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Escobar (3.15 York)
Escobar came close to doing us a very good turn when he recaptured his best form in a tough Handicap at Sandown, and he can go one better in the John Smith's Racing Handicap at York on Saturday. David O'Meara was confident he had the five year old back to his best after a short break, and he would have given the strongly fancied favourite Mojito much more to do but for a tardy start, caused by the slightly late removal of a blindfold. He has taken the race well and this looks a sound opportunity.
Raheen House (2.40 York)
Raheen House could surprise the likely favourite, the well-fancied Weekender, in the Group 3 John Smith's Silver Cup Stakes. A smart performer, well proven at this level with Brian Meehan, he made a very encouraging start to his career with William Haggas when second to Gold Mount over this course and distance last month. Connections expect him to come on a good deal for those exertions, and the fact he has been gelded, may even see him improve on his overall form in the weeks and months ahead.
Abstemious (5.00 York)
Abstemious has shown Kevin Ryan enough in his preliminary work to suggest a bold show on his debut in the John Smith’s Novice Median Auction Stakes.
Ripp Orf (3.30 Newmarket)
Ripp Orf, a winner of a mile handicap at this meeting 12 months ago, looks worth an each-way interest in the bet365 Bunbury Cup at Newmarket. The old sage David Elsworth has done every well with this five year old in this type of event, winning both the Victoria Cup and the Cunard Handicap at Ascot either side of his win here. He beat the Wokingham winner off the same mark he has been given here on the latter occasion, and ran another fine race behind Roger Varian's improving five year old when attempting to follow up in the Victoria Cup in May. Although well beaten at Epsom on his latest start, he does not look at home on the undulations, and he has been rested and freshened up since his appearance at the Derby meeting. This course will suit him better.
Juan Elcano (2.55 Newmarket)
Ryan will be hoping for a drop of rain for his potentially smart two year old Juan Elcano in the Group 2 bet365 Superlative Stakes. Strongly fancied on his debut at Haydock, the son of Frankel overcame a slow start and greeness to get up close home for game win. This is a big step up in class, but he has gone the right way since and Ryan purposely decided to miss Royal Ascot in favour of this target. If the forecast showery rain materialises, he should be an each-way investment.
Saroog (3.25 Ascot)
Saroog can notch his first success of the campaign in the Fresh Air Helicopters Handicap at Ascot. Simon Crisford has been patient with this four year old, who improved steadily during last season before a below par on his final start. He produced a promising effort at Newbury on his comeback 18 days ago, and will be suited by the return to a mile and six furlongs, his most effective trip last term yielding two winners.
Almania (4.35 Ascot)
Almania can step up on his very creditable fifth in the King George V at the Royal meeting and come out on top in a very open Woodford Reserve Handicap. Although beaten by three members of the Aidan O’Brien team and the much more experienced Persian Moon, he looks open to plenty of improvement and is fancied to reverse the form with the latter, who is slightly worse off at the weights.
Baba Ghanouj (8.20 Salisbury)
Ed Walker’s Baba Ghanouj has not raced since chasing home Bella Vita here in mid-May, but she is back in very good form and expected to win the T&W Glass Fillies Handicap At Salisbury.
My Lady Claire (8.50 Salisbury)
Walker has his team in good form and he can take the closing Pam Bruford Memorial Handicap with My Lady Claire. Oisin Murphy is sticking around to ride this filly, who ran her best race so far at Brighton last time, and gave the indication that she will appreciate the return to a mile and a quarter.