Man On The Spot: Bank’ profit
Channel 4 Racing provides coverage from Market Rasen and Newmarket and Man On The Spot has previewed Saturday's action.
Banksea (blue silks) can land the Cambridgeshire
Ryan Moore's presence on Douglas Macarthur suggests the Group 3-placed colt is preferred of the Ballydoyle trio though Arcada looks to have equally strong form on his third to Churchill in a Group 2 at the Curragh. Best Of Days also has a shout on his narrow defeat in the Acomb at York last month and he's preferred to Godolphin's other runner Bay Of Poets. But MONTATAIRE took another step forward when upped to a mile in Listed company at Salisbury last time. Mark Johnston's colt beat a previous winner by five lengths on that occasion and there may well be more to come from him over today's trip. The remainder look to have their work cut out in this company.
Cloonacool is only 3lb higher than when landing this 12 months ago, though went chasing later and hasn't raced since March. Red Tornado was completing a five-timer when successful in a similar contest over course and distance in July but has an 8lb higher mark to contend with. Wisty bolted up at Kelso 10 days ago but is another who has been taken to task by the handicapper. Richard Newland saddled the winner of this Listed handicap in 2013 and has two entered this year. SIR TOBY looks the stable pick on jockey bookings ahead of Hassle and he can show his Fontwell run to be all wrong having won a novice event here previously in impressive fashion. Neither Regulation nor Mr Kit Cat can be left out of calculations.
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The unbeaten LADY AURELIA landed her first Group 1 with success in the Prix Morny at Deauville. She is probably better over 5f given her blistering pace but Wesley Ward's filly held on by a neck over the 6f in France last time and today's faster ground will be in her favour. Queen Kindly is progressing well and beat Cherry Hinton winner Roly Poly in the Lowther at York last month. She looks a genuine threat and is also preferred to the other Ballydoyle filly and Albany Stakes winner Brave Anna. Holy Cat and Pellucid were both placed in Group 3 company on their respective latest starts but have some improving to do if they are to figure at this level.
A fascinating renewal which sees Cernunnos bidding to overturn Southwell running with Ballykan and Presenting Arms on better terms. Peter Bowen's chasers are always worth a second look here and easy Cartmel winner Wadswick Court is no exception. Fox Appeal has a touch of class but lacks a recent run whereas Father Edward and Croco Bay are recent winners, though upped in the weights. Princeton Royale faces a stiff task for a novice and neither Roman Flight nor Anteros make much appeal in this grade but Seefood was highly tried last season and is respected.VINTAGE VINNIE (NAP) still has time on his side and looks thrown in on his return to chasing. He sauntered clear in a novice hurdle at Worcester on his reappearance and that will have blown away any cobwebs.
BLUE POINT showed further progress to win the Gimcrack Stakes at York in fine style beating Mokarris three lengths with subsequent Group 3 winner The Last Lion back in third and recent valuable sales race winner Mubtasim further behind. That looks strong form and Charlie Appleby's colt is taken to reverse earlier running with Mehmas. The latter beat the selection in the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood in July and had earlier beaten Intelligence Cross and Silver Line to land the July Stakes here before that. Medicine Jack just got the better of Peace Envoy in a Group 2 at the Curragh back in June but both have been beaten at the highest level subsequently while Koropick has plenty to find with The Last Lion.
This looks as fiercely competitive as ever with last year's winner, Third Time Lucky, the ante-post favourite off a 5lb higher mark. Bronze Angel has won this twice before though was well beaten in last season's renewal off a similar mark. Master The World and Examiner were second and third last year so are not easily dismissed but Gm Hopkins and Educate were among those further behind. Bravo Zolo went close in the Lincoln at Doncaster back in April but has not raced since while Spark Plug was a close-up fourth at York when dropped back to a mile last time. Celestial Path also went close at York back in July and Treasury Notes just got the better of Knight Owl by a short-head at Ripon. Very Talented remains unexposed and BANKSEA (NAP) has come up just short in decent handicaps over a mile on the Knavesmire and at Doncaster recently. A winner over 1m2f earlier this year, today's intermediate distance and fast ground should suit him well and Luca Cumani's colt gets the vote.
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