Catching Pigeons: Big Day For Stoute
Catching Pigeons: Big Day For Stoute
Sporting Life

Sea Moon

Sir Michael Stoute seemed in good spirits on the Newmarket gallops this week, singing and whistling as usual while his string worked. Michael Holding was in attendance too and saw Fiorente enjoy a nice spin with Carlton House on the Round Gallop.

There will be one or two long faces at Freemason Lodge if he doesn’t leave his reappearance run firmly behind in the 32Red Festival Stakes at Goodwood.

It’s a big afternoon for the Stoute team at the Sussex track with Sea Moon confidently expected to get his campaign off to a winning start in the Southern Daily Echo Tapster Stakes. He’s done plenty of work ahead of his reappearance and impressed in a solo spin this week.

On the same card there’s a very strong word going round Newmarket for the Peter Chapple-Hyam newcomer Hot Diggity in the E.B.F. Anthony Simmons Maiden Stakes. Eddie Ahern has been booked to ride the son of Librettist who was given a number of entries over recent days before connections opted to head to this contest.

Over at Haydock a busy day for Roger Charlton could kick-off with a winner courtesy of Moidore in the opening Betfred Mobile Sports Handicap.

The Beckhampton trainer has a strong team of three-year-olds this season and this son of Galileo has caught the eye with some strong pieces of work of late. There’s a feeling the Queen’s colt is better than his current handicap mark. He’s fit for his first run and did well to win from a bad draw at Nottingham on his final start last season.

There are plenty of strong words going round ahead of the Betfred Silver Bowl. Forest Row and Frog Hollow are just two of those carrying stable confidence into the contest but we have to stick with Archbishop who works like a very talented colt at Manton.

He has a good draw for one who likes to be up with the pace and he still looks nicely handicapped, despite a rise in the weights in the wake of his reappearance at Newmarket.

He would have won that race nicely had he not drifted left in the closing stages but the winner did not let the form down when a running on fourth (after meeting serious interference) in a hot handicap at Newbury last week.

Charlton again takes centre stage in the Temple Stakes with Bated Breath making his reappearance. His work is good and connections are hoping he has improved again from last season, indeed a win could see him head for the King’s Stand and not the Golden Jubilee at Royal Ascot.

Ganas is put up as a confident each-way selection for division one of the Betfred ‘The Bonus King’ Handicap. His work is a rung or two up on last season and consequently he was strongly fancied despite a bad draw at Kempton on his comeback. He can be forgiven the poor run after his saddle slipped very early on and he remains nicely handicapped.

Catfish is not the most straighforward individual but he has been in particularly good form at home and will go well in the Sky Bet Mobile Sprint Handicap at York.

Newbury in the evening has attracted one or two decent two-year-olds for the Relyon Cleaning Newbury Maiden Auction Fillies’ Stakes and the Clive Cox camp expect Malilla to step up on her debut in a four runner affair at Ascot.

However, the most interesting runner arguably is Peep N Creep from the Tim Easterby camp. She ran well first time and the winner of the race has since finished second in a Listed event at York.

Although not the best drawn, Muhdiq is well worth a mention in the Jill And Clive’s Silver Anniversary Maiden Stakes at Lingfield. He’s a bit of a wild child (he was ponied down for his debut here a couple of weeks ago) but has above average ability and should make his presence felt in this ordinary maiden. He showed plenty of promise from another wide draw on that first outing, and has been sharpened up by the experience.

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