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DAN’S the man in the Shergar Cup Dash. DANZENO has run some of his best races at Ascot including when a corking third in the Wokingham at this year’s Royal meeting. That may be over 6f but he’s got top-class form at this trip and jockey Gerald Mosse is one of the best riders on show this afternoon.
His trainer Michael Appleby also has a big chance with Caspian Prince who loves this trip and wasn’t disgraced in a Curragh Group 2 last time.
If Japanese jockey Yuga Kawada can get a tune out of him, the veteran won’t be far away. Final Venture has been knocking on the door and may be able to pinch the lead in this relatively small field.
Stone Of Destiny was a fair eighth in the Stewards’ Cup despite not getting the run of the race and won’t mind dropping back to the minimum trip. Foolaad’s last turf run, when second in a big field at York, would bring him right into this.
It’s asking a lot for young Japanese pilot Nanako Fuijita to win at the first attempt but her 3lb claim could come in handy. Any rain would help the chances of Corinthia Knight who won well over this trip on soft ground at Pontefract last month.
BILLY RAY can pay in the Stayers. Mick Channon has an improving type on his hands in this four-year old who went close to landing a nice prize at Newbury last time out.
That JLT Cup takes some winning and there was a long way back to the third horse home in the big field. That was over a similar trip to today and he stayed every yard of it.
He looks a few pounds ahead of the handicapper and Daniel Tudhope is the ideal man in the saddle. Time To Study has put in a couple of modest efforts since finishing an excellent third in the Ascot Stakes over 2m4f at the Royal meeting.
He’s down the weights since then and will do his best to make this a real slog. What A Welcome is a real course specialist who didn’t get going at Glorious Goodwood last time.
The last time he ran over this course and distance in October he won with plenty left in the tank. He hasn’t matched that form this season but coming back here may do the trick.
Grandee wasn’t disgraced when third at York after decent runs at Ayr and Newmarket. He stays well and can hit the frame.
BIG KITTEN can purr in the Challenge. William Haggas’s four-year-old comes here on the back of a solid sixth in the John Smith’s Cup at York. He was less than four lengths off the pace there and won’t mind stepping back up in distance.
Mandarin has every chance of landing a hat-trick of wins following successes at Windsor and Newmarket last time out. He was in command crossing the line and stays well. He’s been hiked 6lb for that but there could be more to come under four-time German champion jockey Filip Minarik.
Indianapolis ran a good fourth in the Old Newton Cup at Haydock last month. He had to make up a lot of ground in the closing stages and the line came too soon. It’s interesting to see trainer James Given putting cheekpieces on him and that could sharpen him up a little.
Melting Dew’s recent form is nothing to write home about but he landed a couple of wins last season and is just 1lb higher than the most recent of those. With Hayley Turner on board he could go close.
Last year’s winner Genetics showed promise when sent to race in Spain latest. He’s a little higher in the weights than 12 months ago but we know trip and track suit.
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POWER OF DARKNESS can light up the Mile. Marcus Tregoning’s four-year-old came right back to his best when winning at Salisbury last time. He showed the benefit of a breathing operation there and was value for a good bit more than the official margin of half a length.
This trip is his best and he’s handicapped to go close. Another Batt ran well when eighth in the ultra-tough International Stakes here last time. He was drawn on the wrong side but travelled strongly and won’t mind stepping up to the mile.
Via Serendipity won this race 12 months ago and comes here off the same mark today. He struck on the all-weather at Chelmsford three runs ago and has run well enough twice on turf since. He will try to nick this from the front and can’t be discounted.
Original Choice is coming down the weights and showed some good signs when beaten less than four lengths in the Golden Mile at Glorious Goodwood last week. His best efforts have come over this distance and it would be no surprise to see him go well.
Breden put in a rare modest display at Sandown last time although he didn’t get the run of the race. He won well at Newbury two starts ago and has been lightly raced this summer.
SAPA INCA looks the bet of the meeting for Mark Johnston and Hayley Turner. This daughter of Galileo has been in top form all summer and was again right on the premises at Glorious Goodwood.
She was an excellent second in a hot handicap after meeting the typical trouble you get on that unique track. She likes to go from the front and hopefully Hayley can bounce her into the lead and take it from there.
Vivid Diamond also comes from the Johnston yard and went close over course and distance last time. He enjoyed the give in the ground that day but has gone on a faster surface. Never Do Nothing is another who put up a good performance here latest.
He was just over a length off the pace in a similar contest to this and trainer Andrew Balding has his horses in good form.
Boerhan is interesting for William Haggas and Danny Tudhope. He had few miles on the clock but was thought good enough to run in a Group 3 at Newmarket’s July Festival. That was a bit hot for him but this distance may suit and he should have more to offer.
Raise a glass to PASS THE VINO. He’s been a revelation since moving to Paul D’Arcy with two wins and an excellent second. One of those victories was in hot company at Newmarket where he battled on well to the line.
It was a similar story there last time when he was just nailed late on in another strong contest. He’s had another push up the official ratings thanks to that strong form but he should have more improvement to come.
Kinks was the horse who beat him last time having been well behind the tip two starts ago. There shouldn’t be a lot between them again although Mick Channon’s hopeful has a bit more to do at the weights today.
Victory Day is a massive threat after being beaten a head in a big field at York last time. He’s up 6lb but that shouldn’t stop him. Jack’s Point ran a cracker to finish second over 7f at Glorious Goodwood.
He’s proven in this class and can figure despite the drop in distance. Hero Hero was thrown into the deep end of the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot last time on the back of a good win at Chester.
He didn’t stay the mile of that contest and it’s interesting to see him dropped into a sprint here. With just four runs on the board, he should have a lot more to offer.
JOIN the Club in this hot handicap. CLUB WEXFORD comes here in the form of his life after two wins at Ayr and an excellent second in good company at Chester last time. He was just touched off there with a long way back to the third horse home.
He goes on any ground and races from the same mark as that excellent Roodee effort. Humble Gratitude finished ahead of him that day and he can’t be ruled out under a penalty.
Mayfair Spirit is gunning for a hat-trick of Haydock wins after digging deep to win here a couple of times over this trip. He’s taking a hike in class but clearly loves the place and can’t be ruled out. It could pay to take the Mickey.
He is another who tasted success here last time. That was over 7f but he wasn’t stopping and could easily see out this mile. Trainer Tom Dascombe is in good form and rider Richard Kingscote is top dog around Haydock.
Scofflaw landed his third win on the spin at Chester six days ago and that sequence includes a convincing victory here. This is the toughest race he’s run in for a while but he has place prospects.
DON’T diss Miss. Connections made a shrewd move in buying MISS O CONNOR after she won a minor race on debut at Gowran Park. She was brought over from Ireland to join William Haggas and her first race for the yard was an impressive victory at Nottingham nine days ago.
This is a fair leap in class from that but she looks ready for it. A bit of cut over a mile should bring out the best in her.
Feliciana De Vega won easily on debut at Newmarket in November before taking a Listed race on the all-weather in France. She is coming back from a long break but looks a nice prospect.
Ardiente got off the mark on debut at Kempton in November and returned last month to finish a close third at Newmarket. She got no luck in running there and crossed the line with plenty left to give.
This is hotter company but it wouldn’t be a shock to see her go close. Red Starlight has been a little disappointing this season but was a solid eighth in the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot so could bounce back from a poor run at Newbury latest.
Agincourt boxed on well for third in a Pontefract Listed race over this trip and could hit the frame again.
IT all Adds up in the Rose Of Lancaster Stakes. ADDEYBB has more than held his own since moving out of handicaps with a Group 2 success already in the bag. His best effort this season came when winning the Listed Wolferton Stakes at Royal Ascot.
He didn’t have to go through the gears when taking that hot race in style. He followed up with a good second at York last time when the muddling pace didn’t help. It was still a good run, he likes it here and the forecast rain would only boost his chances.
Wissahickon looks the biggest danger for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori. He hasn’t run since his shock defeat on all-weather finals day at Lingfield on Good Friday. Before that he was winning as he liked on the sand, including when taking the Winter Derby.
He won the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket last season so his turf form is strong too. Pondus gets a handy allowance as a three-year-old and looks progressive.
He won a couple of lesser contests over this trip in May before not seeing out 1m4f in the King Edward VII Stakes at the Royal meeting. He bounced back with a good second at Newbury latest and is a threat.
Raise You was outclassed in the French Derby but earlier won a Listed race at this trip and could have more to offer.
LIGHT BLUSH cost a packet and repaid some of that fee when winning on her debut at Newmarket last month. She ran nicely away from her rivals there and it was fair enough to hike her to Listed class at Sandown.
Her inexperience told that day but she came home strongly to take second. With just two runs under her belt there should be a lot more to come. Dark Lady looks the type to improve for stepping up to this distance after a solid effort over 6f at Ascot last time.
She may have found the tacky ground against her in that Group 3 and these conditions should be ideal. Ultra Violet stormed home to win by eight lengths on her debut at Newmarket despite missing the break.
There looked to be plenty to build on there and the extra furlong should be ideal. Ananya is another who enjoyed herself at this track when winning well 21 days ago. She gives the impression that there’s a lot more to come.
Diamond Sparkles will find this a little tougher than the field she floored at Thirsk 15 days ago but she did it well and is on the upgrade.
1.05 Danzeno (treble)
1.40 Billy Ray
2.15 Big Kitten
2.50 Power Of Darkness
3.25 SAPA INCA (NAP)
4.00 Pass The Vino
2.00 Thread Of Silver
2.35 Light Angel
3.10 Good Fortune
3.45 Light Blush
5.30 Grenadier Guard
1.25 Ginger Fox
1.55 Club Wexford (nb)
2.30 Miss O Connor
3.40 Fantasy Keeper
4.15 Spirit Power
4.45 Jonah Jones
1.35 Global Storm
2.10 Alma Linda
3.20 Champagne Marengo
3.55 Island Of Life
2.55 Ulshaw Bridge
3.30 Golden Parade
4.35 Nearly There
5.45 Five Diamonds
6.45 Classic Star
7.45 Magical Ride
8.15 Kodiak Attack
5.20 Retirement Beckons
5.55 Mitty’s Smile
6.25 Forever A Lady
6.55 Dandy’s Beano
7.25 Three Castles
8.25 Elite Icon