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Monday, 22 October, 2018

Harome out to boost great record of favourites in Sky Bet Dash

Growl (nearside) is working well at home
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2.40 York
Sky Bet Dash Handicap | 6f | ITV/RUK

Harome is out to maintain the good recent record of market leaders in this Knavesmire cavalry charge after his impressive warm-up at the track 15 days ago.

Four of the last five favourites have obliged in this 6f sprint but recent rain and the threat of more to come in North Yorkshire is giving some connections cause for concern.

Harome did not see another rival when slamming Tylery Wonder over five furlongs last time out and tackles an extra furlong for the first time since March.

The son of Bahamian Bounty is a high-profile mount for 5lb claimer Ben Sanderson, who rides him regularly.

Trainer Roger Fell said: "Harome is in really good form at home and we're looking forward to it. Stepping him back up to six furlongs is a bit of a gamble as I'm not entirely sure he stays the trip but it's a very good prize fund and we think it is worth having a go.

"He just goes along in front and likes to do his own thing. I'm just slightly worried he might get pegged back in the closing stages over six furlongs."

He added: "Harome won nicely at York last time but got quite a rise in the weights from 85 to 93 for winning that race by four lengths, but he likes the course and it's probably an easy six there anyway so it gives him the best chance of staying the trip.

Sprint king Fahey on the prowl

Richard Fahey last won this contest in 2009 but is seldom far away and is two-handed with Growl and Eastern Impact, both of whom are drawn in the middle.

Low draws have dominated in recent years, but Tropics in 2013 and Muthmir (2014) came from stall 12.

Growl finished a decent second on his seasonal return at Chester before finishing 14th in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot but Eastern Impact is without a win since 2015.

There could be some respite, however, as Fahey said: "I’ve been a fraction disappointed with Eastern Impact of late and I’m just a bit worried he isn’t enjoying the really fast ground. If it were on the good side of good to firm on Saturday that would suit and he’s getting himself well handicapped."

As for Growl, the Marwan Koukash-owned six-year-old is evidently burning up the gallops. Fahey said: "Growl is right on his A-game at home. I just hope they get some rain. The horse is handicapped to do some real damage right now and is working very well."

O'Meara going all out to break duck

David O'Meara saddles four runners in his bid to land the event for the first time and he would prefer the rain to stay away.

Topweight Intisaab is joined by fellow last-time-out winners Watchable and Summerghand plus the frustrating Muscika.

O'Meara said: "All four are top-of-the-ground horses really so any significant rain wouldn't be in their favour. Intisaab has a lot of weight but won well the other day, as did Watchable and Summerghand."

Enjazaat camp fear the rain

The colours of Hamdan Al Maktoum were carried to success in this race by Muthmir in 2014 and the Shadwell team are back with Enjazaat, who was denied a clear run at Newbury last time.

The Owen Burrows-trained three-year-old is another who could do without a downpour. Angus Gold, racing manager to the owner, said: "Newbury was a bit of a non-event and Owen said he came out of it in good shape. He's a fast-ground horse though, so we wouldn't want any rain."

Foolaad back after a break

The Roy Bowring-trained Foolaad rattled up a quick four-timer on the all-weather at Southwell over the winter months and has been given a break since finishing a close-up tenth in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot.

Bowring said: "After his latest race we gave him a very easy two or three weeks. Then we started again with ten days to go and hopefully he’s right and bouncing. We’re happy going into the race as long as we get a bit of rain and it’s not too firm.

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Stepping him back up to six furlongs is a bit of a gamble as I'm not entirely sure he stays the trip
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