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Won on his handicap debut for Richard Fahey last year, and SEASETT again came to hand early with an easy win on debut for Charlie Fellowes at Nottingham on his return. He disappointed last time, but comes here fresh, and looks fairly handicapped on the efforts mentioned.
It ought to be a good day for Godolphin at Newbury, and SISKANY can kick things off in what used to the Arc Trial. He continued his progress by winning the Listed Al Khail Trophy at Meydan in the spring, slamming Dubai Future and Kemari by seven lengths and more in the process, and will be hard to beat if able to bring that form back to home soil after a break.
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PHANTOM FLIGHT deserves his place at the head of the market for the Doonside Cup having run away with what looked an open handicap at York last month, beating Spirit Dancer and ten others. Phantom Flight would be conceding weight if this were a handicap, and is hard to oppose in a race where only a few can be seriously considered.
Much improved since being fitted with a tongue tie in recent times, MANACCAN‘s record over 5f with that aid reading 211, and his latest win in the Listed Scarborough Stakes at Doncaster shows that he is better than ever, and capable of making a breakthrough at Group level. John Ryan’s colt appreciated the fast pace of that contest and won with a little bit to spare, so must go well again.
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The selection hasn’t been seen since an unlucky third to Snash at Thirsk in June, but APLOMB now finds himself 8lb better off, while his previous effort when splitting a pair of subsequent winners at Nottingham looks good in retrospect, and he has plenty of back-form to suggest he can win off today’s mark.
WALLOP shaped with huge promise on his debut at Newmarket when a close third to subsequent Gimcrack winner Noble Style. He took two significant bumps shortly after the start, but the ease with which he made up his ground was impressive, as was the gap of over seven lengths to the rest of that field that day. The form could hardly have worked out better.
I thought MINNETONKA was overpriced based on her form behind Lezoo in the Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot, and has had excuses since. Minnetonka will appreciate the return to 6f on turf here, and has the form to make the frame, for all she has her work cut out to beat Queen Me.
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Godolphin dominate the market here, and I thought OTTOMAN FLEET was the one to side with. He was really impressive when winning the Listed Fairway Stakes at Newmarket on his second start given he stumbled badly just after the start, and ran well in the King Edward VII at Royal Ascot. He looks on a lenient mark, and should have more improvement in him after just three starts.
The one who appeals most to me at the prices is TINTO, who ran very well to finish a close fifth in the Stewards’ Cup, and did too much too soon when a respectable eighth behind Summerghand when were with the latter at York last month.
Tinto has the benefit the 7lb claim of Mark Winn – seen to good effect when winning the apprentice handicap at Pontefract on Thursday – and I believe that weight off his back could make a big difference in a race where the majority have little to hide from the handicapper.
Rory Delargy’s Saturday ITV Racing Tips
13:20 Ayr – Seasett
13:40 Newbury – Siskany
13:55 Ayr – Phantom Flight
14:15 Newbury – Manaccan
14:30 Ayr – Aplomb
14:50 Newbury – Wallop
15:05 Ayr – Minnetonka
15:25 Newbury – Ottoman Fleet
15:40 Ayr – Tinto
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