14:15 – Haydock
Sunblazer looks like the only very well handicapped runner in the lineup. He’s been competitive on marks in the mid-90s and now finds himself well treated off 87. Both runs this season were on the all-weather at Kempton where speed was of the essence. However, granted a real test on this left-handed galloping track it will play to his strengths. Mancini the fav is going to be very short.
14:30 – Goodwood
Statuario brings in a very attractive profile having won two of his four races to dat. He was a wide-margin winner when bolting up on his return 22 days ago at Chepstow too. The handicapper has had his say, raising him 10lbs in the ratings. However, his shrewd handler uses the 5lb claim of the apprentice to negate the rise in the handicap, and he looks dangerously well-treated with a featherweight on his back.
15:05 – York
Isabel De Urbina has always been highly regarded and relatively highly tried by her trainer. Last season, after a good start, things just didn’t fall right as far as her racing was concerned. The return to action at Goodwood was very impressive, with a last to first run style. Two of the five horses she races against here were behind her last time and she looks to have most to fear from the lightly raced daughter of Nathanial from the Gosden Academy.
15:25 – Haydock
Barraquero bumped into Expert Eye on his debut then made no mistake when bolting up at Chepstow. Another step up the ladder was required, and, in the Richmond at Goodwood, he didn’t disappoint in a very hot contest. It’s a slight worry that we didn’t see him afterwards, but this is an outfit that can get them ready off a break. He’s going to be overlooked in the market and could surprise at rewarding odds of 8/1.
And one bonus each-way runner I like is Mrs Gallagher…
16:00 – Haydock
If the real Battash turns up they could all be chasing shadows but he is susceptible to the odd poor effort, for that reason I’m going to give the three-year-old filly Mrs Gallagher chance in receipt of the massive weight for age allowance. She’s a huge each way price anyway, at around 25/1, and if the redhot favourite fails to turn up we might be in clover.