Major Jumbo can fly to victory
Major Jumbo can get back on the winning trail as he drops back to Listed company in the MBNA Queensferry Stakes at Chester tomorrow.
Kevin Ryan has been testing his six-year-old against some of the best in the sprinting ranks this season after he rounded out last term with a big-money handicap victory at York.
And Major Jumbo has certainly been holding his own, not being beaten far by Invincible Army on his first outing at Doncaster before making the frame in both the Palace House and Duke of York Stakes. He also hit the bar in a French Group Two in June.
Ryan became suitably emboldened to have a crack at the highest level in the July Cup. Major Jumbo cut little ice against Ten Sovereigns, but he could hardly be expected to given his 66-1 starting price.
A six-and-a-quarter-length beating was no disgrace, though, and a repeat could be good enough to improve on his second of last year in this six-furlong event.
Sermon is worth following as he makes his first start as a gelding in the Britvic Nursery Handicap.
He has placed on each of his three outings for Tom Dascombe so far, claiming third on his debut before being edged out in his two latest efforts by narrow margins.
Gelded since his nose defeat at this track in June, Sermon should have his mind firmly on the task in hand here.
Hereby can bounce back from a heavy defeat last time in the Parade With Aiden Byrne Handicap for Ralph Beckett.
She registered her maiden success at Goodwood in June but could not follow up when tried in novice company at Kempton. Giving 6lb to both the first and second, Hereby was up against it, so switching to the handicap sphere on a starting mark of 72 could prove a good move from Beckett.
Northern Beau let down her supporters at Haydock in May but can make amends in the Age UK Lindsey Informs And Advises Handicap Chase at Market Rasen.
A half-length winner of a very decent contest at Cheltenham in April, she could not follow up when sent off favourite on Merseyside as a strong pace seemed to go against her.
Dropped 1lb after being raised 2lb previously, Northern Beau may not be finished with yet. In the first race at the course, What Will Be could take some beating in the UK Lindsey Befriends Juvenile Hurdle.
CHESTER: 2.00 Sermon, 2.35 Cognac, 3.10 MAJOR JUMBO (NAP), 3.40 Hereby, 4.15 Monoski, 4.50 Gabrial The Tiger, 5.20 Scofflaw.
GALWAY: 2.15 Charle Brune, 2.45 Spring Watch, 3.20 Potala Palace, 3.55 Magnetic North, 4.30 Yorkhill, 5.00 Lake Takapuna, 5.30 Linger, 6.00 Blazing Emily.
MARKET RASEN: 1.20 What Will Be, 1.50 Glan Y Gors, 2.25 Prancing Oscar, 3.00 Northern Beau, 3.30 Primal Focus, 4.05 Article Fifty, 4.40 Ulysses, 5.10 Elena Sue.
DOUBLE: Major Jumbo and Sermon.