Rex can be Sprint King
Man On The Spot previews all Saturday's terrestrial television action from Ascot, Haydock and Kempton.
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Don't Call Me had Field Of Dream back in fourth and Excellent Guest further behind when winning last year's renewal off a 9lb lower mark. But he has a bit to find with Galician on running here in July and the latter has every chance again. Pythagorean could also figure but Hasopop is proving best over 6f. Glen Moss is 8lb higher than last month's victory at Newbury and Ascription has been raised another 4lb for finishing runner-up at Haydock last time. GABRIEL'S LAD may have another win in him before the handicapper catches up after landing a competitive handicap at Newmarket recently and Dennis Coakley's charge gets the speculative vote.
Prohibit probably isn't the force of old but is a former Group 1 winner racing off a decent mark in a Class 2 handicap. Racy has run well in some valuable sprints this year while Burning Thread got back to winning ways at Sandown last week and can't be ignored. Above Standard was well backed for a competitive handicap at York last month but got taken off his feet before staying on when the leaders had flown. He might appreciate a return to 6f so preference is for SMART DAISY K. She had Addictive Dream behind when third at Chester last time and won here in July. Fellow three-year-olds Rocky Ground and Normal Equilibrium could also feature in a well-contested opener but the once-useful Confessional appears to have lost his way.
An intriguing contest but a difficult one to fathom for punters. A Group 1 winner in Chile, Sabor A Triunfo has joined Ed Dunlop with the Champion Fillies' and Mares' Stakes as a target. Tac De Boistron is certainly capable of better on only his second start for Marco Botti though whether Wigmore Hall is the force of old nowadays is open to question. Main Sequence has endured a difficult year so far returning a losing favourite in all three starts and returns from a lay-off facing a strong bid from Godolphin. The penalised Royal Empire won the Geoffrey Freer at Newbury in good style last month and is preferred to stablemate Prince Bishop, who has the form to figure but may need his first start since March, but MASTERSTROKE could be the one. The latter is sure to improve for his belated seasonal return at Goodwood and last year's Group 2 winner gets a speculative vote to land this.
Premio Loco won a conditions stakes at Newmarket before finishing fourth in a Group 2 at Goodwood. The nine-year-old was well behind the consistent Gabrial in the Summer Mile at Ascot earlier, however, and is unlikely to reverse that form here with Richard Fahey's charge, who was third in this grade at York last time. Highland Knight finished ahead of Gabrial at Chester in May but that was over 1m2f while Nine Realms steps out of handicap company so we'll concentrate on the three-year-olds with MONTIRIDGE fancied to confirm Goodwood running with Tawhid and Glory Awaits, despite carrying a penalty. The Hannon colt had a bit in hand and still appears to be on an upward curve. Hay Dude takes a big step up in class but is a tough sort who could run well at a big price.
Shavansky won last year's renewal at 33/1 and arrives in good form this time round having scored over a longer trip here on his latest start. Loving Spirit, George Guru and Chapter And Verse were among those who finished behind Rod Millman's charge last year. Solar Deity is capable at this level and goes well fresh while Graphic and Postscript can also be given a chance. Nazreef and Emilio Largo finished well behind EHTEDAAM when the latter beat Seek Again over track and trip recently. John Gosden's colt is weighted to reverse running but the top weight appeared to win a shade cosily and Saeed Bin Suroor's progressive charge can go in again.
Mark Johnston has had the winner of this twice in recent years and relies on Ebor fifth Oriental Fox and SCATTER DICE, who also ran well at York, this time. The latter is weighted to reverse Chester running with Kiama Bay and, though hard to predict, it would be no surprise to see him go close off a decent mark. Pallasator reappears following a lengthy absence but fitness is rarely an issue with a Sir Mark Prescott runner and he's potentially better than a handicapper. Clowance Estate could figure with the rains arriving while Platinum and Semeen arrive at the top of their game. This might be too competitive for the former but Luca Cumani's charge is likely to appreciate the step up in distance and is still improving. Poyle Thomas is another with more to offer having only had five starts. He won over 1m5f at Newbury and is tenacious, though could be biting off more than he can chew in this grade.
Pether's Moon had Royal Skies behind when scoring at Goodwood but the latter easily beat Wadi Al Hattawi when subsequently winning over track and trip. There may not be much to choose between the pair today but the handicapper hasn't caught up with Royal Skies' stablemate SPECIAL MEANING yet. She's won her last four starts and is worth sticking with until beaten as nothing looked like catching her at Hamilton last time. Glenard is another to consider on the back of a victory at Haydock but Elhaame has a tougher task bidding for a hat-trick off an 8lb higher mark after scoring at Leicester. Cafe Society should go well again having gone close over course and distance in July.
An excellent renewal featuring many of the usual suspects. Lethal Force might not be well drawn in stall one and could be forced to make a bee-line for the fair rail but his form this season is right out of the top drawer with victories in the Diamond Jubilee at Ascot and the July Cup at Newmarket. He was just collared by the brilliant Moonlight Cloud at Deauville last month when attempting to make all again but that was over a longer trip, an excuse for his defeat by Gordon Lord Byron at Longchamp last year. Clive Cox's grey is the one to beat again but this race has produced a few shock results down the years. Three-year-olds have won three of the last 11 and are well represented with Garswood, who won a Group 2 at Goodwood in July, and Reckless Abandon. The latter finished ahead of Heeraat, Swiss Spirit and Kingsgate Native in the King's Stand Stakes at Ascot and has won a Group 1 over this trip. Hamza is a speedy sort but looks held on several form lines and Slade Power disappointed at York and has a bit to prove now. REX IMPERATOR looks to have plenty to find on the form book but was an unlucky loser over an extra furlong at York last time having looked a progressive sprinter when easily landing the ultra-competitive Stewards' Cup at Goodwood. Connections have been praying for rain and conditions have turned in his favour so he could go close at generous odds as a few of his rivals will not appreciate the easier ground.