We’ve already examined Saturday’s big race in thorough detail so this time we’ll put the focus elsewhere on the Haydock card and around the country on a busy Saturday afternoon’s racing.
Mam’selle, 3.35 Haydock, @ 6/1
The William Haggas-trained filly by Teofilo might just get underestimated here. Mam’selle banked three wins from her first four starts last term before running a fine race in a decent handicap at Ascot on her penultimate outing. All of those efforts came with the word ‘soft’ in the going description.
She showed she had trained on with a smart effort in a Listed race at Goodwood on her reappearance, making the frame behind Isabel De Urbina over 1m4f on good to soft.
Since then she’s run three times on good/good to firm ground, each time in Group 3/Listed company. She will now drop into a handicap off a mark of 90, just 3lb higher than that excellent Ascot effort a year ago. She is essentially unexposed over this 1m6f trip and, with plenty of juice in the Haydock ground, she’s well worth a chance in this field.
Water Diviner, 2.40 Kempton @ 7/1 (forecast)
The big clash at Kempton comes in the opener when star filly Enable squares off against Crystal Ocean on her return to action, but that race doesn’t appeal as a betting medium.
Instead, it might be worth siding with Richard Hannon’s Water Diviner now that the colt is back on an artificial surface. He scored at Wolverhampton in July, form that has worked out well with the second and third, Swissterious and Barristan The Bold, scoring since.
Hannon’s charge hasn’t exactly progressed in four turf starts since but the most recent of those at Epsom was much more like it and this return to the AW should see him build on that outing. He looks to have sound claims in this nursery.
Cliffs Of Capri, 2.45 Ascot @ 18/1
Jamie Osborne enjoyed a prolific afternoon over in Ireland on Thursday at the annual Laytown beach meeting, scoring a treble on the card.
He’s back on the more conventional terrain of Ascot on Saturday and seems to have a fair contender in Cliffs Of Capri for the 7f Cunard Handicap, worth close to £50k for the winner.
The four-year-old has a largely consistent profile during a 13-race career, posting four wins and four further placed efforts. Just two of those runs have come on turf, however, so he’s still quite unexposed in this sphere.
He was a good winner over 7f at Ascot on July on his second turf start and, despite being 6lb higher now, he has twice run well on the all-weather from this mark already. Osborne has also booked the excellent Nicola Currie to ride, which means he’ll have 3lb relief to assist his case and, at current odds, he looks worthy of an each-way play in this competitive event.
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