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Malton runner may topple Sir Henry Cecil at Pontefract
GLEN’S DIAMOND, who ran the race of his life on Knavesmire last month when finishing second to Red Cadeaux in the Yorkshire Cup, is fancied to upset the Frankel-winning partnership of Sir Henry Cecil and Tom Queally in tomorrow's feature race at Pontefract.
Trained at Malton by Richard Fahey and the mount of Tony Hamilton, Glen’s Diamond went down by a length on his latest start, which represented a career-best performance for the Musley Bank gelding, winner of last season’s Group 3 Dee Stakes at Chester.
There are only five runners in tomorrow's £33,000 totepool Pontefract Castle Stakes, but they include Cecil's Jet Away, winner of both his races this season. Queally’s mount looks sure to make a bold bid to complete a hat-trick, but Glen’s Diamond, who will relish the expected give in the ground, is selected to have the edge.
John Gosden and William Buick, enjoying a hugely successful week at Royal Ascot, can provide tomorrow’s winning nap selection, courtesy of Robemaker in the £14,000 totequadpot Handicap.
The four-year-old has won only one race, but he has run well several times in defeat, including at Chester on his last two starts. He is a talented horse and opportunity is fancied to come his way here.
Middleham trainer Elaine Burke has good prospects of opening the card with a winner, via Mollyvator in the British Stallion Studs Maiden Fillies' Stakes.
The juvenile made a promising start to her career at York when chasing home Pay Freeze. Improvement can be expected on her second outing and she is expected to give a good account of herself.
Shane B Kelly is enjoying a good time of things at present and the Malton apprentice has good chances of riding a winner aboard Silly Gilly, trained by Ronnie Barr.
Runner-up in both his starts this season, Silly Gilly was only denied in the shadow of the post at Hamilton last time out.
Premier Choice has been a frustrating horse to date, steps up to six furlongs in the Bet totepool On All Irish Racing Handicap after finishing second at Musselburgh last time over the minimum trip.
Trained by Tim Easterby, Premier Choice is significantly the mount of Kieren Fallon, riding on behalf of Manchester Utd manager Sir Alex Ferguson, part-owner of the three-year-old.
At Haydock this evening, Red Roar (7.20), a winner at Carlisle earlier in the week, is taken to defy a penalty for Alan Berry and Paddy Aspell, while recent Leicester winner Lady Loch (7.50) is selected to provide Norton jockey David Nolan with his second winner of the week.
Also worth noting is the Michael Hills-ridden Kaafel (8.20), trained by Charlie Hills, who is overdue a winning turn.
6.50 Red Explorer, 7.20 Red Roar, 7.50 Lady Loch, 8.20 Kaafel, 8.50 Illustrious Prince, 9.20 Amazing Blue Sky.
Today’s meetings: Royal Ascot, Ayr, Lingfield, Newmarket and Redcar.
2.10 Mollyvator, 2.40 Silly Gilly, 3.10 Robemaker (NAP), 3.40 Glen’s Diamond, 4.10 Mojolika, 4.40 Swynmor, 5.10 Premier Choice.
Tomorrow’s other meetings: Hereford and Hexham.