High hopes at Sandown
Chris Wilson says High Jinx could be the time-honoured 'forgotten horse' in the Henry II Stakes at Sandown on Thursday.
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DOUBLE: High Jinx and Escalating.
High Jinx could be the time-honoured 'forgotten horse' in the Cantor Fitzgerald Henry II Stakes on a superb card at Sandown.
James Fanshawe's gelding is rarely mentioned in dispatches these days, but he will absolutely love the ground at the Esher circuit.
The five-year-old son of High Chaparral has always reserved his best form for when the going gets tough, as evidenced by a career-best second in the Prix du Cadran at Longchamp a few years ago.
High Jinx admittedly often finds a couple too good at this level, but with conditions likely to be very exacting, the Group Three over two miles could be thrown wide open.
Fanshawe will also be most encouraged by his Yorkshire Cup performance a few weeks ago, when he rallied gamely towards the finish to take fifth place in what looked a bang-up-to-scratch renewal.
Fourth behind Gloomy Sunday last year as the 3-1 joint-favourite, when it seemed to take an eternity for the penny to drop, he is likely to be a bigger price this time - yet arguably arrives at Sandown in just as good form.
The outcome of the Cantor Fitzgerald Brigadier Gerard Stakes is likely to be dictated by how bad the ground gets, but those who support Sharestan could be in fairly safe territory.
Godolphin's six-year-old must defy a long absence, but he signed off last season with a Listed success at Ayr which suggested he would be a far brighter prospect this season.
Saeed bin Suroor's gelded son of Shamardal crucially has good winning form on soft ground from his days in Ireland and has tended to go well fresh in the past.
Many felt Escalating should have a lost a race at Ascot in the stewards' room, but that should not detract too much from his chances of success in the Cantor Fitzgerald Equities National Stakes.
The soft-ground-loving youngster bumped into Kibaar inside the final furlong of a hot conditions stakes over the minimum trip, and only won by half a length.
That interference really ought to have cost him, but the result was allowed to stood.
Escalating has nonetheless thrived since a no-show in the Brocklesby, with a near-three-length defeat of Be Bold in a good Kempton maiden in April a sound yardstick with which to measure his ability.
This is tougher, of course, but he looks well worth a try at Listed class, especially in testing conditions.
The in-form David Barron has had to be patient with Indy, but he can finally make up for lost time in the Cantor Fitzgerald Corporate Finance Heron Stakes.
The three-year-old colt looked really promising on his debut at Doncaster last autumn when he strode four lengths clear in an informative six-furlong maiden.
This powerfully-made son of Indian Haven should have no problem handling this step up to a mile, while it is a measure of the regard in which he is held that the usually cautious Barron sends him straight into battle at Listed grade.
Norway Cross will love a skirmish in the Mersey mire when he runs in the Follow Us On Twitter At HaydockRaces Handicap.
Luca Cumani's four-year-old hacked up by nine lengths in a Pontefract bog last term and should be far fitter than at Bath on his reappearance, when a distant second to the useful Debdebdeb.
Ivor's Princess is interesting in the 32Red On The App Store Handicap at Bath.
Rod Millman's five-year-old stayed on pleasingly for third at this track in April, with connections seemingly convinced she will be an even more potent force stepped up to just shy of a mile and a quarter.
Allanard's fondness of a quagmire makes him a leading player for the Yorkshire Post Magazine Handicap Chase at Wetherby, with Perfect Timing again taken to shine in the Martin Holder Novices' Handicap Chase at Worcester.