• Thu 19 May, 2022
  • 03:28 BST
  • 23:28 EST (BST-4)
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Four to follow on Monday

Baeed’s performance in the Group 1 Lockinge at Newbury on Saturday drew comparisons with the mighty Frankel with the prospect of further improvement to come as he steps up to ten furlongs in the Juddmonte International at York in August. It doesn’t look as if we will get a clash of the generations at Goodwood in the Sussex Stakes, however, which is a shame.

Two winners at Doncaster on Saturday evening at 7/2 and 3/1 but I was disappointed with the ride given to Red Vineyard in the London Gold Cup. Tom Marquand – and Ryan Moore for that matter – went off far too quickly on their respective mounts – as evidenced by the fact that the pair were tailed off – but winner Israr and Mr Big Stuff – who met trouble in running – are two to follow with Royal Ascot in mind although the latter remains a maiden.

There is a good jumps card at Ffos Las this afternoon where there is the prospect of showers. Jony Max gets further than three miles, but he is the type of progressive staying chaser the Christian Williams yard do particularly well with.

The stable has not had a winner in nearly a month, however, and I think GASTARA (2.55) will appreciate the step up to three miles for the first time. The selection ran a terrific race on chase debut making ground up steadily from the rear when second at Worcester over 2m 4f. Do note his recent improvement has coincided with a switch to better ground and I would not want to see too much rain for Richard Hawker’s 7-year-old.

Recommendation: Gastara 2.55 Ffos Las

PILGRIMS KING (4.05) has only raced once on good ground when runner up to Jeremy The Jinn at Market Rasen in a Bumper. He meets that rival on 24lbs better terms this afternoon and he was very well supported when disappointing over an extended 2m 2f back at the Lincolnshire track on his handicap debut.

The drop back in distance will suit, he is 2lbs lower in the weights and the amount of money for the 6-y-old suggests connections believe they have a well handicapped horse in their care. That said he would not want any significant rain.

Recommendation: Pilgrims King 4.05 Ffos Las

At Leicester this evening it would be no surprise to see Meydan Rose make a winning return for Richard Hughes. The filly is drawn next to the stands’ rail in stall ten which has not been an advantage so far this season, but Jim Crowley will have plenty of time to plot his way through the field. She looked to be crying out for an additional furlong when third here over 6f back in September and it is no surprise to see Hughes step her up to seven furlongs today.

She must go close, but Kevin Philippart De Foy has his string in cracking form and his ROSE BARTON (5.50) gets the vote with Benoit De La Sayette taking off a valuable 7lbs.

The selection disappointed on tapeta when last seen back in September but had run two solid races in 6f contests at Windsor prior to disappointing at Wolverhampton and the step up to seven furlongs will suit. She just gets the vote.

Recommendation: Rose Barton 5.50 Leicester

Michael Bell saddled a well handicapped horse Candy Kitchen at Windsor last week and he could easily have another winner courtesy of HARAAR (8.10) in the concluding mile-and-a-half handicap. The lightly raced 3-y-old is out of a winner over 12f but had three runs as a juvenile over six and seven furlongs.

He has been gelded since his last start and it should be noted that he was beaten only 7L on his racecourse debut by Group 1 winner Modern Games who was due to contest the French Guineas yesterday.

In many ways Haraar has been given a Sir Mark Prescott-type preparation and Prescott saddles Rushford who was runner up at Brighton on his seasonal debut to Hoffman. The winner did little for the form at Chester earlier in the month, but the ground had done against Andre Balding’s charge and Rushford is a worthy market leader.

Recommendation: Haraar 8.10 Windsor

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