Turf Talk has a new writer - Tim Boulter - and he hopes to get his new column off to a flier with his selection’s for Saturday.
With Royal Ascot just around the corner and the Derby meeting having just passed us by, we are left without any group racing this Saturday and just a clutch of competitive handicaps to sink our teeth into.
MIDSUMMER SUN was a runner that caught my eye last time out. Racing over 14 furlongs for the first time, he travelled very strongly throughout the handicap contest and inside the final three looked to be going the best of all.
He was in front heading into the final two furlongs but weakened out of contention, barely seeing out the trip inside the final furlong.
This drop in trip looks needed and if he can come back to the form he showed when winning at Lingfield in April, this half brother to Midday could get back on track and show more improvement yet.
At Doncaster a classy act that could just be back on track now is MABAIT. He posted his best effort by far since joining Dave Simcock in December on his latest outing at Chester when running into third place behind Louis The Pious and Imperial Djay.
He raced in rear with the winner and despite being slightly tight on room at the top of the stretch I wouldn’t say he was unlucky. Nonetheless, it was a much better run from him and hopefully a building block for better things to come. Previously a group class performer, he could prove very well handicapped racing off just 96 having been rated 114 at his best.
One who could prove very well handicapped at HQ is TRADE COMMISSIONER. Late to grace the racecourse, he made his debut this year as a four-year-old back in March at Kempton and was highly encouraging over a trip too short at seven furlongs.
Subsequently he showed improvement when stepped up to ten furlongs on his next and latest outing in maiden company.
He travelled comfortably throughout the contest, showed no problems quickening with the tempo as the race evolved and he never looked in any trouble, eventually winning by a cosy 1/2 length.
This was a pretty good performance as a four-year-old giving away a stone and more to his rival three year olds and he looks to have a lot more to come yet.
He could prove better than a handicapper and he will if he has anything like his dams ability.
The last runner that is worthy of interest on Saturday is BISHOP ROKO. He was massively impressive on his debut and slaughtered his rivals in a maiden at Newbury, running away from the field for a comfortable six length winner.
Of the three races run over ten furlongs that day, this was by far the quickest of them, nearly two seconds faster than the second division of the same maiden and 1.32 seconds better than the class two handicap on the card won by Expense Claim.
This is a competitive enough event for just his second outing but he looks well up to it and with more improvement to come after his impressive debut run, the world is his oyster.
3.30pm – Midsummer Sun
3.45pm – Mabait
4pm – Trade Commissioner
4.20pm – Bishop Roko