Former Talksport man Charlie McCann marks your card with six to follow on Saturday at Goodwood, Haydock and York. View selections below
Terrific card from Haydock and I am keen on the chances of Rundell (2.40) in the 12 handicap; the selection has only raced three times but is clearly going the right way having finished runner up at York last time when carried across the course. He has been raised 4lbs for that effort. Flashheart is another open to considerable improvement but the Hannon horse gets the nod.
The Group 2 Betfred Temple Stakes over the flying five furlongs is one of the best sprints of the year; Irish raider Sole Power ( 3.50) 2/1 at BetVictor loves to hear his hooves rattle and was a ready winner on fast ground at Newmarket last time. He is totally ground dependent but there is little rain forecast between now and post time and he must run well.
Reckless Abandon won all five starts as a 2-y-old and I am slightly surprised to see him back at the minimum trip for his reappearance; he is 3/1 at BetVictor and is a fascinating contender but he could set the race up for the favourite who looked, arguably, better than ever at Newmarket.
The Betfred sponsored Silver Bowl is the big betting race on the card; a low draw is considered a big advantage in such a competitive heat and despite the fact that he is worse off with Baltic Knight on previous Newbury running I fancy Here Comes When (3.15) who was impressive at Chester last time. The selection is 5/1 at BetVictor and with ¼ odds first four I would be disappointed if he wasn’t involved in the shake-up.
His draw in stall 10 is less than ideal (Baltic Knight 3) but he has the potential to be more than just a handicapper and he gets the vote. Near the foot of the weights Code Of Honour who has the plum draw in stall 1 is surely better than he showed at Kempton on his reappearance and he is one to keep on the right side of going forward.
Enobled (6.00) ran out an easy winner at Goodwood on his reappearance and he toyed with a decent Cecil-trained yardstick on that occasion; the selection could be heading to Royal Ascot for the Britannia Handicap.
Afsare is the obvious candidate in the Goodwood opener but Newmarket handler Roger Varian has his team in rude health and a chance is taken on Cameron Highland (2.05) especially as there is rain forecast at the Sussex track on Friday; the 4-y-o is reported to be working well ahead of his reappearance and he must run well.
Cousin Khee (3.05) has only been raised 2lbs for his York win when he looked an unlikely winner for much of the race; the step up to 1m 6f looks sure to help and the booking of Mikael Barzelona suggests connections are expecting another bold show.