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Another huge weekend of racing with the feature being the Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park at 2.10 and a chance for MASAR (nb) to make his mark on racing history.
The Epsom Derby winner is a hugely underrated athlete and the way he swamped his field at Epsom was superb and The Roaring Lion and overrated Saxon Warrior are unlikely to turn that form around.
Saxon Warrior is stepping back in trip, but I feel Aidan O’Brien needed to be more radical and step him back to a mile and the Sussex Stakes would surely have been more appropriate.
A bigger danger to the selection could well be Happily who ran well in the Prix Diane on her first run over an extended mile-and-a-quarter, but is likely to be even better on this much quicker surface, and on this much stiffer track and she could well be worth an each-way saver, as long as Ballydoyle don’t use her as a pacemaker, which is not beyond the realms of possibility.
The big mile handicap at the Esher track at 12.55 looks a cracking renewal and the best each-way play could well be POUVOIR MAGIQUE, who pulled way too hard on his last run at Newcastle.
If James Doyle can get his lightly raced charge to settle he could still be very well treated off a mark of 94. The danger could be the equally progressive Daira Prince. The last named looks sure to stay further than this mile and seems to only just do enough on the racecourse and is surely capable of a lot better.
In the opening Coral Charge at 12.20, MR LUPTON could be worth an each-way play for Richard Fahey. The six furlongs was too stiff a test of stamina for him at Ascot in the Wokingham Handicap, so back to a tough five I think he will relish the run up the hill and the very best of his form in top class handicaps compares very well with some of these Group 2-3 performers set to line up here.
The two-mile Coral Marathon at 3.20 looks a good opening for MONTALY as long as the ground doesn’t ride too quick. If it is lightning fast then old boy High Jinx would be the selection.
The Old Newton Cup (Haydock 1.45) looks a really good renewal with several horses rated over 100 set to line-up.
Tawdeea (former winner of the race) is very well weighted on his best form, but he may require some rain to enable him to take advantage of his claims and the nod goes to ATTY PERSSE (nap).
The former Royal Ascot winner was thought good enough to run in the Group Two Great Voltigeur Stakes following his win in the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot.
He blew out completely there but has since been gelded and on his base Ascot run he looks seriously well handicapped at the moment.
With his stable on fire and reports of him working well the four-year-old can land this nice pot.
The Lancashire Oaks at 1.10 looks a really open affair and to my eyes EURO NIGHTMARE, rated just 9lbs behind likely favourite Horseplay, could prove a spot of each-way value at around 25/1.
She wasn’t suited by the way the race was run over the course and distance in the Pinnacle Stakes and granted a truly run race, the daughter of Kodiac can step up to the mark.
Elsewhere, I really like the look of NAYSLAYER in the 2.05 at Chelmsford, while also at the Essex track it could be worth your while having a second look at BULLINGDON in the 3.50.
The last named is quite highly rated by his trainer and remains open to quite a bit more improvement.
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