Hanagan and Haggas tipped to eclipse Ripon rivals
Updated 11:50am Monday 7th July 2014 in Sport
PAUL HANAGAN and William Haggas, who joined forces to memorably lift Saturday's Group 1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes with Mukhadram, can both figure among the winners at Ripon this evening.
Saturday's Sandown triumph was a milestone victory for connections and a deserved success for Mukhadram, a York winner last year, who had suffered a luckless defeat in last season's Eclipse and who also went down fighting in second place in the richly-endowed Duabi World Cup when a foot problem interrupted his final preparation.
Hanagan and Haggas go their separate ways tonight and the jockey will be aiming to put one over on the trainer aboard Mabdhool in the Follow @AtTheRaces On Twitter Handicap.
Mabdhool got off the mark in gritty style at Chepstow on his latest start and now makes his handicap debut. He is set to give 9lb to the Haggas-trained Westerly, a Pontefract winner last month and the mount of Liam Jones. There might not be much between the pair, but Mabdhool just gets the nod.
Hanagan also boasts a winning chance aboard Hesbaan in the SIS Live Maiden Stakes.
The three-year-old has finished second at Chepstow and fourth at Lingfield on his two starts this term. He is no star, but this weakfish-looking event offers the Marcus Tregoning-trained gelding an opportunity to break his duck and complete a double for Hanagan.
Haggas can get on the scoreboard with nap selection Telmeyd in the featured Armstrong Memorial Handicap.
This speedy colt lost his maiden tag at his second attempt in decisive fashion at Chester last monthw when winning by five lengths. He is now into handicap company and faces a tougher task, but he looks a progressive sprinter and he is fancied to defy top weight under Seb Sanders.
Tim Easterby may hold the key to the Our Local Heroes Foundation Handicap with Traditionelle, the mount of Andrew Elliott.
The Great Habton filly finished a respectable second to Katawi at Doncaster ten days ago. A reproduction of that performance may be good enough to see her go one better here.
Easterby can also make his presence felt at Ayr's afternoon meeting with Short N Sweet in the British Stallion Studs Maiden Stakes.
Although disappointing when only sixth at Newcastle nine days ago, the juvenile had previously finished an excellent second on her debut at York. If she can reproduce that Knavesmire form today, she will be hard to beat.
Algar Lad is fancied to win the BetVictor World Cup Spincast Free Bets Handicap.
A winner at Leicester two starts ago, David O'Meara's sprinter was far from disgraced when finishing fifth to Robot Boy in the hotly-contested Gosforth Park Cup at Newcastle on his latest start. He can get back on top in this less competitive race. Danny Tudhope rides.
Cono Zur is fancied to gain his first success of the season in the Best Odds In Football At BetVictor.com Handicap.
Ruth Carr's gelding showed signs of returning to form when finishing second at Carlisle last time out and is taken to fulfil that promise now. James Sullivan takes the mount.
The step up to seven furlong should suit Thirsk runner-up Ingleby Spring (3.00), while Woodstock (4.30) should also appreciate a stiffer test of stamina after finding everything happening a little too quickly at Newcastle on his latest start.
6.40 Rosalie Bonheur, 7.10 Traditionelle, 7.40 Mabdhool, 8.10 Telmeyd (NAP), 8.40 Hesbaan, 9.10 Icy Blue.
2.30 Short N Sweet, 3.00 Ingleby Spring, 3.30 Jazz, 4.00 Cono Zur, 4.30 Woodstock, 5.00 Algar Lad, 5.30 Spirit Of Alsace.
Today's other meetings
Newton Abbot and Windsor.
Brighton, Lingfield, Pontefract and Uttoxeter.