Many would consider Mishriff to be an unlucky loser in Saturday’s Coral-Eclipse, but I’m not convinced and would back Vadeni to come out on top again if the pair meet again between now and the end of the season.
Mishriff will be going to York next month for the Juddmonte International – a race he won 12 months ago – while the French three-year-old will be on his travels again next when he takes in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown at the beginning of September. Mishriff is 4/1 with 888Sport to get back to winning ways at York.
I hope it’s a good day for the local trainer Jim Goldie who saddles CALL ME GINGER in the 6f sprint looking to follow up a recent narrow C&D success although I thought he could be called the winner from some way out.
The selection won three on the bounce last season culminating in victory in the Bronze Cup here in September off the same mark as he races from today.
YAASSER (Nap) was desperately unlucky not to win at Musselburgh a week ago and he has now finished 1122 in his last four starts. The selection – formerly trained by Freddy Head in France - has been a revelation since dropping back in distance for Jim Goldie and, I would argue, he is a winner without a penalty having been constantly denied a run before finishing like a train.
The three-year-old Novak is only 2lbs higher than when scoring at Redcar last month, but I do feel Yaaser is well ahead of his current mark and will take the beating if Paul Mulrennan can successfully thread a passage through from the rear.
Fat Sam carries a penalty for winning a modest hurdle at Ffos Las last time, but he loves fast ground, and it would be no surprise if he followed up under his optimum underfoot conditions. These mini-fences are ideal for the 8-y-old, but I am interested to see OCEANLINE step up to this two-and-a-half-mile trip for the first time over hurdles.
The selection has left Alan King having been sold for £55,000 back in May. Rated 85 on the level the 4-y-old stays two miles on the flat I remember him running a very good race at Stratford over timber back in October and he was sent off 9/4 for the listed Wensleydale Hurdle at Wetherby later in the month.
For whatever reason, he failed to go on from that initial run over hurdles although he did run a good race in a decent juvenile handicap at Ascot back in the spring. I hope the step up in trip is the key.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.