Take Tawhid for Newbury honours
Chris Wilson reckons Tawhid can cash in at Newbury when he drops to Listed class for the Dubai Duty Free Cup on Friday.
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AYR: 1.20 An Chulainn, 1.50 Gym Shoes, 2.20 Imperial Legend, 2.50 Hurryupharriet, 3.25 Mister Pagan, 4.00 Yeeoow, 4.35 Admirable Art, 5.10 Mash Potato.
LISTOWEL: 2.25 Janna's Jingle, 2.55 Better Value, 3.30 Egyptian Warrior, 4.05 Troon, 4.40 Pires, 5.15 Hidden Cyclone, 5.45 Diplomat, 6.15 Connaught Manor.
NEWBURY: 1.30 Lacock, 2.00 Beatabout The Bush, 2.30 All The Aces, 3.05 French Navy, 3.40 Pupil, 4.15 Rosehill Artist, 4.50 TAWHID (NAP), 5.20 Flow.
NEWCASTLE: 2.10 Coin Broker, 2.40 Artful Prince, 3.15 Waveguide, 3.50 Moral Issue, 4.25 Aneedh, 5.00 Black Rider, 5.30 Pivotal Prospect, 6.00 Edith Anne.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.40 The Grumpy Gnome, 6.10 Khajaaly, 6.40 Elsie Partridge, 7.10 Invisible Hunter, 7.40 Kung Hei Fat Choy, 8.10 Piccolo Express, 8.40 Invincible Magic, 9.10 Brown Pete.
DOUBLE: Tawhid and Hurryupharriet.
Tawhid can cash in when he drops to Listed class for the Dubai Duty Free Cup at Newbury.
Godolphin's colt has this season plied his trade strictly in Group races, in which he has, on the whole, been far from disgraced.
Third in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot, the son of Invincible Spirit subsequently finished runner-up in a Group Three at Goodwood, after which he was not beaten far as the only three-year-old in the Hungerford Stakes over this course and distance.
There are, admittedly, one or two questions to answer after his slightly troubling run in the Superior Mile at Haydock, where he finished third.
That said, there were valid excuses that day as Saeed bin Suroor's representative had to circumnavigate the full field after having been pinched for room a furlong out.
Crucial to his chances here is the prospect of ease in the ground at the Berkshire circuit as Tawhid loves to get his toe in.
That claim was laid bare when he hosed up as a juvenile here last October when the ground was extremely demanding.
Irish challenger Hurryupharriet looks to have well placed by trainer Willie McCreery when she runs in the Shadwell Stud/EBF Stallions Harry Rosebery Stakes at Ayr.
The likeable daughter of Camacho has already demonstrated a good level of form in her homeland and can take this rise in class with consummate ease.
Hurryupharriet showed a liking for a rain-softened surface when an easy winner at Tipperary in August.
McCreery's inmate then had another try in Listed company and turned in a blinding display to get to within half a length of the unbeaten Come To Heel.
Trainer David Wachman now intends to step that one markedly up in grade, which will no doubt have softened the blow for McCreery.
In a race in which the home runners would appear much of a muchness, Hurryupharriet could be the star turn.
An extra furlong should be a good fit for Gym Shoes in the Al Maktoum College Nursery Handicap.
Richard Fahey's colt made an encouraging handicap debut at Ascot earlier this month when he galloped strongly to the line to finish a close-up fourth behind Flying Bear.
The juvenile was caught flat-footed when the pace quickened that day, so it is hardly surprising he now chances his arm over a longer distance.
That Fahey elected to run him in the Weatherbys Super Sprint on just his second outing would indicate that he could a far better horse than his new mark of 69 might suggest.
Black Rider is quite a confident pick in the Booker Cash And Carry Handicap at Newcastle.
The Julie Camacho-trained three-year-old has done really well since leaving Kevin Ryan's stables and was a big eyecatcher at Redcar last time.
Black Rider stayed on strongly in a one-mile handicap in July and is probably well capable of winning off a mark of 72.
The gelded son of Elnadim remains pretty unexposed at this level, while he also has course-and-distance winning form, having tidily struck over seven furlongs here in June.
Although he perhaps would not want too much more rain, Camacho is renowned for being patient with her horses and can reap handsome dividends on his first start for 51 days.
Bin Suroor should also be able to record a routine success at Wolverhampton courtesy of Invisible Hunter, who contests division one of the eventmasters.co.uk "It's Been Emotional Trenchy" Handicap.
The four-year-old chestnut has hardly wowed racecourses this summer, but there are races to be won with him on the evidence of his staying-on fourth at Kempton.