THE BEST of the racing action looks to be at Haydock tomorrow (Saturday), where in the 32Red Sprint Cup the Karl Burke-trained Quiet Reflection will be attempting to justify ante-post favouritism.
The Middleham-based handler says his stable star is in ‘fantastic’ condition despite the fact that some of his horses have been running below form in recent weeks, including the 1-16 shot ThankyouStar which was beaten at Hamilton on Tuesday.
Quiet Reflection has been trained with this race in mind since she finished third to Limato on fast ground in the July Cup at Newmarket, having previously landed the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot, and looks the one to beat.
Closer to home at Thirsk, former Mirfield trainer Les Eyre is looking for a quickfire double from Sandra’s Secret (4.25pm) following the grey filly’s win at Beverley last weekend over five furlongs.
Eyre moved back to Yorkshire following a training stint in Mijas, Spain, and now operates out of Ivy House Stables in Catwick, North Humberside.
In the 3.25 Mark Leatham, who is the son of former local estate agent George, will be hoping for a much awaited return to form for his horse Canyari, trained by Richard Fahey.
The five-year-old gelded son of Dandy Man has not been seen in the winners’ enclosure since June 2015.
Local connections of Nonios (Kempton 5.25 Saturday) expect a good run from the lightly raced four-year-old in what will be just the sixth race of his career, only two of which have been on the turf.
He disappointed over 1m 4f last time out when he failed to find another gear after leading comfortably three out.
Trainer David Simcock reported no ill effects after the race and a drop back in trip to 1m 3f should help although the West Yorkshire-based syndicate that own the horse feel that Simcock may still be trying to find the best trip for their charge.
As the race for the Stobart Flat jockeys’ championship hots up, favourite Jim Crowley says ‘it would mean everything’ for him to win the title.
Sue and Harvey Smith’s former stable jockey, who switched from the jumps back in 2010, is locked in a battle with Silvestre de Sousa.
‘SDS’ as he is affectionately known by punters is two ahead of Crowley with six weeks to run but Crowley has ace agent Tony Hind in his camp, who is also Ryan Moore’s agent and steered Richard Hughes to three championships.
Both will be in action at Kempton on Saturday afternoon before heading over to Wolverhampton’s night meeting.
AUGUR’S TIP FOR THE WEEKEND
Haydock 3pm Saturday: Mitchum Swagger
AUGUR’S ONE TO WATCH
Banksea. Luca Cumani’s Cambridgeshire entry has been working well on the gallops and is set for a prep run at Doncaster next week.