Racing: Rhyme to show style in Kempton Arc trial

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AS IF the perils facing those who seek their fortune in betting shops were not already numerous enough, tomorrow's Bank Holiday programme provides yet another. The 11 meetings offer, on average, a punting opportunity every three minutes, barely enough time to scribble on the slip, so die-hard backers are warned to take great care lest they fall victim to writer's cramp.

Epsom's Moet & Chandon Silver Magnum, the so-called amateurs' Derby, is the theoretical feature at Epsom, though the riders' abilities are as varied as their nationalities and punters only have themselves to blame if their selection gets boxed in more securely than the Birdman of Alcatraz. The smart money will side with the most accomplished jockey in the race, Marcus Armytage, on Paul Cole's Monarda (3.10).

At Ripon, Sabre Rattler may struggle under a penalty in the Listed juvenile event and let in Gymcrak Tiger (3.00), while Two Left Feet (2.30) can follow up an easy win at Salisbury now that the easing ground has revitalised him. The latter's trainer, Sir Mark Prescott, has another likely sort in Great Max (3.20) at Epsom on Tuesday.

If Quick Ransom and Brier Creek, first and second in the Ebor, renew acquaintance at York on Wednesday, the revised weights imply that Brier Creek (3.00) can reverse the form, particularly since his run two weeks ago was hardly trouble-free.

The September Stakes at Kempton on Saturday would not normally be regarded as an Arc trial, but this year Seattle Rhyme will be there to set out his credentials for Paris in October. They should look impressive, if his recent run behind Rodrigo De Triano in the International Stakes at York can be repeated, and the good pace of that race suggested that there is nothing suspect about the form.

The short-termism said to afflict share dealings certainly does not extend to the market on next year's Classics, so Clive Brittain's Sayyedati will effectively be on trial for the 1,000 Guineas when she is examined in Group One company for the first time in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at The Curragh on Saturday. Expect a comfortable pass.