Our top gossip column is back with news of a well-regarded two-year-old who makes his debut for an in-form trainer at Goodwood on Saturday.
3.35 Goodwood - Swindler
Swindler is something of a wayward character at times but is a very good horse on his day and looks worth an each-way interest in the Unibet Stewards' Cup at Goodwood. Ed Walker has had this race in mind ever since the four-year-old refused to enter the stalls before the Silver Wokingham six weeks ago andhas him well primed and ready for a race which could help redeem his reputation.
A handful sometimes at home in addition to some recalcitrance on the racecourse, Swindler will be re-acquainted with Louis Seward in an attempt to keep his concentration on the job in hand. The pair teamed up to record an impressive win together at Ascot last season and if they can reproduce a similar performance, they should be bang there at the finish.
Walker's Lambourn neighbour Joe Tuite has also moved quickly to nab Cieren Fallon for the ride on Kimifive, an unlucky sixth in the Bunbury Cup last time. He is in very good form, has shown a liking for this course in the past, and also holds sound each-way prospects.
4.40 Goodwood - Tasfeeq
Tasfeeq should go well for Marcus Tregoning in the British European Breeders Fund Maiden Stakes. The trainer will find it hard to better Mohaather's scintillating win on Wednesday for his most special memory at a course he holds very dear, but he has introduced some useful juveniles down the years on these famous Downs and this son of Oasis Dream has been showing up very well in his preliminary work.
Tregoning believes he has some very promising juveniles this season, a point underlined by impressive winner Alkumait here on Tuesday. This looks a tough introduction for Tasfeeq but his price should reflect this and he is given a narrow vote over Richard Hannon's well-regarded Longlai.
2.40 Newmarket - Baashir
Baashir can make it two wins from three starts in the It's Not Rocket Science At MansionBet Handicap at Newmarket. Charlie Hills expected a big run from this son of his champion speedster Muhaarar on debut at Haydock last month and he just missed out, coming home a neck adrift of another strong fancy Newbolt. He showed he had learnt from the experience when hosing up in a relatively low-key event at Salisbury and his work at home suggests he is ready for this tougher task.
3.15 Newmarket - Cosmic Princess
Cosmic Princess looks worth an interest on her step up to Listed company in the British Stallion Studs EBF Chalice Stakes. Having shown promise on her debut effort, it was no surprise to see stable confidence reflected in the market on her reappearance at Newbury last month. Despite finding a few problems and running green, she produced a smart turn of foot in the closing stages to snatch the race from La Dragontea. Strictly on a line through the runner up, she has a bit to find to beat likely favourite Katara, but will appreciate the step up in trip and will have learnt plenty from what was only the second run of her career.
1.30 Newmarket - Casual Reply
Casual Reply, the only four-year-old among the five runners, can notch her first success in the MansionBet Best Odds Guaranteed EBF Fillies' Handicap. The Frankel filly showed plenty of promise in her first season and was fancied to go well on her return at Newbury a couple of weeks ago. However she could never really get into the race after being held up and could only finish sixth to Tell William. The extra two furlongs should suit here and her stable have since burst back into form after a relatively quiet spell.
6.30 Chepstow - Bhubezi
Bhubezi finished just two lengths behind subsequent Goodwood winner Alkumait on debut at Newbury, and should take a big step forward in the Read 'Around The Paddock' At valuerater.co.uk Maiden Stakes at Chepstow. This looks a much easier opportunity and he will know more of what is required this time.
7.00 Chepstow - Rainbow's Pony
Rainbow's Pony ran a sound race from a poor draw to finish sixth to the very useful Isabella Giles at Newbury last time and is fancied to make a winning first appearance in a handicap in the Steve Jones On Saturday At valuerater.co.uk Nursery. Her rating of 70 looks more than workable and she gets a handy 6lbs Enduring, a stablemate of Bhubezi who is expected to go well.
4.00 Newcastle Sunday - Progressive
A big run from Cosmic Princess should aid the chance of Progressive in the Watch Free Replays On attheraces.com Fillies' Novice Stakes on Sunday. The daughter of Nathaniel went off a 28/1 shot in the novice won by Hughie Morrison's filly and did well from her poor draw to stay on and finish a very eye-catching sixth. Provided she lives up to her name she should win a race or two over middle to staying trips and is worth noting here.
3.55 Sandown Sunday - Beaclach
It may pay to take a chance on Bealach in the Hersham Handicap at Sandown. Although he has yet to finish in the first three after six outings, he has shown ability and would have finished closer at Yarmouth last time had he not been hampered in the closing stages. He gave the impression the step up to this mile and six would help on both of his last two outings and the fitting of cheek pieces for the first time may also aid his cause.
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