Catching Pigeons: Fine Romance
Our Catching Pigeons column is back with all the whispers and gossip ahead of the weekend's action.
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Charlie Hills could have the answer to Saturday's Listed Free Bets freebets.co.uk Stakes at Newbury with Dutch Romance.
His father Barry used to love to win this race when it was run under the Radley Stakes banner and his son is looking for a big run from this daughter of Dutch Art, who looks an absolute picture at the moment.
Having caught the eye on her debut on this course, she produced a very useful performance to overcome a slowish start and break her duck at Salisbury 12 days ago. It's never easy to make up ground on a soft surface, but she produced a nice turn of foot to catch Miniskirt and win cosily.
The form received a boost when the fourth home won on Tuesday night and her recent work confirms she is very much a part of the stable's clutch of classy two-year-old fillies at Faringdon Place this season.
Nichols Canyon has made frequent appearances in Pigeons this year and he looks to have a good opportunity to follow up his Ascot success in the Group Three Worthington's Champion Shield.
Although, like a few of Authorized's progeny, he has a quirk or two, he showed what he can do in the mud at the Berkshire course and looks ready for a return to this grade.
Cascading should handle the ground and is fancied to step up on her debut effort in division one of the Cracked 80 Maiden Fillies Stakes. She ran on to good effect after a slow start to finish fourth in what looked a decent maiden at Haydock on debut and her subsequent work has been very nice.
Hughie Morrison's stable have had a rotten season for the most part, but the two-year-olds have been running well recently.
Pinzolo can see off the strong O'Brien challenge and win the Racing Post Trophy for Godolphin and Charlie Appleby. Although he has yet to prove himself in Group company, he won the Haynes Hanson & Clark Stakes very well, overcoming a tight squeeze on the rails before getting up to win.
He is said to be a lazy type at home but everyone who rides him rates him and his trainer has been quite glowing in his praise as well. Given their strong hand in the juvenile colts department, that is high recommendation.
However plenty of Newmarket work watchers remain keen on Autumn Stakes winner Kingston Hill and opinion in headquarters is split over which colt will land the final Group One of the season.
Paul Nicholls seems to have hit his straps in the past week and he should take the Persian War Novices Hurdle at Chepstow with Ceasar Milan.
He had a big reputation in the point-to-point and bumper arenas and is expected to serve Andy Stewart and Graham Wylie well this season. Nicholls loves to win this race and Ceasar should be very at home on the likely soft ground.
Stablemate Virak is one of the most interesting runners in the Tote Silver Trophy, but Lamb Or Cod, last season's winner, is also fancied. He lost his way after last season's success, but it means he is only six pounds higher and should recapture something like his best form after a good long break.
Edgardo Sol returns to Aintree for the Betfred Monet's Garden Old Roan Chase and he could prove the pick of the weights.
He ran a few good races in defeat last season, most notably behind Wishfull Thinking in a Grade Two at Newbury.
He has been kept to the minimum trip for the most part during his career, but he ran well over sterner test than this over hurdles at Cheltenham on his final start last term and it is interesting that Nicholls heads here for his very first run of the campaign.
Nicky Henderson only has the odd runner here and there this weekend, but there has been plenty of action on the Seven Barrows gallops and the Mandown schooling grounds, and a good team will be heading to Wetherby next weekend.
In the more immediate future, Rosie Probert has been working very well and she will go close in the Big Money totejackpot Pools At totepool.com Mares' Handicap Hurdle at Stratford.
Stablemate Who's Cross is the sort of horse who will go well fresh and he looks nicely handicapped on his first run for the trainer last season when he bolted up at Ludlow. He has won in the mud in Ireland and should take plenty of beating in the Live Pool Information At totepool.com Handicap Hurdle.
Henderson's Madame de Guise has shown some decent form in France but comes up against the potentially useful pair Doctor Harper and Purple Bay in division two of the Exclusive Ticket Giveaways At totepool Twitter Maiden Hurdle.
On a very miserable morning in Newmarket on Friday Dank and The Fugue did their final spins ahead of departure to California and the Breeders' Cup on Saturday.
The Fugue (Rab Havlin) came up the Railway Land gallop while connections of Dank opted to utilise the Al Bahatri.
James Doyle was in Newmarket again to have another sit on Sircingle, the Leicester maiden winner who looks a very exciting prospect for Sir Michael Stoute next year. His retained jockey Ryan Moore heads over to Santa Anita to partner Dank - and a host of horses for Aidan O'Brien - amid further media speculation of a more prominent Ballydoyle role in 2014.
We mentioned Arod in passing last week and he's among the entries for the ebfstallions.com Irish EBF Maiden Stakes at Yarmouth on Tuesday.
Alongside the much-hyped Hydrogen he's rated a very exciting prospect by the Peter Chapple-Hyam team and Jamie Spencer has partnered him in several pieces of work.