is plenty to get your teeth into Saturday should you so desire with horse
racing at Beverley, Chelmsford City, Chester, Hamilton, Newton Abbot and
We have four pattern class races, each of which look quite tricky heats. Beverley has the Listed Beverley Bullet and Chester the Listed Chester Stakes whilst the main events of the day take place at Sandown with the Group Three Solario Stakes and Group Three Atalanta Stakes. I am having one punt at Sandown and then sticking closer to home at Chelmsford City this evening.
In the Group Three Solario Stakes at 2.25 Charlie Appleby is "full of confidence" for Masar. The chestnut son of New Approach got the better of Invincible Army on his racecourse debut over six at Goodwood in May and emerged with plenty of credit after finishing third behind high class fillies September and Nyaleti in the Listed Chesham Stakes over seven at Royal Ascot. "We purposely gave him a break after Ascot and physically he's done very well," said the Newmarket handler. “He got the seven furlongs well in the Chesham and it looks as though he'll have conditions to suit. He's a next year horse on pedigree, but he's come on a lot physically since his last run and we're going into Saturday full of confidence. I can't find any negatives." The yard has been consistently amongst the winners all season and surely there is improvement to come after just the two starts; I have the 2-1.
Later they race at Chelmsford City and with three two-year-old heats on the card it will be worth having your notebook close to hand.
One of the two-year-old races is the Done Brothers Novice Stakes at 6.20. Trained by Mark Johnston Tarnhelm looked to be all about speed on debut at Goodwood over six furlongs and kept on gamely only going down in the final half furlong. The drop to five furlongs would appear to be an obvious one and the track tends to favour those ridden prominently which is another plus. She will have learnt a lot from that first run as well and is the pick to show her more experienced rivals a clean pair of heels in this at Evens .
The second of the two-year-old races is the Betsi Golden Mile Novice Stakes at 6.50. Well-bred newcomer Gododdin has to be respected but looks one for longer distances as he matures on breeding. The one I like is another Charlie Appleby inmate in the shape of Old Persian who showed a bit on debut when third at HQ over seven. He tried to lead all the way that day, a tactic that won’t hurt here, and though he couldn’t hold them all off on the soft going stayed on well enough and the fourth has won since giving the form a boast. Short but I have a bit of the 10-11.