Catching Pigeons: Gossip and tips from the gallops

Our Catching Pigeons mole has done some digging at HQ
Our Catching Pigeons mole has done some digging at HQ

Classical Times is going well in her work ahead of a return to action in new silks at Newmarket - get all the latest hot tips from the major training centres.

Catching Pigeons: Tips from the gallops

2.25 Newmarket - Kadar

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6
29-1OR: -D
11/4
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Kadar looks the each-way interest in the Group 3 Masar Godolphin Autumn Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday. Karl Burke is very much in the front line as a trainer of high-class juveniles these days, and there was a strong message for the son of Scat Daddy on his debut at Haydock just over five weeks ago. He made short work of some smart opposition, travelling well throughout before quickening clear of Waldstern, a fancy for the opening Listed race on this card, in the closing stages. This rates a fairly substantial step up in grade for his second start, but he will know much more of what is required this time, and that sharp turn of foot will stand him in good stead.

3.00 Newmarket - Sangarius

6
7
29-1OR: 106D
8/1
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The Stoute team appear particularly sweet on Sangarius ahead of his acid test in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes and while there's a huge amount of respect for Too Darn Hot, the lengthy Sangarius has shown abundant talent himself from day one and he keeps progressing with experience. Whatever he does this year, the hopes are extremely high for his Classic season and he's worth chancing at the prices in what looks a red-hot renewal of the top two-year-old event.

3.40 Newmarket - Southern France

14
24
39-2OR: 107
4/1
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Southern France brings Classic form to the table in the Dubai £500,000 Cesarewitch, and he should give Aidan and son Donnacha O’Brien a high-profile handicap success. This looked a logical stop-off for the son of Galileo after his game third to stablemate Kew Gardens and Lah Ti Dar in the St Leger at Doncaster four weeks ago, and he looks sure to stay this extra yardage. The winner of the oldest Classic did not let the form down with his eye-catching run in the Arc last weekend, and Southern France looks nicely weighted here.

4.15 Newmarket - Happy Power

5
7
28-13OR: 83BF
5/1
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Happy Power finished a good third to East in a competitive heat at Hamilton last time, and he looks the answer to the #Mydubai Nursery. The highly-rated winner of that race, the Kevin Ryan-trained East, has produced a class performance in winning at pattern level at Saint-Cloud since that victory and Happy Power will take plenty of beating off a rating of only 83 here.

4.50 Newmarket - Classical Times

3
16
49-4OR: 102D
9/1
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Classical Times starts a new chapter in the famous silks of Price Khalid Abdullah in the Listed Boadicea Stakes at Newmarket and she's looked in sparkling form since his last public outing at Newcastle at the end of June. She missed an engagement recently due to the rain but conditions look fine for her here and the drop in class could see her return to winning ways.

2.40 York - Constant

4
12
29-1OR: 84
9/2
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Constant, a stablemate of Kadar, divided East and Happy Power at the Scottish course and he looks worth an each-way shout in the Listed coral.co.uk Rockingham Stakes at York. The son of Dutch Art was in front a long time in the soft ground on that testing course, and lost nothing in defeat after being worn down in the closing stages. He is reported to have taken the race well and may have more scope than one or two of the rivals he will meet here.

1.55 Chepstow - Deyrann De Carjac

1
511-4OR: 126D
7/2
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Pym is likely to be all the rage for Nicky Henderson in the Join The Coral Champions Club For Free National Hunt Novices Hurdle (DIv I) at Chepstow, but Alan King has always rated Deyrann De Carjac highly, and he should more than make his present felt, despite a 6lb penalty for his runaway win in a minor maiden at Warwick in May.

2.30 Chepstow - Baddesley Knight

1
510-12OR: -
7/1
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Baddesley Knight is fancied to go close on his first appearance over obstacles in Division II of the same event. Chris Gordon won the novice at Fontwell last weekend with the very useful Commanche Red, and has a good line to the chance of Baddesley Knight here as a result. Like his stablemate, he showed plenty of promise in bumpers last season, and he has schooled particularly well in his pre-season. Benny's Bridge, from the Fergal O'Brien stable, looks the big danger.

3.05 Chepstow - Definitelyanoscar

6
510-12OR: -BF
7/2
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Definitelyoscar showed some very good form in two outings in bumpers for Harry Fry last season, and she should go well on her hurdling bow in the EBF/Danco Marquees Tents & Pavilions Mares Novices Hurdle Qualifier. Connections believe the Fry team to be well forward for the start of more lucrative part of the jumps season, and this former Chris Barber-trained winning pointer should be well suited by the extended two miles and three furlongs.

2.50 Hexham - Simply The Betts

4
511-4OR: 130D
8/11
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Simply The Betts makes the long trawl from Sparsholt to Hexham for Harry Whittington and he can double his tally over timber in the Interbet.com Online Casino Novices Hurdle. Connections set some fairly stiff tasks for the five-year-old last term, but he performed with credit and landed his due reward with his first win at Warwick in May. He fairly hosed up in what was a relatively low key event compared to some of the others he tried, and given his smart turn of foot, he looks the one they all have to beat here.

2.50 Chepstow, Sunday - Minella Awards

8
711-0OR: 145D
6/5
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Minella Awards should also strike for Fry in the Istadia Outdoor Led Screens Supports Racing Novices Chase at Chepstow on Sunday. The winner of the 2017 EBF Final at Sandown, he failed to live up to that form in a very light campaign last season, but he showed he was back firing again with a slightly unlucky effort in a valuable event at Galway in August. Connections believe he will do well over the larger obstacles this season, and he should run a big race in what promises to be an illuminating event.

3.10 Goodwood, Sunday - Extreme Force

7
10
29-3OR: 75
7/1
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The Netbet Boost Irish Stallion Farms EBF Nursery Handicap at Goodwood probably wasn't top of the target list when Extreme Force went for 230,000 guineas at Tattersalls 12 months ago but he's gradually getting the hang of things and his initial mark of 75 looks perfectly fair. It's hoped he takes another step forward and his homework suggests that might be the case.

3.00 Yarmouth, Monday - You Little Ripper

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Chapple-Hyam has recently lost Frankel filly La Figlia who will head off to the breeding sheds, but in the same Paul Makin silks You Little Ripper looks a colt of promise based on his efforts on the gallops in Newmarket. Roger Varian's Turjomaan is already a winner and could be a formidable rival if declared at Yarmouth but the well-named son of Rip Van Winkle won't be disgraced if beaten.

2.00 Leicester, Tuesday - Red Centre

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29-2OR: -
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Red Centre is another to note for early next week - John Gosden's Australia colt having thrived since his debut third at Haydock late last month. He looks a fine middle-distance prospect for the future and should be off the mark before long.


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