Friday 22 September 2017

'Native' looks a worthy pick

In terms of prestige, racing in Britain today takes a backseat, but the Channel 4 cameras serve up some attractive betting opportunities. Foremost among them is Kingsgate Native, which has now been gelded since an abortive stint at stud. The five-year-old has done plenty of work ahead of his seasonal comeback in the betfred.com Temple Stakes (3.00) at Haydock.

Also at Haydock, Awsaal can follow up his recent maiden victory by winning the 12-furlong handicap (2.00). John Dunlop's progressive young stayer looks far from harshly treated. And Our Joe Mac, denied by poor luck at Chester earlier this month, looks the answer to the highly competitive Silver Bowl (2.30).

At Goodwood, Final Victory can advance on a promising seasonal reappearance to win the toteswinger Stakes (2.45), while the early speed of Jarrow makes him the one to beat in the totescoop6 Handicap (2.15).

And at York, Highland Glen warrants support in the Stowe Grand Cup (3.10) over 14 furlongs. Always highly rated when trained by Michael Stoute, Highland Glen has become a reformed character since he was gelded.

He can make the point once more despite his official status as the lowest-rated runner in the race.

Irish Independent

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