Jade to sparkle in Stonehenge
Nick Robson provides an in-depth preview of Friday's action and he's predicting a minor upset in the feature at Salisbury.
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CHESTER: 2.00 Mukaynis, 2.30 Snow Powder, 3.00 The Confessor, 3.35 Ningara, 4.05 NEZAR (NAP), 4.40 Statutory, 5.15 Barwick.
DOWN ROYAL: 4.35 Knightsone, 5.05 Lady Bennett, 5.35 Lord Of Isenay, 6.05 Fatcatinthehat, 6.35 Ancient Sands, 7.05 Katys Girl, 7.35 Red Flight.
KILLARNEY: 4.45 Dream Nolan, 5.20 Bally Longford, 5.50 Landero, 6.20 Steps To Freedom, 6.50 Archie Meade, 7.20 Go All The Way, 7.50 Draco.
SALISBURY: 4.30 Duke Of Destiny, 5.10 Tides Reach, 5.45 Go For Broke, 6.15 Anglophile, 6.45 Chinese Jade, 7.15 Plutocracy, 7.45 Green To Gold.
SANDOWN: 2.20 Strategical, 2.50 Greenery, 3.20 Mind, 3.55 Enobled, 4.25 Electra Spectra, 5.00 Alegra.
SOUTHWELL: 4.20 Moe's Place, 4.55 Blighty, 5.30 Limegrove, 6.00 Dotesy, 6.30 Spitfire, 7.00 Mohawk Ridge, 7.30 Star Date.
THIRSK: 2.10 Innocent Touch, 2.40 Mustamir, 3.10 Autumn Tide, 3.45 Sir Pedro, 4.15 Rosairlie, 4.50 Red Cape, 5.25 Our Boy Jack, 5.55 Bousatet.
DOUBLE: Nezar and Chinese Jade.
Chinese Jade can cause a minor upset in the Weatherbys Bank Stonehenge Stakes at Salisbury.
The Listed contest has attracted a small but select field, with Richard Hannon's Washaar sidestepping a clash with Guineas favourite Kingman at the weekend to instead run in this.
He is likely to be a pretty warm order, despite carrying a penalty for his easy victory in the same grade at Ascot.
However, there were plenty in that field who looked exposed and Washaar was quite comfortably outgunned in the Superlative Stakes by Good Old Boy Lukey before that to suggest he is not unbeatable.
Strictly on the figures, Chinese Jade has no right to beat Washaar, but when Sir Mark Prescott's inmates get on a roll it is usually worth siding with them until defeated.
Beautifully bred - he is the first foal of the Group One-winning filly Chinese White and a son of Cape Cross - Chinese Jade looked to have inherited little of his parents' class when last behind Washaar on debut.
He steadily progressed in maidens before winning at the fourth attempt at Brighton, but there was then plenty to like about his all-the-way success over Sea The Skies, a highly-regarded son of Sea The Stars, which suggests he is capable of mixing it at this level.
It is completely out of character for Prescott to run a horse in this grade if he thought a handicap mark of 74 could be exploited so expect a hugely improved display.
Following his win at Headquarters last time out, Prescott suggested one more quiet run this season so it all adds up to a big display.
The Charlie Appleby-trained Anglophile was second to Chinese Jade at Brighton before returning to the seaside venue to open his account and runs in the Bathwick Tyres Nursery Handicap.
If he continues his progression - he did not come off the bridle when breaking his duck - it is hard to see him being beaten.
David Lanigan's Plutocracy is progressing with each race and a 7lb rise for his latest Leicester win might not prevent him from adding to his tally in the Party Continues At Chapel Nightclub Handicap.
The regally-bred Enobled can be forgiven a moderate run on rock-hard ground at Haydock last time out and can make amends in the Edgeley Park Classic Handicap at Sandown.
By Dansilil out of Peeress, trainer Sir Michael Stoute will probably have been kicking himself for running him on ground described as firm on Merseyside.
Previously he had beaten Frankel's half-brother Morpheus in a Goodwood maiden and showed plenty on his only start as a two-year-old to suggest a mark of 88 leaves plenty to work on.
A repeat of his fine run at York should see the William Haggas-trained Nezar return to winning ways at Chester.
Third behind stablemate Haikbidiac, he can run off his old mark in this and is a whopping 15lb well-in for the chesterSPORT In Association With Stan James Nursery Handicap.
Bousatet will appreciate going back up to a mile in the Bet & Watch With racinguk's App Handicap at Thirsk, while Blighty should win the 32Red.com Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Southwell.