Newbury headlines the action in Britain this weekend, where local trainer Charlie Hills is looking to get EQUILATERAL back on the right lines after his defeat in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.
He’s set to take on older horses in the Hackwood Stakes (3.00) and Hills has not lost faith after his three-year-old scoped dirty following his Ascot run.
He was seriously impressive at Doncaster in May when beating Foxtrot Lady who has gone on to win three times since, and William Buick looks set to take the ride.
There will be plenty of other Royal Ascot form represented in both the Hackwood and the Super Sprint, which carries the biggest prize money of the day. And Roger Charlton’s consistent
PROJECTION may prove to be the value angle in the Hackwood at a best price of 9/2 with Carrigill’s.
SIGNORA CABELLO looks the one to beat under 8st 12 lbs in the Sprint after quickly rising through the ranks for Malton handler John Quinn.
Fully effective in a big field, she completed a hat-trick of wins in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot last time out and will be back on preferred quick ground.
Another Malton-based trainer, Richard Fahey, has won this three times in the last five years and RED BALLOONS looks to be his best shot this year.
MELODIES is expected to improve for her recent Doncaster success and Ed Dunlop’s unexposed filly can land the 4.45 contest.
Newbury also stages the first running of the JLT Cup and the £100,000 first prize can find its way into the already large coffers of Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum who owns the Owen Burrows trained QULOOB.
He has never raced over tomorrow’s (Saturday) 2m 1/2f trip, but is by Derby winner New Approach out of a Nayef mare and has kept on in his two starts over 1m6f .
Tonight at HQ John Gosden’s SCOTTISH JIG can put spring in punters’ steps and grab some black type in the Fillies’ Novice Stakes at 7.10pm.
The daughter of Speightstown is expected to take another step up the ladder before trying Listed or Group 3 company and has reportedly been working very well at home .
Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby hero LATROBE’S next appearance will be in Yorkshire at either the Sky Bet Great Voltigeur Stakes or the Juddmonte International at York next month.
Trained by Joseph O’Brien and ridden by his brother, Donnacha, the Camelot colt claimed a famous victory in last month’s Curragh Classic, with father Aidan O’Brien saddling the second, third and fourth home.
With the dust having now settled on his success, O’Brien now faces a decision on whether to stick to a mile and a half under a penalty with Latrobe in the Voltigeur – but drop down to Group Two level – or test his powers at a mile and a quarter in the Group One International.
WELLS FARHH GO was an impressive winner of the Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket last week and also looks destined for the Great Voltigeur.
I believe he will emulate Masked Marvel and win the St Leger in September.
CARRIGILL’S NAP (Stake returned as a free bet if selection does not finish in the top 4): AUTOCRATIC, Newbury, Saturday, 1.50pm.
AUGUR’S BEST BET: SCOTTISH JIG, Newmarket, Friday, 7.10pm.