Racing: Misbah's speed can pay in International

Simon Holt of Channel 4 Racing analyses today's Tote International Handicap
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Atlantic Viking: Unattractive on his running at Newcastle where he was spent at half-way.

Chewit: Looked to be given too much to do in amateur riders' race at Ascot. One to watch.

Crumpton Hill: Won at Kempton in May. Not at best in Royal Hunt Cup but must be respected.

Decorated Hero: Won a Group Three event at Newcastle over Diktat among five victories last year. Cannot be dismissed.

Emerging Market: Below form recently and is best watched.

Gaelic Storm: Heavily backed for the Stewards' Cup in which he disappointed from a poor draw. Not proven over this trip.

Harmonic Way: Fourth to Gaelic Storm at Newcastle. Best form has been over a furlong shorter.

Hurricane State: Needs much improved form to figure here.

Jo Mell: Staying on at Newcastle on heavy, but may find it too fast.

Kumait: Ran well in Wokingham Handicap and was then beaten only a head in a big Newmarket handicap. Excellent chance.

Law Commission: Tricky customer but can shine if in the mood.

Mantusis: Has shown best form on soft and will not like it fast.

Misbah: This is his trip and he showed his wellbeing with smooth win over six at Newmarket.

Nomore Mr Niceguy: Effective at this trip and said to be well.

Ramooz: Won under top weight at York. Goes best when held up.

Return Of Amin: Good second to Gaelic Storm at Newcastle and one that cannot be passed over.

Reunion: Won Nell Gwyn Stakes on first run as a three-year-old. Has not recaptured that form.

Russian Music: Likes the trip and ground but tends to hang under pressure.

Showboat: Ran well in Royal Hunt Cup from a poor draw. Best yet to come.

Silca Blanca: Winner at Warwick but this is a step up.

Sugarfoot: Won here over a mile. Might find this trip too short.

Sweet Wilhelmina: Won at Goodwood in June. Consistent.

The Downtown Fox: Stable in fine form but he acts on heavy going and tends to hang.

Tumbleweed Ridge: Won Group Three race at Leopardstown but disappointed at Haydock and does not have much scope.

Volontiers: Headstrong but won by 10 lengths at Epsom in June.

Warningford: Misses penalty for Yarmouth win and nicely weighted.

Conclusion: MISBAH is cherry ripe and his turn of foot could be decisive.




2.45: Perugino Bay has group race form and is greatly respected, but LIGHT THE ROCKET was impressive last time and can find the necessary improvement.


3.15: A hard handicap to weigh up, but one certainty is that SPIRIT OF LOVE is crying out for this trip. He was good enough to win at 1m6f last time and can notch up his double at the chief expense of High Tension and Island Story.


3.50: Any number can be given a decent chance here, but SHOWBOAT has a promising apprentice taking off 5lb and has also been dropped 2lb since his good sixth in the Bunbury Cup, registered when his stable was going through a lean spell. Bunbury Cup second and third, Kumait and Harmonic Way, will again pose a threat.


3.00: Emma Ramsden has proved herself to be well worth following in amateurs' events lately and she teams up here with ALRABYAH. This colt lost a shoe last time and can be forgiven that latest defeat.

3.30: ETIZAAZ already heads the market for next year's 1,000 Guineas and John Dunlop's filly does seem to have only Kareymah to worry about on this occasion.


4.05: A high draw should help GULF SHAADI, a sufferer in a rough Goodwood race last week. Risque Lady looks dangerous.


4.40: CLASSIC FIND could return to form in a trappy contest.


3.45: There is plenty of pace among the low-drawn numbers. and one who could take advantage is PROUD NATIVE. The David Nicholls yard is flying just now and this four-year-old returns to his best trip of 5f this afternoon.


4.20: MUTAMAM appeared last time out to be at last capable of realising the potential he has shown at home.