Week four of the Racing League at Windsor this afternoon and good afternoon cards at Haydock at Salisbury.
MAKAROVA has not yet scaled the heights I thought she might this term but there is no doubt thather second to Adaay In Asia at Goodwood is excellent form given the winner dotted up over an additional furlong at York’s Ebor meeting.
The selection had the third 3L further back at the Glorious meeting and a 3lbs rise for that run looks fair. Ryan Moore takes over in the saddle and the classic generation have won four of the six renewals of a race named in honour of the great sprinter Lochsong.
Recommendation: Makarova at 3/1 with William Hill
The form of DORA PENNY’s fluent C&D success last month was given a boost when the runner up scored at Epsom on Monday. David Evans’ filly has won her last four starts and gone up 18lbs for those successes, but she defied the steadier of 10st 4lbs here last month in a decent time when she could have been called the winner some way out. Rohann showed last year that horses from the yard can improve out of all recognition when getting their head in front.
David Probert has been in the plate for the 3-y-olds four recent victories, but Neil Callan takes over in the saddle who, seemingly, has an excellent draw in stall three.
Recommendation: Dora Penny at 10/3 with William Hill
TARAVARA was only beaten a length on his return from a lengthy lay-off when fourth at Lingfield three weeks ago and he gets the each way vote despite the fact he has yet to win a race in fifteen previous starts.
The selection was with Clive Cox when runner up at Doncaster on fast ground from a mark 8lbs higher than he can race off this evening. The first and second from Lingfield have won from higher marks subsequently but the each way recommendation can race off the same mark.
Taravara led at Lingfield but there is plenty of pace this evening and his best races have, arguably, been when held up. Ray Dawson takes the ride this evening as is the nature of the Racing League and the hope is that he can get a good tune out of the 4-y-old.
Recommendation: Taravara EW 12/1 at Boylesports 4 places
There are a couple of good juvenile novice events at Haydock this afternoon and in the 6f contest I will be disappointed if SAKHEER does not go one better than when runner up at Windsor on debut.
Roger Varian’s son of Zoffany was backed off the boards at the Thameside track but was slowly away from a wide draw and lost little in defeat going down by just half a length to a well-bred filly who holds Group 1 entries going forward.
The selection also holds Group engagements later in the month and David Egan keeps the ride.
Recommendation: Sakheer at 4/6