The Racing Paper - - Opinion - PAUL MULRENNAN

Iwouldn’t swap Euchen Glen for any other horse in the Bet­fred Northum­ber­land Vase Hand­i­cap at New­cas­tle. He was a very ready win­ner of the Win­ton Cup at Ayr last Satur­day and makes a quick reap­pear­ance to take ad­van­tage of a 5lb penalty and a lower all­weather rat­ing, com­pared to his turf mark.

He is drawn well in nine and trainer Jim Goldie’s horses are fly­ing with five win­ners in the past fort­night. I can’t see the switch to all-weather be­ing an is­sue and he’s got a mas­sive chance in what is the con­so­la­tion race for the Northum­ber­land Plate.

I ride Arch Vil­lain in the (Sto­bart Rail & Civils Northum­ber­land) Plate it­self. I can’t tell you much about him first-hand as I’ve never sat on him be­fore.

That said, I’ve rid­den a win­ner be­fore for Amanda Per­rett and more im­por­tantly she won this race back in 2002 with Ban­ga­lore.

This is def­i­nitely the time to be back­ing Arch Vil­lain. He’s won three times af­ter lengthy breaks and was fourth in the Ebor last year af­ter more than a year off. He comes into this race af­ter 275 days off. He could be value at 50-1.

Sir Michael Stoute en­joyed a ter­rific Royal As­cot, a week which saw him be­come the win­ning­most trainer of all time there. I’m de­lighted to be rid­ing for him in the Bet­fred TV Chipchase Stakes.

I’ve rid­den a win­ner be­fore for Sir Michael and his Dream The Dreams is clearly a good horse on his day.

The four-year-old signed off last sea­son with a win in Listed com­pany at Don­caster and has only run once this sea­son, when sev­enth in Aber­nant Stakes back in April. He’s only 1lb off the top-rated horse in the field, looks an im­prov­ing, pro­gres­sive four-year-old, and ap­pears to have as good a chance as any in this Group Three.

The other one I’d pick out from my rides at New­cas­tle is Nor­mandy Bar­riere, who runs in the Bet­fred ‘Sup­ports Jack Berry House’ Hand­i­cap.

He’s been run­ning well in a lot of the big hand­i­caps – he was beaten un­der four lengths in last year’s Wok­ing­ham when only 9-1 – and has come down in the rat­ings. This is his first run since a wind op and the Nigel Tin­kler yard are in great form.

I’m at Don­caster in the evening, when the pick of my rides looks to be Makanah in the Gilks Fenc­ing ‘Here To Have Fun’ Hand­i­cap.

I won very nicely on him at Red­car last time out and the race has worked out well. This looks a step up but he could be a horse that does noth­ing but im­prove.

Hee Haw is not with­out a chance in the sun­ Hand­i­cap. We fin­ished a good fifth at York a fort­night ago and the step up to seven fur­longs could bring about some im­prove­ment.

The big race of the week­end is the Dubai Duty Free Ir­ish Derby and I take Dee Ex Bee to go one bet­ter fol­low­ing his sec­ond in the In­vestec Derby.

He fin­ished three lengths ahead of Saxon War­rior at Ep­som, yet that horse is a red­hot odds-on favourite. Sil­vestre de Sousa got a great tune out of De Ex Bee at Ep­som and is rid­ing like a man pos­sessed right now. I’d love to see him win the Ir­ish Derby for Mark John­ston and I think he will.

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Top pick: Euchen Glen

Ir­ish hope: Sil­vestre de Sousa

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