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Michaelangelo to draw on potential

MICHAELANGELO can supply trainer John Gosden and owner Bjorn Neilsen with back-to-back renewals of the Casco Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood.

The partnership linked up to take this invariably informative Listed affair with Masked Marvel 12 months ago, with the race acting as a springboard for St Leger glory later in the term.

Michelangelo has a long way to go before being able to replicate such beguiling exploits, but he is unquestionably a horse laden with potential.

Although the Cocked Hat has long been considered a late trial for next week’s Epsom Derby, only one horse, Perennial, is still clutching onto a golden ticket.

His sombre return to action in the Feilden Stakes at Newmarket last month, however, is enough to see him passed over for Gosden’s inmate in Sussex.

North Yorkshire trainer Kevin Ryan has enjoyed a vintage May, with Tiddliwinks’ success in the Duke of York Stakes the highlight.

And with Ryan’s juveniles also in the pink of health, now looks the time to support Musselburgh aspirant Surely Speightful.

The Speightstown filly showed plenty of zip on her debut at Ascot a fortnight ago before coming unstuck in the bog-like conditions.

Surely Speightful should have gained plenty for that blow-out and looks a danger to all in the Bernard Hunter Crane Hire Open Maiden Stakes.

It also seems unwise to scotch the claims of Viking Rose when she again reports for duty at Yarmouth.

Moreover, the handicapper has also given her a chance by adding just 4lb to her back for the Trafalgar Restaurant At Great Yarmouth Racecourse Fillies’ Handicap.

It may also pay to keep close tabs on Basseterre in the PHS Direct Handicap at Haydock.

The lightly-raced three-year-old colt was narrowly denied at Kempton on his last start and ought to prove a bit better than an 80-rated horse on turf.

There are no gimmes on Catterick’s evening card, but Zaplamation’s nice effort on his return at Doncaster should set him up for the Leslie Petch Handicap.

Pasture Bay has brought more than enough to the table in two starts over hurdles last season to warrant respect at Towcester.

His followers can rightly expect a good run for their money in the Blayze Unguem ‘Leaders In Executive Search’ Novices’ |Hurdle.

As, too, can connections of Run Along Boy, who competes in the Blayze Unguem ‘Decade of Success’ Handicap Chase.


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