A flying filly and famous colours: four things to note on the Haydock undercard
Quench Dolly has proved a major success story for trainer John Gallagher this year and bids for a fourth victory of 2017 in the 5f Class 2 handicap (2.40) live on ITV4.
A winner at Leicester, Lingfield and Goodwood, her mark has shot up from 73 to 99, but there could still be more to come from such a progressive sprinter.
“I had her in an Ayr Listed race last week and felt she would have taken all the beating,” said Gallagher.
“Her form is rock-solid and she goes to Haydock in great form – she threw the biggest buck I’ve ever seen at the end of the gallop this week! She’ll stay in training next year.”
Sepal bids to extend winning run
Another prolific winner, Sepal, bids for a fifth consecutive success since the middle of last month in the 1m6f handicap (5.00).
The filly is well suited by plenty of cut in the ground and tries to add to wins at Ayr, Thirsk, Hamilton and at this track earlier in the month for Iain Jardine.
“She ticks all the boxes in terms of ground, track and trip, and remains in tremendous form,” said Jardine.
“She’s on top of the world with herself at the moment, and something like the November Handicap could be on her agenda.”
Narcos faces different ground test
Narcos created a fine impression when making a winning debut at Doncaster last month and attempts to maintain his unbeaten record in the juvenile event over a mile (4.25).
That victory was achieved on good ground and he will face markedly contrasting underfoot conditions this time.
“He has to give weight away,” said trainer Richard Fahey. “He won his maiden well at Doncaster and is a big, scopey horse.
"I’d probably have him ahead of my other runner A Bit Of A Touch, who is a bit big and backward. He might be one more for nurseries.”
Royal Line tackles first handicap in famous colours
The iconic maroon and white colours carried with such distinction by Sheikh Mohammed-owned legends including Oh So Sharp, Pebbles and Singspiel were back in the winner’s enclosure at Windsor this month for the first since 2007 courtesy of Royal Line’s success on debut in a minor maiden contest.
Dubai’s ruler handed down the silks to his nine-year-old daughter Sheikha Al Jalila in July, and the John Gosden-trained Royal Line, who won impressively at Windsor, bids to follow up in the 1m4f handicap (5.35) off an opening mark of 88.
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