Alan Thomson, the former Racing Editor at the Daily Record, puts up five tips at Chester, Newbury and Newmarket on Saturday. View selections below.
CYMRO (4.10) is carving out a name for himself as something of a Chester specialist and he can make it a hat-trick of wins from three starts at his local track. Tom Dascombe’s maturing three-year-old did well to repel Aidan O’Brien’s Irish raider Sir Isaac Newton over course and distance in May. The runner-up hacked up next time in a Gowran Park maiden then ran a fine race in the Group 3 Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot (sixth), despite a rough passage. Cymro has won again since at Haydock and any rain would be welcome as he prefers an easy surface. Stall one is an added bonus.
THUNDER PASS (4.55) can defy top weight in the two-miler at Newbury. Hughie Morrison’s four-year-old has been showing improved form this term and the merit of his last effort, when chasing home Notarised at Goodwood, has been well advertised. The winner went on to land the Old Newton Cup at Haydock, while the third and fourth at Goodwood, William Of Orange and Eton Rambler, give the form a very solid look. William Of Orange should have scored at York last weekend when given an inordinate amount of ground to make up, while Eton Rambler won in some style at Epsom last week.
Earlier on the card, CONSORT (2.35) can score for Sir Michael Stoute in the Listed Steventon Stakes. His colt landed his sole juvenile start at Newmarket last September and reappeared at Sandown in May when thumping useful Secret Brief in a Listed contest. Consort stepped up in class when contesting the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot but after doing all the donkey work up front, he was readily brushed aside by Gleneagles. Frankie Dettori replaces sidelined Ryan Moore and he is unlikely to make as much use of his mount, especially over this longer 10f trip. Fellow three-year-olds Mustadeem and Intilaaq may be his biggest dangers.
REKDHAT (2.00) should go well under top weight in the fillies’ handicap. Roger Varian’s four-year-old will find this less onerous than her previous outing at Pontefract when fourth behind Nakuti in a hot event. Rekdhat scored on quick ground at Musselburgh and Windsor last season, so one eye should be kept on the weather forecast. With eight runners declared, she will probably be sent off an each-way price against some smart three-year-olds. William Haggas is enjoying a purple patch and Sea Life rates a big threat after showing a smart turn of foot to win on her debut at Windsor a fortnight ago.
At Newmarket, DREAM CHILD (2.15) can continue her upwards curve in the 1m 4f Listed event. Charlie Appleby’s four-year-old made a successful foray to France last time, building on two narrow defeats in good company at Nottingham and Goodwood following a successful winter campaign around Wolverhampton.
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