Rachel Candelora's top tips for Wednesday: Swift Approval ticks boxes

By Rachel Candelora
Tue 21 May 2019

I am looking forward to Haydock on Saturday where the sprinters are very much on show in the Temple Stakes and Sandy Lane Stakes.

Commonwealth Cup credentials are on the line in the latter contest as the winners of the past three renewals of this contest have either won (2016 Quiet Reflection) or been runner-up (2017 Harry Angel and 2018 Sands Of Mali) at Royal Ascot.

The standout player this year is Calyx, who is coming off his blazing comeback win in the Pavilion Stakes at Ascot, and is already many people’s idea of the Commonwealth Cup winner.

A small but select field will go to post in the Temple Stakes and most eyes will be on the return of Battaash, who narrowly scraped home to win this race last year.

Charlie Hills says he thinks he has Battaash back to his best three-year-old self. If that is the case - and if Kachy can transfer his all-weather form to the turf - then we are in for a fantastic race.

3.25 Warwick: Desert Sensation

This looks a weak long distance handicap chase and the unexposed Desert Sensation may be able to get his head in front over fences for the first time.

This three-times hurdle winner will be making only his third start over the bigger obstacles (both have been in handicap company) and he races off his lowest mark so far over fences.

The other runners at the top of the market here are either inconsistent and/or exposed so it may be best to go for the new kid on the block.

3.55 Warwick: Leapaway

Watch how Leapaway won at Stratford last summer

Champion jockey Richard Johnson partners Leapaway in this featured handicap hurdle before riding at Southwell in the evening.

Leapaway was a star of the summer jumping season last year, winning five straight hurdle races from the June 24 to September 10 and appears to have been specifically prepared with another summer jumping campaign as the plan.

He had an ideal comeback prep when third in the Sussex Champion Hurdle at Plumpton but now looks set to resume his winning ways.

4.45 Yarmouth: Swift Approval

He may be on a 22-race losing run but Swift Approval hinted last time out at Lingfield that he is ready to return to the winner’s circle racing off his lowest mark in a handicap on turf or the all-weather.

On the Lingfield turf he ran much better than his finishing position of fifth suggests, as he was beaten just 2¾ lengths, and he looks to have ideal conditions on Wednesday.

Stuart Williams and rider Harry Bentley are in good form at present, and they team up here with a horse who arguably is at his best over an undulating straight 7f.

8.55 Kempton: Chloellie

Chloellie wins again at Kempton in January

A five-time winner at Kempton, including twice over Wednesday’s 7f trip, Chloellie looks well spotted to get her head back in front here.

She put back-to-back wins over course and distance together during the winter before running a head second here in February.

John Jenkins gave Chloellie a two-month freshener before bringing her back last month. Unfortunately on her return at Chelmsford she was drawn stall 15 of 15, but still ran a cracking race to finish a close fourth.

With that race under her belt plus returning to Kempton and dropping in grade Chloellie looks set to give another good account of herself.

Silvestre De Sousa partners her for the first time and should have this daughter of Delegator well placed off an expected quick early pace.

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