the Roodee an astonishing 14 times previously, winning twice and finishing in the frame on five other occasions. He was only beaten a length on his last start having previously won smoothly on his previous visit to the north west venue so is clearly retaining plenty of vim and vigour.
Confessional - 0.5pts e/w @ 9/1