Clive Cox
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Catching Pigeons gossip column for the weekend


Our top gossip column is back and expecting Clive Cox to have a good weekend - check out the tips and selections for Saturday.

Came From The Dark - 3.45 Haydock

Came From The Dark has developed into something of a Haydock specialist and he is fancied to land his fourth course success in the Group 2 Cazoo Temple Stakes on Saturday.

Ed Walker had his fair share of frustrations with this high class speedster last season, and had to call a halt to his campaign after he landed his first success at pattern level in a Group 3 at Sandown in July.

Hopes are high he can now hold his own at this higher level after his injury problems, and what was a slightly disappointing effort at Newmarket last month, should at least have sharpened him up for what looks a cracking renewal for this traditional Royal Ascot trial.

Valley Forge - 2.00 Haydock

Valley Forge looked a very useful stayer in the making when he won the prestigious Melrose Handicap at the York August meeting last season, and he can break his duck for the new campaign in the Cazoo Hell Nook Handicap.

This step up to two miles for the first time should suit Andrew Balding's four-year-old, who shaped as though the more demanding distance would suit him when staying to finish fifth to Cemhaan on his return to action at the Newmarket Guineas Festival.

Whoputfiftyinyou - 2.35 Haydock

Whoputfiftyinyou looks worth an each-way interest in the Cazoo Silver Bowl.

Clive Cox and David Probert joined forces to deliver this noteworthy prize to the selection's owners Paul & Clare Rooney with Crack On Crack On four years ago, and this unbeaten three-year-old looks to have a sound chance of doubling the tally after his comeback win at Newbury last month.

The step up to a mile from seven furlongs should pose no problems, and he looks open to further improvement.

Ascot Adventure - 4.55 Haydock

Ascot Adventure joins the very talented team from the Clive Cox emporium heading to the Lancashire course and he should go well in the Cazoo New Boston Handicap.

A winner at Salisbury last season, he produced an eye-catching performance behind Seven Brothers at Doncaster on his return to action, and the form has worked out pretty well.

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Speak - 4.00 Goodwood

Speak, a half sister to Valley Forge, merits serious consideration in the EBF Fillies Handicap at Goodwood.

A winner over a mile at Kempton on her debut last August, she ran as though she needed this step up to a mile and a half when a promising fourth on her reappearance at Windsor last month.

The Kingsclere team are in better form now than at that early stage of the turf campaign, and a big run is anticipated off her lightweight, even though she may ultimately be even more effective over even more demanding distance in time.

Glamorous Pearl - 1.10 Goodwood

Glamorous Pearl should go well at a decent price in what could prove a well contested British European Breeders Fund Maiden Fillies Stakes.

The daughter of Ardad has been showing the George Boughey team some solid preparatory for this debut, and she gets a sporting vote over likely favourite Baccarat Baby and the Charlie Hills-trained newcomers Pending Appeal and Exertive.

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Distant Light - 2.20 York

Another Balding-trained inmate, Distant Light could not follow up her first career success at Lingfield when a close fourth in a good class event at Goodwood on her latest start, but she is worth persevering with and is fancied to take a successful drop in class in the William Hill Bet Boost Handicap at York.

Nathanael Greene - 4.13 Musselburgh

William Haggas continues on his merry way picking up good prizes here, there and everywhere, and Nathanael Greene can add his name to the roll of honour with victory in the £50,000 added Edinburgh Cup Handicap at Musselburgh.

He stepped up on his two performances last season to beat smart hurdler Ajero at Chepstow on his comeback, and that rival has boosted the form with a good second to the highly rated Francesco Clemente in a decent novice at Sandown on Thursday evening.

He races off only 81 here, and looks handily weighted, given his scope for improvement.


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