* All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change.
QUICKTHORN looked a stayer very much on the up in a pair of all-weather events last summer, winning an 11-furlong maiden and finishing a solid third to a smart type in a handicap back there on his latest start.
That form looks strong and Quickthorn should have even more to offer. Master The Stars will continue to give a good account, while Mark of Gold is another to consider with his reappearance under his belt.
In a race every bit as competitive as the numbers might suggest, the vote goes the way of CAPOTE’S DREAM, who has thrived for a drop to 6 furlongs for new trainer Tom Ward this year. He has won three of his four starts and his style of racing means he can’t go up too much in the weights, so he is selected to remain a step ahead of the handicapper. Bielsa, Concierge, Musicality and 2019 winner Cold Stare head the many possible dangers.
John Quinn’s most likeable EL ASTRONAUTE returned in style with a victory at Chester earlier in the month and is fancied to repeat last year’s win in this event (albeit at a different track) and hold off King’s Lynn once more. Andrew Balding’s four-year-old has fewer miles on the clock and will probably be better suited by this track, so he rates a big threat with more to come.
ORIENTAL MYSTIQUE was a non-runner at Goodwood on Thursday evening in favour of taking up this engagement and, even though she failed to get her head in front last season, she showed useful form to finish placed in pattern company.
She finished a close-up third in a Listed event at Goodwood on her return and there could be even more to come from this well-bred filly now partnered by Oisin Murphy. Cabaletta, who is now equipped with first-time blinkers, and La Lune head up the dangers.
Little to separate the majority of these on the figures, but the vote goes to WITH THANKS. She stays in training as a lightly-raced, but progressive four-year-old filly and she relished testing ground when winning a Group 3 at Naas on her final start last season.
The way she forged clear that day suggests she should have even more to offer, and she can prove to strong for Glorious Journey and 2019-winner Safe Voyage, who carries a penalty.
MO CELITA has thrived in the mud recently and, despite a 7lbs rise for landing the four-timer on her handicap debut over course and distance a week ago, she’s fancied to go in again under a typically positive ride. Sir Maxi was progressive last season, and has the most potential in the field, so he’s an obvious danger on his return to action after undergoing a gelding operation.
ELVRIKA left her previous efforts behind to get off the mark sporting first-time blinkers on reappearance in a Thirsk maiden four weeks ago. On that performance, an opening mark of 77 could be a touch lenient. She’s taken to follow up, likely at the main expense of Il Bandito, who made an encouraging return when finishing third on handicap debut at Epsom last month.
- CHECK OUT OUR BRAND NEW SNAZZY RACECARDS FOR EVERY SINGLE RACE TODAY
- … THEN GET ALL THE WINNERS BEFORE ANYONE ELSE WITH OUR FAST RESULTS
- Gallop over to Paddy Power News for all the latest racing tips
- Horse Racing tips: Mick Fitzgerald’s lively Lucky 31 for Saturday’s ITV races
- Horse Racing tips: Matt Chapman’s super picks for Saturday’s ITV racing
- Horse Racing tips: Jason Weaver’s 8 awesome plays for Saturday’s ITV races
- Horse Racing tips: Paul Jacobs’ 4 value plays across the tracks on Saturday
- Ruby Walsh: The ‘incredible’ Epsom Derby winner I’d love to have ridden