Hopes are high around Danzeno
Mick Appleby believes Danzeno has the class to overcome his welter burden in the Qatar Stewards' Cup at Goodwood on Saturday.
The six-year-old has to carry top of 9st 11lb in this prestigious sprint handicap and that includes a 6lb penalty for his victory over the minimum trip in a Ascot handicap last time.
As well as being a Group Three winner, Danzeno has competed in five Group One races, most notably when third to Muhaarar in the Qipco British Champions Sprint at Ascot in October 2015.
"Hopefully he should have a good chance. He's in good form and let's hope he's got a decent enough draw (16). I think he should run well," said Appleby.
"He's a good horse, he's a Group horse parading in a handicap.
"He's good at both five and six and I think he's maybe better at six. It's a tough race but he should go well."
The Rutland trainer has a second string to his bow in Poyle Vinnie, who was fourth to El Astronaute over this course on Tuesday.
"He ran well the other day and the ground has probably come in his favour. He'll probably be a good each-way shout," said Appleby.
"He won the Scottish Stewards' Cup two years and was second in the Ayr Gold Cup. He's got some good form in these handicaps."
Three-year-olds have won the last two runnings with Magical Memory and Dancing Star and hopes of a third success in a row for the younger generation rest with Sir Dancealot and Brian The Snail,
Sir Dancealot is trained by David Elsworth, who based his choice of stall 24 on past results of the six-furlong cavalry charge.
"Historically, I believe, is that you are better drawn middle to stands side. By Saturday they will have been round that inside a couple of times, I thought he would be better drawn middle to high," he said.
"They have put him up 9lb for his last run, but he is handicapped off his old form of 101 – you could say if the handicapper has it right he is well in."
Andrew Balding has been pleased to see this week's rain for Donjuan Triumphant, a former Richard Fahey inmate he now trains.
"I've been dying to get him on slower ground. He had some very good form for Richard Fahey and if he puts that together he will be in the mix," said Balding.
"He seems to be well and he is working to a decent standard like you would expect from a horse rated 106. I would have liked stall 14 but you can't tell how the draw will work out until the day."
Alex Smith looks after the interests of the Highclere-owned Raucous and the Royal Ascot Racing Club-owned Projection.
Both have proven form over the course and distance with Raucous third in this race last year and Projection fourth in the consolation race.
He said: "I followed the instructions of both William (Haggas) and Roger (Charlton) to go high (at the draw).
"I was lucky to get such high numbers because I was quite late in the selection of stalls and they are, of course, next to each other in stalls 26 and 27.
"The trainers were both keen to be on the stands side. Projection, third in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot, likes to be up there with the pace but is untested on this sort of ground, while Raucous, last year's third, will be held up and has some soft-ground form."
Charlie Hills reports Shanghai Glory to be coming back to his best and that he might surprise a few people.
"The draw in three looks okay and we know he likes a bit of cut in the ground," said Hills.
"He is a big price and he has got an each-way chance."
Harry Hurricane turns out quickly after being unsuited by a wide draw when unplaced behind El Astronaute.
"He ran on Tuesday and didn't get enough cover. I think a race like this will really suit him," said trainer George Baker.
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