Racing on the Knavesmire
London – Sovereign Debt can put punters in credit by getting back to winning ways in the Ganton Stakes at York on Friday.
The popular nine-year-old, trained by Ruth Carr just 40km from the track at Huby, showed signs of a return to form when fourth in the Diomed Stakes at Epsom recently.
He was second in this Listed race two years ago when in the hands of the late Dandy Nicholls and enjoyed a fruitful 2017 that included a hat-trick of successes.
Though Sovereign Debt has yet to strike since the Diomed last summer, he retains plenty of ability and can gain a welcome win not far from home.
Master Carpenter won the John Smith’s Cup on this course in 2015 and invariably runs well on the Knavesmire when sent up from Rod Millman’s Devon base.
Though he too is entering the veteran stage at the age of seven, the light still shines bright and his fourth place over this course and distance last month suggests he can get on the scoresheet in the Mr Green’s Gentleman’s Day Handicap.
Sandra’s Secret has struck a purple patch of late with two convincing victories at Ripon.
While she is in such tremendous form, it could be unwise to oppose Les Eyre’s mare and the five-year-old is taken to complete the hat-trick in the EBF Breeders’ Series Fillies’ Handicap.
A total rise of 6kg in the weights for those two wins is unlikely to halt her winning run.
Preening had to settle for second place at Thirsk a month ago on her first start for 211 days.
James Fanshawe’s lightly raced three-year-old can go one better in the British Stallions Fillies’ Handicap at Sandown.
Stepping back up to 1400m can work the oracle for Air Of York in the Robert Stephens Racing Club Handicap at Chepstow.
John Flint’s six-year-old was putting in his best work at the end of the 1200m when fifth to Harry Beau at the Welsh venue on his latest start, giving the impression this trip can see him register his third win of the year.
Ship Of The Fen is worth a chance over 2400m in the Clemtech 20th Anniversary Handicap at Goodwood.
The three-year-old colt, trained by Martyn Meade, got off the mark over 2000m at Doncaster in April and stuck to that trip when he was far from disgraced when fifth to Connect at Epsom after being slowly away.
The handicapper has lowered Ship Of The Fen o.5kg for that effort, but the extra distance could bring out improvement.
Amour D’Or can complete a Newton Abbot hat-trick in the Racing Partnership Mares’ Handicap Hurdle, while veteran Flat stayer High Jinx should make it two from two over jumps in a Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree. – Press Association
SELECTIONS (UK starting times):
AINTREE: 5.45 The Grinder, 6.15 Cracker Factory, 6.50 Petrou, 7.20 Cause Toujours, 7.55 Gris De Pron, 8.25 Katy Royal, 8.55 High Jinx.
CHEPSTOW: 5.55 Winklemann, 6.25 Steeve, 7.00 Dashing Poet, 7.30 Air Of York, 8.05 David’s Beauty, 8.35 Outlane, 9.05 Maroc.
FAIRYHOUSE: 5.40 Dancing Mountain, 6.10 National Glory, 6.40 Waitingfortheday, 7.15 Surrounding, 7.45 Fit For Function, 8.20 Harebell, 8.50 Seapoint.
GOODWOOD: 6.05 Qeyaadah, 6.35 Dandy Lad, 7.10 Ship Of The Fen, 7.40 Gather, 8.15 Jetstream, 8.45 Surya.
NEWTON ABBOT: 2.10 Ulysses, 2.45 Deauville Dancer, 3.20 Amour D’Or, 3.55 Diakali, 4.30 Admiral’s Sunset, 5.00 Third Act, 5.30 Storm Fire.
SANDOWN: 2.00 Firelight, 2.35 Eagle Hunter, 3.10 Warsaan, 3.45 Pivoine, 4.20 Preening, 4.50 We Are The World, 5.25 Mythological.
YORK: 1.50 Reloaded, 2.20 Master Carpenter, 2.55 My Ukulele, 3.30 Juanito Chico, 4.05 SOVEREIGN DEBT (NAP), 4.40 Sandra’s Secret, 5.15 Zeelander.
DOUBLE: Sovereign Debt and Master Carpenter.