• Sun 22 May, 2022
  • 02:30 BST
  • 22:30 EST (BST-4)
  • 04:30 CEST (BST+2)

Six to follow on Friday

A terrific day’s racing with excellent afternoon cards at both Goodwood and Haydock. Good ground at both tracks with the prospect of showers at both venues.

We start in Sussex and in the mile handicap I like the booking of Harry Davies for Wodeton and I would be surprised if he didn’t reverse recent course form with Lawful Command on the revised terms. This is a much deeper race, however, with any number open to further improvement this term including Secret Army and Spinaround. A race best watched.

William Haggar has a number of good chances– and at Haydock for that matter – including Lysander who won a Newcastle novice on his reappearance by eight lengths and heads the market for the listed Cocked Hat Stakes.

Note the runner up at Gosforth Park Capstan was declared for a good race at Sandown on Thursday evening. A big run from Sir Michael Statue’s colt would be a boost to Lysander’s prospects. If there is a Group 1 winner in the field, it is likely to be Lysander, but he looks short enough in the betting for what he has achieved to date. He still holds an entry in the Derby.

Natural World disappointed at Lingfield last time in their Derby trial and I expect Lionel to reverse Newbury form with the Charlie Appleby-trained colt. ALDOUS HUXLEY (3.20) was easily brushed aside by New London at Newmarket last time and that form was hardly franked when the winner was beaten over 6L when an odds on favourite for the Chester Vase although he looked ill at ease on the soft ground.

Aldous Huxley had previously looked very smart when winning at Kempton, however, and I’m not convinced he was at his best at Newmarket. He holds an entry in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot next month.

Recommendation: Aldous Huxley 3.20 Goodwood

Over to Haydock and in the listed Cecil Frail Stakes I am going to give FLOTUS (2.20) the chance to prove her running at Newmarket was all wrong. The filly got worked up in the stalls, banged her head and had to have stitches inserted in her lip. I feel we can put a line through the form, and she was reported to be working very well prior to the run.

There will be many who feel she just hasn’t trained on, but her second in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes last autumn is the best form on offer and she gets the vote ahead of fellow 3-y-old Sense Of Duty who steps up in grade having looked smart when defying a penalty to win a Redcar novice last month. Note the classic generation have won the last three renewals of this listed contest.

Recommendation: Flotus 2.20 Haydock

AL MUBHIR (3.40) ran poorly at Goodwood on his reappearance but, he had created such a favourable impression when scoring at Newmarket on his sole juvenile start, he is given another chance to prove that was not his true running.

The selection holds an entry in the St James’ Palace Stakes which suggests he is held in some regard by William Haggas. The “A Team” look to hold the key to the race with the unbeaten Aeonian and Awaal considered the dangers.

Recommendation: Al Mubhir 3.40 at Haydock

I hope it is a very good day for Newmarket handler Haggas. TAMILIA (4.45) was entered in the Oaks earlier in the campaign, but she was a big disappointment on her reappearance when she got warm beforehand, missed the break and faded over 12f. She drops back in distance this afternoon although do note she holds an entry back over 12f at Leicester on Monday.

Her third to Oak’s favourite Emily Upjohn – beaten a length – is good form for a filly rated just 73. If she is on better terms with herself down at the start and breaks on terms, then I will be disappointed if she doesn’t run a big race.

Recommendation: Tamilia 4.45 Haydock

At Worcester this evening, I am looking forward to seeing TWIG (6.20) having been impressed with his Exeter win when he had Rolling Dylan behind. The latter is 4lbs better off at the weights, but Twig would have beaten him half the track had he not clouted a number of his early fences.

The hope is that he has learnt from that experience – he has won between the flags since – and if he runs well tonight I would expect him to rock up at Stratford next month. Do note he must have GOOD or faster ground.

Recommendation: Twig 6.20 Worcester

ADMIRALTY PLACE (6.35) is taken to get off the mark for Jessica Harrington in the 7f Maiden having been placed in all three starts this season. The selection looked an unlucky loser on his penultimate start and gets a mile, so I hope to see Shane Foley make plenty of use of him mount who is likely to try and come down the stands’ rail from his draw in stall seventeen.

The three-year-olds Navagio and Middlemarch are respected with the former considered the main danger having failed to get home over a mile last time.

Recommendation: Admiralty Place 6.35 Curragh

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