Having already made our choices in the Sprint Cup for Saturday afternoon we’ll now shift the focus elsewhere on the Haydock card and around the country on a busy Saturday afternoon’s racing.
Let’s start with a big-price selection for an in-form yard at Ascot.
Cliffs Of Capri, 2.45 Ascot @ 18/1
Jamie Osborne made the pilgrimage to Laytown on Thursday and was duly rewarded with a treble on the beach. He bids for slightly more conventional success on Saturday when Cliffs Of Capri tackles the Cunard Handicap at Ascot, a 7f contest worth nigh-on £50k to the winner.
The four-year-old has amassed four wins and four more placed efforts from 13 career starts. Just two of those runs have come on turf, the latest a C&D win here at Ascot in July. Despite being rated 6lb higher now, he remains unexposed on this surface.
Cliffs Of Capri has run twice from his new mark on the all-weather at Chelmsford since and gone well, despite being caught further back than ideal most recently. Osborne has cleverly booked Nicola Currie to ride here, the excellent apprentice taking a handy 3lb off and leaving her mount just 3lb above that previous C&D winning mark.
There could be more to come and the consistent Cliffs Of Capri makes each-way appeal in this competitive event.
Mam’selle, 3.35 Haydock, @ 6/1
This William Haggas-trained filly by Teofilo might just be about to get her season back on track.
Mam’selle secured three wins from her first four starts last term before running a fine race in a decent handicap at Ascot on her penultimate outing. In all of those runs the recurring theme was the presence of the word ‘soft’ in the going description.
This year began with another sound run, a placed effort in a Listed 1m4f contest at Goodwood, again with plenty juice under her feet. Since then she’s run three times on good/good to firm ground, each of them coming in Group 3/Listed company.
She’s back in a handicap at Haydock and runs off a mark of 90, just 3lb higher than that excellent Ascot effort a year ago.
She remains unexposed over this 1m6f trip and, with conditions underfoot now set to be in her favour, Mam’selle can get back on track here.
Water Diviner, 2.40 Kempton @ 13/2
Enable squares off against Crystal Ocean on her return to action in the Kempton opener but, from a betting perspective, race two is where we’re headed.
Richard Hannon’s Water Diviner scored on the all-weather at Wolverhampton in July, form that has worked out well with the second and third, Swissterious and Barristan The Bold, scoring since.
The Hannon colt hasn’t exactly progressed on turf since but his latest Epsom second was certainly a reminder of his talent.
This return to the AW should see him build on that run and he looks overpriced in this nursery contest given he should go well for Tom Marquand.
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