HARRIS Tweed can consolidate upon a striking seasonal debut at Newbury by winning the Sportingbet Yorkshire Cup.
Trainer William Haggas has always thought quite a bit of the five-year-old gelding – and with just cause given he has only finished out of the frame in four of his 15 starts.
The former Mark Prescott inmate seemingly took his game to the next level at Newbury last month, though, when he claimed the John Porter by five lengths.
Although it is fair comment to suggest Harris Tweed has not quite proven his stamina for two miles – he faded badly at the business end of last season's Lonsdale on the Knavesmire – a mile-and-three-quarters looks his ideal trip at this stage.
Haggas' representative is well known for appreciating a bit of dig in the ground, so connections will be buoyed by the wet forecast ahead of this Group Two.
The two Listed races on the card are far murkier from a betting point of view, but Ceiling Kitty is perhaps worth an interest in the Langleys Solicitors LLP EBF Fillies' Stakes.
Tom Dascombe's filly will not want a quagmire – she became stuck in the mud at Beverley on her penultimate start – but made quite a splash when victorious at Kempton earlier in the month.
Hello Glory is the highest-rated horse in the Michael Seely Memorial Stakes, having finished third in the Lowther Stakes here last August, and Firdaws can emerge the luminary on a really sharp card at Newbury.
The luckless Burwaaz should also be given another try in the Bathwick Tyres Carnarvon Stakes.
Gulf Of Naples certainly looks an engaging entry in the William Hill Braveheart Handicap at Hamilton.
Trainer Mark Johnston has a superb record at the Scottish circuit and also runs recent Newmarket scorer Ithoughtitwasover.
Dick Doughtywylie looks to have have far less on his plate at Newmarket and Linroyale Boy showed a hint of ability in winter maidens on the all-weather, and could be well treated on his handicap bow at Newcastle.
Aneyeforaneye can dish out weight and a beating on a strong evening card at Aintree and One Term is expected to appreciate any cut in the ground there.