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Man On The Spot previews Saturday's terrestrial TV action from Newmarket, Haydock and Market Rasen.
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Somewhat stretched out well to beat subsequent Doncaster winner Be Ready in a Listed race at Newbury last month and looks a nice prospect. But he gives the impression he'll be ideally suited by more give in the ground and he was eight lengths behind BERKSHIRE in the Chesham Stakes at Ascot in June. Paul Cole has deliberately kept his colt back for an autumn campaign and, as the extra furlong will suit, looks the one to beat ahead of Washaar, who finished a couple of lengths behind Somewhat in the Superlative Stakes over 7f here in July. Kingfisher was well beaten in a Group 3 at Leopardstown earlier this month and, like Sir Jack Layden, has a lot on his plate here.
Laudatory beat Hawkhill by nine lengths at Stratford three weeks ago with AHYAKNOWYERSELF a further length-and-half away in fourth. But the top weight reserves his best for that track and is 10lb higher here while the latter looked more in need of the run than most that day. Richard Newland's charge, useful on his day, can come out on top today as Hawkhill has disappointed since at Plumpton. Falcarragh is on a roll but closely matched with Ittirad on last month's Stratford form and Solaras Exhibition is another who has shot up the weights following a recent victory. Watered Silk won twice here in the spring and had a recent pipe-opener on the Flat, as did Prompter, while Sedgefield third Stormy Weather should be approaching peak fitness now and should have a better chance in this grade than either Taaresh or Orthodox Lad.
ORDA won her first three starts and was only beaten a length by the speedy No Nay Never in the Prix Morny last month. Rizeena finished third and went on to beat Kiyoshi in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh. The drop back to 6f may well suit Charlie Hills' filly and she has the beating of Ascot scorer Princess Noor on earlier form but she does have a bit to find if she's to upset Philippe Sogorb's daughter of Orpen. Joyeuse beat Dorothy B and Alutiq in a Listed race at Salisbury earlier this month and can't be ignored while Come To Heel has won both starts and shouldn't be underestimated but Red Lady may be out of her depth.
Peter Bowen's record in handicap chases here at this time of year is second to none and he saddles both Al Co and Kian's Delight. Dover's Hill returns from a lengthy absence but is on a decent mark and will be ready for this while Bold Chief has won three out of three over fences, though this is easily his toughest task to date. GRANDADS HORSE jumps really well for a novice and did score over 2m4f here in May. The handicapper has given him a fighting chance in this off a mark of 137 and he should be thereabouts if getting the run of the race. The Disengager won this last year, beating Bobowen and Buck Mulligan, but he's 18lb higher now after beating stablemate Rob Conti in a similar race at Newton Abbot. Finger Onthe Pulse may find a few of these too quick nowadays but Wiesentraum is on an upward curve and King Of The Night could pick up a nice prize over the coming months if getting his act together and is more interesting than Twirling Magnet and Emma Lavelle's pair Bouggler and Well Regarded.
Sky Lantern and Just The Judge lock horns for the fourth time. The score stands at 3-0 to Richard Hannon's filly so far and there's no reason why she shouldn't come out on top again, as she did when winning the 1000 Guineas and the Coronation Stakes earlier this year. But the three-year-old was beaten a neck by ELUSIVE KATE in the Falmouth Stakes here in July and John Gosden's four-year-old went on to beat Duntle with a degree of comfort in the Group 1 Prix Rothschild at Deauville when Chigun finished nearer last than first. She weakened inside the final furlong when only seventh in the Prix Jacques Le Marois last time but that was arguably the best Group 1 race run so far this year and a return to winning ways here looks likely. Integral is improving but needs more to figure in this grade while La Collina could also find the opposition too strong.
There's no shortage of options in this cavalry charge but top weight MASAMAH gets the speculative vote. He's been competing in pattern races since beating Racy and Jiroft in a Class 2 handicap at Ascot in July and also has the beating of Free Zone and Cheviot on more recent form at Beverley. Secret Witness drops back in distance after a good effort at Doncaster with a handful of these behind while Burning Thread and Lady Gibraltar also have claims on their recent efforts over the minimum trip. Noble Storm finally returned to winning ways at Leicester earlier this month and is not out of this either with a similar effort.
Impossible barely does justice to the latest renewal of this historic handicap and the last two winners, Prince Of Johanne and Bronze Angel, will do well to feature again. William Haggas is responsible for six of the 35 declared runners with Queensberry Rules catching the eye reunited with Ryan Moore, who rode him to victories at Kempton and Sandown earlier in the season. Frankie Dettori teams up with the penalised Graphic, who beat Ascription at Haydock on his penultimate start. Hugo Palmer's four-year-old is 4lb better off here, however, and there shouldn't be much to choose the pair now. Danchai, another Haggas representative, may improve for blinkers while Forgive caught a tartar in Lanansaak at Ascot and shouldn't be ignored. Tha'ir was beaten less than a length at Doncaster earlier this month and Top Notch Tonto also has to go on the short-list after his surprise victory in a Group 3 at Haydock. He has a penalty to contend with in this but should easily confirm that form with Nine Realms. CODE OF HONOR finished just behind Red Avenger at Goodwood two runs ago but is a couple of pounds better off here and has the beating of Tha'ir and King George River on that run. Just beaten on a return visit to Goodwood, he shapes as though this slight drop in distance will suit and should give supporters a run for their money at decent odds. Strictly Silver could reward each-way support and looks best of the rest.