COLTRANE (5.40) is worth the wait in the 1m 6f handicap at Newmarket on a typically busy Saturday afternoon.
Andrew Balding has booked William Buick for the mount on his three-year-old and the manner of Coltrane's smooth success in a 1m 4f Chepstow maiden 15 days ago pointed to an improving young horse.
GRAND BAZAAR (4.10) can complete a summer hat-trick in the 1m 4f handicap at Ascot. The John Gosden-trained colt is up 5lb for his latest success, making all the running to score cosily from Iron Heart at HQ.
AUSTRALIS (3.00) is a strong stayer on an upwards curve and should justify favouritism in the two-mile handicap.
Roger Varian has plotted Australis’s career carefully with his long-term future in mind. The four-year-old beat smart Caravan Of Hope at Wolverhampton before the runner-up reversed places in the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle in June. Australis could make up into a Cesarewitch type in the autumn if taking this in the style expected.
SHELIR (2.25) can make it a fruitful raid south for David O’Meara and Danny Tudhope, successful with Summerghand in the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood last Saturday. Shelir has twice been unlucky with the draw in big handicaps this summer, running fifth to Motakhayyel from an unfavourable low pitch in the Buckingham Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, before being drawn on the wrong side when eighth to Blue Mist in the International Stakes here a fortnight ago.
CARADOC (3.35) has been expensive to follow but is worth one more chance in a competitive 1m 4f handicap. Ed Walker’s gelding found himself in a hopeless position turning for home at Epsom on Derby Day, then flopped when fancied to atone at York, finishing a never-dangerous ninth to Sinjaari. There may have been mitigating circumstances, however, as he raced on the slowest section of the track in the straight.
Caradoc was in terrific form last summer and if Walker can re-ignite the flame he is a match for favourite Look Closely, raised 8lb for last month’s impressive course and distance victory. Jeremiah pipped Sam Cooke a nose after a ding-dog battle here a fortnight ago and will be supported along with triple all-weather winner Omnivega.
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