Championship bids to continue Hannon run
RICHARD HANNON and Richard Hughes are out to land the Somerville Tattersall Stakes at Newmarket for the fourth time in five years with Championship, who should be fresher than most having had a lengthy break since disappointing at Royal Ascot in June.
Today's race has not proved much of a guide to the following year's Classics in recent times, but last year's winner Havana Gold, also trained by Hannon, did finish fourth in the Irish 2,000 Guineas this May before winning the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly a month later.
Of today's runner, Hannon said: "He looked smart when winning first time out at Newbury, but he then came back jarred up after disappointing in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.
"His enforced break has done him good because he looks magnificent and has been moving better than he has ever done and, although it is a step up in class, he deserves a crack at a Group race. I hope the ground has not dried up too much."
Ed Dunlop saddled his first winner for Qatar Racing when God Willing scored on his debut at Newbury last month and the trainer thinks today's race will play to his strengths.
Dunlop said: "He won nicely for us on his debut at Newbury and has been pleasing us in his work. This looks a natural step for him and the stiff seven furlongs should play to his strengths."
The Charlie Hills-trained Cable Bay brings Group 2 form to the table after his decent third to Outstrip in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster 12 days ago.
Today's key pointers
Richard Hannon has won three of the last four runnings of the Somerville Tattershall Stakes with Sir Parky (09), Crius (11) and Havana Gold (12) and runs Championship today (3.40pm).
However, avoid any Richard Hannon-trained runners in the nursery (2.35pm) as he is 0/26 in such contests at Newmarket since 2008.
Nigel Twiston-Davies has an amazing record at Perth during the month of September - since 1999 he has scored with 42 of his 102 runners at a strike-rate of 41 per cent for a level-stake profit of £45.09 to £1 stakes.
Pointers courtesy of Raceform Interactive
Newmarket Good, good to firm in places
Perth Good to soft
Pontefract Good, good to firm in places
Wolverhampton Standard to slow