Catching Pigeons: Gossip and tips from the gallops

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

Our Catching Pigeons insider returns with all the gossip and tips ahead of another weekend of high-class action.

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2.50 Doncaster - Like Sun Racing On Facebook Novice Stakes

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5.05 Newmarket - Randox Handicap

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Algometer has shown his liking for Newbury in the past and should go close in the Group Three Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Geoffrey Freer Stakes on Saturday.

David Simcock's five-year-old has won on both his outings on the West Berkshire course, with the most notable coming two seasons ago with a three-quarter-length success over Dartmouth in a Group Three at the September meeting.

Although he has not won in seven attempts since that win, he has run some good races in defeat, including a close second to Marmelo in a Group Two at Longchamp on his latest start last month.

A repeat of that performance should see him take plenty of beating in a race where there are plenty of question marks surrounding his rivals.

Squats looks a solid each-way bet in his bid to follow up his 2017 success in the Laurent-Perrier Handicap.

The comfortable win under regular partner Georgia Cox came somewhat out of the blue and was achieved on ground softer than he will face here.

But the handicapper has given him a real chance off a much lower mark here, and his last two performances suggest a big run is not far away.

Graphite Storm, who chased him home 12 months ago, is now worse off at the weights but should again figure in the finish after a summer break.

Adjutant could reward an each-way interest in the Well Child Handicap. Brian Meehan enjoyed the best possible start with this three-year-old after he took over the reins from David O’Meara in the close season.

Having won the mile maiden at the Newbury April meeting, he followed up at Wolverhampton next time before tackling tough opposition in handicaps on his last two starts.

This looks a slight drop in grade and he should also appreciate the step up to a mile and a quarter for the first time.

Growl is just preferred to course winner Teruntum Star in the William Hill Great St Wilfrid Handicap at Ripon.

Richard Fahey’s grand sprinter put a quiet spell firmly behind him when he overcame continual traffic problems to finish an eye-catching third in the Stewards' Cup at Goodwood two weeks ago.

Ground conditions were a little quicker than ideal at Goodwood and the going should be more to his liking here. He still looks well handicapped on his best form, and would appear to have a decent draw.

Henry Candy is one of a number of trainers forced to endure a lean time at the height of the summer, but his Kingstone Warren team are now back firing again, as the impressive success of Chain Of Daisies underlined at Salisbury on Wednesday.

Turnpike Trip looked a progressive type last season and should now be ready to build on his first two appearances this term in the Randox Handicap at Newmarket.

He has come down a little in the weights, and is now lower than when he achieved his second win at Lingfield just under a year ago.

Kynance should also go close in the Like Sun Racing On Facebook Novice Stakes at Doncaster, Ryan has had to adopt a patient policy with this debutant, who is named after the sandy cove which features in most episodes of the Sunday night bodice ripper Poldark.

Although sure to come on for the run, Kynance works very nicely and is one to note for the future.

The well-named Pursuing Steed is another to have lost his form, but he may well be worth support in his first time blinkers when he tackles a weak-looking Follow Top Tipster Templegate At Sun Racing Handicap (Div II). Hughie Morrison has him on a very attractive mark.

Al Hilalee looks progressive and is fancied to give the form of his debut win a much-needed boost with victory in the Listed Criterium Fonda European de l'Elevelage at Deauville.

The form of what was an impressive success at Newmarket has not worked out the way Charlie Appleby would have wanted, but the well-bred son of Dubawi has been working very well since, and hopes are high he can take this listed event before tackling more substantial targets towards the back-end.

The Establishment has a bit of presence about him and looks worth another chance in the Slater Menswear Bristol Maiden Stakes at Chepstow.

Although he has not quite lived up to his early promise, he has proved consistent and returns here after an operation to improve his breathing.

He is the highest rated horse in the race and, if the surgery has worked, should take all the beating.


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