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Five horses to follow on Saturday, with £25,000 up for grabs

By Harry Allwood@harry_allwood
Fri 5 Aug 2022

A whopping £25,000 is up for grabs on Saturday in Paddy’s Pick 5 competition, which is free to enter. All you need to do is find the winner of the five chosen races!

Read all about the first-ever Paddy Pick 5 winner who took home a cool £30,000 after picking five winners at the Goodwood & Galway Festivals.

The competition, which is run in association with Racing TV, is open to all Paddy Power customers, and the full terms and conditions for the competition can be found here.

To enter, simply click on 'start' below and pick your selections.

The Racing TV racecards include Timeform comments, pace maps, live odds, Timeform ratings and much more, so make sure you take advantage of the features when studying the form for each race:

15:00 Haydock - Rose of Lancaster Stakes

15:15 Curragh - Rathasker Stud Phoenix Sprint Stakes

15:35 Haydock - Dick Hern Stakes

15:40 Newmarket - Sweet Solera Stakes

16:15 Curragh - Keeneland Phoenix Stakes

Below is a selection for each of the five contests, which will all be shown live on Racing TV. Best of luck!



Rose of Lancaster Stakes (3.00pm, Haydock)

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The Verdict: "One of the best performances we've seen all season." - Angus McNae explains why Grocer Jack's Newbury win was so impressive

This five-year-old clocked some impressive sectionals when winning a Listed contest by nine lengths at Newbury last time out, a performance that hinted he is capable of winning a Group One.

That was a career-best from Grocer Jack who produced some decent form in Group contests when racing in Germany, including when second at Group One level behind Skalleti, for his previous connections, and he was purchased for 700,000gns at the end of last year.

He has been given a mark of 118 following his Newbury win which makes him 6lb clear of his nearest rival on ratings, and a repeat of his latest effort is going to make him hard to beat here.

One slight concern is conditions will not be as quick at Haydock, with the ground currently good to soft, good in places, but he has shown form with give underfoot in the past, and I expect Tom Marquand will attempt to make all again.

Although he’s favourite, it’s a slight surprise he’s still available at a general 7-4, and he looks one of the best bets on the Haydock card.

Selection: Grocer Jack.

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Rathasker Stud Phoenix Sprint Stakes – (3.15pm, Curragh)

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Castle Star looked a shade unfortunate not to score at Group One level last season, with his narrow second behind Perfect Power in the Middle Park on his final start in 2021 a career best.

He progressed with each run as a two-year-old, and also scored at Group Three level over this course and distance plus hasn’t appeared ground dependent.

His trainer, Fozzy Stack, revealed on Racing TV that his stable star had suffered a minor setback earlier this season, which is why he didn’t return until July and, as his handler suggested beforehand, he shaped as though he was in need of the outing when fifth in the Sapphire Stakes at the Curragh.

That was also over an inadequate trip, and he travelled well before the lack of a recent run took its toll. A return to six furlongs will be in his favour on Saturday, and he should also get a decent pace to aim at, which will suit this hold-up performer.

Stack did have Group One targets in mind for Castle Star at the beginning of the year – he was forced to bypass the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot due to his setback – and, now he has a run under his belt, it will be disappointing if he isn’t able to go close in this Group Three contest.

Selection: Castle Star.

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Dick Hern Stakes - (3.35pm, Haydock)

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By Kingman and a half-sister to 2019 St Leger winner Logician, Crenelle is certainly bred to be useful and has looked a work in progress on her first four starts.

After catching the eye on debut, the youngster pulled clear with Fonteyn – who is now rated 107 – when getting off the mark at Newmarket before running below-par at Listed level at the same venue next time out.

However, given her exuberance, ten furlongs probably stretched her on that occasion, and she produced a better effort when returning to a mile in the Sandringham at Royal Ascot.

She returns to Listed level here, and while Oscula is the one to beat on ratings, it is wise to think the selection has further progress left in her plus she also receives 5lb from George Boughey’s filly who will be having her seventh start in the space of two months on Saturday.

Selection: Crenelle.

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Sweet Solera Stakes – (3.40pm, Newmarket)

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With limited form on offer, it is hard to know how much these youngsters will improve from their previous outings, and a chance is taken on this daughter of Lope De Vega who impressed on debut at Doncaster in July.

Although that may not have been the strongest contest on paper, the runner-up had won her previous start and Novakai clocked a time 0.77 seconds slower than the following handicap, which was won by the 90-rated Hebrides.

I’m taking it as a positive that the selection was friendless in the market on debut, as it suggests she wasn’t expected to produce the performance she did, and she has already attracted some support for this contest.

She was on edge at the start at Doncaster, and ran green under pressure, so it is wise to think she will take a big step forward from that effort.

Albany Stakes third Ivory Madonna has the strongest piece of form next to her name, but it was disappointing she could not make the most of a good opportunity when last seen.

Selection: Novakai.

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Keeneland Phoenix Stakes – (4.15pm, Curragh)

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This year’s Coventry Stakes form continues to be franked, and while Blackbeard and Persian Force – two rivals who finished behind Bradsell at Royal Ascot – have improved again since, Archie Watson’s charge should be capable of finding another chunk of improvement on just his third start here.

The unbeaten youngster showed good speed in the middle-part of the Coventry Stakes and committed for home early. Although Persian Force was gaining ground on him towards the finish, he was probably getting a shade lonely out in front, and Hollie Doyle struggled to pull her mount up.

That performance suggests he is the one to beat here, despite facing strong opposition, and I have no doubt he is a Group One performer. There’s also no reason why this track won’t suit and the vibes from his connections have been positive this week.

Selection: Bradsell.

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