Get Lost In The Moment at Newbury
Man On The Spot previews all of the terrestrial television action from Newbury, Newmarket and Ripon on Saturday.
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AUTUMN LILY is clear at the head of weights on account of winning easily at Ascot on her handicap bow. The assessor has taken no chances and raised her 12lb but the Godolphin filly could well turn out better than a handicapper and is preferred to the Hannon duo. The latter runs Windsor winner Oriel but stablemate Gold Top makes more appeal on her earlier win over today's trip at Newbury. Cornish Path just failed to catch the winner over track and trip last time but is preferred to the more exposed pair Lily Rules and Sandsman's Girl while Yarmouth winner Lady In Blue is another to note handicapping for the first time.
Expert probably faced a hopeless task behind his illustrious stablemate, Toormore, at Goodwood and he will be more at home in this company but we prefer the claims of SPEEDY APPROACH. Michael Bell's colt dotted up in a Doncaster maiden on his latest start and he looks the type that should make up into a decent three-year-old next term. Somewhat is sure to have his supporters as he has an official rating of 102. Mark Johnston's colt followed up a solid run in the Chesham Stakes with a fine effort when upped in class in the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket. Noble Metal would need to reverse form with him in order to win this, while Be Ready represents a stable that have won this race before so he has to be respected despite having never seen a racecourse in public.
No sign of a winning three-year-old in the last 10 years and 2003 was the last time a favourite obliged. But MAJESTY doesn't know that and Richard Hannon's colt may well be good enough. He's likely to be vying for favouritism after landing a maiden at Warwick in good style and gets the nod ahead of the older sprinter Baby Strange. The latter drops in class for this and should make a bold bid along with Medici Time, who had Dream Catcher, Rylee Mooch and Crew Cut behind when winning last year's renewal off a higher mark. Maglietta Fina and Al Udeid could make the frame and look best of the rest.
This race has been won by some redoubtable stayers in the past and it will be interesting to see how Testudo gets on as Brian Meehan's colt holds an entry for the St Leger at Doncaster next month. Aiken was a progressive individual before his absence and it wouldn't be the biggest of surprises were John Gosden to have him ready first time out but we'll err on the side of caution and stick with LOST IN THE MOMENT. The six-year-old accounted for I'm Your Man when they met in the Fred Archer Stakes, and if anything, today's step up in trip should suit. Royal Empire is a player if managing to stay the extra distance while Red Cadeaux is sure to run his race despite the 6lb penalty he accrues for his victory in the Hong Kong Vase.
Ninjago began the season with a Listed win at Ascot but has come up short in similar company to this off today's mark subsequently. Lucky Beggar beat today's rivals Midnight Flower and Secretinthepark over track and trip three weeks ago and has claims. But he'd earlier finished behind HASOPOP at York when the latter was left with to much to do having been hampered early on. With normal luck in-running today, Marco Botti's charge can make a determined bid. Chilworth Icon is good enough to figure but is also unreliable and the same can be said of Shafaani. Maid A Million has place claims once again after a second over 7f here and makes more appeal than the upped in class Can You Conga. The betting may provide the best clue to Rocky Ground's chances after nearly a year off the track.
SOFT FALLING RAIN has been a winner across two continents so far and Mike De Kock will be hoping to make it three as the colt makes his much anticipated European debut. Though his most recent successes have obtained on an artificial surface, he should be able to cope with a return to turf, as he was a Grade 1 winner on it in his native South Africa. Caspar Netscher ran a stormer in the Lennox Stakes on his first run since an abortive stud career and he would be a danger if in the mood. Gregorian takes a drop in class having finished third in the Queen Anne Stakes and a well-held fifth in the Sussex Stakes. Tawhid is a previous course and distance winner and in receipt of a valuable 5lb allowance, he cannot be dismissed lightly. Libranno was last in the 2012 renewal of this prize and he appears to be up against it this year.
This looks no easier to fathom than the consolation race and only one favourite has won in 10 years. David O'Meara has won the last two with Pepper Lane and both Louis The Pious and Dick Bos will be at the forefront of the market and have to be considered, especially the former who followed up his Haydock victory with a fine run in the Stewards' Cup. Richard Fahey has three entered and Tony Hamilton's mount BACCARAT, who has won three of his seven starts to date and was unlucky in-running at York last time, is progressing fast enough to take this valuable prize. David Barron has brought in the talented Irish apprentice Conor Hoban to ride Pearl Ice, who likes it here and was only caught close home by today's rival Spinatrix last time. Summerinthecity looks well enough treated and is among numerous dangers.
Dance And Dance looked on the verge of Listed class last term but he's struggled this season and the handicapper finally seems to be loosening his grip. GLEN MOSS still seems to be progressing and we'll give the nod to Charlie Hills' colt here. Fourth in a valuable handicap at Ascot last time out, he'd previously given weight and a beating to some decent types at Doncaster, and the form of the race has worked out well. Democretes does not always appear the easiest of rides and while he hasn't won for two years, he's continued to knock on the door for some time. Janoub Nibras was a useful juvenile and he is watched in the market on a belated reappearance. Born To Surprise is just 1lb higher than his last winning mark while The Confessor is much better than his last run suggests.