Catching Pigeons: Gossip and tips from the gallops

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All the latest rumours and whispers from the gallops...
All the latest rumours and whispers from the gallops...

Our Catching Pigeons insider feels Charlie Appleby can land another Classic on Saturday in what has been a stellar season for the Godolphin trainer.

Selections from the gallops

Ostilio can continue his marvellous season with victory in the P J Towey Construction Handicap at Doncaster on Saturday.

Yet to finish out if the first two in seven outings so far, he hit the big time with his second and latest success in the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot, and lost nothing in defeat behind Regal Reality at Group Three level at Goodwood last time. Although the winner let the form down at Haydock last week, the ground was very demanding and he still remains a good prospect going forward.

Ostilio takes a drop in grade here and is reported in good form for a race which has cut up somewhat from the five-day stage.

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38-13OR: 104D
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Old Persian is just preferred to stablemate Loxley as the each-way alternative to Lah Ti Dar in the William Hill St Leger Stakes.

Both the Charlie Appleby-trained pair are on an upward curve and would appear to stay well, but ground conditions are likely to suit the selection better.

He showed plenty of class and toughness to see off another of his trainer's smart middle-distance performers, Cross Counter, in the Great Voltigeur at York last month. He has pleased in his homework since and is closely weighted with second-favourite Kew Gardens on that latest encounter.

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39-1OR: 117
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Hugo Palmer has his team in great heart and it may pay to take a chance on the maiden Nathless in the Naploeons Casinos &Restaurants Nursery. The son of Nathaniel looks a late-developing type, but showed plenty of promise on the second of his first two starts at Newmarket in July.

He was duly gelded after a slightly less exalted effort in another decent novice at Redcar on his third start and having been given a nice bit of time to recover from his loss, he starts his handicap career on a workable mark. The step up to a mile should suit, while Palmer's horse could hardly be in better shape, at home and on the track.

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28-6OR: 76
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Sticking with Town Moor, reports from the Roger Varian camp are extremely strong when it comes to Dubawi Prince keeping up his unblemished course record in the Cliff Stud Rearing Winners Handicap over a mile and a half.

He won his maiden at the track last April and won cosily on his belated return to action on the July Course last month. It'll be disappointing if he's beaten here.

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49-1OR: 91CD
10/11
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Affina, a stablemate of Ostilio, can make the trip to Musselburgh pay off in the Get So Much More With Racing UK Handicap.

The Crisford team were disappointed with this daughter of Kodiac’s latest effort at Epsom and have decided to fit a visor for the first time here. She had been knocking on the door on her previous two efforts and, having won at Ayr and Thirsk last season, she may well appreciate the return to a flat course.

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39-8OR: 81BF
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Redgrave gave his supporters much to smile about after justifying significant market support with a narrow win at Kempton a week ago, and he can follow up in the Innospec Handicap at Chester. He nudged home only very late in a multi-horse photo at the Sunbury course, but he seemingly won with a little in hand and remains on great terms with himself.

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49-0OR: 80D
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Andrew Balding is one of the dominant forces on the Roodee and he holds sound prospects with Shailene in the listed 32Red Stand Cup.

A consistent performer in what is her first season, she produced a respectable effort against fancied St Leger hopeful Raymond Tusk at Hamilton on her first appearance at this level on her latest start.

As one of only two three-year-olds in the field, she has more scope for improvement than most and is also able to claim all the allowances. Her stable won this prize a year ago with the hardy Duretto, and she looks solid each-way material in an interesting renewal, where she should also appreciate the step up in trip.

Queen Of Jumeirah would not be one of Balding's speediest juveniles, but she has progressed with racing and and looks the one to be on in the Sun Bet Music Live Nursery at Bath.

The stiff mile should suit and she should have gleaned enough experience from her three outings so see of the in-form Sophosc, who is now 10lb higher after his win at Chelmsford last time.

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29-1OR: 69
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Breathless Times wasted no time in showing that he possessed a touch of quality on the all weather in the first quarter of the year and did well to finish fourth to Corinthia Knight at the Lingfield Championship meeting on Good Friday.

His career has stalled since those heady days, however, and he has undergone a gelding operation and surgery on his breathing since. The Bet Toteexacta Handicap at Chelmsford looks an ideal launch point for his return to action, and he looks worth taking a chance on at attractive each-way odds.

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39-7OR: 95D
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Makarim has the advantage of being a fresh horse with just the one outing behind this season, and those exertions should sharpen him up nicely for a tilt at the Betscoop6 Handicap. The fitting of blinkers by Hughie Morrison should also aid his cause.

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49-9OR: 84
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