MAID IN INDIA (1.55) will be right at home on the deep ground at Ascot and is fancied to edge out Dakota Gold and Tis Marvellous in the Rous Stakes.
Eric Alston’s sprinter ran a cracker in the Flying Five at the Curragh 20 days ago, finishing fourth to classy Glass Slippers, and a repeat of that run would probably suffice. Dakota Gold won this last year, with re-opposing Tis Marvellous held in fourth, and is a multiple winner on soft. He is a big threat.
THE TIN MAN (3.40) seems to have been around for ages but keeps holding his form for James Fanshawe. His sixth to Dream Of Dreams in the Haydock Sprint Cup was another solid effort and he gets the vote over last year’s winner Cape Byron, returning to action following a 350-day absence.
The ground at Newmarket is riding deep but that shouldn’t deter a decent bet on OTI MA BOATI (2.10) in the 1m 2f fillies’ handicap. William Haggas brought her back from a 302-day break to score at York in July and his three-year-old struck again the following month at Goodwood (soft).
Wondrous Words, well-backed at Ayr, couldn’t get to grips with older rival Salsada. She has been nudged up another 2lb but has been in top form for Roger Varian. Top weight Moll Davis will handle conditions and this confirmed hold-up performer is entitled to be involved.
There is a valuable sales race at Redcar, with 23 runners declared for the Two Year Old Trophy over six furlongs. LULLABY MOON (3.25) represents Ralph Beckett’s in-form stable and her third to hot favourite Umm Kulthum and Scarlet Bear in the Group 3 Firth of Clyde Stakes at Ayr is among the best pieces of form on display.
Lullaby Moon had earlier sluiced through the mud to win by more than four lengths at Goodwood, so any further rain would enhance her chances. She is drawn four, so I’m hoping the action unfolds over on the far side.
Spright, a three-time winner for Karl Burke, beat 14 rivals at Doncaster and third horse Meu Amor ran very well in defeat from a poor draw at Newmarket last Saturday. She won’t be far away. Paddy Power are offering six places each-way.