FIREBEAM can dent the reputation of the much-discussed Hoof It in the John Sunley Memorial Criterion Stakes at Newmarket.
Hoof It, jointly owned by the excellent golfer Lee Westwood will be in the thoughts of most punters ahead of this Group Three over seven furlongs.
And while he has the Group-placed form in which to just about back up the hype, the fact remains that he has not yet struck in Pattern company. He was also forced to swerve Royal Ascot due to a setback, and so a fighting chance can be given to Firebeam, who is a year younger than Hoof It, but has raced just eight times.
The William Haggas-trained four-year-old is in his element over seven furlongs -- especially when the ground is testing -- as demonstrated by a carefree victory at Haydock last September.
At the prices, it would arguably appear more logical to invest in Firebeam than Hoof It.
A strong card at Headquarters gives sandreamer the chance to further emboss her record in the ACD Projects Supporting The Animal Health Trust Empress Stakes.
DANDINO is clearly back in the groove since moving to James Fanshawe's yard and his narrow second behind the top-class Sea Moon at Goodwood should guarantee an assured run in the Betfair Supports The Animal Health Trust Fred Archer Stakes.
MOTIVADO can be relied upon to take within his stride the step up to two miles in the John Smith's Northumberland Plate at Newcastle.
Stepping up to an extended mile and three-quarters ought to do it for BEYOND CONCEIT at Doncaster while silverheels can be trusted to deliver the goods in the Betfred Mobile Casino Handicap at Windsor.
Haggas can put the seal on a good day by saddling Well Painted to victory in the Kathleen Corbett Memorial Handicap at Chester, while the on-song bridgehampton looks the one in the Poppy Shop -- poppyshop.org.uk Handicap at Lingfield.