Sir Michael Stoute’s Telescope’s credentials will be put in sharp focus when the three-year-old runs in the Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock
The one-time Derby fancy was a very easy winner at Leicester on his recent seasonal reappearance and will now look to follow-up on that facile victory by taking the Group Three contest. Stoute’s colt has always been highly regarded and holds a number of Group One entries later in the season including one in the International at York. The main dangers to Telescope will come from Lady Cecil’s Noble Mission and the once classy Sri Putra. His most interesting rival though in the Rose of Lancaster Stakes will be South African trained David Livingston, who is to be partnered by the unstoppable Johnny Murtagh. If the much touted three-year-old can live up to his reputation and beat the field he will become many punters choice for more valuable prizes in the late Summer and Autumn.
At Ascot, the Shergar’s Cup has produced a good card of competitive races. The Women’s Team has a strong chance of coming out on top in the final two races with Lisa Allpress on Scatter Dice (3.15) and Rosie Napravnik on Noble Deed (3.50). Trainer William Haggas looks well placed for a double with Nine Realms (12.55) and Noble Deed. Sir Mark Prescott’s Mutual Regard showed an impressive turn of foot at Ffos Las and looks certain to follow up on that success in the (1.30)
Richard Hughes has an excellent book of rides at Newmarket and is highly likely to add to his winners total.
Crockford’s Dead Cert – Danchai (Haydock 2.20)
Haggas looks set for a good day with a handful of chances across the cards. Danchai won the John Smith’s Cup last time out in good style beating his stablemate Stencive. That looked a much hotter contest than this and all signs point to another win for this talented grey.
Crockford’s Whisper – Salutation e/w (Haydock 5.05)
A good second to Pether’s Moon last week at Glorious Goodwood, this consistent Johnston horse will be there or thereabouts again. The whisper is that the yard is due for another good day with this being one of their chances.
Archer’s Selection – Mutual Regard (Ascot 1.30)
Archer would not have missed the form that the yard has been in of late and the style of Mutual Regard’s win. The shrewd jockey would have known that the horse tends to build on wins and looks set for another solid performance.
Crockford’s gambles around the courses:
Shergar Cup (Ascot) – Nine Realms (12.55), Mutual Regard (1.30), Ahtoug (2.05), Chesterfield (2.40), Scatter Dice e/w (3.15) and Noble Deed (3.50)
Haydock – Ascription (1.45), Danchai (2.20), Telescope and Sri Putra e/w (2.55), Expressly (3.25) and Salutation e/w (5.05)
Newmarket – Dime Dancer (2.25), Conduct (3.00), Baby Bush (3.35), Gabriel’s Lad e/w (4.10), Intrigo (5.20) and Courtesy Call e/w (5.55)
Redcar – Jo’Burg (3.10) and Lexington Blue (4.20)
(Featured Photograph – Newmarket gallops by Stuart Rice)