Thursday, 6 September 2012

Nicks Notes...


DOUBLE: Galleon and Mazeydd.
Galleon should take all the beating in the Betfred King's Regiment Cup Handicap at Haydock.
Hailing from a Sir Michael Stoute yard beginning to hit top stride, the selection is an unexposed three-year-old on an upward curve.
As befits a son of Galileo out of a Shirley Heights mare, stamina looks a strong point.
The Queen's colt took a big step forward when a staying-on second on his first try at a mile and a half at Kempton in July.
Allotted a mark of 82 for his handicap bow at Catterick, he made straightforward work of rewarding odds-on backers in beating Cottesmore with plenty in hand.
That form took a nice boost with the runner-up opening his account in good style next time out.
A lovely mover, this galloping track should suit Galleon down to the ground and he is likely to prove a good deal better than his current rating of 86.
Top-class handicapper Mac's Power looks to hold every chance in the Betfred "4X The Odds On Lucky 31's" Conditions Stakes.
Interestingly, James Fanshawe is trying him over seven furlongs for the first time since July 2010 and it could be that he needs that trip these days.
Whether we have seen the best of Jadanna is open to debate, but she is given another chance in the Country Gentlemen's Association EBF Dick Poole Fillies' Stakes at Salisbury.
Excellent efforts in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot and, in particular, the Cherry Hinton were followed by a rather flat display at Goodwood.
It may have been she was feeling the effects of a busy spell there, however, and James Given has freshened her up since then.
That Cherry Hinton form does look really strong and a reproduction will see her in the shake-up, with Graham Lee on board for the first time.
Kempton's 32Red Handicap has only attracted a small field but it is an intriguing contest nonetheless and Mazeydd is fancied to come out on top.
The lightly-raced Motivator colt went into winter quarters looking a reasonable prospect, with the second of his two juvenile outings having seen a victory over Went The Day Well, who went on to run fourth in the Kentucky Derby for the Team Valor outfit.
He did not reappear until Sandown last month and while he finished down the field, he ran well enough given he will have needed the run in what was a hot race.
Mazeydd then won well stepped up to an extended 10 furlongs at Warwick.
His breeding suggests this extra furlong and a half will hold no fears.
Roger Varian again equips him with a hood, a tactic he has experimented with to good effect with a number of his string this season.
Heezagrey can bring up the hat-trick in the Cummins Diesel Dash Handicap Chase at Sedgefield.

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