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Saturday, 17 August 2013 00:00

Somewhat can return to winning ways at Newbury

Our tipster casts his eye over the pick of the weekend’s meetings
by Farringdon

Racing: There is some cracking racing on Saturday afternoon, especially from Newbury and Ripon with the highlight being from the Yorkshire track and the Great St Wilfrid Handicap at 3.30.

The Washington Singer Stakes (2.05 at Newbury) for two-year-olds has been won by some pretty good juvenile tools in the past, but this year’s event looks distinctly average. Nonetheless for betting purposes it still interests me.

It offers a good opportunity for Mark Johnston’s Somewhat to return to winning ways and further add to the rock-solid form of the Chesham Stakes.

The weather could play a major outcome in this year’s renewal of the Geoffrey Freer Stakes at 2.40 with the likes of Biographer and Aiken only likely to run if we lose the part description of “firm” from the going.

If that were to happen then I would strongly fancy the David Lanigan stayer to land his first Group success.

But if the ground stays on the fast side of good then I suspect French raider I’m Your Man will probably reverse Fred Archer Stakes form with Lost In the Moment, especially as he gets a three-pound pull for a head defeat and gave up first run to the winner in that small field event. I’m not sure favourite Royal Empire will see out this distance.

The Feature Hungerford Stakes at 3.15 sees the reappearance of Soft Falling Rain, unbeaten in three starts at Meydan in the spring.

With none of his four rivals natural front-runners over this trip I expect that Paul Hanagan may well try to turn the screw from some way out on the four-year-old and pull the finish out of his rivals.

He will quite rightly start favourite on the best of his form in Dubai, but if such a scenario unfolds then I can see Tawhid stepping up to the plate following a rock-solid running on second to Montiridge in the Bonhams Stakes at Goodwood.

The Great St Wilfrid Handicap, due off at 3.30 at Ripon, could see the old man Regal Parade running a big race.

The now nine-year-old won on good to soft ground earlier in the season at Haydock in a conditions race and has not been disgraced in midfield in the Sky Bet Dash and Steward’s Cup since.

Those runs both came off a mark of 100 and with the handicapper having shown some mercy and dropped him to 97 he could really make his presence felt.

Prodigality is handicapped to reverse course form with El Viento — the latter ran a cracker in the Steward’s Cup Consolation — and a bit of dig would certainly help him, but certainly not Hoof It and Borderlescott, while this is too sharp for Captain Ramius.

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