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Soft Sandown to suit Man of Harlech

Man Of Harlech should appreciate the ground at Sandown in the ROA Owners Jackpot Handicap.

Patience can hopefully prove a virtue for connections, as the Andrew Balding-trained three-year-old has not been seen since May.

A dry early part of the summer would not have been to his liking, so his absence is easy to understand, but recent downpours in Esher mean there is guaranteed to be sufficient ease underfoot.

The son of Dansili looked a useful prospect when winning on the soft at Windsor in April, with the front two miles clear of the rest.

He was tried on a faster terrain at Doncaster but had to settle for third. With just three career runs to his name, he is unexposed and his Kingsclere stable continues to go well.

Profitable should be up to giving weight away in the Orleans Nursery.

Trained by Clive Cox, who has a few nice horses this term, his debut third at Newbury was an excellent effort as the winner Strath Burn has gone on to be second in the Group Two Prix Robert Papin, while runner-up Judicial has won twice since.

The Invincible Spirit colt did the form no harm when landing the odds over this course and distance next time out and there was no disgrace in being beaten by the progressive Squats in a four-runner event at Haydock.

Raised a nominal 1lb for that, it will be a surprise if he cannot pick up another race and this has cut up a bit from the five-day stage.

Carnival King went into a notebook or two when catching the eye on his first run and should be followed in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes for Brian Meehan and Jimmy Fortune.

The Racing Post Trophy entry made nice late headway to be third at Windsor in a race that has some reasonable form lines.

He was not given an overly hard time and is fully entitled to come on plenty for the experience.

Balding is in store for a good day as the exciting Elm Park takes to the EBF Stallions Stonehenge Stakes at Salisbury. Pennine Panther is the pick in the Breeze FM & Jack FM Handicap.


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