Racing: Preview for Saturday, August 8

Horse racing
Horse racing

A really interesting Sweet Solera Stakes headlines the card at Newmarket with Hawksmoor fancied to run a big race.

While a few of these bring stronger claims to the table in terms of form, trainer Hugo Palmer is rapidly gaining a deserved reputation for knowing the time of day and this daughter of Azamour is held in the right sort of regard.

Seen just the once, she created quite an impression in sweeping to victory on the all-weather at Kempton.

And although that had the look of just an ordinary event overall, it is worth nothing she was well clear of runner-up Dutch Heiress, who has won nicely since.

Open to any amount of progression, Group One engagements will be the order of the day if all goes to plan.

Franklin D merits a mention at HQ in the Royal British Legion Handicap.

Connections have had to be patient with this American-bred colt, who has run just twice since his making his debut in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot last year won by Richard Pankhurst.

His second run came at Chelmsford in April and he put the experience to good use when shedding his maiden tag at Sandown towards the end of last month.

He starts life in handicap company off 89 and it will be a surprise if he does not prove a bit better than that.

Rembrandt Van Rijn is a really likeable type from the David Lanigan yard and can stretch his unbeaten run this season to four in the Betfred Goals Galore Handicap at Haydock.

A gelding operation appears to have been the making of him and the official half-length verdict in his latest success at Sandown only tells part of the story, as he had to wait and weave in the straight and would have been a very unlucky loser.

* Selections -

Ascot: 12.55 Justice Day, 1.30 Teak, 2.05 Innocent Touch, 2.40 Bancnuanaheireann, 3.15 Quest For Wonder, 3.50 Primrose Valley.

Newmarket: 2.00 Equivocal, 2.30 What About Carlo, 3.05 Buckstay, 3.35 HAWKSMOOR (NAP), 4.10 Fine View, 4.45 Franklin D, 5.15 Amour De Nuit.

Ayr: 5.40 Scrutiny, 6.10 Templier, 6.40 Echo Of Lightning, 7.10 Perfect Words, 7.40 Economic Crisis, 8.10 El Massivo, 8.40 Haymarket.

Haydock: 1.50 Yourartisonfire, 2.20 Rembrandt Van Rijn, 2.55 Intilaaq, 3.25 Crowley’s Law, 4.00 Wonder Laish, 4.35 Ballesteros, 5.05 Bronze Beau.

Lingfield: 5.20 Harlequin Rock, 5.50 Secret Palace, 6.20 Rashash, 6.50 Zain Time, 7.20 Canford Crossing, 7.50 Milky Way, 8.20 Barsanti.

Redcar: 2.15 Jessie B Goode, 2.50 Magician Coutinho, 3.20 Rodrigo De Torres, 3.55 Obsidian, 4.25 Kyrenia Castle, 4.55 Whozthecat, 5.25 Noble Reach.

Double: Hawksmoor and Intilaaq.