With Ayr more washed out than Noah’s summer holiday plans, Saturday’s TV action focuses on Newbury.
The Legacy Cup Stakes at 2.15pm, which shares its name with an amateur golf tournament at Gleneagles, features nothing of the quality of the horse of the same name, but the field does include a number of in-form contenders.
Secret Number, Fabricate, Dylan Mouth and Second Step all won when last seen, however we’ll give another chance to Desert Encounter after his below-par run in the King George. He’s been held up more than a Southern Rail commuter, but should get a strong enough pace to chase here and a repeat of his Eclipse third would see him go close.
Invincible Army tops Timeform ratings for the Mill Reef Stakes at 2.50pm, however, as Donald and Kim seem intent on finding out, no army is invincible. Enjazaat was just behind Invincible Army when the pair clashed in the July Stakes at Newmarket, but Owen Burrows’ colt was impressive at Ripon last time and might be up to turning the tables on James Tate’s charge with a bit more experience under his belt.
James Garfield was nailed on the line in the Acomb and is also much respected with the drop back in trip not expected to pose him any problems.
The Dubai Duty Free Handicap is up next at 3.25pm, and there are enough horses with penalties to win a shootout against England’s footballing donkeys. Law And Order wasn’t a winner last time, but he has a bit of class about him, underlined by the way he shaped in the September Stakes at Kempton so, returning to handicap company from an appealing mark, he gets the narrow vote.
Fidaawy, another who will ultimately establish himself in a higher grade, along with Brorocco and Erik The Red, are others to consider in a wide-open handicap.
Ryanair don’t fly to the Dubai International Airport (or anywhere else, really, at the moment), the sponsors of the World Trophy Stakes at 4pm, which is probably a good job. The 5f sprint was won a couple of years ago by Steps, and the group currently have a new single out titled “Dancing with a Broken Heart”.
My missus often complains of dancing with a broken foot, but then that’s her fault for going out with an 18-stone man who likes a drink. Last year’s World Trophy winner Cotai Glory looked as good as ever when third in the Nunthorpe at York last month before finding the ground too testing at the Curragh two weeks ago.
He’s taken to defend his crown at the main expense of Take Cover, Muthmir and Waady.