Havana all Gold at Newmarket

  • By: Chris Wilson
  • Last Updated: September 26 2012, 16:51 BST

Havana Gold can strengthen trainer Richard Hannon's fine record in the Somerville Tattersall Stakes at Newmarket says Chris Wilson.

Havana Gold: Fancied to win at Newmarket

DUNDALK: 2.05 Jouster, 2.40 Feathers And Bows, 3.15 Bracing Breeze, 3.45 Magician, 4.20 Ocean Drift, 4.55 Love Nest, 5.30 Furacano, 5.30 Empress Of Tara.

NEWMARKET: 2.00 Telescope, 2.35 Hoarding, 3.10 Jehannedarc, 3.40 HAVANA GOLD (NAP), 4.15 Cavalryman, 4.50 Crown Counsel, 5.25 Hezmah.

PERTH: 2.10 Royal Scoundrel, 2.45 Anitopia, 3.20 The Tracey Shuffle, 3.55 Bridlingtonbygones, 4.30 Toledo Gold, 5.05 Saint Luke, 5.35 Mister Pagan.

PONTEFRACT: 2.20 Loch Moy, 2.55 Elegant In Silk, 3.30 Bronze Beau, 4.05 Little Rocky, 4.40 Dali's Lover, 5.15 Pertuis.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.45 Secret Missile, 6.15 Amoure Medici, 6.45 Blazing Knight, 7.15 Brazilian Clown, 7.45 Raheeba, 8.15 Ehkam, 8.45 Inqadh, 9.15 Bengal Tiger.

DOUBLE: Havana Gold and Hoarding.

Havana Gold can strengthen trainer Richard Hannon's fine record in the Somerville Tattersall Stakes at Newmarket.

The Wiltshire handler has won this Group Three over seven furlongs twice in the last three years, and this season has two shots in which to fire across the bows.

While stablemate Glean looks a worthy contender, Havana Gold has the best form figures on offer and should take a lot of beating in the trusty hands of Richard Hughes.

The Teofilo colt should really be unbeaten from four starts, but came unstuck at Deauville on his penultimate start when he unseated Ryan Moore close home with a Listed race seemingly in safe-keeping.

Havana Gold banished those bad memories at Haydock a few weeks ago when he held off the likeable Al Waab by a head in the Ascendant Stakes.

With that rival in the frame for this weekend's Group Two Royal Lodge, the form from Merseyside could soon prove watertight.

Hannon's inmate is highly unlikely to be hindered by the return to seven furlongs and is equally at home on fast ground or on a rain-softened surface, which may come in handy if the forecast is accurate.

Hoarding, meanwhile, looks one of the nicer prospects on show for the Cambridge News Excellent Horseracing Coverage Nursery.

John Gosden's Elusive Quality colt was a good winner at Lingfield at the start of the month, and was hardly disgraced when second at Doncaster a fortnight ago.

The juvenile had to be switched wide on Town Moor, and did well to get to within half a length of Rising Legend, who was in receipt of a lot of weight that day.

Although he looks a lovely stamp of animal for next season, there still ought to be more to come from him this autumn.

Little Rocky's fondness for cut in the ground could be his saviour in the feature race at Pontefract.

The four-year-old colt seldom runs a bad race over a mile and a quarter, and looked especially sharp at Newbury on his last start in July when he defeated Troopingthecolour by a length.

Trainer David Simcock will not be dismayed by Little Rocky having gone up 4lb for the Simon Scrope Dalby Screw-Driver Handicap, which has badly cut up from the early declarations.

The manner in which Blazing Knight was staying on at Lingfield last week will give punters plenty of optimism ahead of his assignment at Wolverhampton.

Ralph Beckett's youngster is admittedly looking rather exposed these days, but he is consistent enough and competes off a lowly-looking mark of 66 for the 32Red Casino Nursery.

The Tracey Shuffle is an intriguing proposition over fences, and gets the nod in the Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer Novices' Chase at Perth.

Rated 133 over hurdles after finishing third at the Punchestown Festival in April, David Pipe's inmate perhaps failed to get home over three miles at Haydock on his last start in May.

This drop in trip should therefore help his cause ahead of a chasing debut which is entitled to go very well given his appealing profile.