Safe Voyage is going to love the ground at Newbury on Saturday - our gallops guru rounds up all the weekend tips from the gallops.
Safe Voyage (3.35 Newbury)
Safe Voyage can bounce back to his best form and win the Group 2 Unibet Hungerford Stakes at Newbury on Saturday. The wet August has tried the patience of many a school kid and parent, but John Quinn will be more than happy with the forecast rain on Friday, to follow the deluge in West Berkshire on Wednesday. Underfoot conditions are sure to suit Safe Voyage, and he will much more at home on this surface than his most recent experience at the Curragh, where he finished third to Romanised in the Minstrel Stakes. He had won his previous three outings on easy ground in the first half of the campaign, and a repeat of his cosy win in a Group 3 at Haydock in June will see him go close here.
Juan Elcano (1.50 Newbury)
Quinn is not the only Yorkshire-based trainer trying his luck at Newbury. Kevin Ryan is hoping to warm up for the big meeting on the Knavesmire next week with Juan Elcano in the Listed Denford Stakes. The Hambleton maestro has a handy clutch of very smart juveniles this season, and the son of Frankel proved his quality with a debut win at Haydock and a subsequent second in a Group 2 at the Newmarket July meeting. A repeat of that performance will probably be good enough here, but he should be even more effective on this easier ground, and he has come on again for the run.
Qarasu (1.15 Newbury)
Roger Charlton's Qarasu can put a well below-par performance at Newmarket behind him in the Energy Check Handicap (Div I). Another sure to appreciate the juice in the ground, his previous two outings, a good second to the smart Pondus at Nottingham followed by an easy win in a weakish event at Windsor, suggests he can add to his solitary win off this mark of 85.
Pour Me A Drink (4.45 Newbury)
Pour Me A Drink can make a winning return from a nine-week break in the Energy Check Handicap (Div II). Clive Cox held out high hopes in the spring for this son of Nathaniel, and he followed a promising comeback effort here with a win at Haydock. Although he has failed to add to those victories on his last two outings, he found the ground too quick on the first effort at Sandown, and came up against a promising sort in New King when second on his return to the Esher course just over two weeks later. He has come back well from his mid-season holiday, and is freshened up.
Great Prospector (3.15 Ripon)
Great Prospector looks plausible each-way material in the William Hill Great St Wilfrid Handicap at Ripon. Richard Fahey's speedster has run well behind Safe Voyage and Firmament when there has been some cut this season, and remains on a handy mark with Megan Nicholls claiming 3lbs.
Dave Dexter (3.55 Newmarket)
It may pay to take a chance on Dave Dexter in the Unibet Handicap at Newmarket. Although a winner on his debut at Newbury last season, the son of Stimulation really came into his own as the autumn beckoned last season, and won twice at Chester (nursery) and Ayr (Listed event) after a summer break. He returns after a similar lay-off here and does seem to go well fresh.
Rondo (2.10 Newmarket)
Charlie Hills won the EBF Novice Stakes 12 months ago with his impressive Stewards' Cup winner Khaadem and newcomer Rondo is expected to go well at a decent price on his debut in what looks an interesting race.
Double Kodiac (2.50 Doncaster)
Double Kodiac, a winner at Maisons-Laffitte as a two-year-old, has not seen action since chasing home the very useful Fox Champion at the Newmarket Craven meeting, but he is another with plenty to look forward to this back-end, and should run a sound race for Simon Crisford in the Alan Smith Memorial Handicap at Doncaster.
Yorkshire Gold (2.25 York, Tuesday)
A win for Juan Elcano should give a boost to the chance of a number of Ryan juvenile entries over the our days of York, and if things go to plan in the Denford on Saturday, an each-way interest on what could be the appropriately named Yorkshire Gold in the Group 3 Tattersalls Acomb Stakes on Wednesday could be rewarded.
There was quiet confidence behind the son of Muhaara on his debut at Leicester and he duly delivered with an emphatic win. His subsequent work suggests he can operate at a high level, and it is interesting that he is chosen for this Group 3 race with Juan Elcano, already a pattern race second, heading for the Listed event.