By News Team
27th August 2021
Another bumper day of action in front of the ITV cameras on Saturday with the racing taking place at Goodwood, Newmarket and Beverley, where the William Hill Beverley Bullet takes centre stage.
As usual, Nick Luck has previewed the best of it for us.
MISE EN SCENE (8/1) is the play in the Prestige Stakes (1.50pm) which launches ITV’s Goodwood coverage on Saturday. She was clearly expected to run well on her debut, but she impressed with a smart effort all round. Although the form is only respectable, I am more taken by her pedigree: as a relative of Speciosa and Pride, she should be open to plenty of progression, and her smallish stable has been well among the winners.
ESCOBAR is an absolutely infuriating horse, but I’ll be playing him each-way again in the seven furlong handicap (2.25pm) at 7/1. My reasoning is pretty straightforward: for all he rarely wins, he is at least consistent at a pretty high level, and is arguably in the form of his life. He’ll be overlooked because there are less exposed horses in here, but he is perfectly well-handicapped and this is an easier race than he’s tackled for some time. He has run very well here, where he finds lots of trouble in running, and anything like his Lennox effort puts him right there.
DANCING KING (7/2) gets the narrowest of votes in a very tight and rather sub-par March Stakes (3.00pm). The front of the market is very closely matched, but the Johnston runner is the only one with stamina absolutely guaranteed, and Joe Fanning should be able to ride him with that confidence after another stoic effort behind quite a promising horse at Chester.
PEROTTO is a slightly left field pick against some more obvious pattern performers in the Celebration Mile (3.35pm) at 13/2. He was really quite impressive at Ascot, finishing off with some fast closing splits. There were valid excuses at Newmarket, but I thought he ran a career best in the Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury having faced the impossible behind Baaeed previously. A well-run mile on a sound surface looks right up his street, he has course form, and is moving forward.
SUMMERGHAND is the percentage call in the Hopeful Stakes (2.45pm) at Newmarket at 13/2. The recent form looks horrible at first glance, but he actually ran really well from a shocking position in the Stewards’ Cup, having bitten off more than he could chew behind Starman and Co a couple of times. This is a much more realistic assignment, and he meets some iffy and out of form rivals that are ahead of him in the market.
TITIAN looks most interesting in the William Hill Silver Cup at Beverley (2.05pm) at 9/2. He made nice strides at the back end of last year, culminating in a close third at Doncaster. He tried to give Heights Of Abraham seven pounds that day. That horse is now rated nearly 90, while Titian reappears off just 86 in a perfectly winnable race for top connections.
LAMPANG is chancy, but a fair bet at 11/1 in the William Hill Beverley Bullet (3.15pm). He’s not been on best behaviour the last twice, ruining his chance at the start, but he has loads of ability, as he showed at Hamilton and Haydock earlier in the season when he travelled like a really classy horse. If he can get out just on terms, this stiff five furlongs at a searching pace should be ideal for him, and I can see him burrowing his way up that far rail from his good draw.