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Monday 17 December 2018

Elwazir can blossom in

Poet’s Society can do the business in the Shergar Cup at Ascot
Poet’s Society can do the business in the Shergar Cup at Ascot

Elwazir can make the leap to Group Three company in style by winning the Smarkets Betting Exchange Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock.

Owen Burrows' charge is certainly bred to be featuring at this kind of level as a Frankel half-brother to Group One winner Speedy Boarding and he now appears to be coming into his own.

Impressive

Out of luck in two juvenile starts, he has won on both of his outings this year, with his Sandown novice success in June reading very well indeed given that the second, Cross Counter, was such an impressive winner of the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood last week.

Elwazir subsequently followed up at Ascot when he defied a less-than-ideal passage and this 10-furlong event looks an obvious stepping stone to hopefully even better in the autumn.

Pennywhistle faces a more discerning test in the german-thoroughbred.com Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket but she can rise to the challenge admirably.

Third on her initial outing for John Gosden, that form has worked out well with the winner already having tasted Listed glory, while Pennywhistle opened her account at the second time of asking.

Lottery

That win came in a competitive novice heat at Newmarket and Pennywhistle shaped as though there was a good deal more to come on that occasion.

The annual team competition that is the Shergar Cup takes place at Ascot and while it can sometimes turn into a bit of a lottery depending upon the jockey, there are one or two runners that catch the eye.

Poet's Society was a fine second in the Golden Mile at Goodwood last week but redemption should be swift and satisfying in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Mile.

Koeman bids for a course-and-distance double in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Challenge.

He only had a neck to spare at the line that day but as he had taken it up with a furlong to run, it was still a notable effort.

Danceteria has been in a rich vein of form this season and can make it four wins on the bounce in the BBAG-sales.de Handicap.

Successful at Sandown in June, he has since added two victories on the July Course, most recently when coming home five lengths clear in a two-horse race.

While lacking in numbers, that was an evenly-matched contest on the face of it and Danceteria impressed in showing his only rival a clean pair of heels.

The handicapper has hiked him 5lb for that win, but he is on an upward trajectory and it would be dangerous to dismiss his chances.

Today's selections

ASCOT: 1.05 El Astronaute, 1.40 Cleonte, 2.15 Koeman, 2.50 Poet's Society, 3.25 Bajan Gold, 4.00 Tangled.

AYR: 5.35 Lucky Violet, 6.05 Fuente, 6.35 First Bombardment, 7.05 Oriental Lilly, 7.35 Gworn, 8.05 Royal Duchess, 8.35 Ruler of The Nile.

CHELMSFORD: 1.30 Toffee Galore, 2.05 Choral Music, 2.40 Go Far, 3.15 Carolinae, 3.50 Maypole, 4.25 True North, 5.00 Lady Of York.

CORK: 1.15 At Last, 1.50 Mount Everest, 2.25 Making Light, 3.00 Sizzling, 3.35 Stormy Belle, 4.10 Dandys Gold, 4.40 Roman Gal.

HAYDOCK: 1.20 Humble Gratitude, 1.55 Super Kid, 2.30 Unforgetable Filly, 3.05 ELWAZIR (NAP), 3.40 Mountain Angel, 4.15 Fille De Reve, 4.50 Celerity.

KILBEGGAN: 5.20 Falak, 5.55 Count Simon, 6.25 Celtic Monarch, 6.55 Aramon, 7.25 Judgement Day, 7.55 William Du Berlais, 8.25 Presenting Leah.

LINGFIELD: 5.10 Matchmaking, 5.45 Spirit Of Appin, 6.15 Fearless Warrior, 6.45 Quick Recovery, 7.15 Sybil Grand, 7.45 Vegas Boy, 8.15 Dream For Life.

NEWMARKET: 2.00 Shambolic, 2.35 Eyelool, 3.10 Danceteria, 3.45 Pennywhistle, 4.20 Ripp Orf, 4.55 Petrus, 5.30 Master Archer.

REDCAR: 1.10 Capitan James, 1.45 Global Melody, 2.20 International Man, 2.55 The Armed Man, 3.30 Acrux, 4.05 Bravery, 4.35 So Near So Farhh, 5.05 Artic Nel.

DOUBLE: Elwazir and Danceteria.

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