After what was a brilliant week we return with eight selections for Saturday. Our NAP has won for the last two days, including on Thursday’s 100% record day. Wouldn’t it be great to get some more winners to add to our best week yet.
2:30 Lingfield – Sir John Lavery NAP (11/10)
A highly regarded colt for very highly regarded connections. Sir John Lavery is well fancied for the Derby and he should go there with a massive chance. Aidan O’Brien’s record in the trials has been supreme, and this one looks to have a big chance. He will be a fine horse.
2:45 Curragh – US Navy Flag (15/8)
I expect US Navy Flag to a very good two-year-old for Ballydoyle this year. He’s very well bred, and wasn’t disgraced on his debut when finishing fourth at Naas behind a stable rival on the up. Seamie Heffernan returns on board, and he should be the one to beat if he steps up as expected.
3:45 Haydock – Certificate (7/2)
In the best flat race on the card, Roger Varian looks to have a big chance with this one. He ran some fine races last season, stepping up from handicapping into group company. He capped off the year finishing fourth in a Group Two contest and he takes a step down to listed level. Connections are confident, and they have every right to be. He should run a big race.
4:00 Ascot – George William (12/1), Squats e/w (20/1)
Before backing anything it’s worth reading our preview of the race. We like George William for Richard Hannon who ran a great race when fourth in the Spring Cup at Newbury last time out. He was unlucky in running that day, and with a clear run he would’ve gone much closer. Seven furlongs should be fine, and he’s good enough to win a handicap like this soon enough.
As an each way fancy we also can’t ignore Squats’ fine Ascot record, and there’s no reason he can’t repeat similar runs that have put him in the frame.
5:40 Curragh – Breeze (8/1)
A beautifully bred three-year-old with only one run in the book. She finished fourth on debut just tiring over a longer trip. As with most debutants, she should be a lot better for the run and the drop down in trip indicates she is going the right way. She cost a lot to buy, and looks like a horse who will be winning a maiden soon enough.
5:45 Thirsk – Noah Amor (8/11)
Not a big price, but this just looks to be too good to ignore. Richard Fahey’s four-year-old drops down into a selling race but has a good bit of form in the book in higher company. He should be way too good in this one, even if the price isn’t incredible. One for the accumulator.
This powerfully bred Godolphin colt didn’t win by too big a margin, but looked to ooze ability when winning when still quite green. He showed to have plenty of natural speed about him, as he outclassed his rivals on the all-weather surface. There should be much more to come from him, and he could be another for pattern contests.
In The Notebook – May 1st 2017
7:15 Thirsk – Historic Note (7/2)
The day is finally here, our first runner from the In The Notebook feature on HTF. We really liked the way this Godolphin colt powered clear in his maiden, and he shaped up to look like he had a bit more left in him too. That wasn’t the most competitive race, and this is a bit of a step up now in a handicap. The mark looks okay, and he should progress.