Racing: Preview for Friday, August 7

Horse racing
Horse racing

Mighty Yar should be given a chance to redeem himself after letting down favourite backers last time as he lines up in the Archerfield Cup at Musselburgh.

Lady Cecil’s charge was well fancied for a competitive heat at York last month having finished a narrow second in that event in 2014, but he turned in a lacklustre display in finishing seventh.

That was a disappointing effort as he had made a decent, if belated, start to his season when third at Newmarket a couple of weeks before, keeping on well over what was probably an inadequate trip.

The five-year-old has yet to hit the heights that saw him go off among the leading hopes for the Ebor last year and his handicap mark has duly been on the decline of late.

Now racing off a mark of 92, his lowest since last May, Mighty Yar is worth another shot, particularly as he steps back up in trip.

Human Nature sports the Godolphin blue in the British Stallion Studs EBF Stallions Conditions Stakes and he looks a likely type for Saeed bin Suroor.

The Kodiac colt has run well in each of his three starts to date, winning a Windsor maiden in June with that victory sandwiched by placed efforts.

He lost little in going down by a neck giving weight away at Doncaster last month and given he has seemingly improved with every start, Human Nature can get back on the winning trail.

The Charlie Appleby-trained Wordcraft also runs for the Godolphin operation and she can score on home turf in the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association EBF Stallions Fillies’ Handicap a Newmarket.

Winner of her first two starts, Wordcraft came unstuck when only third in a similar event to this on the July course last month but a switch to a mile here looks an excellent shout.

* Selections -

Brighton: 1.50 Fast Enough, 2.20 Superlative, 2.50 Royal Roslea, 3.20 Fiesole, 3.50 Heartsong, 4.20 Star Asset, 4.50 Classic Image.

Haydock: 5.55 Oskar Denarius, 6.25 Foundation, 6.55 Cool Silk Boy, 7.30 Toni’s A Star, 8.05 Wayward Hoof, 8.35 Dawn Missile.

Lingfield: 2.10 Wioletta, 2.40 Southern Belle, 3.10 Mr Cripps, 3.40 Guard Of Honour, 4.10 Deftera Lad, 4.40 Little, 5.10 Colourfilly.

Newmarket: 5.45 Peak Hill, 6.15 Digi, 6.45 Emotionless, 7.20 Devonshire Place, 7.55 Wordcraft, 8.25 Sunraider.

Musselburgh: 2.00 Poplar Close, 2.30 Human Nature, 3.00 Opt Out, 3.30 Caigemdar, 4.00 MIGHTY YAR (NAP), 4.30 Spokesperson, 5.00 Tapis Libre.

Double: Mighty Yar and Devonshire Place.