Alan Thomson, the former Racing Editor at the Daily Record, puts up five tips at Newbury, Newmarket and Ripon on Saturday. View selections below.
Mark Johnston is creating his own heatwave on the track and the stable has really caught fire in the run-up to Glorious Goodwood. It’s a busy midsummer Saturday for the Middleham maestro, with runners scattered across the country. It may be significant stable jockey Joe Fanning stays in Yorkshire for five mounts at Ripon, the best of which may be WADACRE SARKO (4.55). The three-year-old is on a hat-trick after wins at Beverley and Hamilton, and a 6lb rise may not stop his progress. He tends to grind out his wins and the long Ripon straight should play to his strengths.
SENNOCKIAN STAR (5.20) is thriving on a hectic schedule and is despatched to Newmarket only five days after hosing up at Ayr on Monday from reliable yardstick Able Master. The three-year-old could be called the winner a long way from home and he should have the measure of Danat Al Atheer. William Haggas’ filly, a ready winner at Newbury, failed to follow up under her penalty at Chester, chasing home another Johnston winner, Lady Macduff.
Earlier on the Newmarket card, Sir Michael Stoute’s WAILA (2.25) can respond to the fitting of a hood by landing the 1m 4f Listed fillies’ event. She lowered the colours of Riposte in a Sandown maiden in April and although Lady Cecil’s filly took her empthatic revenge in the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot, Waila had a troubled run back in fifth. Ryan Moore isn’t asked to do 8st 4lb very often!
Michael Dods is a rare visitor to Newbury and his southern raid should be rewarded courtesy of ROCKTHERUNWAY (5.00) in the two-mile handicap. The four-year-old has been slightly disappointing since beating Knightly Escapade over the St Leger trip at Doncaster in May but wasn’t beaten too far by Mr Snoozy on Town Moor three weeks ago and this galloping track looks ideal for his style of racing.
Dods also saddles in-form Oddysey, a neck winner over Lady of The House at Donny nine days ago, in the fillies’ handicap and she looks the principal threat to ARSAADI (2.05). The Haggas-trained top weight led the Royal Hunt Cup field a merry dance at Ascot before being cut down by Belgian Bill and Premio Loco, and the form was boosted last weekend when sixth-home Field Of Dream scored at Newmarket.
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