Paul Ferguson has two to follow at Haydock on Saturday, Havana Cooler in the 3.30 and Rosburg at 5.15 and Price of Stars in the 5.00 at Sandown. Compare odds and bet.
Luca Cumani provided this column with a handicap winner at Newbury on Thursday evening (Second Step at 7-1) and he can strike with a double at Haydock on Saturday.
Havana Cooler (3:30) ran a sound race when third in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes on his return recently and, off the same mark, is fancied to give the trainer a fourth Old Newton Cup since 2004.
His most recent success in the race came with Mad Rush in 2008, a horse that today’s selection very much reminds me of. Likely to come into his own over a bit further in time (likely type for the Ebor after this) the slightly easier ground will make this more of a stamina test and he can come out on top. The selection was trading at 4-1 overnight.
Later on the card, stable-mate Roseburg (5:15) can defy top-weight to complete the hat-trick in the concluding 1m2f handicap.
The Pontefract maiden winner beat another promising sort (pair pulled well clear) on soft ground at Doncaster last time and, while he is expected to improve for slightly better ground, he did prove he handles it easy if the rain continues to fall.
Down at Sandown Prince Of Stars (5:00) is taken to land a similar 1m2f three-year-old handicap, for John Gosden and William Buick.
The Sea The Stars colt hasn’t been seen since winning a Chester maiden in taking fashion back in early May and it is hoped that Gosden is taking the patient approach with his promising youngster.
Still pretty green last time, he looks the type to improve steadily throughout the season and he is taken to land this off a fair opening mark of 85.
3:30 Haydock: Havana Cooler; 7/2 bet365
5:00 Sandown: Prince Of Stars’
5:15 Haydock: Roseburg;
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