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Her Majesty’s horse Handiwork expected to finally show true talents at Newcastle races
IT will be hats off to the Queen at Newcastle today if Handiwork can finally open his winning account in the famous Royal colours after a summer break.
Trained at Newmarket by Michael Bell, the three-year-old has yet to win in seven starts, but his lack of success does not tell the whole story.
Handiwork has finished in the frame in his last four races and has finished second in three of them, including at Redcar on his latest start when he went down by less than a length to Man Of Seville.
The son of Motivator has not been seen out since May, but Bell must be sure of his fitness to despatch him on the long journey to Newcastle. With Tom Queally booked for the mount, Handiwork can land a popular success.
Mel Brittain, who trains at Warthill, enjoyed a winner at his local York course last weekend and this racing stalwart has good prospects of following up with Generous Dream in the Betfred Handicap over two miles.
Lightly raced this season, Generous Dream showed signs of returning to form when finishing third at Ripon on his latest outing. He figures on a handy mark and David Allan has the mount.
Newmarket trainer John Gosden and his number one jockey William Buick could be the partnership to follow at Gosforth Park.
Their first representative is Beyond Smart in the Betfred Maiden Stakes. A good fourth at Haydock on his debut at the end of last month, this promising juvenile is napped to find opportunity knocking this time.
Gosden and Buick may also be able to land the Betfred Fillies’ Maiden with Night Fever. Although this two-year-old is unraced, she has plenty going for her on pedigree, being a daughter of top sire Gallileo and closely related to Derby third Astrology. It would hardly be a surprise if she possesses an engine to match.
Obstacle, who lines up for the Betfred/R F Henderson Ltd Maiden Stakes, can also oblige for Gosden and Buick. Although a beaten favourite at Leicester last time out, the three-year-old had shaped well on his debut at Newmarket to finish second. He is selected to make it third-time-lucky.
Norton trainer Tony Coyle, who saddled his first York winner last Friday when City Zen prevailed in a blanket finish, has Thatcherite in cracking form at present.
The gelding has never been the easiest to predict, but he has looked in the pink of condition lately with wins here and at Redcar.
It would take a brave man to rule him out of calculations in the second division of the Betfred ‘Call Centre Cash Back Offers’ Handicap.
At Leicester, the consistent Mash Potato can be expected to run well in the Stewards Handicap.
Micheal Dods’ three-year-old has been running out of his skin during the last few months and the 5lb allowance of crack apprentice Connor Beasley will aid her chances of resuming winning ways.
Also worth noting are previous course-and-distance winner Red Art (2.40) and the promising Gothic (5.10).
2.00 Beyond Smart (NAP), 2.30 Night Fever, 3.00 Handiwork, 3.30 Obstacle, 4.00 Generous Dream, 4.30 Brother Tiger, 5.00 Thatcherite, 5.30 Trixie Malone.
2.10 Trading Profit, 2.40 Red Art, 3.10 Ashkari, 3.40 Lacock, 4.10 Princess Loulou, 4.40 Yasir, 5.10 Gothic, 5.45 Mash Potato Today’s other meetings: Huntingdon and Leicester.
Tomorrow’s meetings: Kempton, Lingfield, Nottingham and Wetherby.
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