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Global Giant looks a solid choice at Haydock

Global Giant looks a solid choice at Haydock

Edward Whitaker

Global Giant looks a solid choice at Haydock

Global Giant can continue his progression since joining John Gosden with victory in the Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock.

The five-year-old could easily be unbeaten since moving across Newmarket to Clarehaven Stables from Ed Dunlop.

It is not to say he has improved enormously, either, having won a Listed race in Ireland for his previous connections - but bought privately by his current owners, he looks a smart prospect now.

On his first run for Gosden at Wolverhampton in January, he was an easy winner, and was then an unlucky loser at Sandown in Listed company.

He did not enjoy a clear passage and was beaten two lengths, but the form has worked out incredibly well.

The winner, Andre Fabre's Magny Cours, had beaten top-notch stablemate Persian King previously, while the second, Roger Charlton's Aspetar, landed the Group Two Sky Bet York Stakes next time out in which Fox Chairman, the third, finished second.

Most recently Global Giant won a Listed race at Newbury in comfortable style, suggesting he is well up to scoring at Group Three level. He is a confident selection.

Festive Star gets the nod in the British Stallion Studs EBF Dick Hern Stakes.

A Listed winner in France as a juvenile, the daughter of Golden Horn failed to make much of an impact on her first start of 2020 in a Windsor handicap at the end of June.

However, she raised her game significantly to claim a third victory from just six career starts at Newbury last month - earning a three-figure rating and a return to Listed class.

Group One winner Veracious sets a lofty standard, but she has been off the track since October and this could be a day to take her on.

Mark Johnston's Dubai Fountain may have lost her unbeaten record last time out but she still sets a very good standard in the Betway Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket.

A winner from a subsequent scorer on debut at Doncaster, she then returned to Town Moor and fairly bolted up under a penalty by the best part of 10 lengths. Upped in grade at Sandown, she was just reeled in by Richard Fahey's Fev Rover, who had previously finished second to Dandalla in a Group Two, and the third home, Santosha, has come out and won a Group race since.

Dubai Fountain may not be the best long-term prospect in the race, but she has the edge in terms of experience and that should come in handy.

The Gosden-trained Al Rufaa has looked a Group horse in a handicap in winning the last twice and can take the Betway Handicap before stepping into Pattern races. The handicapper has put him up 18lb for his two wins but it still might not be enough.

Gosden's Harrovian also looks a major player in the Play 4 To Win At Betway Handicap, despite top weight.

It should be Shergar Cup day at Ascot, but for obvious reasons that is not taking place this year.

Instead, there is a card full of competitive handicaps, with Australis looking a solid choice in the Runnymede Handicap.

Roger Varian's charge is 6lb higher than when second in the Northumberland Plate, but this does look an easier assignment on paper.

Varian can double up with Look Closely in the Virginia Water Handicap. He has been put up 8lb for a win over course and distance last time out, when he looked a cut above his rivals.

Today's selections

ASCOT: 12.40 Megallan, 1.15 Jadwal, 1.50 Chil Chil, 2.25 Jalaad, 3.00 Australis, 3.35 Look Closely, 4.10 Wise Glory, 4.45 Blue De Vega.

CORK: 2.00 Divinely, 2.30 Petite Amie, 3.05 Strong Johnson, 3.40 Silk Forest, 4.15 Pearls Galore, 4.50 Silk Cravat, 5.25 Billyfairplay, 5.55 Cayenne Pepper.

HAYDOCK: 12.30 Anna Of Lorraine, 1.00 Star Of Valour, 1.30 Sameem, 2.05 Festive Star, 2.40 GLOBAL GIANT (NAP), 3.15 King Fan, 3.50 Young Fire, 4.25 Aristocratic Lady, 4.55 Canford Bay.

KILBEGGAN: 4.40 Curlew Hill, 5.15 Mengli Khan, 5.45 Coolbane Boy, 6.15 In Your Shadow, 6.45 Doctor Duffy, 7.15 Peacocks Secret, 7.45 I A Connect.

NEWMARKET: 1.40 Arion Fox, 2.15 Jessop, 2.50 Magisterium, 3.20 Dubai Fountain, 4.00 Al Rufaa, 4.35 Zegalo, 5.10 Harrovian, 5.40 Coltrane.

UTTOXETER: 4.30 Enemy Coast Ahead, 5.00 Mine's A Pint, 5.30 Longhouse Sale, 6.00 Shantou Village, 6.30 Go To Court, 7.00 Hidden Cargo, 7.30 Light In The Sky, 8.00 Dear Sire, 8.30 Handy Hollow.

DOUBLE: Global Giant and Dubai Fountain.