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Yazaman can be the man for Haggas in Newmarket contest


Mildenberger can score at Newmarket

Mildenberger can score at Newmarket

Mildenberger can score at Newmarket

Yazaman appears to have been crying out for a step up in trip and should relish seven furlongs in the Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket.

While William Haggas' juvenile may not be the most straightforward, it is clear for all to see he is well above average.

So far this season he has been placed in the Windsor Castle, July Stakes, the Richmond and a valuable sales race at Doncaster.

That contest was over six and a half furlongs, and not for the first time he was doing all his best work in the closing stages - which is surprising, considering he had the pace to be second over five furlongs at Royal Ascot.

He wore a visor for the first time at Doncaster, in place of blinkers, but never actually looked like winning at any stage.

What is not in doubt, though, is that he possesses plenty of ability. He gets 5lb from Ventura Tormenta, and may have more to fear from the once-raced La Barrosa - who nonetheless needs to take a big step up.

Mildenberger has been seen just once since racing resumed in early June - but on a line through that run against Nayef Road in the Sagaro Stakes at Newcastle three months ago, he should prove very hard to beat today.

The five-year-old has clearly had a problem since that big effort, but you never normally have to worry about fitness where his trainer Mark Johnston is concerned.

While Mildenberger's best form has been on the all-weather, he does have a win at Newmarket to his credit - so it is not as if he does not act on turf.

Given Nayef Road went on to be placed in all the big Cup races this summer, if Mildenberger runs to anything like the same level of form he should win.

Newmarket can be a good place to make the running, and that should suit Stormy Girl in the fillies' handicap.

Already a Listed winner at Pontefract over six furlongs, she was not disgraced in a Group Three at Doncaster over seven.

If allowed to dominate she could get loose on the front end and be very hard to peg back.

The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Redford Road has 6lb to find on official ratings with Paul Nicholls' Saglawy - but the former looks one set to excel in early-season novice chases.

Perth will be delighted with the quality on show in the Timothy Hardie Jewellers Novices' Chase, but Redford Road gets the vote.

Today's selections

KEMPTON: 4.25 Blazing Hot, 4.55 Rising Star, 5.30 Tricolore, 6.00 Menai Bridge, 6.30 Prismatic, 7.00 Typhoon Ten, 7.30 Greycoat, 8.00 Lismore.

LISTOWEL: 1.40 Cold Steel, 2.10 Plum Perfect, 2.45 Childers, 3.20 Mean Fomhair, 3.55 Persia, 4.30 My Sister Sarah, 5.05 Caldwell, 5.40 Ultra Pride.

NEWMARKET: 1.15 Albert Camus, 1.50 Last Sunset, 2.25 Stormy Girl, 3.00 YAZAMAN (NAP), 3.35 Mildenberger, 4.10 Grand Bazaar, 4.45 First Winter, 5.20 Zoran.

PERTH: 1.10 Teme Spirit, 1.45 Jan Wellens, 2.15 Redford Road, 2.50 Percy's Word, 3.25 Copperless, 4.00 River Icon, 4.35 Kajaki, 5.10 Craigmor, 5.45 Petite Ganache.

PONTEFRACT: 12.30 Ballyconneely Bay, 1.00 Dark Company, 1.30 Spirit Of Bermuda, 2.05 Victory Chime, 2.40 Dark Jedi, 3.10 Prison Break, 3.45 Alminoor, 4.20 Saluti.

Double: Yazaman and Spirit Of Bermuda