Paul Ferguson has three selections for us on Saturday; at Newmarket, Galway and Windosr. Compare odds and bet.
Last year’s Craven winner Elusive Pimpernel (6:10) looked on his way back to top form when runner-up to Class Is Class in the Rose Of Lancaster Stakes last time and John Dunlop’s colt can take Windsor’s Listed August Stakes this afternoon.
The four-year-old appreciates an easy surface and run as though the step up in trip would suit last time. So, provided the ground doesn’t deteriorate and turn this in to a real slog, he can score for the first time since his Craven success last April.
Newmarket’s valuable sales race looks competitive in terms of numbers, but Samitar (2:30) jumps off the page courtesy of her success in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Mick Channon’s Rock Of Gibraltar filly handled the good-to-soft ground that day and looked as though a sterner test of stamina would bring about further improvement; she ought to be hard to beat.
There is a cracking novice hurdle over at Galway, in which impressive recent maiden winners Rebel Fitz and Earls Quarter are greatly respected, but the vote goes to Natural High (3:25) who himself made a winning debut over jumps at the track last month.
Dermot Weld’s smart Flat performer made a horrific mistake two out that day, yet was still able to run out a comfortable winner and, now he is up in trip, there should be plenty more to come.
2:30 Newmarket Samitar (6/5 general)
3:25 Galway: Natural High (5/2 Boylesports)
6:10 Windsor: Elusive Pimpernel (7/4 Hills)
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