TRUE SELF (2.25) is a very worthy favourite to land the Betway Pinnacle Stakes at Haydock. The Willie Mullins-trained filly will get the deep ground she handles so well, having recorded a victory at Gowran Park in the mud on her comeback last month. True Self ended last season on a high, trotting up at Bath (soft) and pulling clear of Air Pilot in a Listed event at Newmarket (soft).
INTENSE ROMANCE (3.00) represents a bit of each-way value against market leaders Stake Acclaim and Danzeno. The track was riding very deep last night and Intense Romance was a dual winner on heavy last season at Haydock and Ayr, and also scored on soft at Ascot last autumn.
Stake Acclaim was a 25-1 winner at Newbury (soft) but there was no fluke about the result as he made all and forged clear of Blue De Vega. Danzeno handles an easy surface and bounced back to something like his old form by scoring with authority in slightly lower grade at Nottingham six days ago.
GANTIER (1.45) is closely matched with Alhaazem and Prejudice on their running behind Kiefer at Newbury. That came on good to firm and Gantier didn’t seem to be enjoying the experience when put under pressure. The quirky son of Frankel should be more at home on this easy surface and had earlier stayed on dourly to score at Newcastle. Frankie Dettori can nurse him home.
The Hilary Needler Trophy, a Conditions race for two-year-old fillies over five furlongs, is one of Beverley's marquee races and ROSE OF KILDARE (2.00) has accumulated plenty of experience in a relatively short period. Mark Johnston’s filly is chasing a hat-trick following victories at Hamilton and Redcar, and sets a decent standard.
The Conditions Stakes for juveniles is another highlight in the Beverley calendar and OH PURPLE REIGN (3.15) probably met an above-average colt when chasing home Charlie Appleby’s Pinatubo in the Woodcote Stakes at Epsom. The Hannon two-year-old had earlier scored on debut at Nottingham.
At Newmarket, the 1m 6f handicap sees the return of last year’s winner Amazing Red but he races off a 9lb higher mark this time. Andrew Balding’s LISSITZKY (2.45) won over course and distance in mid-May and holds third horse Fire Jet narrowly on revised terms. Spirit Ridge and Scottish raider Theglasgowwarrior also boast sound claims.