• Mon 8 Aug, 2022
  • 10:39 BST
  • 06:39 EST (BST-4)
  • 12:39 CEST (BST+2)

Four to follow on Monday

Two competitive all-weather cards this afternoon and a couple of flat turf cards in Britain this evening.

Sicilian Veto is fitted with cheekpieces for the first time and has a cracking draw in stall one for a confirmed frontrunner. He is 12lbs better off with Cabinet Maker for finishing a couple of lengths behind that rival last month, but the vote goes to another maiden who has recently finished behind Cabinet Maker in TAKE A STAND.

The James Tate yard did us a favour at Lingfield on Saturday evening and the selection is 7lbs better off with the Johnstons’ three-year-old for the couple of lengths he was behind at Chelmsford. That doesn’t tell the whole story, however, as Richard Kingscote on the winner kept Neil Callan boxed in for much of the home straight. That was the first start over a mile for the Invincible Spirit colt and he finished his race well.

The suggestion is he would have gone very close to beating Cabinet Maker with a clear run last time and, on the revised terms, I would be disappointed if he didn’t go very close this afternoon.

Recommendation: 1.30 Kempton – Take A Stand

Luke Morris returns to the saddle aboard YAGAN who ran an eye-catching race on his first start for over 300-days when staying on well to be beaten just over two lengths at Wolverhampton over 1m 6f. The step back up in trip will suit and I expect Morris to be more positive on the Prescott-trained four-year-old than was the case at Dunstall Park.

The gelding – who won three on the bounce last summer – had his wind operated on during the winter and he has been dropped a pound for his run at Wolves. Yes, the 4-y-old has ran poorly on all three starts at today’s track, but two were over inadequate trips and he was obviously out of sorts when last of seven here back in September.

Sir Joseph Swan has improved for the step up in distance to 1m 6f of late and he promises to be well served by the additional quarter of a mile today but, he is another, who has not yet given his running at Kempton.

Recommendation: 4.00 Kempton – Yagan

GAIUS has finished second or third in eight of his nine career starts, but I didn’t think he did too much wrong when beaten a short head by our selection Precisely on soft ground at Ffos Las last time.

The colt has been raised a couple of pounds for that defeat and it should be noted that there is no guaranteed pace in the race. It would be no surprise if Dane O’Neill went forward on the selection given the Hannon trained 3-y-old did race prominently on more than one occasion as a juvenile.

Recommendation: 7.05 Windsor – Gaius

CITIZEN GENERAL was a game winner under Jason Watson at Nottingham (10f) on his penultimate start and, in the circumstances, ran another good race at Lingfield last time when posted wide throughout stepped up to today’s 12f trip for the first time.

Rab Havlin never looked comfortable on the gelding who cost 150,000gns as a yearling last time and is certainly bred to be rated higher than his current mark. The return to turf should suit and Watson returns to the plate this afternoon.

Recommendation: 7.35 Windsor – Citizen General

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