The John Gosden bandwagon rolled on relentlessly, with Golden Horn’s Eclipse triumph last Saturday, so jump on board for the first day of the July meeting this afternoon as he looks set to land a Grade 2 double with MR SINGH and MAHSOOB.
Mr Singh is poised to advertise his St Leger credentials with a win in the Bahrain Trophy that gets the card underway.
A winner on his reappearance at Newbury, he then tackled a Listed Race at Newbury, where he was not fully wound up and had to settle for fifth place to Storm The Stars.
Next time out he stayed on to be second to Balios in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot and has continued to improve at home since then. In making him my selection, I respect the Irish raider Fields Of Athenry.
Gosden has never been afraid to let a potential star work his way up through the handicap ranks to Group Race glory. Remember a certain Halling, and his Wolferton Handicap winner Mahsoob steps up in class in the Princess Of Wales’s Stakes. This could pay handsome dividends, although the Sir Michael Stoute pair Gospel Choir and Hilsstar will provide a challenge.
Later in the afternoon, Ed Vaughan’s BARTEL also moves up from handicaps into the Listed Sir Henry Cecil Stakes.
A winner of his final start as a juvenile, he won on his reappearance to earn a tilt at the Britannia Handicap. He missed a kick at the start and, after interference, did well to finish eighth to War Envoy.
His trainer’s bold move could pay off in trumps.
While on today’s racing, do not miss Lucy Wadham’s BARI in the Al Basti Equiworld Handicap at Newbury.
Lucy hit new heights with Lady Tiana’s Grade 2 Lancashire Oaks triumph last weekend and Bari herself produced a tremendous effort last time out on the Berkshire track.
She made all the running to win and although she has received a hike in the weights, her work suggests she is still ahead of the ballgame. While on the Wadham front, take a chance with her versatile LANCEUR in the John Smith’s Trophy at York on Saturday, who is back up on trip with easier conditions underfoot.
Back on the home front, the Darley July Cup sets an interesting poser here on Saturday.
The Royal Ascot winner Muhaarar, trained by Charlie Hills, is the market leader to confirm his superiority on the Ascot runner-up Brazen Beau.
Sheikh Hamdan’s retained jockey Paul Hanagan has gone with Muhaarar, but it is another of the owner’s horses, MUTHMIR, that could take this valuable Grade 1 sprint.
William Haggas has never made any secret that he rates him highly. His last run in 2014 resulted in a tremendous effort to win the Portland Handicap despite stumbling early on and being baulked at a crucial stage of the race.
This spring, he won at Chantilly and ran on well to be third to Goldream in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.
He possesses so much natural ability that I am prepared to take the each-way chance that everything falls into place at the right time to pluck this profitable prize!
Saturday’s Bunbury Cup is one of the biggest betting handicaps of the year.
David Elsworth’s Victoria Cup winner SPECULATIVE BID hit interference when sixth in the Royal Hunt Cup. He would not want it too firm and a similar comment applies to Ed Dunlop’s Newcastle winner ZARWAAN.
They may have to bow the knee to Ed Walker’s BUSHCRAFT, who has paid tribute to his trainer’s skills by winning three hot handicaps on the trot having been nursed back from injury.
Michael Wigham does not get the credit he deserves, but reaped the benefits of a shrewdly planned tilt with FOXY FOREVER in the Rockingham Handicap at The Curragh. A follow-up is very much on the cards.
Here at Newmarket tomorrow, get your afternoon off to a flier with Roger Varian’s SPANGLED in the Price Bailey EBF Stallions Fillies Handicap.
Cheveley Park’s daughter of Starspangledbanner coasted home at Lingfield and her gallops indicate the handicapper may not have got her measure.
David Elsworth’s Princes Elizabeth Stakes winner Arabian Queen will run a big race in the Falmouth Stakes but may not cope with Marco Botti’s EURO CHARLINE.
She ran a cracking fourth against the colts headed by Solow at Meydan earlier in the year and back against her own sex will take all the beating.
n Pin Money was on the mark again last week with Golden Horn at 4-7, while Lady Tiana obliged at 7-2.