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The Paul Mulrennan Column: Maori Knight could prove worth the wait

By Paul Mulrennan
Sat 11 Jul 2020

The Racing TV-sponsored jockey has managed a winner a day again so far this week and is hoping to keep up the momentum at Newcastle on Saturday evening.

It's been another good week and although I'd have enjoyed my double at York on Thursday a bit more if there had been some crowds to cheer us home, it was still a satisfying day.

After a winner on Monday and another on Tuesday, both Muker and Solo Saxophone - two of the nicest horses I have ridden since the resumption - scored at York and then I got another winner at Musselburgh on Friday when Gowanbuster went in again. His dam Aahgowangowan was a tough little sprinter for Michael Dods and this one is taking after her.

Muker could head for the Molecomb at Glorious Goodwood now. He's all speed and such a professional. On the other hand, connections of Solo Saxophone will be looking at some of the nice handicaps at that meeting or possibly at York's Ebor meeting. He's just a horse in a great place at present.

Mulrennan talked to Niall Hannity after Solo Saxophone's victory at York

It's up to Newcastle on Saturday evening for me and having managed to give you a winner or two in this column for the last three weeks, I'm hoping to make it four in a row.

I said a couple of weeks ago that Magisterium had taken a step forward for her debut and she did just what we expected when winning at Redcar. She's absolutely bounced out of that and really didn't have much of a race - I'm really hopeful she can give the weight away in the EBF Fillies' Novice Stakes.

Michael Dods also runs Time For A Good Un in the following race. He gave me a decent feel first time out at Pontefract and I hope seven furlongs is going to be a big positive for him. At a bigger price than Magisterium, I can see him producing a decent performance here.

Kaafy is knocking on the door and is another one with chances for Grant Tuer, while Manshood won a bit cosily last time. Paul Midgley has swapped the headgear around to keep him interested and he is capable of running well again, even though the handicapper has pushed him up in the weights.

Will I be saving the best for last? Maori Knight runs in the closing Free Tips Daily Handicap for Richard Hughes and I can see him really taking to Tapeta - he's won on the artifical surface before at Chelmsford City and was just too free for his own good at Royal Ascot last time.

This looks a really good opportunity to get him back on track with a victory and hopefully I will be driving back down the A1 with another winner or two in the bag.

At Newmarket, Saturday's highlight is the Darley July Cup which is always a great race. Although the ground was on the soft side on Thursday and Friday, it can dry out quite quickly and if the rain stays away for the next 24 hours, I can see Sceptical and Frankie Dettori making amends for their near-miss at Royal Ascot.

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