We’re just getting over the excitement of Frankel powering home in the Sussex Stakes and leaving Canford Cliffs for dust! Quite whether we will see a similar performance from any of the horses lining up for Friday’s seven races is another matter, although there are some quality events including the totesport Mile.
RSA Thoroughbred Stakes – 2.35pm
No prices available at the time of writing, although it is safe to assume that Neebras and Western Aristocrat will be among the favourites for a race run over one mile. There are eight runners that will make it to post, with Tazahum the top weight and the three-year-old has demonstrated class when winning at Sandown twice this year. Fifth place in a 1 mile 2 furlong race at Royal Ascot was no mean feat either.
Neebras has a mixed bag of form coming into this race, with a May victory at Newmarket being followed by third out of five at Sandown. However, the Irish raider was the surprise package at Royal Ascot when finishing fourth in the St James’s Palace Stakes just two lengths behind the mighty Frankel. The Godolphin horse is likely to be followed home by American horse Western Aristocrat, who finished third to Strong Suit at Ascot.
Totesport Mile – 3.10pm
£77,813 is available for the winner of this prestigious handicap and there are 21 horses currently entered for a shot at the purse, with Green Destiny looking like the class act in the field. The four-year-old has bagged victories at Newmarket and York recently, although the blot on the copybook was flopping as 6/4 favourite in the Wolferton Handicap at Ascot.
The William Haggas-trained runner is a 3/1 chance with Ladbrokes (£30 free bet) to win on Friday, while Sagramor has been well-backed and three-year-old is now 6/1 (bet365 – £200 free bets). Hughie Morrison’s charge looks to have a decent weight allowance and the same be said of Boom And Bust (16/1 Coral), who has three wins so far this season.
Riggins runs for Ed Walker and the trainer will be hoping for a case of third time lucky after a disappointing couple of runs so far this season, while Cai Shen has been ultra-consistent this term and looks a spot of each-way value at 14/1 (Coral – £25 free betting).
Tanqueray Richmond Stakes – 3.45pm
There are ten two-year-olds entered for the race and there are many victories between the runners with the age of the horses making it difficult to objectively look at form in the Richmond Stakes. Harbour Watch is likely to go off favourite after wins at Salisbury and Newmarket, especially as the Hannon-Hughes combination are on show.
Bannock is Mark Johnston’s only entry into the race, with Saigon boasting a 100% record this term after hacking up at Yarmouth and Newbury. Caspar Netscher was a close second in the latter race and could run a big race for Alan McCabe.