My Stable pointers: Saturday
We pick out a couple of horses to add to your My Stable alerts from Saturday while we have some news from the gallops.
If I thought I was being ambitious in actually believing that one of the 712 syndicates in which I'd taken a share might win the Scoop6, it was but nothing compared to Haydock clerk of the course Kirkland Tellwright who said 30 minutes before the first race that he was hoping the rain might just hold "for a couple more hours".
No sooner had he spoken than the heavens opened over the racecourse for the rest of the day and conditions were left pretty sodden by the time the last race ticked around - as clearly demonstrated by the race times.
Hot Streak actually clocked a pretty decent time in the big race and although the runners came home fairly well spread out, it might be unwise to be too cold on the form. The winner and runner-up Pearl Secret are both legitimate candidates for honours in the championship sprint contests this season, especially if these sort of underfoot conditions return later in the year.
I was also really taken with Joyeuse, who dotted up in the race best known as the Cecil Frail. An insight into her fragile temperament came, however, when assistant trainer George Scott revealed afterwards that she "hadn't seen another member of the string" so far this year.
That's not to say she can't go on from this though, and she looked nothing other than professional in the race itself. The three-year-olds that have won this race in the past have tended to be decent two-year-olds who have struggled to go on as the season continued. I'd love to think Joyeuse might buck that trend and have still more to offer.
As for horses to add to your My Stable tracker, I fear you might think I am losing my marbles but the horse I will be taking out of the action today is Dr Red Eye, despite finishing only 10th of 13 finishers in a seven-furlong handicap at Catterick.
He was unable to take his usual favoured position at the front and had to settle for second in the early stages having been headed after the initial exchanges, but he rallied to regain the lead halfway up the straight and was still just about in front at the furlong-pole before running out of gas in the last 150 metres and losing places quickly.
On the back of a lean spell, Dr Red Eye was down to a mark of 82 before this start and a drop of another 2lb would see him able to compete off top-weight in lower-grade contests. His form figures might not look promising, but considering he wasn't able to enjoy the soft lead that suits best, this was actually a seriously good run.
On a turning track with a little cut in the ground, he could prove very hard to pass provided that the handicapper plays ball.
Pointers from the Gallops
Hillstar looked in good order ahead of his intended run at Sandown on Thursday as he worked in front of our gallops reporter.
HILLSTAR looked in good order in his winding-up work for the Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown on Thursday as Sir Michael Stoute took the four-year-old to the Round Gallop.
Last season's King Edward VII Stakes winner engaged in good, solid work with the fast-improving ABSEIL, who could also run on the same Sandown card.
Both horses were urged and went past the watching trainer locked in unison.
ASTONISHING engaged in some solid work with STOMACHION, at the end of which the filly was travelling noticeably well
Equally good work occurred as TOP TUG (Kevin Bradshaw) was joined by RAPID ADVANCE (Ryan Moore) and GOOD VALUE.
Top Tug cut out the donkey work and gamely held sway right the way to the end.
The colt disappointed on his previous start at Newmarket but that display is probably best forgotten.
Stoute moved operations over the way to the Trial Ground to let his Investec Derby challenger SNOW SKY engage in some unexacting three-quarter speed work.
Snow Sky came past with DANK (Ryan Moore) and RYE HOUSE.
Dank is being brought back gradually with some high-profile targets awaiting the Breeders' Cup winner.
Kevin Bradshaw teamed up with TELESCOPE, who covered seven furlongs in company with BOLD SNIPER.
The pair quickened nicely on the bridle and could each form part of the Stoute team for Royal Ascot.