There are seven quality races on ITV Racing on Saturday afternoon, including the Group 1 Coral Eclipse at Sandown Park and we've highlighted a Dark Horse to look out for in all of the televised races...
13:50 The Coral Charge (Group 3) (Registered as the Sprint Stakes)
Frankie Dettori is booked to ride this Richard Spencer trained 3yo, who finished last of nine in the Commonwealth Cup last time out and needs a major turnaround in form here. But he ran a similarly poor race at Doncaster last season, right before running a cracker in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket. His form there, at Royal Ascot last season and the form of his Molecomb Stakes win at Goodwood, make him an intriguing contender here with the Italian booked to ride and the pair also have the Sandown 5f box seat in stall one.
Recent course and distance winner History Writer is respected once again for David Menuisier, while Stoute, Applebly, Haggas, Hannon and Cox having runners ensure there’s plenty powerhouse stables represented for this £75,000 prize. Linda Jewell may not be on the popular trainer’s list, but her runner, Breden , has sound claims here on the back of a confidence boosting and solid success at Newbury last time out, where he produced a quality RPR of 106 when fending off his thirteen rivals. He runs off just 2lb higher in this and has to be respected coming here on the back of a career best effort.
This Scat Daddy filly has not won since her debut last September, where she shaped with all manner of promise when scooting home at Yarmouth. Her last three RPRs of 86, 93 and 99 since then suggest she is going the right way for William Haggas however and although she faces stiff competition here, Hidden Message has a fine opportunity to prove herself to be well capable of producing black type, Listed winning form.
15:35 The Coral-Eclipse (Group 1) (British Champions Series)
Enable is going to be hard to beat and even if she does get beat, you have the likes of Magical to overcome in order to land a top notch renewal of the Coral Eclipse. But Telecaster is definitely the dark horse in the line-up. Everything went wrong for Hughie Morrison’s charge in the Derby and overall, it is a run we can quite comfortably just draw a line through. This son of New Approach was very impressive in the Dante when slamming Too Darn Hot and he romped home by nine lengths the last time he went right handed a Windsor. A class act, Telecaster has plenty to prove in this company but he is a young, talented colt who deserves respect and attention here once the gates open.
Mark Johnston’s Maxios colt has under-performed in two of his last three outings, but they were on soft ground and a return to a faster surface at a galloping track like Haydock, could see the 3yo return to the winners’ enclosure for the first time since January. Despite recent form figures raising some questions and not looking the most pleasing on paper, Themaxwecan remains totally unexposed over marathon trips and it will be interesting to see how he gets on here from a BHA mark of 94.
This John Gosden trained filly is by no means a traditional dark horse in terms of price, but she is a real one in regard to the middle-distance division in general. A really good looking daughter of Redoute’s Choice, Enbihaar was out-stayed by Dramatic Queen over 1m6f at York last time out, but it was a career best effort in defeat and this drop in distance is fancied to see her reverse that form on Saturday. Her RPRs to date read: 76, 86, 100, 105 & 109, so she is improving with every start. If she can improve by another half a stone here, which is not unreasonable to expect, Enbihaar will be knocking at the door of becoming a Group 1 performer in the making.
Two dark horses for the price of one here in the Old Newton Cup. Kelly's Dino is having his second run after a wind operation and Karl Burke’s charge has improved through each of his past three starts. He finished 2nd behind the other dark horse, Island Brave, last time out at Ayr and really, this is a ‘dark’ piece of form and both horse produced encouraging efforts there in the context of today’s test. Of course, both will be hoping to build on the Ayr run in order to secure a place in the one million pound Ebor Handicap. Others with shorter price tags possess sexier profiles, but these two are worthy of their place in the line-up.
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