MAID IN MANHATTAN (7.10) should have completed her hat-trick when just denied at Doncaster last time and can defy a 3lb rise at Nottingham this evening.
She was given plenty to do by 5lb claimer Harrison Shaw but was eating up the ground when hitting top gear, going down by half a length. Previously, Rebecca Menzies had sent her mare out to score at Wetherby (good to firm) and also over course and distance (heavy).
At Carlisle this evening TUKHOOM (8.00) is worth a punt. He joined David O'Meara after landing a gamble in a Redcar claimer and things didn't go to plan when bumped at the start at Haydock on Thursday. Paddy Power's 11-2 looks too big.
There is some terrific action at Haydock, with the bet365 Old Newton Cup always a midsummer treat. Favourite FIRST ELEVEN (3.15) has a wide draw to overcome but stamped himself an improving middle-distance handicapper when beating Fujaira Prince at York. The runner-up has since run a cracker at Royal Ascot when third to Baghdad and Ben Vrackie in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes.
ENBIHAAR (2.40) should give a bold show in a very tight renewal of the Lancashire Oaks. The Gosden-trained filly seemed to be just outstayed by Dramatic Queen over 1m 6f at York but this return to 12 furlongs can spark a reversal of fortunes. Besides saddling Dramatic Queen, William Haggas pitches Klassique into the fray with an excellent chance, although she finished behind Enbihaar at Goodwood in May.
There are some popular flying-machines going to post for the Coral Charge at Sandown and MUTHMIR (1.50) came within a neck of scooping this nice pot 12 months ago. Fast ground is ideal and although liable to be outpaced early, Sandown’s stiff finish is just what he needs. Muthmir is 4lb lower now and rates an each-way punt.
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