Catching Pigeons: King the real deal
Our Catching Pigeons column is back with all the gossip ahead of the weekend's action.
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Several very tall reputations go on the line this weekend - and obviously none more so than Kingman in the Betfred Mobile Solario Stakes at Sandown.
He was flagged up in this column before his sparkling Newmarket debut win and nothing in his recent work suggests this colt is anything other than right out of the top drawer. In fact a recent spin on the Limekilns had even cynical old work watchers purring. He should comfortably see off his three rivals under new jockey James Doyle.
24 hours later Kiyoshi faces a stern test in the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes. Taking on the top Irish fillies in their own backyard is never an easy task but the form of her Albany Stakes win is working out brilliantly and recent gallops suggest she has taken another step forward since.
Stablemate My Painter will carry plenty of stable confidence in the EBF Maiden Stakes at Chester.
Barry Hills was always very keen to have winners at this meeting when he was training and son Charlie is no different. He chose a tough first assignment for this filly at Newmarket, but she produced a very promising effort to finish fourth. There were strong messages pre-race for the three unraced juveniles who finished in front of her that day, as well as the fifth, who started a very short price on what was also her debut.
My Painter has worked well since, and the only concern is the fact she is a fine big filly running around the twists and turns of the Roodeye although Hills snr aways insisted a well balanced horse will always handle Chester, no matter the size!
The same team should also strike with Sound Of Summer in the second division of the maiden fillies stakes at Beverley. She couldn't quicken with the leaders when they went for home on her debut, but this more demanding trip will play to her strengths.
The Hills camp are still mystified by Chriselliam's no-show behind Sandiva at Deauville but another sizzling piece of work this week means she'll be well fancied to make amends on her next racecourse visit.
It isn't the strongest Saturday of the season and Sun Central is one of the more confident selections in the Golden Square Shopping Centre Chester Handicap.
He had to miss the Ebor last week because of the ground and having to lug 9st 10lb here is not ideal. However his work this week has been of a high standard and he does have the advantage of knowing his way around this tight track, having won his maiden here.
Top Notch Tonto has been in great form of late and he should go close for Brian Ellison in the Crabbies Alcoholic Ginger Beer Handicap on the same card. He still looks more than reasonably handicapped after two cracking performances on his last two runs and and the two other three-year-olds in the field, Correspondent and Ayaar, may struggle against him at these weights.
Over at Sandown Integral can take advantage of the weight she receives from Chigun in the Atalanta Stakes. She looked more than capable of winning at this level when hosing up in a Listed race here in mid-Summer and did nothing to contradict that assessment when seventh in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood.
She would have finished closer had she not met with traffic problems that day and should appreciate both the drop in class and trip here. She is held in very high regard.
Lilyfire is fancied by the Roger Charlton camp to maintain her unbeaten record in the Betfred.com Nursery.
The Beckhampton trainer is developing a very good record with the progeny of First Defence and she did well to come out on top in a maiden at Ascot on her debut. Although the form has not worked out that well, Lilyfire is expected to step up on that performance and may just handle the likely fast ground better than the highly-regarded Gown.
Clive Cox should pick up the opening Ted Baker Novice Stakes at Bath with Fear Or Favour. Quietly fancied on his debut at Windsor, the son of Haatef ran green and by the time he found his feet, the race was over.
This race has cut up badly from a promising five-day entry and he will get few better opportunities to break his duck. He should handle the fast ground and his form at home suggests he has come on for the first run.
Jeremy Noseda is looking for winners to gather momentum for the autumn and could have a double. Expect to see Silver Dixie ridden with more restraint than last time in the Betfred Double Delight Hat Trick Heaven Handicap at Sandown while Consign looks to have been found a good opportunity in the Betfred Goals Galore Handicap at Beverley.
Thoughts in Newmarket are turning towards the Ladbrokes St Leger and John Gosden worked both Feels Like Dancing (William Buick) and Excess Knowledge (Rab Havlin) in separate spins on the Round Gallop at the Rowley Mile this week. The pair continue to please connections.