Alan Thomson, the former Racing Editor at the Daily Record, picks 5 to follow on Saturday from Lingfield, Kempton and the Dubai World Cup.
TWICE OVER (5.35) can be the springboard to a Classic season to remember for national treasure Henry Cecil by scooping the mind-blowing £3.8million Dubai World Cup pot on Saturday. Jockey Tom Queally didn’t sound like a man losing any sleep when quizzed about his bothersome wide draw yesterday and reiterated his view that Twice Over was a much stronger and happier horse since his disappointing effort 12 months ago. Twice Over demolished his rivals in the Maktoum Challenge and arrives here at the top of his game.
The Flat boys take centre stage and evergreen Clive Brittain has a likely sort layed out for the Sportingbet Winter Derby at Lingfield in NIDEEB (3.10). He rounded off a splendid three-year-old campaign by scoring at Kempton and Lingfield, and was only denied a November hat-trick by a short-head. Nideeb has drawn an ideal berth in stall three.
As mentioned last week, Barry Hills is always worth a second glance in three-year-old maidens at this time of year (winner last weekend) and his Sakhee filly TASHEYAAT (3.40) could well lower the colours of John Gosden’s likely favourite Musawana on her racecourse debut.
Stablemate WHISTLE ON BY (4.15) has experience on his side and will strip fitter for a run at Deauville earlier this month.
At Kempton, RASAM ALDAAR (3.00) is fancied to break his maiden tag for Mick Channon.