HOLY KINGDOM (3.00) is one of several horses to have put rookie trainer Tom Clover on the map and has good prospects of completing his hat-trick in the 1m 6f bet365 Handicap at Newmarket.
The ground will be more testing than he has encountered lately but Holy Kingdom produced a sterling effort on soft at York last October when third to Hamish. A 4lb rise for his latest gutsy success is fair and he is a knocking bet, with some firms offering five places each-way.
Themaxwecan will have his supporters with Ryan Moore booked. Mark Johnston’s colt didn’t have a prayer of catching impressive Fujaira Prince at Royal Ascot but did well to grab fourth spot after being impeded slightly in the straight. Deep ground would be a slight concern.
Frankie Dettori gets the leg up on another Johnston challenger, Cape Coast, off the track for more than a thousand days before chasing home Groveman on comeback at Thirsk. He also saddles Star Of The East and King’s Advice, such is the abundance of useful staying handicappers in the yard.
Bet365 also sponsor a cracking 1m 2f handicap for three-year-olds over ten furlongs, with several Royal Ascot runners rolling up for this juicy pot. GLOBAL STORM (3.35) was sent off favourite but got going too late to trouble Highland Chief, with re-opposing Grand Rock held in fifth. Charlie Appleby saddled him to score here last season and yesterday’s rain was a blessing.
HARBOUR FRONT (2.15) may be the answer to a tricky two-mile handicap at Musselburgh.
Robyn Brisland travels a long way to give the gelding its comeback run and Harbour Front could be quite well treated having run Charlie D quite close when last seen at Southwell last February. That winner is developing into a useful stayer, defying a mark of 90 to score at Newmarket last month for Tom Dascombe, and Harbour Front won’t mind the rain that has fallen at the East Lothian track
Iain Jardine’s Clearance, a dual winner last August, has seen his mark rise as a consequence but he returned in good heart with a second prize at Beverley. Flat To The Max is probably a more interesting contender now back from wind surgery. Formerly trained by Gordon Elliott, he recorded a respectable fourth to Nataleena at Newcastle last January.
Kensington Art looked woefully one-paced when fancied at Redcar last time and the handicapper has dropped him 2lb. Micky Hammond is a dab hand at returning a horse to winning action following a long absence and Indian Vision is no forlorn hope. Roman Stone is equipped with a tongue-tie in a bid to get his career back on track.
Some seasoned campaigners go to post for the 5f handicap and GOWANBUSTER (3.25) can defy a 5lb penalty for his very smooth course and distance success ten days ago. He made all the running that day and a similar quick break will see Gowanbuster difficult to catch from his plum draw.
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