Paul Fergusonthree selections for us on Saturday; Consort in the Newbury 2:35, Buckwheat in the Market Rasen 2.55 and Distain in the Chester 5:20. Compare odds and bet.
Down in grade and up in trip Consort (2:35) can regain the winning thread at Newbury on Saturday, in the Listed JLT Stakes.
Sir Michael Stoute’s Lope De Vega colt made an impressive winning return in Sandown’s Heron Stakes, before running with great credit when third behind Gleneagles in the St James’s Palace Stakes last month.
The extra two furlongs really ought to suit and, despite being burdened with a 3lb penalty for that Heron Stakes success, the grey is fancied to return to winning ways before heading back up in class.
Lady Cecil’s Distain (5:20) looked a filly of considerable promise when winning a Redcar maiden in May and she is fancied to make a winning handicap debut, in the concluding contest at Chester.
The Champs Elysees filly should relish the step up in trip and, given the fact that she was being talked about as a possible for the Ribblesdale after winning her maiden, connections will be pretty hopeful she can land a handicap from a mark of 80. Despite being burdened with top-weight and being the least experienced runner in the field, Distain can make it two from three in her career to date.
Market Rasen stages their big summer card this afternoon and John Ferguson is fancied to win a third successive Summer Hurdle with Buckwheat (2:55) who won with plenty in hand at Aintree last month.
Immediately after that contest I had this race in mind for the lightly-raced five-year-old, who had impressed when winning at Catterick in January, before failing to run up to that form at Doncaster.
Up 13lbs for his easy Aintree success, the selection clearly has more on his plate this afternoon, but he travels as though he can take a step up in class in his stride and this race sprung straight to my mind after that victory.
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