Catching Pigeons: Trust in Ulysses

Catching Pigeons has all the essential news from training centres around the country ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend.

Ulysses can win the Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor

Ulysses rates a confident nap selection for Saturday in the Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor.

Sir Michael Stoute held out high hopes for the three year old at the start of the campaign, and despite a couple of hiccups – including the Investec Derby – he is living up to the hype. He bounced back from Epsom to win the Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and has thrived since.

He produced a particularly strong piece of work last weekend when skipping clear of his galloping companion under Ryan Moor on the Cambridge Road and the fact that he took a keen hold over a mile and a half last time suggests he will be suited by this step back to ten furlongs.

Stablemate Platitude looks set to start favourite for the March Stakes earlier in the day at Goodwood but the value here looks to lie with Mr Singh. John Gosden's charge has been gelded and went particularly well in his prep spin on the Al Bahatri.

The Clarehaven handler looks worth following too on Bank Holiday Monday when he sends Maverick Wave to Epsom for the Henry Dorling Conditions Stakes. He should not be opposed.

Neither should Seven Heavens in the 'Stallion-Restricted' Conditions Stakes at Goodwood on Tuesday. The beautifully bred son of Frankel was a taking winner on debut at Ascot and oozes class in his work at home. He's a confident selection for all that Khattar, another son of the sire-of-the-moment, brings a tall home reputation from Hugo Palmer's yard.

Back to Saturday's card on the Sussex Downs and Rich Legacy can see off Charlie Hills' well regarded Arwa in the Group Three Prestige Stakes.

There was plenty of market support behind Ralph Beckett's filly on her debut at Newmarket a couple of weeks ago and she duly delivered, producing a smart turn of foot to see off Maldonado with something in hand. She has pleased in her subsequent work and looks ready for this significant step up in grade.

Shady McCoy knows his way around the venue very well and should go close despite his high draw in the Goodwood Revival Stakes. Ian Williams' six year old swooped late to land a good class event at the Glorious meeting here last month, and has the advantage of being a fresh horse with just two outings behind him this season. The handicapper was not over enthusiastic when assessing the merit of the win and Mitch Godwin's 7lb allowance more than makes up for the rise in his rating.

Peter Chapple-Hyam is looking to finish a disrupted season strongly. He introduces a nice two-year-old filly at Goodwood on Saturday in the shape of Bella Alissa for all she is likely to learn plenty. Stablemate Redicean, entered at Newcastle on Monday, is another name to note.

Ed Walker could enjoy a successful raid to Redcar with both Glorious Forever and Glorious Legend the subject of good words while Colonel Frank looks sure to take plenty of beating for the yard in the opener at Windsor.

For those looking to play at bigger prices, Highland Castle rates a decent each-way bet at around 20/1 for the Fly Stobart Air Handicap at Newmarket as does Red Rannagh for the David Simock team in Goodwood's Whiteley Clinic Stakes.

Mazyoun looks another juvenile winner for Palmer in the Eddie Stobart E Fulfilment EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes at Newmarket.

The son of Mayson took a while to find his feet on the undulations of what looked a very decent maiden at Glorious Goodwood, and when he did engage something like top gear, he finished to good effect to finish fourth. Much more of what is required will be known for this second embarkation, and he should prove too good for Richard Hannon's newcomer Khafoo Shemani.

Carpe Diem Lady can strike for Clive Cox in the Genting Casinos Southern Fillies Handicap. Well fancied for a race at Sandown last weekend, she was taken out after the rain fell and the Beechdown team will be keen the thunderstorms stay away. If the ground remains good or faster, she should be rewarded for a consistent run of form.

Henry Candy has been a great supporter of the Beverley Bullet meeting over the years, and he saddles two of the more intriguing runners of the entire holiday weekend at the two day festival.

Pedro Serrano will bring handsome reward to his very patient owners if he can land the totescoop6 Millionaire Maker Maiden Stakes. There were high hopes for the six year old during his formative years, but he only managed to get to the racecourse once, and was readily outpointed by Inka Surprise. Sadly that was the last we saw of him until now, but the fact his owners have decided to persevere with him suggests the talent still lurks within. This does not look a harsh re-introduction, and even though he is bound to be a bit ring-rusty, he has the ability to run a big race.

Limonata can make the long haul back to Candy's base near Lambourn a happy one by landing the closing Ollie Pears Handicap on Sunday. A half-sister to high class stablemate Limato, she is several rungs down the ladder from her illustrious stablemate, but she has been working well enough to suggest a big run – provided the ground remains fast.

Alwafaa, a daughter of Invincible Spirit, hails from the same family as equine stars Nashwan, Unfuwain and Sarayir to name but three, and she should go well for Owen Burrows on her debut on Sunday in the toteplacepot Maiden at Yarmouth. Whatever happens here, she is one to note for the future.

The Godolphin team continue to be relatively quiet thanks to the lurghi overhanging the Saeed Bin Suroor Academy, but Charlie Appleby keeps the standard flying high this weekend and Folkswood is well fancied to land the Toteexacta Better Value Forecast Handicap.

He ran a good race behind the progressive Mustashry and Pirouette at Ascot last time and has been working very nicely in his build to this competitive looking event.

Looking further afield and Midterm continues to please connections as he nears a return to action. He is now fully recovered from the injury sustained in the Dante at York and everything points towards a profitable autumn for him.

Finally the busiest man in Newmarket last week was the delivery man at Dominos – he was charged with supplying the food at the pizza party Roger Varian threw for staff following Postponed's comeback win in the Juddmonte International at York.

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