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Yarmouth next on course to boost jockey Jason Hart’s winners
North Yorkshire apprentice Jason Hart makes the long journey to Yarmouth today for two mounts and the chance of two winners as he relentlessly pursues a coveted title trophy.
Hart, who is attached to Declan Carrol’s Sledmere yard, is holding a healthy lead in the apprentices’ championship as the final lap of the Flat season gets underway and successes today on Green Howard and Monsieur Pontaven would further turn the screw on his rivals, led by Thomas Brown, who is currently four winners adrift.
Green Howard has been running particularly well lately and he followed up a head defeat in the Ayr Bronze Cup with a solid fourth-placed effort behind Dusky Queen at York earlier this month.
A winner at Newcastle in August and also a previous winner on this course, Green Howard has every chance of resuming winning ways in the Download The BetVictor App Handicap.
Hart rides Monsieur Pontaven, trained, like Green Howard, by Robin Bastiman, in the £25 Free Bet #BackOfTheNet Handicap, which concludes the Yarmouth card.
The six-year-old was far from disgraced when fifth at Ayr last time and had previously failed by only a head at Chepstow. He has run well on this course and, although, not the easiest to predict, he looks capable of helping Hart in his championship quest in this seven-furlong contest. He carries the nap vote.
Sir Michael Stoute is a trainer to follow in the opening three maiden races. Stoute runs interesting newcomers in the first two races.
High Stand, who lines up in the British Stallion Studs Maiden Stakes, cost 150,000 guineas as a yearling and this son of Kyllachy has the pedigree to shine.
Likewise half an hour later in the first leg of the Breeders Backing Racing Maiden Fillies’ Stakes, Stoute takes the wraps off Shama’s Song, a daughter of Teofilio and closely-related to a Group 2 winner.
In the second division of the Breeders Backing Racing Maiden Fillies’ Stakes, Stoute saddles Asyad, who showed promise on her debut seven weeks ago at Salisbury, finishing fourth and looking like she’d benefit from the experience. A daughter of New Approach, Asyad cost 230,000 euros as a yearling and is open to further improvement.
Stoute also runs the three-year-old Stomachion under a penalty in the Bet Victor Back Of The Net Offer Handicap.
The colt broke his duck in his first handicap at Salisbury last week and may be able to defy his extra 6lb in this event.
At Lingfield, Desert Command (4.30), beaten only a short head at Epsom on his latest start, and Miguel Grau (5.00), an eight lengths winner at Wolverhampton 11 days ago, are both worthy of attention.
1.50 High Stand, 2.20 Shama’s Song, 2.50 Asyad, 3.20 Sherston, 3.50 Green Howard, 4.20 Stomachion, 4.50 Resonare, 5.20 Monsieur Pontaven (nap).
2.00 El Libertador, 2.30 Mocacha, 3.00 Invasor Luck, 3.30 Hartwright, 4.00 Another Try, 4.30 Desert Command, 5.00 Miguel Grau, 5.30 Kastini.
Today’s other meetings: Exeter and Kempton.
Tomorrow’s meetings: Fontwell, Kempton, Newmarket and Worcester.
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