Well old Further Outlook completed his three timer, not bad for an old boy of 12. I am penning these notes before the evening racing but we had at least one list winner through Greek Renaissance. It was good to see Marcus Tregoning get a winner after the tragic loss of one of his best horses during the week.
Dandy Nicholls used to train Further Outlook and the sprint king has two runners in the 2.45 at Newcastle. I cannot choose between Ice Planet and Indian Trail. The latter was extremely unlucky I felt in the Wokingham.
I do not have any really strong views on the Pitman’s Derby at 3.20. Odiham and Dorothy’s Friend are the two that strike me as worth a second look. Odiham does not actually win too often though and I will have my 10p each way on Roger Charlton’s Dorothy’s Friend who goes well on fast ground.
Coeur Courageux (3.55) was an expensive purchase for the D Nicholl’s yard and was considered group class at one stage. Has shown little this term and has looked a bit of a tricky customer. You can never rule Nicholls out in a sprint though.
In Full Cry won his only start last season at Ripon and did enough on his reappearance at Sandown to indicate that he can win the 4.55.
Trafalgar Day represents our list to follow in the 2.40 at Chester. His dam is related to Bandari. He has had 3 runs to qualify him for handicaps and makes his bow in that sphere. The fact that he has left Luca Cumani’s yard is a slight concern to me.
Compared to Further Outlook Ionian Spring is a mere whippersnapper at 11. He has every chance of striking another blow for the veterans though in the 4.20 where he is well treated by the conditions of the race.
Silver Hotspur was 3rd at Sandown last time and should not be too far away at Lingfield in the 6.30.
The 1.30 at Newmarket looks the sort of race that could go to one of the newcomers. The two most likely are Mesbaah and Shmookh. There was plenty to like about Indian Ink’s win the other day and I fancy her to follow up in the listed race at 2.25., mainly at the expense of Fairfield Princess.
There are two from our list to follow in the 3.00, Hard Top and Ouninpohja. Hard Top is dropped in class here. He ran in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot where he was much too free early on and ran out of gas. If he settles here he has to go close but the consistent Ouninpohja, twice a course and distance winner will give him plenty to think about.
New Seeker was only beaten by a late surge from Quito last time and looks the one they have to beat in the 3.35 where Philip Robinson will no doubt try and make every post a winning one.
Down at Windsor Zowington is a runner from our list to follow, in the 3.10. He is probably better with a bit of give in the ground. If you want a real outsider Cyclical at 16/1 has an each way chance.
If you want a topical world cup bet you could always try Freddy in the 3.45. He used to be trained in Argentina where he was 4th in their 2,000 guineas. If he wins this handicap he will of course get a penalty!
At Wolverhampton I am hoping that Sweet Emily can notch a win for my list to follow. She is trained by James Fanshawe and carries top weight in the 8.15. She was a rather disappointing beaten favourite at Leicester last time.
There will be a separate bulletin on Saturday evening covering Sunday’s racing.
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