Racing: Highbrook to rise from mud: Huge fields and bottomless ground offer a dangerous challenge to punters. Greg Wood reports
On the easy autumn going, animals with no form since April will suddenly return to their best, while big fields guarantee a series of hard luck stories. Only the Challenge Stakes, with just seven runners, seems to offer any chance to backers, but here the favourite will start odds-on.
And with good reason. Catrail (3.10) will be too short for sensible backers (after all, his stall might not open), but John Gosden's colt has developed into the best sprinter of his generation. With just seven races behind him he may still be improving, and today's opponents should be grateful to finish second.
A little more optimism will be required to back HIGHBROOK (nap, 1.35), but Mark Tompkins's mare is not as short of form as the figures in front of her name might suggest. She made up a great deal of ground from an unpromising position in a valuable race at Ascot last month, but had nothing left to mount a serious challenge. Today's going will be ideal and victory should be hers given a more enterprising ride. Simply Finesse (2.05) and Storey's Gate (2.35) may also trouble the judge.
There is no relief from overwhelming numbers at Redcar, where 26 will go to post for the Tote Two-Year-Old Trophy. Here too they will face hock- deep ground, so given that horses and riders will be mucky when they return to the paddock, Risky, owned by Sunday Sport publisher David Sullivan, might be an appropriate winner.
She will be at very short odds for such a huge field, though, and the improving Storm Ship (next best, 2.20), who has shown his best form with cut in the ground, offers better value. Wild Rose Of York (1.50) will also run well at a healthy price.
Platini, the subject of doping allegations after finishing last at Newbury last month, was not got at, the Jockey Club said yesterday. Extensive tests on the Richard Hannon- trained colt have proved negative. The Club's security department investigated his running after one of its owners was told by a bookmaker that the horse had been doped. David Pipe, the Club's spokesman, said yesterday: 'In the light of the allegations more tests have been done recently but the horse is clear.'
Cheltenham will provide free food in all public enclosures during next Wednesday's meeting. The offer is to celebrate its receipt of the Racegoers' Club Racecourse of the Year Award.
A tight game could be in prospect here. Northampton have been keeping things very tight of late and ...
by Gareth Purnell
18 May 2013 02:01 AM
I can’t ever watch games of football or rugby without wistfully wondering what it must be like to be...
by Martin Ayres
16 May 2013 05:10 PM
Since PSG’s exit to Barcelona in the Uefa Champions League quarter-final in April, PSG have been sur...
by Matthew Riding
15 May 2013 02:37 PM
Stoke City investigate 'religious abuse' after 'pig's head is found in Kenwyne Jones' locker'
Is David Beckham one of the Premier League all-time greats? He's not even in the top 1,000 says Chris Waddle
Groundhog day looms for Arsène Wenger as Arsenal battle for a place in the Champions League on final day
Andre Villas-Boas ready to spark Tottenham revolution
One last swipe at Manchester City and then Sir Alex Ferguson was gone...
- 1 Stoke City investigate 'religious abuse' after 'pig's head is found in Kenwyne Jones' locker'
- 2 Gove’s lesson: spare the comma, spoil the child
- 3 Heading for America? Prepare for the longest US immigration queues ever
- 4 Grace Dent on TV: Extreme Couponing, My Strange Addiction, and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, TLC
- 5 Join Ryanair! See the world! But we'll only pay you for nine months a year
BMF is the UK’s biggest and best loved outdoor fitness classes
Find out what The Independent's resident travel expert has to say about one of the most beautiful small cities in the world
Win anything from gadgets to five-star holidays on our competitions and offers page.
£30000 - £40000 per annum + BENS: Progressive Recruitment: Drupal Developer A ...
£45000 - £50000 per annum + bens: Progressive Recruitment: C# WEB DEVELOPER Le...
£240 - £260 per day: Progressive Recruitment: WPF Developer (C#, VB.Net) North...
£85 - £120 per day: Randstad Education Cheshire: KS2 teacher needed to do PPA ...