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SAAHEQ bounced back to form to win a course and distance handicap in cosy fashion three weeks ago, always travelling strongly before being produced to lead in the final 50 yards. He had Phoenix Star in behind on that occasion and a subsequent 3lbs rise underestimates the authority of that win, so he can follow up from a good draw. Mokaatil has to be feared following his win in the Dash last time, while another last-time-out winner Spoof is also respected.
CAME FROM THE DARK was unlucky not to reel in Lazuli in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket nine weeks ago, not as well positioned as that rival at a track where it is hard to make up ground. Ed Walker’s progressive five-year-old is taken to make amends now at a track that should suit better.
Lazuli is an obvious threat again, while Arecibo and Keep Busy have both finished second in a Group 1, the former in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot last month.
MAGICAL MORNING shaped as if he possibly just needed the run after moving well for a long way in the Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot on his reappearance, leaving the impression he has the ability to defy this mark at some point.
Therefore, he is worth another chance to show he still has good prize in him for top connections. Last year’s winner Montatham and this season’s course and distance winner Trais Fluors head the dangers.
Things haven’t quite gone to plan for STATEMENT following a promising reappearance in the Fred Darling at Newbury, not suited by the switch to front-running tactics in the 1000 Guineas and always on the backfoot after fluffing the start at Epsom last time.
This represents a sizeable drop in grade though, and she’s fancied to take full advantage. Glesga Gal shaped as if still in good form at Royal Ascot and remains with potential, while Auria is a solid each-way contender.
Only four runners in this year’s Coral-Eclipse, but it is still a fascinating renewal. MISHRIFF showed himself to be a top-class colt when scoring cosily in the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan in March and he can cement his placing among Europe’s best middle-distance performers by ending the winning run of Aidan O’Brien’s Prix du Jockey Club hero St Mark’s Basilica. Addeybb shouldn’t be underestimated either, and he can also have a say.
This looks a quality handicap with several holding claims, including the Roger Charlton-trained MAKRAM. He’s shaped with plenty of promise so far this term, finding only one too good in the Zetland Gold Cup at Newbury on his latest start in May.
There may well be more to come from him, so he can go well under James Doyle. Pivoine defeated subsequent Carlisle Bell winner Chichester at Haydock in June and along with Classical Wave heads the dangers.
RUN TO FREEDOM shaped well on his handicap debut after six months off over course and distance last month, where he was a little keen in the early stages and probably got to the front too soon. He was headed only close home, but left the impression he is on a fair mark and is well worth supporting following a 3lbs rise. Fantasy Master, who caught the eye last time, and Il Bandito are feared most.
WINK OF AN EYE landed the odds in good style at Haydock last month and overcame unfavourable circumstance to follow up at Newmarket eight days later. He found plenty to lead that day and is almost certainly still ahead of his mark following a 4lbs rise in the weights. Big Boy Bobby seems sure to improve for his reappearance and looks a danger, along with Pure Bubbles under Ryan Moore.
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