There is some really good action at Sandown and York this weekend.
While I will hopefully be enjoying the Esher sun, I am interested in watching how Cafe Espresso gets on in the Queen Mother’s Cup Handicap at York.
Cafe Espresso was a multiple winner for Archie Watson before winning a Lingfield seller two weeks ago.
After one of the longest post-seller auctions I have seen, Cafe Espresso was knocked down to trainer Paul Howling for £20,000.
On paper her form looks ordinary with two of three career victories being achieved in sellers. However, she is better than that and is of interest in the opener at York on Saturday.
Meanwhile, here are two selections for the action at Haydock on Wednesday, starting with:
Lorelina loves the mud and has won well at Haydock in heavy ground in the past (watch above).
The daughter of Passing Glance has acquitted herself well in two starts this term, on ground she would find too fast, at Epsom and Goodwood.
Lorelina is now down in grade and finally has the ground she has been waiting for, she looks primed to add another victory to trainer Andrew Balding’s already fantastic season.
Moon King has been flawless since having a gelding operation and stepping up in trip with three wide-margin successes over Wednesday’s 1m 6f distance.
This son of Sea The Moon is carrying a winner’s penalty from last week’s Nottingham success but he has won under a penalty before and jockey Harry Bentley has gone up to Haydock to ride him for the in-form Ralph Beckett.
While heavy ground at Haydock is always a worry, Moon King is proven on a soft surface and is a true stayer. By contrast, there are a few question marks over some of his other rivals on the stamina front.