Tuesday 22 May 2018

Stoute's Intellect looks to be the smart choice

Trainer Sir Michael Stoute. Photo: Racing Post
Trainer Sir Michael Stoute. Photo: Racing Post

Intellect can make amends for a lacklustre effort last time out by winning the Dan Hague, Yarmouth's Number 1 Bookmaker Handicap at the seaside venue.

Sir Michael Stoute's runner had looked quite progressive in winning two of his three starts before pitching up for a 19-runner event at York's Ebor meeting.

The wheels firmly came off that day, though, as Intellect was beaten some 46 lengths as he trailed home last after racing pretty keenly through the early stages.

Given he had won his two previous races on soft ground, the quicker conditions may well have been another negative on the Knavesmire and he was facing by far the biggest field he had ever encountered.

Obviously, it will take something of a leap of faith to stick with Intellect here, but he is perhaps better judged on his nine-length stroll at Newbury in July, when he made all and found plenty at the finish.

The smaller field should allow him a bit more leeway up front while the likely soft ground can only be another tick in the 'positives' column.

Magical Dreamer is another who relishes cut and should be followed in the Wainwright Golden Ale Handicap.

James Fanshawe's decision to drop back to five furlongs at Haydock last time out so nearly paid dividends as she found only Major Pusey a length and a half too good that day.

She should be in the mix once again here.

Mohsen is an intriguing contender as he switches spheres in the 188bet.co.uk Handicap at Chepstow.

Out of luck in four maiden starts so far, Marcus Tregoning has opted to embark on the handicap route as this half-brother to Temple Meads seeks that all-important first success.

He is certainly bred to be a decent sprinter and hit the bar on his penultimate start when beaten a length into second at Doncaster.

However, his most recent run certainly catches the eye as he was given far too much to do in a Kempton maiden claimed by Razzmatazz.

That one has subsequently placed at Listed level, so it was clearly not a bad run, especially as he was always going to struggle to make an impact after sitting at the back through the early stages.

Hopefully more positive tactics will be employed and off a mark of 73, the handicapper might just have underestimated his abilities.

Kynren can bring up his hat-trick in the Racing UK Straight Mile Series Handicap at Redcar.

He will be having just his fourth start here but appears to be making great strides after winning his maiden at Carlisle in July before following up at Newmarket on his handicap debut last month.

While he triumphed with a length and a quarter in hand, he appeared to be pretty good value for that margin and it would be no surprise if David Barron had better things in mind with him in due course.


Today's selections

CHEPSTOW: 1.40 Edge Of The World, 2.10 Diagnostic, 2.45 WG Grace, 3.15 Mohsen, 3.50 Nitro, 4.20 Time To Blossom, 4.55 Franny Nisbet, 5.25 Miskin.

GALWAY: 2.25 Hunting Horn, 3.00 Sister Blandina, 3.30 Grey Willow, 4.05 Aqtaar, 4.35 Flaming Sea, 5.10 Kozy, 5.45 Bound.

NEWCASTLE: 5.40 Monsieur Glory, 6.10 Getgo, 6.40 Bahkit, 7.10 Making Miracles, 7.40 Qafilah, 8.10 Far Dawn, 8.40 Honey Badger, 9.10 Express Lady.

REDCAR: 1.20 Hedonism, 1.50 Placebo Effect, 2.20 Duke Cosimo, 2.55 Manatee Bay, 3.25 Kynren, 4.00 Van Velde, 4.30 Sliver Gleam, 5.05 Insurplus.

YARMOUTH: 2.00 Mutaaqeb, 2.35 Hemingford, 3.05 INTELLECT (NAP), 3.40 Bizet, 4.10 Waqt, 4.45 Blazed, 5.15 Magical Dreamer.

DOUBLE: Intellect and Mohsen.

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