GODOLPHIN’S Hunter’s Light landed one of the biggest gambles of the winter in last month’s Churchill Stakes at Lingfield, having being backed into 8-11 after sustained morning support. However, his backers were made to sweat when CIRCUMVENT (2.20) threw down a serious challenge close home, failing by a short head to land the prize. Paul Cole despatches Circumvent on a recovery mission in Saturday’s Betfred Quebec Stakes over the same course and distance and, despite a wide draw, the gelding can confirm form with third-placed Suits Me on identical terms. Suits Me loves it around here but his front-running style often sets up the race for a closer. Ceilidh House has been keeping good company, but most of her best form has come with cut in the ground. How she will handle Polytrack is anybody’s guess.
WHO LOVES YA BABY (1.20) ran his best race to date in a light campaign when hunting up in-form Woop Woop at Kempton and the late-developing son of Sulamani clearly appreciated the step up to 12 furlongs. He can confirm form with fourth-placed Guards Chapel, a winner at Lingfield on turf for Luca Cumani before joining Gary Moore.
WHERE’S SUZIE (2.55) is chasing win No 5 at Lingfield and remains in great heart judged on her recent course and distance victory over Reem Star in a blanket finish. She has the plum draw in stall one and can deny True To Form, who showed commendable battling qualities at Kempton when inching out Emerald Wilderness (subsequent Lingfield winner in midweek), but up another 5lb here.
BRAMPOUR (3.35) has a tough task under 11st 12lb in the Ladbroke Hurdle at Ascot, but Harry Denham’s 7lb allowance eases the pain. Hopefully, Paul Nicholls’ four-year-old has recovered from last weekend’s Cheltenham exertions when running a cracker behind Champion Hurdle contenders Grandouet and Overturn in the International Hurdle. Denham was unable to draw his claim in that Grade 2 contest and Brampour is trading at an attractive each-way price (11-1 in places) if all 17 runners go to post. Stablemate Prospect Wells is ante-post favourite on the back of three excellent runs for his new trainer (previously with Howard Johnson) and could be well treated on 10st 9lb under Ruby Walsh.
Nicholls has an obvious chance of scooping the 3m handicap chase with THE MINACK (3.05), who was probably over the top when disappointing in the Scottish National in April. The Minack had stamped himself a pretty smart novice after wins at Warwick and Wincanton, and wasn’t beaten far over course and distance behind Master of The Hall and Billie Magern on soft ground in February, despite a blunder at the 14th which stopped him in his tracks.
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