The Tim Easterby yard know how to win these type of handicaps and their three-year-old ON A PAR looks to be another likely type for the yard in a tricky looking opener at Beverley. The gelding has already been placed in two similar handicaps at Musselburgh and Carlisle and the step back in trip today looks to be in his favour. This represents a slight drop in class and I think he can take advantage with the penny looking to have dropped last time out.
A big danger to the selection is the Gay Kelleway trained Captain Felix who looks the type to flourish now in handicap company for the first time and provided a glimpse of his ability when sixth in a decent Newmarket maiden. Gamesters Lad should give his running too, but has been put up 5lb for back to back runners up efforts and may have to fill the minor placings.
On A Par (E/W)
The highlight of an exciting domestic raceday across five tracks in Britain and Ireland has to be the return of a superstar to Goodwood on Sunday afternoon.
The Richard Hannon three-year-old hit the heights in its first year of racing, but has bumped into a few wonder horses this season in the form of Ballydoyle juggernaut, Gleneagles as well as Charlie Hills’ flying machine Muhaarer.
The speedy colt has been campaigned in high class company all year and his placed efforts to the aforementioned pair are by far the best form in this field, so for me he is the best bet of the afternoon to end his losing streak that stretches back to July 31st last year.
The main danger comes from the John Gosden yard and their entry Wannabe Loved. The Group three winner was fourth behind the horse of the moment, Kodi Bear, in his last outing and is proven in this company so may be the one for the forecast.
Another to watch comes from the boys in blue of Godolphin who run Hawkesbury in the race. The Charlie Appleby trained horse has progressed well this term with some nice showings in conditions races as well as a decent run behind the impressive Limato when last at this level and I think he could fill the minor places.
A fascinating Group 3 encounter in Ireland and the reappearance of a horse that I feel has carried very little luck this season. The Jessica Harrington trained BOCCA BACIATA is the horse in question and she is closely matched on form with current race favourite Brooch. The two fillies finished two lengths behind the impressive Wedding Ring in their last outing over today’s course and distance. But while Brooch actually crossed the line first that day, and the two meet back here on the exact same terms, I do not believe that tells the whole story. Bocca Baciata was caught in traffic problems and had to be switch out wide late on for racing room and was staying on all the time once in the clear. Therefore, I fully expect her to reverse the placing on the exact same terms today.
Godolphin runner Devonshire has been out of form in its last few runs, but a return to the form that saw it finish third in the Irish 1000 Guineas at this track would make her a big player also.
Bocca Baciata (WIN)
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