Phiz to sparkle at HQ
Man On The Spot previews the three major races from Newmarket on Thursday and fancies Phiz to sparkle in the Richard Hambro Stakes.
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Gallipot finished fourth in the Park Hill at Doncaster before winning last year's renewal. John Gosden follows the same path with PHIZ as she found only The Lark too good in the above race earlier this month. She's just preferred to a similar type in Court Pastoral, a creditable fourth in Listed company at Chester last time. The latter's stablemate Songbird disappointed at York but had finished ahead of Kikonga in this grade at Newbury earlier and is also preferred to Souviens Toi and Tempest Fugit. The progressive handicappers Special Meaning, Miss Dashwood and Astonishing have more on their plates in this company.
With a mark of 108, CABLE BAY is clear on official ratings. He deserves to pick up a nice prize after good efforts in the Gimcrack and then the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster earlier this month so Charlie Hills' colt gets the vote. Miracle Of Medinah and Nezar have a bit to find with the selection on collateral form while, strictly on the book, Mawfoor should get the better of the unbeaten Silent Bullet. Championship was a let-down in the Coventry at Ascot back in June and it remains to be seen if God Willing is good enough at this level after winning on his racecourse debut at Newbury last month.
A penalty for winning a Listed race earlier in the season, when Model Pupil was well beaten, leaves last year's winner Caucus with a tougher task this time round, especially as Repeater bounced back to form with a third in the Doncaster Cup last time. The latter is preferred to stablemate Tropical Beat. Genzy never figured on soft ground in France recently but is not out of this and makes more appeal than winning handicapper Statutory. SABOR A TRIUNFO didn't tell us that much when fading quickly in the closing stages of a Group 3 at Kempton, apart from the fact that she'll improve for the outing. A Group 1 winner in Chile over 1m2f, Richard Hughes' presence takes the eye and a punt is taken she'll last home on only her second start for new trainer Ed Dunlop.