Make it Mukhadram in Eclipse

  • By: Ashley Iveson
  • Last Updated: July 4 2014, 18:10 BST

Ashley Iveson brings you race-by-race picks for Saturday's racing cards and fancies Mukhadram in the Eclipse at Sandown.

Mukhadram (r): Placed in last year's Eclipse
Mukhadram (r): Placed in last year's Eclipse

BELLEWSTOWN: 5.20 Athenry Boy, 5.50 Tom Dooley, 6.20 Spirit Of Wedza, 6.50 Ever Yours, 7.20 Walk Right Back, 7.50 Bell Of The Ball, 8.20 Orgilgo Bay.

BEVERLEY: 1.55 Flatcapper, 2.30 Adore, 3.05 Fendale, 3.40 Adam's Ale, 4.15 World Record, 4.50 Miss Lucy Jane, 5.25 Blaze It.

CARLISLE: 5.40 Go Go Green, 6.10 Sea The Bloom, 6.40 Salvatore Fury, 7.10 Party Royal, 7.40 Sandra's Diamond, 8.10 Pull The Plug, 8.40 Triple Eight.

HAYDOCK: 1.45 War Spirit, 2.20 Morache Music, 2.55 Sultanina, 3.30 Havana Cooler, 4.05 Muqaawel, 4.40 Allejandro, 5.15 Roseburg.

LEICESTER: 2.15 Invoke, 2.50 Marti Ella, 3.25 Asyad, 4.00 Related, 4.35 Stroll On, 5.05 Sonnetation, 5.35 Scoreline.

NOTTINGHAM: 6.00 Ferryview Place, 6.30 Maiden Approach, 7.00 Explosive Lady, 7.30 Katie Gale, 8.00 Tanqeya, 8.30 Argot, 9.00 Simply Shining.

SANDOWN: 1.30 Extremity, 2.05 Kingsgate Native, 2.40 Russian Realm, 3.15 Belle D'Or, 3.50 MUKHADRAM (NAP), 4.25 Domination, 5.00 Idder.

DOUBLE: Mukhadram and Sultanina.

Mukhadram is taken to cause a minor upset in what promises to be another enthralling renewal of the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on Saturday.

The William Haggas-trained five-year-old enjoyed a fantastic campaign in 2013, winning the Brigadier Gerard Stakes over the Eclipse course and distance before placing in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Eclipse itself.

A confidence-boosting Group Two triumph followed, but after toiling in a soft ground Champion Stakes at Ascot, a top-level win continued to elude him.

Haggas' stable star came close to righting that wrong in the world's richest race as he ran a stormer to fill the runner-up spot in the Dubai World Cup and that, crucially, proved to be his only run pre-Royal Ascot this year as connections shyed away from testing conditions.

Back in Berkshire for another tilt at the Prince of Wales's last month, Mukhadram ran with plenty of promise to finish fourth, with the lack of a recent start perhaps a significant factor in the heat of battle.

On that running he has something to find on The Fugue, but it would be no surprise to see him at least close the gap significantly and at the likely starting odds Mukhadram is a far more enticing proposition, with money to be made by backing him to finish in the three.

Belle D'Or can take a step up to Listed class in her stride and claim the Coral Distaff for John Gosden and William Buick.

The three-year-old is certainly bred for the job as a half-sister to unbeaten 2000 Guineas winner Footstepsinthesand and shaped with plenty of promise when narrowly denied by a lesser fancied stable companion on her July Course debut.

She was odds-on to go one better at Salisbury last month and did so in style.

Although she has plenty to do on ratings this weekend, the master of Clarehaven House would not be pitching her in unless he was confident she could pick up some black type.

Gosden might also be on the mark at Haydock, with Sultanina an obvious candidate for the bet365 Lancashire Oaks.

The daughter of New Approach scraped in on her Salisbury debut, but her trainer's decision to step her up to Pattern class paid off as she edged out stablemate Freedom's Light in Haydock's Pinnacle Stakes on the last day of May.

The form has been significantly boosted since as Freedom's Light won the Listed Pontefract Castle Stakes on her next appearance.

Sultanina is open to any amount of improvement and should make her presence felt on her return to Merseyside.

Havana Cooler get the vote in the fiercely competitive bet365 Old Newton Cup.

The Luca Cumani-trained four-year-old looked a really promising handicapper last summer and made a highly encouraging return at Royal Ascot when third in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes behind potential Pattern-race performer Arab Spring.

Havana Cooler should strip fitter for the run and a 1lb rise is fair, so everything points to a massive run who appears to be heading towards the Ebor at York.

Flatcapper has already let down favourite-backers twice, but perhaps he can make it third time lucky in the Award-Winning Coachman Caravans Maiden Auction Stakes at Beverley.

Salvatore Fury can clinch the Cleanevent Group Handicap at Carlisle, while Asyad is banker material in Leicester's EBF Stallions Breeding Winners Fillies' Handicap.

The final British fixture comes from Nottingham, where trainer-going-places Mick Appleby is taken to strike again with Katie Gale in the Uisge Beatha Memorial Handicap.

Posted at 1810 BST on 04/07/2014.