Catching Pigeons: Noseda revival
Sea Moon is back on a roll after his latest Royal Ascot victory and gets the shout to take the weekend's big race, the King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
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He had become a bit of a lazy worker before his last win, but now that the cobwebs have well and truly been blown away he looks a much happier horse and his latest work on Racecourse Side in midweek was smart.
He needs to reverse Breeders' Cup form with St Nicholas Abbey but it's worth remembering that Sir Michael Stoute could barely train a winner last season and the stable are back in much better form now, judged upon the results of the last few weeks.
However, on a smaller scale this is also a big weekend for another Newmarket trainer with Jeremy Noseda desperate to move up a gear.
Noseda is a bit of a stickler for statistics, and he's well aware that his 15 per cent strike-rate so far this season indicates that the team have been struggling for form relative to the yard's usually high performance levels. However recent vet tests on the horses point to an improving picture and his two runners at Lingfield on Wednesday finished first and second, so there is encouragement to be found.
Roxelana has bumped into an unusually strong bunch of rivals in the Ladbrokes Fillies' Handicap at Lingfield on Saturday night, but carries plenty of confidence, while Instance is capable of outperforming her odds in the Betfair Summer Double International Stakes.
But it is Elas Diamond in the Newsells Park Stud Stakes at Newmarket who the stable will be rooting for more than any other, after this four-year-old filly has been nursed back to full health having had to fight for her life after a serious illness a year ago.
She has had plenty of work in recent weeks - nothing too spectacular, but enough to see her going to the July course ready enough to do herself justice.
Steps is an interesting runner in the five-furlong Novae Insurance Handicap on the same card.
He took a furious hold going to post in first-time blinkers at York last week and cannot have done his chances any good with those antics.
It will interesting to see if he is allowed to go down early, or even walked to post for this contest as he continues to work well enough to suggest he can win off his present mark.
Back to Ascot and Toronado is the subject of encouraging reports from Richard Hannon's yard ahead of the Carraig Insurance Winkfield Stakes.
An exciting youngster with a lovely smooth action, he was pulled out at Newbury last week on account of the bottomless ground but should be okay on the faster-draining Ascot surface. Richard Hughes rates him highly and victory here could set him nicely up for Goodwood's Vintage Stakes.
Another good word from Berkshire comes for Chil The Kite in the Deloitte Handicap. This horse has already had two good mentions on this page and took a step forwards when winning under Ryan Moore last time.
Wisely, Morrison opts to keep Moore on board now and this improving handicapper remains on a winning mark.
Carlton House keeps to himself on Newmarket's Long Hill gallops rather than working with the rest of the Stoute string but he has appeared on good terms with himself in recent weeks and ought to take all the beating in the Transformers & Rectifiers (no, me neither) Summer Mile.