Chris Day looks ahead to the Saturday action and has bets on the cards at Goodwood, York and Haydock.
1pt win Hebrides in 1.45 Goodwood at 7/1 (General)
2pts win Migration in 2.15 Goodwood at 11/4 (William Hill)
2pts win Mighty Ulysses in 2.35 Haydock at 3/1 (General)
1pt win Glenartney in 3.30 York at 8/1 (William Hill)
With the Group Two Temple Stakes the feature of a high-class card at Haydock on Saturday, it’s the last big chance for the home-trained sprinters to test their mettle ahead of the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot next month.
The ante-post favourite Winter Power will take some stopping on all known form and ratings and it’s really guesswork trying to make a case for anything else as so many of these have very little in hand of each other. It’s probably best to have a look again at the weekend when declarations and ground conditions are known.
The Silver Bowl Handicap is often a pointer to some of the big three-year-old handicaps that follow and this year’s renewal looks as compelling as ever.
Leading Irish dual purpose handler Gavin Cromwell has entered Mister Wilson, runner-up in Navan’s Madrid Handicap in April behind Markaz Paname who went on to win a Group Three at Leopardstown next time and is now rated 105. The two were clear of a competitive field that day and the fact he’s been put in here indicates his trainer feels he’s pretty well treated. Alternatively he could be seeing what rating the English handicapper gives him with Ascot in mind.
Brian Meehan has the improving Lawful Command in and he resumed his progression from last back-end when winning on his reappearance at Goodwood with third and fourth home Wineglass Bay and Zoom going on to finish close-up in the always competitive London Gold Cup at Newbury on Saturday.
That form looks strong but along with Wodeton, who finished runner-up at Goodwood, they all have multiple entries at the weekend and it’s anybody’s guess where any of them will end up running.
Similar comments apply to the highly-regarded Whoputfiftyinyou, Tranquil Night and Windseeker, all of whom would be interesting if finding their way to Haydock.
I think though that by some way the likeliest winner is the John Gosden-trained MIGHTY ULYSSES with the stable now in much better form than when he faded into fifth on seasonal debut in Epsom’s Blue Riband Trial when sent off just 7/2.
Next time out he was very impressive in routing the field in a Newmarket novice event where he posted an RPR of 103 yet can still race here off 95 plus his penalty due to the race being an early closer.
He still has an entry in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot and it would make sense for the apprentice Benoit De La Sayette, who rode him last time, to keep the ride and claim 7lb.
Gosden had the winner of the big three-year-old handicap at Newbury on Saturday and it shouldn’t surprise anybody that he can knock this type of race off easily with so many decent horses in the division to choose from.
Over at York the Listed William Hill Bronte Cup Fillies’ Stakes, a Group Three over 14 furlongs, sees Dermot Weld’s dual Irish St Leger winner Search For A Song in line for a return to the track after finishing third to Stradivarius there last week.
Her best form, though, usually comes in the autumn and the second favourite, Believe In Love, is another filly whose trainer has said that the best opportunities lie in the second half of the season and it’s possible we could see an upset on Saturday.
I really liked the way GLENARTNEY stuck on when third at 40/1 here in the Galtres Stakes last August and I could see further improvement now she steps up in trip. She does have an entry over shorter at Goodwood but this contest could cut up and taking an early price here could prove a wise move.
Down at Goodwood there are some improving three-year-olds entered in the William Hill Harroways Handicap over seven furlongs, a number of whom are entered in the Silver Bowl already previewed.
The horse however who has only this entry for top connections in peak form is HEBRIDES, trained by William Haggas, who is currently operating at a 42% strike rate. The selection's form is nothing to shout about but a rating of 77 gives loads of scope to improve and his breeding suggests he should have pattern class aspirations further down the line.
The following race, the Listed William Hill Festival Stakes looks pretty close on ratings and Majestic Dawn was conceding 10lb to MIGRATION when beaten four-and-a-quarter lengths at this track in July.
That doesn’t really tell the whole story, though, as the winner, having his second run after a break, cruised throughout the race and had tonnes in hand at the finish.
This race, at a track he clearly relishes, is very likely to have been his early season target so I can see him taking this en-route to Ascot, or back here for Glorious Goodwood, after confirming he’s in good form behind Modern News in Newbury’s Spring Cup, a race I think will work out well.
Published at 1100 BST on 17/05/2022
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