Paul Ferguson has two selections for us on Saturday; Dal Harralid in the Ascot 3.10 and Limato in the 4.30 at Haydock. Compare odds and bet.
The narrow winner of the valuable Qatar Handicap at Glorious Goodwood Dal Harraild (3:10) is taken to defy top-weight and a 4lb rise in this afternoon’s Appletiser Stakes at Ascot.
William Haggas’ Champs Elysees chestnut just managed to get up in the shadow of the post, having been boxed in at a crucial stage, and had earlier looked a very smart middle-distance performer in the making when winning Musselburgh’s Edinburgh Cup, where he beat the smart St Michel and Melrose second Regal Monarch.
The Melrose was supposed to be his next port of call, but he skipped that contest and saw his form franked, with Goodwood 10th Wall Of Fire successful in the York contest. Several of those in behind also hailed from the Qatar Handicap and he looks capable of following up here.
Up at Haydock Limato (4:30) is fancied to return to winning ways in the day’s feature, the Group 1 32Red Sprint Cup Stakes.
Henry Candy’s rampant July Cup winner went down fighting when dropping to 5f in the Nunthorpe last time and, provided he has come out of that race in good order (just 15 days ago), he can stamp his authority on the sprinting division once again.
Given that he began the season in the Lockinge at Newbury over a mile, it was a huge effort last time and the Tagula gelding ought to relish the step back up to six. It is just hoped that any further rain stays away.
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