The return to the all-weather can help Festive Fare return to winning ways in the Breeders’ Cup Only On At The Races Handicap at Chelmsford City.
Charlie Appleby’s three-year-old won his first two outings at the beginning of this season and at one point sparked Classic dreams.
Unraced at two, the son of Teofilo was hugely impressive in a Kempton handicap off 84 and fell into the “could-be-anything” bracket at that stage.
Upped in class for the Feilden Stakes he was beaten only two and a half lengths by none other than Golden Horn.
After that the wheels fell off. Well fancied for the King Edward VII at Royal Ascot he was beaten into fifth of seven and then he was bitterly disappointing in the Glasgow Stakes up at Hamilton.
Given a break, it was nice to see him come back to something like his best last time out at Haydock.
Making his handicap debut off 105 he finished fourth of 11 behind Rembrandt Van Rijn, despite pulling hard early. Dropped 2lb, this is his easiest task for a while.
Marco Botti’s Velvet Revolution looks sure to improve on a decent debut effort in the Breeders’ Cup Exclusively On At The Races Maiden Auction Stakes.
Fifth of 13 at Chelmsford, given normal progression he is of huge interest in a weak-looking affair.
The Pivotal colt was a relatively cheap buy considering he is half-brother to Botti’s former star Gitano Hernando.
Paul Cole’s Ladurelli was an impressive maiden winner last time out and there is a chance the handicapper may have let him off lightly in the 32Red.com Handicap at Kempton.
Beaten out of sight on his debut behind the top-class Intilaaq in April, when with Roger Varian, he was given plenty of time to fill his frame and was not sighted again until earlier this month.
Stepped up to 10 furlongs and gelded, he bounded clear of a horse rated 79 in the final furlong.
He is the least exposed runner in the field and has plenty to offer.
Luca Cumani’s Al has not been seen since the Ebor meeting when he was not beaten far in the Melrose.
Given plenty of time to get over those exertions, he is back out in the Download The Racing UK iPad App Handicap at Nottingham.
Given the Melrose is the best race of its type for three-year-olds, to be beaten just over four lengths into seventh makes him of particular interest in this sort of event.
Jeremy Scott’s Blue April shaped well enough in a bumper to make him of interest in the Fakenham “National Hunt” Maiden Hurdle.
* Selections -
Chelmsford: 1.30 Velvet Revolution, 2.00 Go Nani Go, 2.30 Links Drive Lady, 3.00 FESTIVE FARE (NAP), 3.30 Miss Ranger, 4.00 Greatest Place, 4.30 Fossa.
Dundalk: 6.05 Fragile Earth, 6.35 Qatari Hunter, 7.05 Hatton Cross, 7.35 Indrahar, 8.05 Zakhrafa, 8.35 Carraigin Aonair, 9.05 Hatch Hall.
Fakenham: 1.10 Call It On, 1.40 Blue April, 2.10 Pemba, 2.40 The Yank, 3.10 Bowdler’s Magic, 3.40 The Backup Plan, 4.10 Epic Ethel.
Kempton: 4.55 Or So, 5.25 Artsy, 5.55 Karmadal, 6.25 Nortron, 6.55 Ladurelli, 7.25 Duchess Of Marmite, 7.55 Tempuran, 8.25 Charlies Mate.
Nottingham: 12.50 Daqeeq, 1.20 Palmerston, 1.50 Q Ten Girl, 2.20 Dual Mac, 2.50 Al, 3.20 Sir Domino, 3.50 Baler Boy.
Double: Festive Fare and Al.