The Colour of money

  • By: Anita Chambers
  • Last Updated: August 7 2014, 20:51 BST

Hoop Of Colour can defy a sharp rise in the ratings by landing the Cobham Handicap at Sandown, reckons Anita Chambers.

Hoop Of Colour can score for Lady Cecil
Hoop Of Colour can score for Lady Cecil

BRIGHTON: 2.20 Cardinal, 2.50 Mill I Am, 3.20 Lear's Rock, 3.50 El Bravo, 4.20 Sequined, 4.50 Hawk Moth, 5.20 Megalala.

HAYDOCK: 2.10 Suni Dancer, 2.40 Al Rayyan, 3.10 Silver Mirage, 3.40 Injaz, 4.10 Arctic Feeling, 4.40 Borough Boy, 5.10 Albonny.

LEOPARDSTOWN: 5.10 Hail The Hero, 5.45 First Sitting, 6.20 Mr Snagsby, 6.55 Local Flier, 7.30 Streetcar To Stars, 8.00 Stocktons Wing, 8.30 Thunder Zone.

NEWCASTLE: 5.25 Silver Tigress, 5.55 Sakhee's Return, 6.35 Mythmaker, 7.10 Rozene, 7.45 Tiger Jim, 8.15 Dartrix, 8.45 Madrasa.

SANDOWN: 5.40 Just Us Two, 6.15 Take A Note, 6.50 Carnival King, 7.25 HOOP OF COLOUR (NAP), 7.55 Fastnet Red, 8.25 Tides Reach.

SLIGO: 5.35 The Black Devil, 6.10 He Is Top Class, 6.45 Voluptueux, 7.20 Rough Justice, 7.50 Caim Hill, 8.20 Tiger Bay Lady, 8.50 Peachy Pie.

SOUTHWELL: 5.15 Guishan, 5.50 Furiously Fast, 6.25 Ghost Cat, 7.00 Takreym, 7.35 Master Dan, 8.05 Bwindi, 8.35 True Spirit.

YARMOUTH: 2.30 Bang In Trouble, 3.00 High Tone, 3.30 Jenny Sparks, 4.00 Hala Hala, 4.30 Go Sakhee, 5.00 Harboured, 5.30 Tiger's Home.

DOUBLE: Hoop Of Colour and Carnival King.

Hoop Of Colour can defy a sharp rise in the ratings by landing the Cobham Handicap at Sandown.

Lady Cecil's runner has been hiked 6lb for a narrow success at Pontefract but the handicapper may still not quite have her measure as she endured a troubled passage in West Yorkshire.

Beaten on her maiden bow at the start of the current campaign, the Distorted Humor filly made amends at Newbury next time up, with the placed horses having since gone on to frank the form.

That victory prompted an initial mark of 79 but Hoop Of Colour enjoyed no sort of luck at Haydock, getting trapped in behind as she was ridden to get the 12-furlong trip.

However, her rider eventually managed to find some room and she quickened up in style, running out a length winner but looking extremely good value for that margin.

Her efforts were not missed by the handicapper but the switch back to 10 furlongs here should see more straightforward tactics employed and Hoop Of Colour could still have more to come.

Carnival King can step up on his debut third in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes.

Brian Meehan's juveniles usually improve for a run and this Arcano colt should make plenty of progress after being beaten just over four lengths by a more experienced rival in what was a decent Windsor heat last month.

Fastnet Red should be given another chance in the Christmas Parties At Sandown Park Handicap despite the fact he has yet to score in four outings.

Maiden company was clearly too tough for him but he shaped with much more promise when switched to handicaps.

He fell just short in finishing third in what was a fair heat and a 1lb rise should not prove too much of an issue.

Sequined disappointed at Newmarket back in June but refreshed from a short break, she should be given a chance to redeem herself in the Over 300 Used Cars At Frosts Fillies' Handicap.

Winner of two of her three all-weather starts, Sequined failed to shine when tried on turf for the first time at Headquarters, being beaten just over six lengths in third.

However, she stayed on gamely in what was a competitive heat and this event does not look quite so good with the step back up in trip to 10 furlongs expected to suit.

Injaz has yet to strike in nine starts but his time can come in the Our Local Heroes Foundation Handicap at Haydock.

The three-year-old was rated 65 at the start of the year but has dropped a few pounds following some merely average runs this term.

That said, he has never been too far away and ran better than his final position of fifth suggests last time when sporting cheekpieces.

He missed the break that day and then met with a bit of trouble in running so it is worth backing him to make inroads from there.

Sakhee's Return is the pick in the Coquetvale Hotel Nursery Handicap at Newcastle after finding a handful of rivals a bit too pacey at Pontefract recently.

Takreym should appreciate the step back up to a mile in the Shane W Darby Memorial Handicap at Southwell after
being beaten over seven furlongs on his last start back in May.

Given he was a winner on easy ground at Windsor previously, Southwell's Fibresand surface should also play to his strengths.

Go Sakhee can make amends after letting down favourite backers last time with victory in the Injured Jockeys Fund Handicap at Yarmouth.

He perhaps did not thrive on the unusual Epsom track and he would not be the first to regain the winning thread back at a conventional circuit.

It would be dangerous to discount Harboured in the Conferences At Great Yarmouth Racecourse Handicap despite the fact she was beaten a long way at Redcar last month.

That was her first outing for quite some time and it is no secret that Sir Mark Prescott's horses can make swift progress once they are back in regular action.