Elwazir is the UK nap

Elwazir is the UK nap


London – Elwazir can make the leap to Group Three company in style by winning the Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock on Saturday.

Owen Burrows’ charge is certainly bred to feature at this kind of level as a Frankel half-brother to Group 1 winner Speedy Boarding and he now appears to be coming into his own.

Out of luck in two juvenile starts, he has won on both of his outings this year, with his Sandown novice success in June reading very well given that the second, Cross Counter, was such an impressive winner of the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood last week.

Elwazir subsequently followed up at Ascot when he defied a less-than-ideal passage and this 2000m event looks like a stepping stone to even better in the autumn.

Pennywhistle faces a more discerning test in the Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket but she can rise to the challenge.

Third on her initial outing for John Gosden, that form has worked out well with the winner already having tasted Listed glory, while Pennywhistle opened her account at the second time of asking.

That win came in a competitive novice heat at Newmarket and Pennywhistle shaped as though there was a good deal more to come on that occasion.

Danceteria has been in a rich vein of form this season and can make it four wins on the bounce in the BBAG-sales.de Handicap.

Successful at Sandown in June, he has since added two victories on the July Course, most recently when coming home five lengths clear in a two-horse race.

While lacking in numbers, that was an evenly matched contest on the face of it and Danceteria impressed in showing his only rival a clean pair of heels.

The handicapper has hiked him 2.5kg for that win, but he is on an upward trajectory and it would be dangerous to dismiss his chances.

The annual jockey team competition, the Shergar Cup, takes place at Ascot and, while it can sometimes turn into a bit of a lottery depending upon the jockey, there are one or two runners that catch the eye.

Koeman bids for a course-and-distance double in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Challenge.

He only had a neck to spare at the line that day but as he had taken it up with 200m to run, it was still a notable effort.

Poet’s Society was a fine second in the Golden Mile at Goodwood last week but redemption should be swift and satisfying in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Mile. – Press Association

SELECTIONS (UK starting times):

ASCOT: 1.05 El Astronaute, 1.40 Cleonte, 2.15 Koeman, 2.50 Poet’s Society, 3.25 Bajan Gold, 4.00 Tangled.

AYR: 5.35 Lucky Violet, 6.05 Fuente, 6.35 First Bombardment, 7.05 Oriental Lilly, 7.35 Gworn, 8.05 Royal Duchess, 8.35 Ruler Of The Nile.

CHELMSFORD: 1.30 Toffee Galore, 2.05 Choral Music, 2.40 Go Far, 3.15 Carolinae, 3.50 Maypole, 4.25 True North, 5.00 Lady Of York.

CORK: 1.15 At Last, 1.50 Mount Everest, 2.25 Making Light, 3.00 Sizzling, 3.35 Stormy Belle, 4.10 Dandys Gold, 4.40 Roman Gal.

HAYDOCK: 1.20 Humble Gratitude, 1.55 Super Kid, 2.30 Unforgetable Filly, 3.05 ELWAZIR (NAP), 3.40 Mountain Angel, 4.15 Fille De Reve, 4.50 Celerity.

KILBEGGAN: 5.20 Falak, 5.55 Count Simon, 6.25 Celtic Monarch, 6.55 Aramon, 7.25 Judgement Day, 7.55 William Du Berlais, 8.25 Presenting Leah.

LINGFIELD: 5.10 Matchmaking, 5.45 Spirit Of Appin, 6.15 Fearless Warrior, 6.45 Quick Recovery, 7.15 Sybil Grand, 7.45 Vegas Boy, 8.15 Dream For Life.

NEWMARKET: 2.00 Shambolic, 2.35 Eyelool, 3.10 Danceteria, 3.45 Pennywhistle, 4.20 Ripp Orf, 4.55 Petrus, 5.30 Master Archer.

REDCAR: 1.10 Capitan James, 1.45 Global Melody, 2.20 International Man, 2.55 The Armed Man, 3.30 Acrux, 4.05 Bravery, 4.35 So Near So Farhh, 5.05 Artic Nel.

DOUBLE: Elwazir and Danceteria.

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