By Keith Hamer. Last Updated: 02/08/14 5:08pm
Ertijaal: Shorter distance suits
Keith Hamer is taking Ertijaal to shine at Chester on Sunday - he has a tip for every UK and Irish race taking place.
CHESTER: 2.00 Salateen, 2.30 Ticks The Boxes, 3.05 ERTIJAAL (NAP), 3.40 Dr Red Eye, 4.15 Don Sigfredo, 4,45 Odin, 5.15 Nakeeta.
GALWAY: 2.15 Beckwith Star, 2.45 Tulsa Jack, 3.20 Raydari, 3.55 Pires, 4.30 Zalty, 5.00 Expensive Taste, 5.30 Ebadani, 6.00 Totally Dominant.
MARKET RASEN: 2.20 Slim Pickens, 2.50 Handmaid, 3.25 Ned The Post, 4.00 Hawkhill, 4.35 River Purple, 5.05 Ereyna, 5.35 Dorry K.
NEWBURY: 2.10 Automotive, 2.40 Accra Beach, 3.15 Scutum, 3.50 Silk Sari, 4.25 Random Success, 4.55 Bright Cecily, 5.15 Moontown.
DOUBLE: Ertijaal and Hawkhill.
Ertijaal can justify the decision to revert to sprint distances by showing his class in the MBNA Queensferry Stakes at Chester on Sunday.
Trained by the in-form William Haggas, the Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned colt took his chance in the 2000 Guineas after winning two races over seven furlongs at Lingfield in the spring.
After failing to stay the mile in such elevated company, he returned to action only last month in the Bunbury Cup back at the shorter trip and ran well for a long way in first-time blinkers to finish fifth behind Heaven's Guest in the hot all-aged handicap.
Ertijaal showed plenty of zip that day and comes back to six furlongs, a trip he won over as a two-year-old and was a close second to Toormore on his racecourse debut.
Ticks The Boxes does just that as he seeks to continue the good run of his trainer Clive Cox with his two-year-old in the MBNA/EBF Stallions Stakes.
The son of Fast Company had shaped with promise on his debut when fourth at Windsor and stepped up on that to score on his return to the Berkshire venue four weeks ago.
He is obviously taking on more experienced, and probably stiffer, opposition now but is certainly going the right way.
Dr Red Eye can register his third course success in the MBNA Mile Handicap.
Scott Dixon's charge had possibly been a shade disappointing in a few of his races since his last win on the Roodee in May 2013, but he took full advantage of his decreasing mark to score at Epsom last month.
He has gone up 6lb for that success, but with his confidence restored Dr Red Eye is capable of going in again.
Silk Sari can capitalise on a drop in class to take the Listed honours in the British Stallion Studs EBF Chalice Stakes at Newbury.
The Luca Cumani-trained filly has run with credit in Group races at Haydock on her last two starts, the Lancashire Oaks and Pinnacle Stakes.
She did not disgrace herself in either contest after being thrown in at the deep end following a handicap success at Doncaster in early May.
There is surely more improvement to come as the four-year-old has this will be only her eighth race.
Accra Beach looked a winner in waiting when runner-up on his debut at Windsor three weeks ago and can go one better for trainer Roger Charlton in the Academy Insurance EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes.
Hawkhill ran well for a long way in the Summer Hurdle at Market Rasen two weeks ago and has a much easier task in the Smart-GF Kids Beacon Of Hope Handicap Hurdle back at that track.
David Pipe's charge is sure to strip fitter as that was his first run for four months.