Our top gossip column is back and expects two Marcus Tregoning-trained juveniles to run well on Saturday's card at Newbury.
2.55 Newbury - Impressor
Impressor can confirm he is Pattern-class material with a big run in the Group Two Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury on Saturday. Marcus Tregoning has always been a man to note at this meeting and fully deserves to try his luck at a lofty level with this highly-rated son of Footstepsinthesand after his impressive win over subsequent winner Stoweman at Salisbury last month. He has taken the race well, seems to be improving, and looks a solid each-way price.
4.05 Newbury - Smuggler
Smuggler, a stablemate of Impressor, can notch his first success in division two of the SIS Fun Day Novice Stakes. Unlucky not to make a winning debut at Goodwood in June, he disappointed slightly on his return to the Sussex course at the big meeting two months later and has not been seen since. The subsequent seven week break should spark a return to form.
3.30 Newbury - Johnny Drama
Andrew Balding's Johnny Drama is just preferred to local rival Hyanna in the Dubai Duty Free Handicap. Lightly raced since he joined the Kingsclere team, he has produced two very sound performances in defeat, including his creditable second to the current favourite for this event Forest Of Dean at York. Although possibly more suited to easier ground, he has performed well on faster surfaces and his trainer will have him well primed for a race which has served him well in the past.
2.40 Ayr - Rathbone
Alkaraama looks well handicapped and carries plenty of comnfidence from the Sir Michael Stoute team in the William Hill Ayr Silver Cup, but those looking for some lumpy double figure each-way value could do worse than have a look at the Kevin Ryan-trained Rathbone. The three-year-old looks to have lost his way a little after a bright start to the season with wins at Pontefract and Leicester, but he has been in very good form since his warm-up for this race at York. The return from five to six furlongs will suit, and the likely fast pace should also play to his advantage.
3.50 Ayr - Gunmetal
Gunmetal knows what is needed to win a big sprint and the booking of Oisin Murphy for David Barron’s six-year-old in the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup takes the eye. A good sixth to Cape Byron when poorly drawn in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot, the 2018 Great St Wilfrid winner will enjoy the drying ground and the fitting of blinkers for the first time should also boost his chance.
1.25 Ayr - Plymouth Rock
John Quinn always enjoys having juvenile winners at the Scottish course and Plymouth Rock looks nicely weighted in the opening Millar Callaghan Nursery. The son of Starspangledbanner has improved with racing and should be suited by the step up to a mile after his novice win over seven at Thirsk two weeks ago.
2.00 Ayr - Irreverent
Richard Fahey’s Irreverent is fitted with cheekpieces for the first time and is fancied to follow up his success at the same Thirsk meeting in the William Hill Foundation Uniting Against Dementia Handicap.
3.25 Chelmsford - Mizaah
Mizaah should go close for Owen Burrows in the Bet Totequadpot Handicap at Chelmsford. The Kingwood House trainer has had to adopt the patient strategy with the six-year-old since his arrival from Kevin Prendergast but he did manage a good win on this course around a year ago and produced a promising effort on his belated comeback at Haydock earlier this month. He is a fresh horse for this late stage of the season and may just have the edge over Blackheath, who ran a fine race in a valuable handicap at Ascot last time.
1.50 Catterick - Romantic Vision
Romantic Vision, a stablemate of Rathbone, can make it two wins from three outings in the British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes at Catterick. Slightly disappointing when well fancied on her debut at Thirsk, she showed more like her home form when getting up close home to beat Astrozone on this course 24 days ago. The manner of that win suggests she will be suited by this extra furlong and she has pleased connections since.