IT SEEMS significant David Marnane has secured the services of Paul Hanagan for GOLDEN HALO in the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing EBF Maiden Stakes at Musselburgh.
Any Irish runners that make the trip for small prizes in midweek are always worth a look, and this Titus Livius colt would have strong claims on the formbook.
With the added factor of title-chasing Hanagan in the saddle, his chance must be even greater.
Marnane could quite easily have sent him to Dundalk for a run, but the good ground predicted in Scotland must have persuaded him to make the trip.
After finishing seventh of 11 on his debut, beaten over five lengths, he stepped up markedly on that when second only to Ballydoyle inmate Foot Soldier at Roscommon.
Tom Dascombe’s Brockwell can be expected to improve immeasurably from his eyecatching first run at York, but with Hanagan up GOLDEN HALO is expected to open his account.
Hanagan could also be celebrating after riding LEXINGTON BAY for his boss Richard Fahey in the William Hill Scottish Cup Handicap (for the Willie Park Trophy).
Three times a winner already this year, he picked up in really good style when claiming a competitive handicap at Haydock last time out.
He steps up to two miles for the first time and that may bring about even more improvement.
AKULA may be nicely treated on her return to the level in the nottinghamracecourse.co.uk Handicap at Nottingham.
He showed some pretty decent form over timber when not beaten far by the likes of Sam Winner and Local Hero and ran in the Fred Winter at Cheltenham.
Roger Charlton is one trainer who will not want the season to end as he has his horses in great nick.
MOIDORE is another two-year-old of his that looks to have great claims in the EBF Oath Colts And Geldings Maiden Stakes. Owned by the queen of England, he is likely to have plenty of supporters and, while Roger Varian’s expensive newcomer Cameron Highland warrants a check in the market, on pure form Moidore is the pick.
At Kempton’s evening meeting, Mahmood Al Zarooni’s CIRCUS MONDAO can make Frankie Dettori’s night worthwhile.
It's jumping at Haydock where Keith Reveley's EYRE SQUARE can defy top weight in the SNG Commercial Law Handicap Chase. He mixed fences and hurdles to good effect last term and Reveley's string appear fairly well forward for this time of year.