Paul Ferguson has three for us today; Ted Veale (3.00 Galw), Handsome Man (3.45 Good) and Keene Dancer (4.55 Good). Compare odds.
All eyes will be on Frankel in the Sussex Stakes this afternoon at Glorious Goodwood, but from a punting point of view there are a few typically competitive handicaps to get stuck in to.
The UBS Stakes gives Godolphin’s Handsome Man (3:45) the chance to gain compensation for a narrow defeat in the King George V Stakes, a similarly open contest at Royal Ascot.
Beaten just ¼ length by Fennell Bay, the Nayef colt lost little in defeat and, though he has been upped 4lbs for his trouble, he looks to have conditions in his favour so another big run is on the cards. Available at 12/1 early on Tuesday evening, he looks worthy of each-way support.
Course-and-distance winner Valiant Girl is completely unexposed and a likely contender in the 1m1f fillies’ handicap, but Keene Dancer (4:55) got the job done well at Windsor last time and Sir Michael Stoute’s three-year-old remains one to keep onside, despite a 7lb rise.
The daughter of Danehill Dancer stayed on well over an extended mile on heavy ground, giving the impression she’ll relish the extra half-furlong here, having earlier won on good-to-firm at the same track.
A general 9/2 shot overnight, she is another to back each-way in another wide-open 18-runner affair, with all firms paying ¼ odds to 4 places.
Over at Ireland the Galway Plate takes centre stage, with Grade 1 winning chaser Blackstairmountain looking potentially well treated. He has to prove he can stay and also that he can handle a big field, so is best watched with the rain likely to make the contest a stamina test.
The ground will also have gone against Shot From The Hip, who his himself a Grade 1 winner over hurdles and looked an outsider with each-way claims, but one horse on the card who will relish deteriorating ground is Ted Veale (3:00) who can land the opening maiden hurdle.
A good bumper horse, who won on heavy ground at Leopardstown in January before chasing home the smart Mozoltov under similar conditions at Limerick in March, he had earlier chased home Balnaslow in a point-to-point and that rival has since won a valuable bumper and a maiden hurdle for Willie Mullins.
Being a former pointer, you would assume he would need further than 2m over hurdles but, with a recent second on the Flat under his belt over 1m3f and Ruby Walsh booked to take the ride, the five-year-old is fancied to score on his debut over timber.
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