A stroll in the Park?

  • By: Nick Grant
  • Last Updated: August 30 2014, 8:47 BST

Nick Grant provides a selection for every race on Friday and he makes Elm Park his best bet at Salisbury.

Andrew Balding: Trains Man Of Harlech
Andrew Balding: Trains Man Of Harlech

BANGOR: 2.20 Early Applause, 2.50 Apache Dawn, 3.25 My Betty, 4.00 Ultra Light, 4.35 Gran Maestro, 5.05 One For Hocky.

DOWN ROYAL: 4.50 Cabarete, 5.20 Storm Away, 5.50 Pires, 6.20 Wot A Shot, 6.50 Clondaw Farmer, 7.20 Doc Hollywood, 7.50 Blueberry Hill.

SALISBURY: 5.10 George Baker, 5.40 Grenade, 6.10 Stolen Story, 6.40 Elm Park, 7.10 Pennine Panther, 7.40 Laser Blazer.

SANDOWN: 2.00 Profitable, 2.30 Threes Grand, 3.00 Carnival King, 3.35 MAN OF HARLECH (NAP), 4.10 Semblance, 4.45 Dance Of Heroes.

THIRSK: 2.10 Indian Keys, 2.40 Deerfield, 3.15 Orpsie Boy, 3.50 Chooseday, 4.25 Epic Voyage, 4.55 Caledonia, 5.25 Rangi Chase, 5.55 Presidente.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 6.00 City Of Angkor Wat, 6.30 Tabjeel, 7.00 Ty Gwr, 7.30 Recover, 8.00 Divine Call, 8.30 Ragged Robbin, 9.00 Gabrial The Thug.

DOUBLE: Man Of Harlech and Elm Park.

Man Of Harlech should appreciate the ground at Sandown in the ROA Owners Jackpot Handicap.

Patience can hopefully prove a virtue for connections, as the Andrew Balding-trained three-year-old has not been seen since May.

A dry early part of the summer would not have been to his liking, so his absence is easy to understand, but recent downpours in Esher mean there is guaranteed to be sufficient ease underfoot.

The son of Dansili looked a useful prospect when winning on the soft at Windsor in April, with the front two miles clear of the rest.

He was tried on a faster terrain at Doncaster afterwards but had to settle for third, although a line can be put through that as it was messy affair.

With just three career runs to his name, he is unexposed and his Kingsclere stable continues to go well.

Profitable should be up to giving weight away in the Orleans Nursery.

Trained by Clive Cox, who has a few nice horses this term, his debut third at Newbury was an excellent effort as the winner Strath Burn has gone on to be second in the Group Two Prix Robert Papin, while runner-up Judicial has won twice since.

The Invincible Spirit colt did the form no harm when landing the odds over this course and distance next time out and there was no disgrace in being beaten by the progressive Squats in a four-runner event at Haydock.

Raised a nominal 1lb for that, it will be a surprise if he cannot pick up another race and this has cut up a bit from the five-day stage.

Carnival King went into a notebook or two when catching the eye on his first run and should be followed in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes for Brian Meehan and Jimmy Fortune.

The Racing Post Trophy entry made nice late headway to be third at Windsor in a race that has some reasonable form lines.

He was not given an overly hard time and is fully entitled to come on plenty for the experience.

Balding is in store for a good day as the exciting Elm Park takes to the EBF Stallions Stonehenge Stakes at Salisbury.

The youngster sports the colours of the great Mill Reef and created quite a buzz in winning at Newbury, pulling an impressive three lengths clear and taking a bit of pulling up for David Probert.

That bodes well as he tries a mile for the first time and he is bred to stay as a son of Leger third Phoenix Reach.

Pennine Panther is the pick in the Breeze FM & Jack FM Handicap.

Henry Candy's charge shapes as an improving out-and-out stayer and he left his initial effort at Goodwood behind when showing promise to be fourth in a race at Newbury that threw up subsequent winners.

He was one of them when confirming that promise at Newmarket and there is scope for further progression sent handicapping for the first time.

Chooseday is a tentative pick in the Theakston Lightfoot Handicap at Thirsk, with Jamie Spencer booked for Kevin Ryan.

The five-year-old is on a mark 1lb lower than his last winning one and showed his current his well-being when leading home his side in the consolation race for the Great St Wilfrid at Ripon, having to settle for third overall.

Ragged Robbin gets a trip well and can record an all-weather hat-trick stepped back up to a mile and a half in the Bet totetrifecta Handicap on the Tapeta at Wolverhampton.

Early Applause can strike for Nicky Richards in the Sight Loss Shropshire Novices' Handicap Hurdle at Bangor.

A 4lb rise for a nose success at Carlisle seems a tad harsh but he stayed on strongly and looks capable of winning again in his current mood.