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Man On The Spot previews all of Saturday's races from Newbury, Newmarket and Ripon that will be shown live on Channel 4.
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Plenty of recent maiden winners on show in this and all at a similar level. HOME CUMMINS went close in a decent maiden at York before winning a lesser event at Redcar and gets a speculative vote on her handicap bow with Jack Garrity claiming 5lb. Adelasia and Sleepy Dust were both convincing winners last time while Mahsooba scored over track and trip on her latest start. Gregoria and Astrelle won their respective divisions of the same maiden auction event at Doncaster a fortnight ago and Little Lady Katie came good over 6f at Ripon recently so can't be ignored.
A poor turnout for a Listed contest but that shouldn't bother HAWKESBURY, who followed up a promising debut second to the hitherto unbeaten Limato by landing a small Doncaster maiden in facile fashion. Belardo should provide formidable opposition after a solid effort last time when upped to Group company, coming home fourth in the July Stakes behind Ivawood. Diaz is respected despite possibly having his limitations exposed last time but Carry On Deryck is hard to assess on the back of a surprise success here on debut just under a fortnight ago.
A sprint restricted to grey horses so most of these have taken part before. Crew Cut won this last year beating Light From Mars, Baby Strange and Rylee Mooch with Enderby Spirit and Medici Time further behind. However, the latter had also beaten several of the above when landing this in 2012. It could pay to look outside the usual suspects and go with the progressive three-year-old SYRIAN PEARL. She went within a nose of defying a 9lb rise at Doncaster last time having recorded a hat-trick before that. Lady Horatia is another looking to get the better of the older sprinters and went very close over track and trip last month.
Pether's Moon still boasts a remarkably consistent record despite not always looking the most straightforward and was more than good enough to land the Glorious Stakes at Goodwood last time. The first-time application of blinkers could well aid his cause and a strong performance is anticipated. However, SOMEWHAT receives narrow preference in receipt of 13lb as the Dynaformer colt's surprise Eclipse third at 100/1 is looking no fluke in the light of a subsequent close third to Snow Sky in the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood. Cafe Society is one to note despite being held byPether's Moon on latest running, while it would be folly to exclude the claims of the globe-trotting Red Cadeaux now that the Ed Dunlop yard is back in form.
Eastern Impact and Suzi's Connoisseur are closely matched on running behind Fast Track here three weeks ago. Both get an apprentice on board for this and should confirm superiority with Lady Frances, Greeb, Ventura Mist and Oeil De Tigre. PENNY DROPS (NAP) reverts to 6f after a couple of creditable placed efforts in Listed company and the Haggas filly is taken to come out best given the likes of Boy In The Bar and Piazon are upped in class. Double Up has a bit more scope than most of these and could prove best of the rest.
See The Storm benefited from a fine Kate Harrington ride at Ascot last time but is now up 11lb for his last two successes. The gelding remains respected but another chance is afforded to FARLOW. He produced a rather leaden effort last time in the Thirsk Summer Cup when well fancied, which came as something of a disappointment as his three previous starts had all indicated a nice prize was within his grasp. Richard Hughes is a good booking and hopefully he can bounce back here. Redvers has not shown much the last twice but could be a threat if recapturing some decent form while Foxtrot Romeo is another to note if forgiven a strangely lethargic effort last time. Pastoral Player is a law unto himself but will probably pop up when least expected.
The annual highlight of the Ripon racing year and a chance for TATLISU to gain a much-deserved success in major handicap sprint company with Declan McDonogh one of the most eye-catching jockey bookings of the weekend for the Fahey team. Off the bottom perch, he arrives in excellent shape after a splendid placed effort in the Stewards' Cup consolation, prior to which he'd gone really well in a series of ultra-competitive sprint handicaps. Out Do is another likely contender who's been threatening to land a decent pot all term whilst racking up the place money. He seems sure to be in the shake-up once again and ties in very closely with the selection and Pipers Note, who has won all of his last three races over course and distance. The latter has probably been prepared with this race in mind and is well worth a saver at the likely odds. Spinatrix, second in the race last year, also goes really well here and will appreciate the return to handicap company after not looking out of place in Listed grade on recent starts and Dandy Nicholls' Kimberella is also worth a second look.
This looks very tight on official ratings with the five beneath the assessor's top-rated GREGORIAN only separated by 1lb. John Gosden clearly believes that his charge is ready to roll again after an abortive effort across the channel last weekend and the course and distance winner will prove a tough nut to crack if at his best. Richard Hughes has chosen Professor of the Hannon duo given Producer only ran at Salisbury two days ago and he's respected, while Chil The Kite and Breton Rockcan't be ignored on the back of commendable efforts when last seen.