Catching Pigeons: Gossip and tips from the gallops

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Precious Ramotswe is tipped to give John Gosden more Lancashire Oaks glory as our gallops reporter rounds up the best-fancied horses this weekend.

Atty Persse goes well fresh and is fancied to land a second big handicap in a week for Roger Charlton in the Old Newton Cup at Haydock on Saturday.

The Beckhampton trainer endured a nightmare first half of the season, but his team are in much better form now, and Withhold produced a fine effort to grab the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle a week ago.

Atty Persse has always been highly rated by the normally reserved Charlton, and he showed enough in winning the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot just over a year ago to suggest he can continue to improve.

Disappointing performances on his last two starts could be interpreted as contradicting that optimistic outlook, but he has been gelded during the winter and that should help him concentrate better.

Precious Ramotswe can overcome fears over the fast ground and win the bet365 Lancashire Oaks.

John Gosden can boast a fine record in this race over the past few years and has an improving filly with which to try and maintain the strike rate this time around.

A much stronger individual than earlier in the spring, the daughter of Nathaniel has won both her starts this season, stepping up considerably on a comeback win at Brighton to secure victory in a Group Three at the York May meeting.

Reports are she has continued to thrive since that victory and looks the answer to an open renewal, even if the standard may be not as high as it sometimes can be.

Koditime merits each-way consideration in the Group Three Coral Charge.

Although made favourite for the race won by Haddaf over course and distance three weeks ago, he always looked up against it from his outside draw.

The fact he went left on leaving the stalls left Adam Kirby with a near impossible task of finding sufficient cover for a horse who needs to be held up until late to deliver his challenge.

Hopefully, he will get a better shot at things from his low number berth this time, but the improving Haddaf will still prove a tough nut to crack.

Cosmopolitan Queen can make a winning return to seven furlongs in the coral.co.uk Handicap.

A full sister Juddmonte International winner Arabian Queen, she broke her duck in a handicap at Lingfield at the end of May and then showed a smart turn of foot to follow up over this course and distance 16 days later.

She ran a little flat over the mile at Newmarket a week ago, but is clearly none the worse and should prove too sharp for Owen Burrows’ Manthoor and Cox's well-fancied Legal Lunch.

Awesome Tank has made great strides since breaking her duck in a good Newmarket nursery last September and she can notch her first listed success in the Coral Distaff.

Her only defeat in her last four starts has come at this level on her return to the Heath in November, but she produced a very useful performance to concede 13lb to hot favourite Mesquite in a good class handicap at Chelmsford on her return to action 37 days ago, and she should be capable of stepping up again on that form again here.

Manson looked a shade unlucky when chasing home Via Serendipity on his return to action over this course and distance three weeks ago, and he should go well again at an each-way price in the Coral Challenge Handicap.

He seems to enjoy the uphill finish here and connections are still hopeful this talented performer has the ability to win a valuable handicap, especially when the ground is riding on the fast side.

John Quinn is always a man to follow when he heads to the south east for a raid and he underlined the point when Lord Riddiford beat Awesome at Windsor on his latest start.

The handicapper only raised him 4lb for that success and he is fancied to follow up in the Extra Places At Totesport.com Handicap at Chelmsford.

Buckingham did not quite run up to expectations when fifth to Sunsprite at Salisbury last time, but he returns to the scene of his emphatic course and distance success in the totepool Cashback Club totesport.com Nursery, and is fancied to double his tally.

The form of that win looks reasonable and he looks nicely weighted for his handicap debut.

Choosey was a real eye-catcher when a close fifth on his comeback here back in April and he looks worth a small interest in the T.I.M. Fiat Handicap at Nottingham.

Henry Candy is another trainer with a relatively slow start to 2018 behind him, but he is now back firing and this lightly-raced son of Choisir looks the sort to improve steadily throughout the rest of the campaign.

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