ARTHUR CAN PUT HIS RIVALS TO THE SWORD
Newmarket 1.50 - None of these come close to horses such as Too Darn Hot, Calyx and Quorto but the only one who has respectable form which ties in with those three is ARTHUR KITT. Tom Dascombe’s Chesham winner proved that Royal win was no fluke as he chased home Too Darn Hot last time out in the Solario stakes which was a fair effort and any normal year he may well have run out an impressive winner of that race. He is the one they all have to beat so 4/1 looks a very fair price. Haydock 2.05 - If Ralph Beckett can squeeze any sort of improvement out of MITCHUM SWAGGER then he has a fair horse on his hands. Inherited from David Lanigan’s yard before the start of the season, Beckett’s new inmate ran a blinder in the Lincoln off a big weight to finish third. He travelled very well that day and proved at home on a surface with plenty of give. I assume connections have held him back through the summer, waiting for the ground to turn, which it now has, and are now plotting a profitable autumn campaign. He goes well fresh and can carry a big weight.
Newmarket 2.25 - This looks a smash up between Signora Cabello and PRETTY POLLYANNA (NAP) and I’m on the latter. Everything looks in place for Michael Bell to secure more Group 1 success with his speedy filly. She has really progressed after her encouraging run in the Albany at Royal Ascot and has won impressively twice since then. The market makes her a hot favourite and 5/4 is plenty short enough but I can’t back against her and a 5/4 winner is better than a 25/1 loser. Newmarket 3.00 - If you are looking for a bit of value then a Pretty Pollyanna up/TEN SOVEREIGNS double could be the bet of the day. This son of No Nay Never look banker material after handing out two thrashings at the Curragh. Any horse who wins a maiden first time out by 7 lengths is pretty special but when they are trained by Aidan O’Brien you just know that they could go on and be quite something. With Irish champion jockey elect, Donnacha O’Brien, in the saddle he has the ideal horseman on board. This looks a weak renewal of the Middle Park and I will be surprised if the bookies have many sovereigns left afterwards. Haydock 3.15 - I would love to see the old boy CONFESSIONAL come home in front here. Tim Easterby’s stable veteran is in the form of his life and is certainly showing the youngsters how it’s done. Although he saves his best for Chester, he is more than capable at Haydock as he has proven in the past. He clearly appreciates a bit of juice in the ground which he should get today and he looks well weighted with only 8st 5lbs on his back. Back him each way. Newmarket 3.40 - These big field handicaps come thick and fast and they certainly don’t get any easier. John Gosden has certainly had this race on his radar for quite some time. Very rarely do you see Mr Gosden with three runners in a big handicap and the last time he sent two out they finished 1st and 2nd (Ebor). With that in mind I am going to put up TRICORN (NB) who I have had in mind for this race for quite some time as the 1m 1f trip will be right up his street, along with the likely fast pace.
He has been campaigned sparingly this term, perhaps with a view to this race, but did have a nice spin around Chelmsford on his return. Top jock James Doyle is in the saddle. Sands Chorus ran a blinder in last year’s renewal and shouldn’t be discounted while Seniority and Kynren will be suited by today’s trip.