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Man On The Spot provides a guide to all eight races being shown live on Channel 4 Racing this Saturday afternoon.
Prince Of Johanne lands at least one of these valuable handicaps most years and should go well. Tanseeb went very close to winning in this grade at Sandown last time but stablemate Busatto has something to find with Llanarmon Lad on latest running at Newmarket over 1m2f. Balty Boys and Balducci could make the frame and Fury may bounce back at any time having slipped down the weights. Johnno is upped in class but MUSIC THEORY takes on lesser rivals on his reappearance. Third to the high-class Kingman in the Group 3 Solario Stakes at Sandown in August, he may well be ready to make up for lost time on his belated return.
Kosika has made virtually all in her last two starts over 7f and though tackling further and carrying an extra 5lb she doesn't know when she's beaten so will take some catching. Token Of Love is a real fast-ground specialist as she showed with a comfortable success at Newmarket. She's up 6lb but looks good for a position on the podium. Provenance made a successful debut at Kempton but didn't handle soft ground at Sandown. She's been given a break and this superbly-bred daughter of Galileo could be on a lenient mark. Aertex disappointed when stepped up in grade at Sandown on her hat-trick attempt and this looks even tougher but Gown has been crying out for this longer trip and rates a threat. FEEDYAH returned from Dubai to run a fine race in the Sandringham Handicap at Royal Ascot. She was beaten less than 2l and, as that was her first start since February, she'll come on for the run and can take this.
There was little between fourth-placed Astonishing and Khione in the John Porter at Newbury back in April. But neither have improved on that form in subsequent starts so CRITERIA rates the selection. She was beaten less than a length by Bracelet in the Ribblesdale at Ascot last month and has to go close with a similar effort. She shares ownership with the Haggas fillies Rock Choir and Queen Of Ice with the latter preferred of that pair after finishing ahead of Groovejet and Uchenna in a Listed contest at Newbury. The less exposed fillies to look out for as they step up in class include the Irish raider Dame Lucy, Listed winner Speckled and Kallisha.
This depends on the sharpness, or lack of it, of AL KAZEEM, who has won first time back in his last two seasons. Roger Charlton's stable star, a triple Group 1 winner last term with victories in the Eclipse, Prince Of Wales's and Tattersalls Gold Cup, ran better than his finishing position suggests in the Arc on his final start and looks in a different league to these rivals. If he's ready after an unsuccessful spell at stud he should get back on the winning trail. Andre Fabre doesn't send horses to the UK for their health so Triple Threat has to be on the shortlist, especially as he's one of the few horses in France who likes quick ground. Vancouverite, a Group 2 winner at Deauville last term, finished runner-up in the Jebel Hatta at Meydan before a fair effort in the Dubai World Cup though hasn't run subsequently while Nabucco, though up against numerous Group winners, is penalised for a Listed success at Newmarket in November.
Roman Flight finished third in last year's renewal. But he's 16lb higher this time around having been raised further in the weights for a recent defeat of PURPLE BAY at Stratford. The latter represents last year's winning yard and is taken to turn the tables re-opposing on better terms. Stablemate and Newton Abbot winner Honour System is upped in class while other recent winners Max Ward and Laudatory have both been raised 10lb. Slim Pickens and Rolling Maul step up from winning novice events and have more scope than the likes of Castlemorris King, Uriah Heep, Pure Style and Stephen Hero, who all bid for hat-tricks after landing lower grade contests. Montbazon takes a drop in class and could go well from the top of the weights.
Ahtoug had been in excellent form in Dubai before returning with a fair run in the King's Stand Stakes but didn't go so well in a Group 3 at Sandown next time. Heeraat had only four rivals to beat in this a year ago and this is much tougher while Highland Colori would prefer another furlong and some rain and was behind Rocky Ground at Windsor last month, as was Music Master, who has since run very well in the Diamond Jubilee. It's a long time since a three-year-old won the race but the lightly-raced and progressive Naadirr should give a good account. All of INTIBAAH's three victories on Turf have come on soft ground so connections will be hoping the going eases. He won an Ascot handicap in October and reappeared in May to score at Haydock and now looks ready to step-up into this grade so gets the verdict.
Peter Bowen has an excellent record in this contest so Book 'Em Danno is expected to run a big race having beaten Grandads Horse over track and trip last month. But the former's stablemate Lamboro Lad has a bit to find with another leading contender in GUESS AGAIN. David Pipe's chaser made every yard at Perth last time and acts on any ground. It's A Gimme won a novice chase at Worcester last time but this is tougher while stable companion The Nephew has a 10lb hike to contend with after scoring over course and distance. Kie beat Lost Legend five lengths at Worcester and should confirm running while Creevytennant made a winning return at Perth last month and may not have stopped improving yet.
Richard Fahey won this a year ago and has five entries this time, headed by the filly REALTRA. Costing just 10,000 euros as a yearling, she gets in here with a feather weight and, after her close second in a Naas Listed race, she should prove very difficult to beat. Fast Act has been ridden by Jamie Spencer in both runs to date and the combination can go well after looking progressive at Carlisle and Pillar Box could hardly have been more impressive on fast ground at Bath. The Hannon yard have won this twice in the last nine years and though Tiggy Wiggy has to be considered after her excellent run in the Queen Mary only one recent winner has carried this sort of weight. Parsley is another for the yard and looks reasonably treated as does Harry's Dancer, only eighth in the Queen Mary but a stone better off with Tiggy Wiggy.