THE TIN MAN (3.00) has been a stable stalwart for James Fanshawe and his senior sprinter can make a triumphant return to Newbury by landing the Bet365 Hackwood Stakes.
On his only previous visit to the track the seven-year-old mopped up this event in 2016 and the gelding has been quite sparingly campaigned in the interim. The Tin Man found the company too hot when a creditable sixth to Blue Point in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot and should have too much class for his rivals. He beat Brando on heavy at Haydock last season so yesterday’s rain isn’t a problem.
The two-mile handicap sees the return to action of runaway 2018 Cesarewitch winner Withhold and it will be interesting to see how the betting market reacts to his first race on home soil in more than a year. His sole UK outing last year came in the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle when making all to score readily. Withhold has had a wind operation and soft ground is a concern. WHO DARES WINS (2.25) has no ground issues as he has plenty of solid form on a yielding surface. He chased home Making Miracles in the Chester Cup before going one better in the Northumberland Plate and his proven stamina can kick in late. William Hill are going five places each-way at 10-1.
He is opposed by this year’s consolation Northumberland Vase winner Carnwennan, seeking his fourth straight win for Charlie Fellowes, while the Grand Visir landed a significant gamble in the Ascot Stakes.
FOX CHAIRMAN (1.50) endured a torrid time of it in the Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot before finding some clear daylight too late to catch Sangarius. That was only his third career start and Silvestre De Sousa should enjoy a smoother passage in the Bet365 Handicap. Soft ground is ideal.
It won’t be plain sailing if Pondus can bounce back to form over this shorter trip after fading into sixth behind Japan in the King Edward VII Stakes at the royal fixture. First Nation had a poor run at Sandown before running on into third, but soft ground is a negative.
At Newmarket rain would boost the prospects of favourite SPARKLE ROLL (2.40), a fine third to Star Catcher and Fleeting in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.
INDEED (3.50) chased home Chatez in the Newbury Spring Cup before going one better over 1m 2f in a decent Chelmsfod City handicap. This stiff mile with a little juice underfoot is ideal.
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