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Jockey Hayley Turner tipped to take the honours at Doncaster
Seal Of Approval, beaten only once in four starts, can continue her ascent at Doncaster tomorrow by clinching her first Group 2 triumph.
Trained at Newmarket by James Fanshawe, whose horses remain in excellent form, Seal Of Approval is set to be partnered by Hayley Turner in the DFS Park Hill Stakes.
The lightly-raced four-year-old is an exciting talent. In no time at all she has graduated from maidens into handicap company and, last time out at Newbury, a Listed event in which she got the better of Songbird in determined fashion.
Quite how much more there is to come from Seal Of Approval is anyone’s guess. But it would be no surprise to see her continue her rise and claim this £90,000 showpiece.
Graham Lee could also be in for a profitable afternoon, courtesy of Winning Express in the Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes.
Trained by Ed McMahon, this talented three-year-old, who finished fourth in the 1,000 Guineas, has since won at Warwick and was a close up second to Annunciation at Goodwood on her latest start. She meets her conqueror on 3lb better terms here and that may well be enough to see the tables turned.
Paul Hanagan won the Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes three years ago on the Richard Fahey-trained Wootton Bassett and the now Newmarket-based rider has good prospects of producing an encore tomorrow aboard Tanzeel, trained by Charlie Hills.
Having shown promise on his debut, Tanzeel bolted home at Newmarket next time and looks a colt with a bright future. This will be a much tougher test, but he plainly deserves respect.
Hanagan will again be pulling on the colours of his boss Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum aboard Muthmir in the Download The Ladbrokes Bingo App Handicap.
The William Haggas-trained colt was a winner over this course and distance in July and, although out of the money on his latest start at Newmarket, he was far from disgraced.
Hot Bed represents Irish trainer David Wachman, who, on Saturday, will be saddling leading fancy Galileo Rock in the St Leger.
Hot Bed is not in the same league as his stablemate, but is a model of consistency and was a useful second to Mont Ras at York’s Ebor Festival last month. This longer distance promises to suit him better and Kieren Fallon has the mount.
Middleham trainer Mark Johnston sends Nightster to Epsom tomorrow and Joe Fanning’s mount is napped to win the Screwfix Live 2013 Handicap.
A Hamilton winner on his debut, he finished second on the same course in handicap company ten days ago when he still looked a little green and raw before getting the message late on. There is plenty more to come.
While we are used to seeing Tony McCoy blasting his way around jump tracks all over the country, a more unusual sight will be to witness the legendary National Hunt jockey riding around Epsom’s Derby course.
He teams up with Hilali in the Jump Jockeys Derby Handicap and it would be no surprise to see him prevail.
1.40 Les Gar Gan, 2.10 Winning Express, 2.40 Tanzeel, 3.15 Seal Of Approval, 3.50 Alpine Retreat, 4.25 Muthmir, 5.00 Hot Bed.
2.20 Pool House, 2.50 Mime Dance, 3.25 Nightster (NAP), 4.00 Hilali, 4.35 Sarangoo, 5.10 Mukhabarat.
Tomorrow’s other meetings: Chepstow and Wolverhampton.
Today’s meetings: Carlisle, Doncaster, Kempton and Uttoxeter.
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