Haxby can clinch Sprint

  • By: Nick Grant
  • Last Updated: July 18 2014, 17:11 BST

Haxby can grab a valuable prize at Newbury according to Nick Grant and he has tips for each and every race.

Haxby (far right) can land the Weatherbys Super Sprint on Saturday.
Haxby (far right) can land the Weatherbys Super Sprint on Saturday.

CARTMEL: 2.10 Shantou Tiger, 2.45 St Gregory, 3.20 Sure Thing, 3.55 Soul Magic, 4.30 Smart Ruler, 5.05 Clues And Arrows, 5.35 Gold Chain.

CURRAGH: 3.00 Parish Boy, 3.35 Kings Ryker, 4.10 Calibrate, 4.40 Eastern Rules, 5.10 Newsletter, 5.45 Tarfasha, 6.20 Gone Viral, 6.50 No Wunder.

HAYDOCK: 6.25 Rise Up Lotus, 7.00 Gambol, 7.30 Here Now, 8.00 Trade Storm, 8.30 Company Secretary, 9.00 Nubar Boy.

LINGFIELD: 5.30 Lady Crossmar, 6.00 Al Bandar, 6.35 Latch Onto Blue, 7.10 Assertive Agent, 7.45 Stormbound, 8.15 Elegant Ophelia, 8.45 Dalmatia.

MARKET RASEN: 1.45 Come On Sunshine, 2.20 Australia Day, 2.55 Slim Pickens, 3.30 Book 'Em Danno, 4.05 Parlour Games, 4.45 Hollow Penny, 5.15 Teenage Dream.

NEWBURY: 1.35 Smiling Stranger, 2.05 Provenance, 2.40 Nabucco, 3.15 Music Master, 3.50 HAXBY (NAP), 4.25 Time Test, 5.00 Manomine.

NEWMARKET: 1.50 Llanarmon Lad, 2.25 Criteria, 3.05 Snow Cover, 3.40 Artistic Charm, 4.15 Gharaaneej, 4.50 Ansaab, 5.20 Earl Of Menteith.

RIPON: 2.00 Wink Oliver, 2.35 Khawaater, 3.10 Border Bandit, 3.45 Desert Snow, 4.20 Bishop's Castle, 4.55 Only Orsenfoolsies, 5.25 Bay Street Belle.

DOUBLE: Haxby and Music Master.

Haxby can grab a valuable prize with victory in the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury.

The Roger Varian-trained youngster has any amount of top form with a host of smart juveniles, most recently when fifth to American monster Hootenanny in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The winner was on a different level but there was not much between the rest and in four outings to date he has yet to run a bad race, dating back to his introduction second to Kool Kompany, who looks as a good as anything seen so far in the juvenile department this term.

His stable could not be in better form and he is just preferred over the filly Tiggy Wiggy as, while she has even stronger form to her name, the Richard Hannon filly has to give Varian's runner 5lb and that might just swing the balance.

Music Master arguably ran the race of his life at the Royal meeting and as a result takes strong Group One credentials into the Group Three Al Basti Equiworld Hackwood Stakes.

Always a talented individual who moves well in his races, his career has gone to new heights since being tried at six furlongs, starting when second to the useful Tropics in a Group Three at the end of last season.

Although he had no trouble landing the odds at Warwick on his reappearance, the Henry Candy-trained four-year-old was too keen when beaten in a Listed race at Windsor but confirmed his trainer's belief he is an improver with his effort in fourth behind the outstanding Slade Power, who has since won the July Cup.

It will be interesting to see if the selection can remain on an upward curve, in which he case he ought to be very hard to beat.


Provenance must prove a tough nut to crack back against her own sex in the Al Basti Equiworld EBF Breeding Winners Fillies' Handicap.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Galileo filly is a half-sister to Group One-winning Integral and looked useful herself when a smooth winner on the Kempton Polytrack in May from three subsequent scorers, before meeting with an odds-on reverse at Salisbury.

However, she was not beaten far on ground softer than ideal and against the colts, and all is far from lost for a filly who was unraced at two.

At his best Al Kazeem would pick the rest up and carry them in the Doom Bar Stakes but he has to be taken on really on his first start since returning from an unhappy spell at stud and Nabucco could be the one to expose any chinks.

John Gosden's five-year-old is no superstar but progressed from handicaps to winning a Listed race last term and his comeback third at Goodwood in May was perfectly satisfactory giving weight all round.


Criteria looks the safest option in the Newsells Park Stud Stakes at Newmarket.

A confirmed strong stayer, the Gosden-trained three-year-old did best of those to have raced prominently in the Ribblesdale, keeping on admirably to take third.

Clearly suited by a stiff test of stamina, there is a sprinkling of class there, too, as runs behind Taghrooda and Inchilla indicate.

Keep an eye on Earl Of Menteith in the £10 Free Bet At 32RedSport.com Handicap.

This half-brother to the high-class Venus De Milo is being brought along quietly by Mark Johnston and could make up into something pretty useful by the time season is out.

David Simcock appears to have found a fine opportunity for Trade Storm to gain a confidence-boosting success in the shape of the Abacus Securities 11th Year Conditions Stakes at Haydock.

The six-year-old returns to Britain after spending the winter in Dubai, where he was highly tried and managed fourth in the Group One Jebel Hatta.

This is a serious drop in class and should tee him up for the Celebration Mile at Goodwood.

Saeed bin Suroor runners at Ripon are not too frequent a sight so take note of Desert Snow in the Ripon Bell-Ringer Handicap.

The Teofilo filly has shaped in three starts as though there is a good prize to be won with her at some point and she could turn out to be Listed class, which makes her attractive in this £25,000 affair off a mark of 85.

Latch Onto Blue is the one to be with in the Ladbrokes Nursery at Lingfield.

Winner of her maiden at Ayr earlier this month, the Charlie Hills-trained filly makes her handicap debut with the promise of a bit more to come stepping up to six furlongs for the first time.

Peter Bowen has a terrific record in the Betfred Summer Plate at Market Rasen and can strike again with Book 'Em Danno.

Incredibly, Bowen's eight-year-old has won six times at the Lincolnshire venue, three times over fences.

He has a career-high mark to overcome but has shown on more than one occasion he has the right sort of attitude and the fact he loves it here means he has to merit full respect.

Slim Pickens can make them all go in the Betfred Mobile Summer Hurdle for Grand National-winning trainer Dr Richard Newland.

The Irish import is unbeaten in two runs for his new trainer, who has proved more than once he definitely knows the time of day.

An added bonus is that he stays a longer trip than this, so stamina will not be an issue and he is likely to be prominent from flag-fall.

Jimmy Moffatt is sweet on the chance of Smart Ruler in the Mcguinness Feeds Lady Riders' Handicap Hurdle at Cartmel, to the extent he tried to get top Irish amateur Nina Carberry over for the ride.

He just came up short in the move, but it gives a strong pointer to the chance he has.