Poet's should find true voice for second time in Celebration Mile

 

Scraps from Frankel's table must suffice for British punters this weekend, albeit something rather closer to a square meal is available to those broadening their horizons overseas.

The comeback at Saratoga of Uncle Mo, the sensational juvenile whose Kentucky Derby challenge was derailed by a rare liver condition, is the highlight of an American programme that will go a long way to determining the strength of the home defence at the Breeders' Cup. And at the Curragh tomorrow the unbeaten Ballydoyle filly Maybe seeks her first Group One success in the Moyglare Stakes, where the opposition is led by La Collina. Maybe beat her at Leopardstown in July, but La Collina has since improved to beat colts, headed by Maybe's stablemate Power in the Phoenix Stakes.

The home fires, however, do little more than smoulder in the rain, with much of the televised schedule siphoned off to More4. Softening conditions prompted Richard Hannon not to declare Strong Suit, the ante-post favourite, for the Betfair Celebration Mile at Goodwood – staged over the same course and distance so recently scorched by Frankel in the Sussex Stakes. Hannon instead relies on Dubawi Gold, the colt who emerged from the toiling pack to chase home the champion in the 2,000 Guineas in the spring. Dubawi Gold then finished a much closer second in the Irish version, but that form has not worked out and, while he has had legitimate excuses since, he may have his work cut out against Poet's Voice (3.20).

Having long hinted at raw class, this colt took until around this time last year to achieve his potential, by dint of learning to settle properly. Connections rather overdid things subsequently, trying to stretch his stamina beyond a mile, but at this trip he ran away with this prize (in easy ground) before narrowly thwarting Rip Van Winkle in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot. He has not been seen since the Dubai World Cup, but had previously shown he can go well fresh when winning his trial after a five-month absence.

The convergence of improving, unexposed fillies in the other Group race on the card would already demand guesswork, quite apart from any deterioration in conditions. As things stand, however, it seems sensible to accept that while Questing could not have been more stylish in her maiden, for now Regal Realm (2.50) has strictly achieved more – and is, moreover, entitled to improve again over this seventh furlong.

Twenty runners hurtling seven furlongs round a bend is a recipe for traffic chaos in the big handicap, but a rails draw gives Casual Glimpse every chance of following up his success at the big meeting here. That was his first start in a handicap, and he has got away with a 4lb rise, but Eton Rifles (3.50) has also kept some good company in his time, is also well berthed and will not mind further rain on his first start for David Elsworth.

At Newmarket, connections of Samitar (2.30) have favoured cash over kudos in choosing a fat sales purse ahead of the Moyglare for their Royal Ascot winner. In hindsight, her debut third behind Regal Realm and Gamilati would probably still qualify her as the one to beat, quite apart from the way she scythed through testing ground in the Albany Stakes.

Monsieur Chevalier also excelled at Royal Ascot, where his Group One second sets the standard in Listed company, but Mac's Power (3.30) has repeatedly threatened to emulate his stablemate Deacon Blues in proving better than a handicapper. Another strong fancy on the televised schedule can be found at Beverley, in Tinkertown (3.05).

Turf Account

Chris McGrath's Nap

Tinkertown (Beverley 3.05)

Encouraging debut for this stable when closing into midfield at Goodwood.

Next Best

Mac's Power (Newmarket 3.30)

Has seemed persecuted by ill fortune in top handicaps and has ample class for this grade.

One To Watch

Diala (William Haggas) made an excellent start to career at Newmarket yesterday, last off the bridle and not given unnecessarily hard race when unable to wear down a rival who had enjoyed first run.

Voices
Lucerne’s Hotel Château Gütsch, one of the lots in our Homeless Veterans appeal charity auction
charity appeal
Arts and Entertainment
Tony Hughes (James Nesbitt) after his son Olly disappeared on a family holiday in France
tv
Arts and Entertainment
The Apprentice candidates Roisin Hogan, Solomon Akhtar, Mark Wright, Bianca Miller, Daniel Lassman
tvReview: But which contestants got the boot?
Arts and Entertainment
Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels ride again in Dumb and Dumber To
filmReview: Dumb And Dumber To was a really stupid idea
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
people

Jo from Northern Ireland was less than impressed by Russell Brand's attempt to stage a publicity stunt

Sport
Scunthorpe goalkeeper Sam Slocombe (left) is congratulated by winning penalty taker Miguel Llera (right)
football
Life and Style
A woman walks by a pandal art installation entitled 'Mars Mission' with the figure of an astronaut during the Durga Puja festival in Calcutta, India
techHow we’ll investigate the existence of, and maybe move in with, our alien neighbours
Arts and Entertainment
Sir Ian McKellen tempts the Cookie Monster
tvSir Ian McKellen joins the Cookie Monster for a lesson on temptation
News
i100
Travel
Tourists bask in the sun beneath the skyscrapers of Dubai
travelBritish embassy uses social media campaign to issue travel advice for festive holiday-makers in UAE
Arts and Entertainment
Jennifer Saunders stars as Miss Windsor, Dennis's hysterical French teacher
filmJennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress
Life and Style
tech
Sport
Nabil Bentaleb (centre) celebrates putting Tottenham ahead
footballTottenham 4 Newcastle 0: Spurs fans dreaming of Wembley final after dominant win
Voices
Jimmy Mubenga died after being restrained on an aircraft by G4S escorts
voicesJonathan Cox: Tragedy of Jimmy Mubenga highlights lack of dignity shown to migrants
Life and Style
Sebastian Siemiatkowski is the 33-year-old co-founder and CEO of Klarna, which provides a simple way for people to buy things online
tech
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Ashdown Group: Helpdesk Analyst

£25000 per annum: Ashdown Group: An established media firm based in Surrey is ...

Ashdown Group: Java Developer - Hertfordshire - £47,000 + bonus + benefits

£40000 - £470000 per annum + bonus: Ashdown Group: Java Developer / J2EE Devel...

Ashdown Group: Head of Finance - Financial Director - London - £70,000

£70000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Head of Finance - Financial Controller - Fina...

Recruitment Genius: Business Development Executive - Nationwide - OTE £65,000

£30000 - £65000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This small technology business ...

Day In a Page

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas
La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
10 best high-end laptops

10 best high-end laptops

From lightweight and zippy devices to gaming beasts, we test the latest in top-spec portable computers
Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

The batsman has grown disillusioned after England’s Ashes debacle and allegations linking him to the Pietersen affair
Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

The Williams driver has had plenty of doubters, but hopes she will be judged by her ability in the cockpit
Adam Gemili interview: 'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

After a year touched by tragedy, Adam Gemili wants to become the sixth Briton to run a sub-10sec 100m
Calls for a military mental health 'quality mark'

Homeless Veterans campaign

Expert calls for military mental health 'quality mark'
Racton Man: Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman

Meet Racton Man

Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman
Garden Bridge: St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters

Garden Bridge

St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters
Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament: An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel

Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament

An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel
Joint Enterprise: The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice

Joint Enterprise

The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice
Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum: Objects of Desire

Freud and Eros

Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum