Our Catching Pigeons column has all the gossip for the weekend
Last Updated: 04/10/13 2:02pm
Barley Mow (right) - can handle step up in class in France
The Hannon team will have runners here there and everywhere this weekend, but hopes are high of a big run from Barley Mow in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere.
Well touted before winning in impressive style on his debut, he disappointed in the mud at Doncaster last time. A good-actioned youngster, the ground was probably against him that day but connections were not convinced he was at his best. His work, especially this last week, convinces them that is the case and he looks sure to run a big race if reproducing that form in Paris.
Charlie Hills continues to do very well with his juvenile fillies and he will be hoping Queen Catrine can produce her best when she steps up from six furlongs to a mile in the Total Prix Marcel Boussac. She is up with the best of them at home and if she gets the trip she could well emulate stablemate Chriselliam, who won the Fillies Mile in such good style at Newmarket last weekend.
Back on these shores and the Hannon camp thought long and hard before deciding which option to take up with Outer Way on Saturday.
Although the Redcar's totepool Two Year Old Trophy is by far the more valuable event, the Group Three Cornwallis Stakes at Ascot is the chosen target and he is expected to step up on his debut win in what looked a run-of-the-mill maiden. His recent work suggests he will not be out of place in this company.
There has been a strong following for Music Master in the Valley all season and his fans will be pleased he is finally coming back in trip to six furlongs in the Group Three Bengough Stakes.
He looked sure to win on his latest start at Goodwood, but his stamina gave out approaching the seventh furlong and he faded in the soft ground to finish eighth. Henry Candy will be hoping the ground does not get too testing for him here, however if conditions stay right he should go close - despite the step up in grade.
Bertiewhittle looked a shade unlucky not to prevail at Doncaster just over three weeks ago and he looks worth another chance in the Betfred Goals Galore Challenge Cup Handicap. He was not helped by being drawn on the far side when beaten a neck in a good handicap at Doncaster last time, and is just preferred to the fancied Wentworth and Glen Moss.
Nargys is likely to want plenty of beating in the EBF Stallions October Stakes after her impressive win at Doncaster last time, especially if the waiting tactics work as well again. However, Winter's Night will enjoy what is sure to be at least a bit of cut in the ground and looks worth an each-way interest .She has had her problems, but is a fresh horse for this late stage of the season, and she is in good form. The Gold Cheongsam is another to consider.
Oxsana can reverse last month's form with Wedding Ring in the Tattersalls Millions Fillies Trohpy. Just a neck separated them when first and second in another sales event two weeks ago, but Oxsana lacked the experience of her rival.
A winner at Yarmouth over this trip just three days before that performance, the selection gave the impression that she would appreciate the return to the longer trip and she has taken the two quick races well.
Newton's Law ran better than his final position suggests on his debut in the other sales race on that Newmarket card, and he should finish a good deal closer to the winner of the race, Toofi with that run under his belt. He could be the each-way value in the £500,000 Tattersalls Millions 2YO Trophy.
The TBA Next Generation Club Maiden on the same card looks to be a very warm heat and the form of the contest should be worth following in the long-term. Venezia carries maximum stable confidence from the Cecil camp, Mountain Lion is expected to run a huge race for Godolphin, but the strongest word is for the Jeremy Noseda-trained Dance Of Heroes.
Many at Shalfleet rate him their best prospect, although Ian's Memory (two entries next week) is also high up the pecking order. Johnny Murtagh is a positive jockey booking and the only worry is that Dance of Heroes is a real galloper and could be susceptible to something with a finishing kick on debut.
The most eagerly-awaited debut this autumn will be that of Hydrodgen who is now in full work for Peter Chapple-Hyam. He's a magnificent looking horse but still appears a little on the weak side.
Be Ready has already seen a racecourse, and made a big impression when winning at Doncaster last time. He is held in the highest regard by the Saeed bin Suroor team, in fact he's thought to be their most exciting prospect for many a year. He's expected to run in the Dewhurst next week.
Closer to hand and Times Up has looked on very good terms with himself recently and can run a very big race in the Prix du Cadran on Sunday.
Lady Cecil's Hamelin continues to catch the eye on the gallops and he will take a great deal of beating if taking up his engagement in what is potentially a warm heat at Leicester on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the winter game is about to crank up a gear and Charlie Longsdon should keep up his great run of form going with Hannibal The Great in the opener at Fontwell on Saturday. The form of his bumper at Kempton in the spring reads very well and his trainer has him more than fit enough to do himself justice for his first appearance over timber.