Poetic Charm sounds magic


London – Poetic Charm can work her magic in the Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.

The Dubawi filly is one of the least experienced horses in the Group Three over 1400m, but she is still likely to come out on top for the Godolphin operation.

Trainer Charlie Appleby will head to his local racecourse expectant of a huge run from Poetic Charm after she did so well on her debut over this course and distance in July.

In spite of having encountered trouble in running, the young filly bossed a strong-looking maiden, with jockey William Buick not needing to get overly serious.

Poetic Charm ended up winning by a length from Ballydoyle inmate Sizzling.

And though it is disappointing that rival has since yet to poke her head in front, a few horses in the field have subsequently found the winner’s enclosure – most significantly fellow Sweet Solera rivals Juliet Capulet and Jousi.

Granted nominal progress, Poetic Charm can uphold the form in no uncertain terms, and in doing so provide Godolphin with a first winner of this race since 2013.

Keep close tabs on Ay Ay in the preceding handicap over 2000m.

The David Elsworth-trained three-year-old left a lasting impression over this course and distance a fortnight ago when he claimed fifth place behind Anythingtoday, beaten just over two lengths.

That was Ay Ay’s first start on turf, and also his first outing since April, when Elsworth thought him good enough to contest a Listed race on the Lingfield all-weather.

The son of Pour Moi has also been gelded in the interim, which seemingly did him no harm judged by his return at Newmarket.

He runs at Newmarket off a teasing mark of 88, with his cause aided by the excellent David Egan, who claims 2.5kg.

Good racing at Haydock, with Sir Michael Stoute expected to head back to Freemason Lodge with two big prizes in safe-keeping.

Brigadier Gerard winner Autocratic was a late withdrawal from the York Stakes a few weeks ago, but Stoute’s patience with him can prove a most virtuous characteristic in the Rose of Lancaster Stakes.

Stablemate Mittens later gets the chance to shine in the Listed Dick Hern Stakes over a mile.

And well she might if Pat Smullen adopts slightly more forceful tactics than David Probert did at Ascot last month, when she arguably got going too late in the Valiant Stakes.

The Shergar Cup is not for everybody, but Byron Flyer can at least satiate those who feel the need to have a bet on the Ascot jamboree, where the selection goes in the stayers’ handicap over 3200m.

Wise trainer Ian Williams also saddles Wolfcatcher in the race, but it might be better to focus upon his stablemate, who did precious little wrong on his last two starts at York and Newmarket.

Byron Flyer will no doubt return over hurdles later in the year, but he has enough in the locker to win a nice Flat prize before the season is out. – Press Association

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