Paul Ferguson has two selections for us on Saturday; Infinite Hope in the 13.40 at Doncaster and Kauto Shiny in the 14.35 at Newton Abbot. Compare odds and bet.
A cracking renewal of the Group 1 Nassau Stakes is the highlight on the final day of Glorious Goodwood, with John Gosden holding a really strong hand courtesy of favourire Izzi Top and unlucky Oaks third The Fugue.
With the Epsom Oaks winner Was and last year’s Prix De L’Opera winner Nahrain also in the line-up, this is a contest to watch and savour.
Up at Doncaster, Luca Cumani’s Infinite Hope (1:40) is fancied to land the opener, division one of an extended 1m2f maiden.
The Dynaformer was a real eye-catcher on debut, when runner-up at Goodwood and, though the winner (Valiant Girl) failed to land a blow in a competitive fillies’ handicap earlier this week, the pair pulled well clear of the frustrating Gold Show.
From the family of both Barathea and Gossamer, she wouldn’t mind any overnight rain and looks to have Bedazzled to beat, with her Sandown third in May working out really well. This looks a good maiden on paper and one to watch with the future in mind.
Down at Newton Abbot a chance is taken on British and chase debutant Kauto Shiny (2:35) who is a four-year-old niece of the mighty Kauto Star.
She joined Tom George’s yard before winning impressively over hurdles at Enghien and, though she failed to build on that at Auteuil when last seen in May, she is of great interest off an opening mark of 118.
In receipt of a stone due to allowances (sex and age) she is worth chancing here, despite her lack of racecourse experience. The selection was trading at 6/1 overnight.
Over in Ireland, the pick of the action at Galway is the Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle, in which Mart Lane catches the eye as a potentially well-treated horse. Shark Hanlon’s seven-year-old is certainly well up to landing a race of this nature off his current mark, but his jumping is a concern in a big competitive field and he’d probably prefer better ground, so he is best watched today.
1:40 Doncaster Infinite Hope
2:35 Newton Abbot Kauto Shiny
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