FOLLOW MAN IN ACTION
Follow Man In Action
Follow Man In Action
By Chris Wilson
Man Of Plenty has to be respected in the Crimbourne Stud Stakes at Goodwood.
The three-year-old son of Manduro is a textbook John Dunlop improving horse over middle distances, having already won at Windsor over a mile and a quarter.
He then made a seamless transition to just shy of a mile and a half at the same track last month, when only losing out by a head to the well-above-average Rye House.
Man Of Plenty has gone up 6lb for his return to action in West Sussex, but it would be a shade disappointing if he were not a better than an 80-rated horse.
He will also be unflustered by any dramatic changes in ground conditions – which is possible, given the forecast.
No shortage of potentially nice horses on action at Newmarket, where Shantaram looks the leading light in the Countryside Alliance Foundation Maiden Stakes.
John Gosden’s three-year-old got to within three-quarters of a length of subsequent Derby runner-up Main Sequence at Lingfield last time out.
That form alone must stand him in excellent stead for a big run here, after which the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot will no doubt be an option.
Declan Carroll must also be feeling pretty upbeat ahead of Green Park‘s outing in the Pin Point Recruitment Handicap at Catterick.
The former Gosforth Park Cup winner is not as quick as he once was, but nonetheless did really well to win from a bad start at Chester towards the end of May.
Green Park won last summer off just a 1lb higher mark than his revised rating of 76, which looks fair enough given his exploits on the Roodee.
Carroll will also be unfazed by the prospect of any significant rainfall in North Yorkshire.
It could be a good day for East Yorkshire-based Carroll, with Swiftly Done taken to strike a little farther south at Doncaster.
The five-year-old put in a most encouraging display at Thirsk last month when an admittedly well-beaten second behind handicap snip Al Muheer.
Swiftly Done had upwards of five lengths in reserve of 11 vanquished rivals that day, so it must go down as a really decent effort given he had been off the track for seven months.
Carroll’s representative is now competing off a career-high mark, but he is clearly getting better with racing.
Any cut in the ground will also be a welcome boost for connections.
Ring For Baileys turned in quite an encouraging performance at Goodwood last time, and should be followed at Bath.
Chris Dwyer’s chestnut filly was beaten just a length and a quarter into third in a reasonable sprint handicap, in which the better ground clearly played to her strengths.
Although Dwyer will be keen for the rain to keep away from Somerset, Ring For Baileys has been raised just 1lb for that promising effort and looks a little more progressive than most of these rivals.
Raul Da Silva’s 5lb claim is particularly handy in a trappy-looking renewal of the Bath Ales Gem Fillies’ Handicap.
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