Steve Mullen guides you through Saturday’s racing from Newbury, Newmarket, Bangor, Thirsk, Uttoxeter and Doncaster
MUCHO APPLAUSE can bring the house down in Newbury’s 2.55.
Andrew Balding’s three-year-old made a cracking start to the season when second in a hot handicap at Sandown last month.
He blazed out of the stalls and tried to make all over the extended mile there.
It looked like he was going to get there too until the classy Atty Persse just collared him in the dying strides.
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He still looked more than a little green and started wandering around in the closing stages, which didn’t aid his chances.
He steps up in distance today — which should help judged by his breeding — and that comeback run will have his fitness spot on.
There was some give in the ground at Sandown, as there was when he won his maiden well at Salisbury last term. So this going should be right up his street.
Hopefully we’ll have three places in Newmarket’s Sprint Trophy Handicap (3.15) because POET’S PRINCESS looks a good each-way bet at a big price.
She found 7f too far here and the Fred Darling too hot last time and is dropping back to her best distance today. She was entitled to need that run too after six months off
This handicap level suits and she is one of the few in the field who has produced her best form on soft ground. That was when coming home second over this trip at Ayr in September.
If she finds her best, the offers of around 16-1 look too big.
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PERFECT ANGEL almost won the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes over course and distance last year so must have every chance in Newbury’s Listed 2.20.
She was consistent last season without winning the races she deserved to.
That Mill Reef effort in September was definitely the high point and the give underfoot was a big factor in an excellent effort.
Trainer Andrew Balding has his string in peak form at the moment and can land this nice prize.
Private Matter is another who likes it soft and wasn’t far off the pace on his comeback in the Free Handicap at Newmarket last time out. He should be fitter for the experience.
2.20 Perfect Angel
2.55 Mucho Applause
5.10 Medburn Dream
2.40 Larchmont Lad
3.15 Poet’s Princess
3.50 Take Shelter
4.25 Baron Bolt
5.00 Star Rock
5.35 Paddy Power
2.10 Lucky Beggar
3.20 Orient Class
3.55 Handsome Dude
4.30 Key Bid
BANGOR ON DEE
2.30 Lieutenant Gruber
3.05 Too Many Diamonds
3.40 The Clock Leary
4.50 Desert Sting
5.20 Grania O’Malley
5.50 Our Kylie
6.20 Flo’s Melody
7.20 City Of Joy
5.30 Zipple Back
6.05 French Seventyfive
6.35 Solstice Son
7.05 Fille Des Champs
7.35 Le Couer Net
8.35 Captiva Island