Lang Shining was quite a high profile horse at Sir Michael Stoute’s yard at one time but never quite fulfilled his early promise there. A change of stable and a drop in class has led to a very successful campaign for him in 2010. His win at Kempton yesterday was his 6th of the season. Sophie Doyle has partnered him on 5 of those wins.
There have been a few racehorses with names connected to the “Fab Four” – Lennon was a decent 2 mile chaser, McCartney was a winner of 3 races on the flat while Harrison George has been running well this season winning 3 races already. Staying with the Beatles theme Tangerine Trees has had a tremendous season and would have been a seriously profitable horse to follow. He won today at Newmarket making it 5 wins for the season. His winning odds have been 13/2, 6/1, 7/4, 33/1 and 9/1 today.
A couple of other winners that caught my eye today were Royal Trooper and Kenyan Cat. The former followed up his success at Hamilton with an all the way win at Warwick where he was given a canny ride by Paul Mullholland. The jockey was given every assistance from the horse who is a really gutsy performer. Kenyan Cat was another Warwick winner and he has now also won 2 on the bounce. Once again full marks to the jockey, this time Simon Walker who had to weave a way through when the horse was squeezed for room.
At Newmarket tomorrow I had the 1.55 down to a short list of Cityscape, Fair Trade and Tamaathul. I was impressed with Cityscape when he won at Haydock earlier in the month and he gets my selection.
In the 2.30 I will go with Hooray who appears to have the best form on show. If you forgive Maqaasid her last run she could well provide the main danger.
I have supported Temple Meads this season and he has rewarded me with a couple of wins so I will tick with him in the 3.05. Strong Suit could be the danger.
Desert Sage could prove the answer to the Challenge Whip at 5.25.
Sir Mark Prescott could be the man to follow at Lingfield where both Honoured (5.15) and King’s Realm (5.50) look to have winning chances. At Wolverhampton Veroon has an each way chance in the 9.15.
There is jumping at Hexham where Cape Tribulation makes his chase debut in the 2.40. Another one to look out for is Moon Indigo in the 3.15.
Today’s picture is courtesy of the artist Katy Sodeau.