Racing: Saturday, July 18 preview

Horse racing
Horse racing

Great Page can add further gloss to the Hannons’ superb record in the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury.

With Richard Hannon snr having won the race seven times before his retirement, his son then stepped up to the plate 12 months ago when Tiggy Wiggy blasted home under Richard Hughes.

Hannon jnr fields six runners in this ridiculously tough race, but it has to be of significance that Hughes has sided with Great Page.

Connections of the Roderic O’Connor filly were understandably downcast at the Curragh last month when she failed to make a mark in Group Three company.

There were, however, extenuating circumstances as Sean Levey’s partner lost ground at the start and also encountered trouble in running.

Once she was switched wide for a clean run, Great Page stayed on pretty encouragingly, eventually beaten three and a half lengths by the useful Most Beautiful.

Before that, the Middleham Park Racing-owned filly looked very good when winning a Listed race at Naas by three lengths, which nicely hammered home the fact a fast-run six furlongs is very much her forte.

Her previous outing at Salisbury, when second to stablemate Illuminate as the 1-3 favourite, looks impregnable, too, as that one has since won the Albany at Ascot and the Duchess of Cambridge at Newmarket last week.

* Selections -

Chester: 1.50 Muhadathat, 2.25 Imshivalla, 3.00 Gerry The Glover, 3.35 Palawan, 4.10 Racing History, 4.45 Bellajeu, 5.20 Distain.

Newbury: 1.25 Mile High, 2.00 Sealife, 2.35 Consort, 3.10 Aeolus, 3.45 GREAT PAGE (NAP), 4.20 Royal Seal, 4.55 Thunder Pass.

Cartmel: 2.05 Always On The Run, 2.40 Walden Prince, 3.15 The Society Man, 3.50 Buachaill Alainn, 4.25 Smart Ruler, 5.00 Baileys Concerto, 5.30 Chilly Miss.

Curragh: 3.05 Lieutenant General, 3.40 Breathe Easy, 4.15 Intibaah, 4.45 Final Frontier, 5.15 Wind Fire, 5.50 Curvy, 6.25 Unrequited, 6.55 Torcedor.

Haydock: 6.20 Nice Thoughts, 6.50 Thorntoun Lady, 7.25 Both Sides, 7.55 Intense Style, 8.25 Cape Victoria, 8.55 Cooper.

Lingfield: 5.40 Evident, 6.10 Chief Entertainer, 6.40 David’s Beauty, 7.10 Welsh Inlet, 7.40 Veeraya, 8.10 Attain, 8.40 Age Of Elegance.

Market Rasen: 1.45 Mountainside, 2.20 Mile House, 2.55 Kie, 3.30 Baby Mix, 4.05 Dire Straits, 4.40 Noble Friend, 5.15 Kayfton Pete.

Newmarket: 1.40 Ifwecan, 2.15 Arabian Comet, 2.50 Sharaakah, 3.25 Expensive Date, 4.00 Maybe Definitely, 4.35 Aranka, 5.10 Resonant.

Ripon: 2.10 Fred’s Filly, 2.45 Ornate, 3.20 Thornaby Nash, 3.55 Only Orsenfoolsies, 4.30 Pathway To Honour, 5.05 Endless Credit, 5.35 Diatomic.

Double: Great Page and Consort.