Smart field for Sandy Lane

Poet's Vanity: Set to line up at Haydock

Poet's Vanity will be dropped back in trip on her next start for a tilt at the Timeform Jury Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock.

Having finished third on her return in the Nell Gwyn, the Andrew Balding-trained three-year-old, who is one of 14 confirmations for the six-furlong Group Two prize on Saturday, appeared to fail see out the mile on her return to Newmarket in the 1000 Guineas.

Balding said: "The thought was that she didn't stay in the 1000 Guineas, which was a bit of a surprise.

"We will drop her right back in trip now down to six furlongs and go for the Sandy Lane. I didn't think this would be her next race, but she didn't stay the mile."

Charlie McBride hopes to unleash Spiritual Lady, who has not been seen out since winning a Listed event at Newmarket in October, but the forecast suggests his hopes for some ease in the ground might be dashed.

McBride said: "She will go to Haydock on Saturday, provided the ground has soft in the description. She wants cut in the ground and can't have fast ground.

"We can't risk her on anything quicker than good ground, otherwise it would be a disaster.

"She had a little niggling problem about a month ago, but it was nothing serious and she seems well enough now.

"She has done very well over the winter and has strengthened up and improved again. I am looking forward to running her, but if the rain stays away from Haydock she will be staying in her box."

Clive Cox confirmed last year's Mill Reef Stakes hero Harry Angel remains on course to make his next appearance at the Lancashire track having finished second, when giving weight away, in a Group Three at Ascot on his seasonal return.

He said: "Harry Angel will go to Haydock this weekend and he is in great nick."

William Haggas could be represented by both Second Thought, winner of the three-year-old event on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, and Mubtasim, while Richard Fahey is another who could be double-handed after leaving in both Brian The Snail and Private Matter.

Irish interest comes in the form of Alphabet from the yard of Aidan O'Brien and the Ger Lyons-trained pair of Psychedelic Funk and Medicine Jack.

The entry list is completed by Clem Fandango (Keith Dalgleish), Danielsflyer (David Barron), Legendary Lunch (Richard Hannon) and Mystic Dawn (David Simcock).


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NAP of the Day

DateTime / CourseSilkSelectionPrice
£10 Win Single Pays £21.00 with Bet365
23 Aug 201719:30 Worcester
20170823wor193001[1]
Cliffside Park
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