Clean up with Sweeping Up
Resident tipster Man On The Spot guides us through the eight races to be shown live on Channel 4 Racing on Saturday.
Sweeping Up can win the March Stakes at Goodwood
Several of these ran in the Sweet Solera at Newmarket with GRECIAN LIGHT doing best, despite still showing signs of inexperience. The Godolphin filly has entries in all the top races over the next couple of months and can confirm running at HQ with On Her Toes, Urban Fox, Tiburtina and Belle Meade. Maiden winner Rich Legacy has bags of scope and Promising has gone close in both starts to date and promises to stay the extra furlong but Arwa only beat modest opposition at Ripon. Kilmah has raced in exalted company since making a winning debut at Newmarket in May but the extra furlong here is unknown territory.
Shawaahid and Kitaaby share ownership for different trainers and both step up in class having won their latest starts. But Summer Chorus won a tougher handicap here a fortnight ago albeit over 6f and Tigerwolf had gone close at Goodwood before landing the odds in a maiden at Salisbury.Midnight Macchiato drops back to 7f for the first time since winning a maiden at Thirsk last year while Symbolic went close over a mile on the all-weather last time. But a chance is taken on DRIFTING SPIRIT, who won a Class 2 nursery over track and trip last term and may well return to her best today on only her third start of the year.
This has produced some excellent winners in recent years and looks like doing so again. Maarek beat Line Of Reason narrowly a year ago but was receiving 4lb and the runner-up broke the track record here earlier this summer. He should turn the tables though will find MUTHMIR (NAP) a tough nut to crack. William Haggas' charge ran a superb race when third behind Goldream in the Prix De 'L'Abbaye in October and though he hasn't reproduced those heroics he's been racing in top company and the fact that he's had a light campaign should stand him in good stead. Three-year-olds don't have a good recent record though won it four years in succession up to 2010 and Mr Lupton is a worthy representative having won a lucrative handicap at York in June. The veteran Kingsgate Native bounced back to form at Nottingham while the very progressive Alpha Delphini deserves a crack at this company after completing a double in a very strong Class 2 handicap at Ascot.
Big-field handicaps here are generally difficult to unravel, though it's probably better to be drawn near the inside rail unless the ground turns soft. The classy Flash Fire probably has plenty on his plate, therefore, in stall 19 under top weight. Certificate got back to winning ways at Doncaster two weeks ago and should go well again, despite 6lb more. Rex Imperator won the Stewards' Cup here in 2013 but has never won over this trip. Above The Rest looked unlucky last time at Chester, however, while Shady Mccoy arrives in fine form. Northgate Lad also catches the eye near the foot of the weights with Withernsea possibly the pick of Richard Fahey's quartet. DONNCHA is drawn wide but needs holding up so that shouldn't be a problem. He deserves to win a race like this having finished a brave third in the Betfred Mile here last month.
Yarrow was a disappointment stepped up to 1m6f at Goodwood last time and Yorkidding is preferred after a good effort at York. The latter narrowly beat Masterpaver at Ascot last month but a chance is taken that the less exposed WALPOLE has further improvement in him. Hugo Palmer's charge returned to winning ways at Thirsk earlier this month and steps up in class today. Ascot winner Real Dominion found a 9lb hike beyond him last time while Great Glen came up short on his handicap debut having won a maiden at Lingfield earlier.
Platitude clearly didn't give his true running in a Group 3 here last month and finished behind outsider Goldmember. He should reverse that form today, though does have questions to answer. A similar comment applies to Mr Singh after two below-par runs this term and Vive Ma Fille is on the cusp of becoming disappointing. Glaring was a Group 2 performer in France but hasn't shown the same zest since joining Amanda Perrett. SWEEPING UP is very consistent in this grade and deserves a change of luck. Second over course and distance and at Haydock in May, she has come up against improving fillies in her last two – none of today's rivals have a particularly progressive profile.
Naadirr won a conditions event at Doncaster last time but should go well again. Baccarat went close in the Great St Wilfrid at Ripon a fortnight ago while Raucous and Windfast share the same mark and have also been handicapping without success. Mayfair Lady has struggled since landing a handicap at York in June and preference goes to stablemate EASTERN IMPACT. Richard Fahey's charge found only one too good in a Group 3 sprint on a recent raid to the Curragh and beat Naadirr in a Group 3 at Ascot last year. He should make a bold bid with the remainder looking to have a bit to find on these terms.
Three-year-olds have won six of the last eight with three of those starting at odds-on. The classic generation can dominate again with THIKRIYAAT preferred to Zonderland. Sir Michael Stoute's charge has only one defeat on his CV and that was behind subsequent Group 1 winner Ribchester in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot. He's moving through the ranks but Frankie's mount is sure to make a race of it having won a couple of Group 3 races since finishing sixth in the 2000 Guineas. Toormore has a penalty but looks the pick of the older horses as he'll appreciate this slight drop in class. Neither Lightning Spear nor Arod have progressed from promising comebacks and look held by the selection on collateral form.