Chigun to shoot down rivals
Man On The Spot previews Saturday's terrestrial TV action from Beverley, Chester and Sandown.
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Edge Closer's only win since 2008 was in this contest last year. He's back on the same mark for today's renewal but finished well behind Tidal's Baby at Goodwood last month. The latter has claims despite a 6lb rise and is preferred to Mission Approved, a dual winner over 7f and yet to race over today's minimum trip. O'Gorman won't mind the drop back in distance having scored at Windsor in June while Swendab landed a double over 5f before struggling in better company over a longer trip last time. BURNING THREAD went close at Doncaster a fortnight ago with Dungannon well beaten and Tim Etherington's course and distance winner gets the nod ahead of Joe Packet, a runner-up here last month.
Free Zone and Rusty Rocket are course and distance winners with a high draw while Doctor Parkes, the only other to have won over track and trip, is in stall two. Last year's winner came from stall 14 so a fast start is much more advantageous and, as Rusty Rocket generally shoots out of the stalls he can get involved though he was unplaced from a similar stall here yesterday. The three -year-old New Fforest won easily at Warwick though has much more to do here but ADDICTIVE DREAM is now on his lowest mark for over three years and has lost none of his early pace so is handed the vote. Baby Strange is better over an extra furlong and Smart Daisy K is having her first start in all-aged company. Al's Memory and El Viento fought out a finish over 6f here last month and both have chances in a wide-open event.
Borderlescott got a good lead from a low draw to beat Masamah in last year's renewal. Drawn on the inside once again, he doesn't have much early pace around him this time and another former winner in TANGERINE TREES is preferred. The latter is drawn near to the speedy Minalisa and his latest run behind subsequent Nunthorpe winner Jwala gives him every chance on collateral form with the likes of York Glory and Caledonia Lady. Bryan Smart's charge will need to reverse latest running with stablemate Excelette, but the latter has a high draw to overcome and so does the highest rated horse in the race, Ballista, and the three-year-old Baileys Jubilee. Stepper Point arrives in good form but would appreciate some ease in the ground having beaten Inxile in a conditions race at Nottingham on his latest start.
James Doyle looks to have every chance of making a winning start in his new role as retained jockey for Khalid Abdullah. KINGMAN made an impressive debut at Newmarket when scoring by six lengths and we'll get a better idea of just how good he is today. John Gosden's colt boasts a handful of big race entries and Emirates Flyer is also in the Racing Post Trophy. Mickael Barzalona rode the latter to victory at Headquarters earlier but partners Music Theory today. The Godolphin colt landed the odds with the minimum of fuss on his latest outing and should figure but Rosso Corsa is the most exposed and looks up against it in this company.
Three-year-olds have won the last three of these and are well represented. Correspondent has won twice here and is still progressing, though a 7lb rise for his latest success gives him more to do. Ayaar was around three lengths behind in that latter event and is 6lb better off so should get closer and the other from the younger generation, Top Notch Tonto, has been raised 3lb for being beaten a short-head at Newmarket. Richard Fahey runs Brae Hill, who rolled back the years in a claimer at Sandown, and Alejandro, who has won two of his last three and doesn't look too badly treated. Both Es Que Love and Bertiewhittle are on long losing runs and look high in the ratings so it's ENROL who is given the nod as she has looked to be crying out for this sort of trip in recent runs and finished third in a Listed contest last time.
Sir Michael Stoute will be hoping Integral will turn out as good as last year's winner Dank. The former beat Private Alexander over track and trip before coming unstuck in the Group 1 Nassau Stakes at Goodwood last month. CHIGUN also came up short at the highest level last time but Lady Cecil's filly is perfectly at home in this company and is taken to defy a penalty for her victory at the Curragh back in May. Last year's runner-up Ladys First is hard to win with but should be thereabouts while the unbeaten Zibelina looks best of the Godolphin trio and had Winter's Night a couple of lengths behind at Ascot last month. Reyaadah posted a better effort at Haydock and could prove best of the remainder.
Although 7/1 has been the biggest SP winner in 10 years, only one favourite and one three-year-old has won. Sir Mark Prescott doesn't waste entries so much be confident of a big run from Savanna La Mar, whose only success to date came on this track. The other youngster in the line-up, Alta Lilea, has been in very good form at this sort of level and Graham Lee is a positive booking while her stablemate Star Lahib ran quite well in a York Listed contest last week and looks as though she'll be suited by this trip. SUN CENTRAL won a similar race to this at York in a canter last month and, though 8lb higher, is still progressing and one of the few guaranteed to stay the trip so gets the verdict. Tempest Fugit hasn't run since landing a Listed contest on Polytrack in November but she looked a very smart prospect and a Group 1 entry at Ascot in October suggests she's highly regarded.
Sennockian Star went close again at York last time and had a handful of these behind when runner-up at Haydock before that. He'll get a good tow round with the likes of stablemate Fennell Bay and Vasily in the field though may struggle to confirm Haydock running on worse terms with Gabrial The Great. But the latter's tendency to hang left doesn't boost confidence and another chance goes to TRADE COMMISSIONER. He wasn't disgraced when beaten by the higher rated Kassiano in a conditions race last time having found himself reluctantly setting the pace. This contest should be run more to his liking and he's preferred to Danchai and Whispering Warrior, who failed to cope with a rise in the weights last time. Mister Music has gone up 8lb for last week's win at Goodwood while both Labarinto and Asatir are better than what they showed last time.