My Stable pointers: Friday
Our man Will Hayler picks out three horses to catch his eye on Friday that you might want to add to your My Stable team.
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I was taken by something Graham Cunningham said in his weekly live chat with Sporting Life when, in response to a comment from a reader that this was a great time of the year to be a racing fan, he said it's also a great time of the year to be a racing punter.
There was a lot of decent-quality racing to try and keep tabs on across Friday, but this is the time of year when a bit of homework really should yield some results and it's been good to see a number of horses listed in our Notebook deliver in the last few days.
Green Howard was backed off the boards at York and if you were part of the gamble that saw him cut from 16/1 to 15/2 in the final 10 minutes before you off, you probably don't agree that this is a good time to be a punter. But there was more than enough encouragement in his performance in the Geoff Pemberton Memorial Handicap to think that he can win in his grade in the next couple of starts.
He's been a decent moneyspinner for Robin Bastiman and found a bit of improvement for the first-time application of cheekpieces here, rattling home for fifth in a race in which it didn't prove easy to come from off the pace. Rated 82, there will be easier opportunities for him than this 0-95 contest. He didn't seem to quite stay a mile last season but something like the seven and a half furlongs that a number of Beverley contests are staged over could be just the ticket.
Also taking my eye at York was Kiwayu, who finally showed some form for Phil Kirby having looked a bit of an expensive buy on his starts for him last season.
Sent off at 50/1, he was clearly expected to need this return to action on his first start since last November and the usual cheekpieces were kept off too, so it was particularly encouraging to see him go so nicely, especially as he was hampered by the winner a furlong out.
I wonder if the same mile-and-a-half York 0-100 handicap he won on his final start for Ian Williams last July might come into consideration.
Finally, I am definitely going to be adding Master Dancer to my My Stable horse tracker after his sixth in the One Month Free Trial at Racinguk.com Handicap at Sandown.
Carrying the famous colours of former trainer Sean Woods, Master Dancer was well-supported in the betting and travelled like a really good horse for a long way despite getting absolutely no cover all the way around from his wide draw.
In a faster-run race, or possibly even if dropped back to a mile, there's a really good race in Master Dancer, given the way he cruised into contention here before running out of gas in the final furlong.
Friday's Gallops Report:
Andrew Balding's twin spearhead for the Queen Anne Stakes worked at Kingsclere this week, with SIDE GLANCE showing plenty of joie de vivre ahead of the Tuesday's Group One at Royal Ascot.
The globetrotting Side Glance ruined his chance in the Singapore Airlines Cup with a tardy exit from the stalls.
He had a mountain to climb turning in, absolutely flew at the business end, but found it all happening too late.
Last season's Mackinnon Stakes winner looked sharp and alert on his latest visit to the Watership and Cannon Down gallops and should get more racing room on the straight mile at Ascot.
TULLIUS is certainly no slouch and also comes into the argument following three fine efforts this year.
He has been shining in his own preparation and is a much improved performer.
BALLINDERRY BOY is on course for the Ascot Stakes and he worked with plenty of gusto to suggest he can be a factor in that competitive handicap.
He served connections well last year, while seeming to have progressed physically.
HIGHLAND COLORI has been going well and is an interesting runner in the Cathedral Stakes, a Listed race at Salisbury on Sunday.
Several lesser lights with low profile objectives that have gone well in recent work include fellow Salisbury contender STYBBA, who is now ready to return to grass after being denied in a photo at Kempton.
JONNY RAE should improve off a debut run, in which he was too free, at Sandown on Saturday, while HIGH DRAMA is well position to go well in a Salisbury maiden on Sunday.