Our gallops guru has the best bets for Saturday's action including an interesting newcomer for Simon and Ed Crisford.
Jimi Hendrix should see out the extra furlong on his first appearance in excess of a mile, and return to his best form in the bet365 Cambridgeshire at Newmarket on Saturday. Ralph Beckett's progressive three-year-old developed into a very useful performer in the first half of the campaign, landing his two victories at Haydock and Newmarket either side of an excellent third in another top handicap, the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot. These performances demonstrate he can cope well with the demands of this type of highly competitive event, and suggests his dismal effort on his latest start from an outside draw at Glorious Goodwood is best overlooked. He has been given a break since that effort, is reported in good form and looks a solid each-way proposition.
Foxes Tales is better than his bare form suggests and merits consideration in the Group 2 Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes. Andrew Balding had high hopes of a big run in the Chesham at Royal Ascot with this son of Churchill, but he was left disappointed after he was well beaten off behind the winner Holloway Boy. However, he bounced back from that disappointment with an emphatic win at Glorious Goodwood, and with it, gave the impression he would be suited by the step up to a mile. Connections believe he deserves a crack at pattern company, especially no doubt, in light of his stablemate Chaldean's win at this level in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster.
Rose Prick can land a deserved second win of her career in the Jersey Lily Fillies' Nursery. Saffie Osborne had to overcome traffic problems to deliver her challenge on Ed Walker's juvenile in what was a high standard juvenile handicap at Ascot on her latest start, and having only just lost out in a three way photo, can be considered unlucky. The handicapper has not treated her too harshly in putting her up a couple of pounds, and she looks to further improvement.
Balding also mounts a raid on the valuable meeting at Chester, and Celtic Champion looks worth an interest in the Mr & Mrs Dobson Nursery. This looks another good quality handicap with the Group-placed Dark Thirty heading the weights, and Celtic Champion has produced three very promising efforts so far, including his only win at Salisbury last time. He is another on an upward curve, and still looks nicely weighted.
Count D'orsay made the most of the easy ground to finish a slightly unlucky third in the Portland at Doncaster two weeks ago, and is fancied to run another big race in the Lester Piggott First To Last Handicap at Haydock. Although his low draw may not be ideal, he remains on a very good mark, has shown his liking for this course in the past, and the rain which fell on Thursday will again aid his cause.
Almutawakel should appreciate the step up to a mile in the Aston Lark Restricted Maiden Stakes at Chelmsford. Owen Burrows looked to have found an ideal opportunity for this daughter of Acclamation at Epsom last month, but she failed to handle the course and ran well below expectations. She had previously chased home the smart Mottisfont on her debut at Ffos Las, and, if she can repeat that effort, should plenty of beating.
Mullenbeg more than paid her way in Milton Harris's bumper 21-22 campaign and looks the one to be on in the opening Mares' Novices' Hurdle at Market Rasen. She won a Listed event at Cheltenham after breaking her duck in a bumper at Ludlow, and if she takes to the obstacles, should prove a rung above this opposition.
Simon and Ed Crisford's brilliant run in late August and early September has stalled somewhat, but hopes are high that Knight should go well on his debut in the Sky Sports Racing Restricted Maiden at Yarmouth on Sunday. By Mehmas out of the New Approach mare, Fidaaha, he is a half brother to the Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies runner up Malavath, and connections are pleased with what they have seen in his build up to this racecourse bow.
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