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Angus McNae's Sunday selection box: Laafy can put a smile on your face

By Angus McNae
Sun 5 Jul 2020

Enable is a fabulous mare but she looks vulnerable to me in the Coral Eclipse at Sandown on Sunday.

She faces classy race-fit rivals on her first start since October and there will be no hiding places in a race sure to be run at a strong gallop.

Her connections will no doubt be eyeing targets later in the year and I certainly would not be prepared to support her at a best price of 11-10. Indeed, I would much rather lay her on the exchanges.

 Ghaiyyath shone on his return at Newmarket (Focusonracing)
Ghaiyyath shone on his return at Newmarket (Focusonracing)

The closest I came to a bet in the race is Ghaiyyath. At his best he is world class and his Coronation Cup win last time out at Newmarket proved that he is an exceptional racehorse.

He could easily make all the running and never see a rival. The reason I am not recommending him as a bet are his cramped odds – he is a general 9-4 - but I think he is the most likely winner.

On a cracking day’s racing I have four selections for you.

1.15 Sandown: Significantly

Prices went up early for this race and the 13-2 offered by Ladbrokes seems more than fair.

Despite being beaten on his second career start at odds-on this horse remains with untapped potential. If you ignore his short price last time out, and instead just watch the performance, you could not fail to conclude that he has plenty more to give.

Both of his starts have been full of promise amid distinct greenness. He was slowly away at Doncaster last time out but looked raw off the bridle in being narrowly defeated. He looks sure to have learnt again from that experience and can make more progress.

1.50 Sandown: Maid In India

This mare is trading at 11-1 with Paddy Power and that should be taken bearing in mind that a number of other firms go 8-1.

She is speedy and her past two performances have been excellent on the clock. She fired a 110 Timeform speed figure when winning at Newbury last September and off a break proved herself to be as good as ever when finishing third in the Listed Cecil Frail Stakes at Haydock in June, recording a Timeform Speed figure of 105.

Made In India should be fitter for that reappearance effort and that could enable her to turn around Haydock form with Liberty Beach. You can watch that race above.

A lower draw would have been ideal but that is offset by her price and the return to five furlongs.

2.05 Haydock: Duke Of Condicote

This Alan King-trained handicapper has more to give, particularly as he returns to a track where he goes well and will get the soft ground he handles so well.

Having forced a dead-heat here on his seasonal reappearance he was beaten at Windsor into second place by Grand Bazar in a race where he might have won if he had got a better gallop to go at.

There is plenty of stamina on the dam’s side of his pedigree and he shapes as if this step up to 14 furlongs will suit. A mark of 78 underplays his ability and latent potential and he must be supported at 7-1.

3.15 Haydock: Laafy

The Old Newton Cup can go to Sir Michael Stoute and Richard Kingscote.

Laafy lost his way after winning on heavy ground last year but on his seasonal bow he looked to be a new improved model.

He had been gelded over the winter and that has clearly made a difference. He surged clear of some decent rivals to win by more than four lengths, having travelled strongly throughout the contest.

He has gone up 9lb but looks to be a handicapper of some potential and could make up into a pattern race performer in due course.

Stoute has booked the leading rider at Haydock in Kingscote and everything looks to be in place for a big run.

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