Gosbeck for the Old Borough
Man On The Spot casts his eye over each of the eight races that will be televised on More4 on Saturday afternoon.
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Haydock 14:15 Betfred 'The Bonus King' Be Friendly Handicap (Class 2) 5f
Zero Money won this last year but is 5lb higher today and has plenty to find with a rejuvenated TAX FREE on latest running. The latter also had Doctor Parkes, Mister Manannan and Hazelrigg behind when scoring at York last time and Dandy Nicholls' charge has every chance of following up with a similar effort. Cheviot comes into the reckoning on his earlier conditions race victory at Beverley and Face The Problem has decent claims on this season's form. My Propeller has yet to hit top gear this year but is preferred to Epsom winner Long Awaited if back to his best.
Kempton 14:30 Betfred Mobile Sports September Stakes (Group 3) 1m 4f
Modun won last year's renewal and should be in the shake-up again but CALVADOS BLUES sports Godolphin's first colours. He returned to action with a decent second at Newmarket three weeks ago and last year's placed efforts at Meydan included a third in the Sheema Classic to the ill-fated Rewilding. A repeat of that form would make him the one to beat here but Sagramor will be no pushover. Hughie Morrison's colt went close at Deauville last time having chased home Carlton House in the Brigadier Gerard at Sandown before that. French raider Haya Landa has placed form in Group company and so does ex-German colt Arrigo, though he was tailed off at Newbury on his belated seasonal debut. Dandino is hard to win with nowadays so the tough Mijhaar may be best of the rest.
Haydock 14.50 Celebrating 45 Years Of Betfred Superior Mile (Listed) 1m
THISTLE BIRD was caught close home by Premio Loco in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood a fortnight ago. He'd recorded a double in Listed events before that and Roger Charlton's charge is just preferred to the three-year-old Fulbright. The latter had registered a hat-trick of handicap wins before his latest below par effort and has stronger form than the other winning handicappers Chil The Kite and Boom And Bust. Kingsdesire, Rockinante and Right To Dream have all been competing in classified races and the latter makes most appeal on his easy win at Warwick, but Sussex Stakes third Gabrial could prove a bigger danger having failed to stay 1m2f last time.
Kempton 15:05 Betfred London Mile Handicap (Series Final) (Class 2) 1m
Nazreef is at his best on the Polytrack and beat Double Dealer over C&D back in April. The latter is better off at the weights today but both are drawn high, as is George Guru. The latter's good progress on the all-weather came to a halt on the Turf this summer while Switzerland is also best on Polytrack and beat Loving Spirit a head over C&D last month. Chapter And Verse won this in 2010 but was unplaced off a higher mark last year, as was Indian Jack, and Weapon Of Choice was comprehensively outpointed here last week by ROYAL EMPIRE. The latter won eased down on that occasion giving the impression he was not far off Pattern class so Saeed Bin Suroor's unexposed Teofilio colt gets the vote.
Haydock 15:25 Betfred Sprint Cup (British Champions Series) (Group 1) 6f
After a couple of modest efforts in Group 1 sprints earlier this year, Aussie star ORTENSIA showed her true colours last month when winning the King George Stakes at Goodwood before a brilliant display in the Nunthorpe at York last time. She's right back to her best now and the likes of Bated Breath, Confessional, Dandy Boy and Elusivity look unlikely to reverse running. Bated Breath was admittedly below par at York and connections will be hoping the fast ground sees him in a better light while Soul had been making good progress over today's trip before failing to last home over 7f at Newbury. Society Rock is usually thereabouts at this level but Strong Suit is of more interest dropping back in trip after getting there too late and just failing to catch the winner in last month's Hungerford Stakes.
Ascot 15:45 Fly London Southend Airport Handicap (Class 2) 7f
Bannock has placed form at a higher level and looked as though his turn wasn't far away at Chester last time, though he's again conceding weight to some very seasoned handicappers. Fellow three-year-old Arnold Lane should be thereabouts again but would probably prefer an extra furlong and a softer surface and Mick Channon also runs Warwick second Atlantic Sport. GLOBAL VILLAGE's last two wins, including one over this C&D in May, have come on soft going but he ran another cracking race on good ground behind Field Of Dream here in July and can reverse that form with the winner and third Bertiewhittle on better terms today. Brian Ellison's gelding is much improved this term so gets the vote as Ryan Clark's claim is an added bonus. Primaeval may not have appreciated the dead ground when behind several of these here in June and is worth a second look and Imperial Guest may struggle to confirm Goodwood form with Arnold Lane here, though George Margarson also runs Excellent Guest who would have a chance on his best form. Mabait and Smarty Socks could also go close.
Haydock 16:00 Betfred Mobile Lotto Old Borough Cup Handicap (Class 2) 1m 6f
Crackentorp and Sir Graham Wade turned in a bad one at York last time in the Ebor and the Melrose respectively. Both would figure on their best form and Address Unknown is another to consider as he had Becausewecan and Lyric Street behind at Ascot last month. Tropical Beat went close to catching Kirthill at York recently and should stay this longer trip while Itlaaq finished ahead of High Office and Herostatus over 2m on his latest start.GOSBECK has improved with every run this season culminating in a three-length victory over today's trip at Nottingham. Henry Candy's filly arrives here at the top of her game and, despite needing to find a bit more improvement, is fancied to follow up.
Ascot 16:15 Ladbrokes Mobile Handicap (Heritage Handicap) (Class 2) 1m 4f
A hugely competitive handicap in which it's impossible to rule out many of the 19-strong line-up. Gospel Choir beat subsequent winner Sun Central over C&D on his handicap in July and went on to complete his hat-trick at Haydock when bettering Stencive by half-a-length. But Sir Michael Stoute complicates matters by also running Opinion, successful over 1m2f at Haydock four weeks ago, and Martin Chuzzlewit. The latter was only beaten half-a-length by Kirthill at York last month but the draw doesn't appear to have done him any favours here. Mark Johnston is another trainer who is mob-handed and Hajras and Scatter Dice have both had a good season while Fennell Bay won the King George V Stakes over C&D in June. MODERNISM may well have scope for further improvement having returned to winning ways over this trip at Goodwood last month, however, and he gets a tentative vote even though Blue Surf, Angel Gabrial, Ruscello, Caphira and Castilo Del Diablo are others arriving on the back of recent wins. Ahzeemah, Silver Lime and Harvard N Yale also have solid claims if getting the run of the race.