Following his second in the Newmarket equivalent Kingman (3:20) is fancied to go one better in Saturday’s Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh.
John Gosden’s impressive Greenham winner will appreciate the flat track and the slightly easier ground and should be very difficult to beat under the conditions. The Invincible Spirit colt was trading at 8-11 on Friday.
On the domestic front, Haydock stages an intriguing three-year-old handicap over an extended 1m3f, in which Wrangler (4:20) is fancied to follow up his recent Salisbury success.
William Haggas’ High Chaparral colt, who held a Derby entry until recently, disappointed on his return at Newmarket, but won impressively earlier in the month. He travelled powerfully that day and put the race to bed pretty quickly, marking himself down as a potentially decent middle-distance performer and an opening mark of 89 looks more than fair.
With Ryan Moore booked, all sets fair for a bold show and, while he is bred to handle quicker conditions, the rain in the Merseyside area will not pose any problems to the selection, who won on soft last time.
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Grade 1 winning jockeys Nick Scholfield and Jane Mangan provide readers with their horses to follow
Last years results included:
* Leading Prospects, Arvika Ligeonniere (x3), Boston Bob, Captain Conan (x3), Champagne Fever (x2 inc Supreme Novices’ Hurdle), Glens Melody, Melodic Rendezvous, Simonsig (Arkle) & Un Atout won 13 Grade 1 novice contests between them
* My Tent Or Yours won 4 times including the Betfair Hurdle and the Top Novices’ at Aintree
* Stable Round-Up included Neptune winner The New One, Scottish Champion Hurdle winner Court Minstrel and David Pipe’s Dynaste of whom it read “could follow the Grands Crus path of last year, starting in the Steel Plate And Sections before he is readied for the Feltham” – he won both races and also scored at Aintree in April
* Across The Sea – Mount Benbulben 14/1 winner of the Grade 1 novice chase at the Punchestown Festival
* Under The Hammer – horses featured in this section included Champion Bumper winner Briar Hill (25/1) and The Liquidator, who won the equivalent Grade 1 at Punchestown – this section has been greatly increased for 2013-14