ALAZWAR ridden by Hollie Doyle wins at HAYDOCK PARK 3/9/22
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Runner News

23rd June 2023

A busy Saturday ensues as four runners take to the track across both Ayr and Haydock respectively.

First up, Sound Reason who represents the in-form Kevin Ryan team heads to Ayr for the Unite The Union Celebrating Our Successes Handicap (1.50).

He is one of eight runners, drawn in stall four, with Tom Eaves booked to ride.

Sir Titus made a promising comeback when a close second in a similar contest at Beverley towards the end of April. He has held his own at a higher grade and must make plenty of appeal just one pound higher than that reappearance.

Kuwait City makes the long journey up from Newmarket having been a recent winner at York in a good three-year-old handicap. He’s been hiked six pounds in the weights for that victory, but he is relatively unexposed, and receiving the weight-for-age allowance, should make plenty of appeal here.

Sound Reason is a horse that Kevin has always held in some regard, and if responding to the blinkers, it is hoped he can be competitive here.

Looking ahead to the evening, our final three runners take their places at the Merseyside course, with May Blossom representing the David O’Meara team the first to line up in the EBF Fillies’ Handicap (6.35).

She is one of eight runners, drawn in stall six with winning ally Mark Winn booked to ride.

At the top of the weights Lil Guff is looking to complete a hat trick, and she has posted some very solid efforts so far this season. This filly’s form is on an upward curve and she could be open to further improvement, making her a leading contender in this race.

Another who has been in good form on her recent starts is Angle Land who comes in off the back of a very good effort in a competitive race at Epsom where she ran very close to her best form. If she is continuing in this vein, she would be another with claims of being involved where it counts.

May Blossom is in fine form at home, and if getting the rub of the green she is more than capable of getting in the mix.

Swiftly following, Archie Watson’s smart two-year-old Chaturanga bids to keep his unbeaten record untarnished in the Juddmonte EBF Restricted Novice Stakes (7:10).

He is one of nine runners, drawn in stall seven and Luke Morris has been booked to take the ride.

Nellie Leylax shaped with plenty of promise on his racecourse debut when taking top spot in a maiden at Beverley last month. However, he failed to fire on his second start when beaten over eleven lengths on good to firm ground and connections will be hoping he can put a line through that run back on better ground this time round. If bouncing back to form, he will be one to seriously consider.

Chaturanga has been in great shape in Lambourn since getting off the mark at the first attempt, and if sharpening up as is hoped, Archie is hopeful for a bold showing in this valuable contest.

Finally, Alazwar takes his chances in the Bickerstaffe Handicap (8:40). He is one of 11 runners, drawn in stall ten and Luke Morris has been booked to ride.

Sunglasses has only had the two runs and looks to be quite leniently treated off her current mark which she gained when finishing a respectable third in a Novice race at Goodwood earlier this month. She was a winner on her racecourse debut last year and despite being very lightly raced, she could easily be ahead of the handicapper at this stage and is worthy of plenty of respect here.

Alazwar has been in good order at home in Lambourn, and if appreciating the switch back to a flat track he has winning form at, Archie is hopeful for a good run.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all horses and their connections the very best of luck for Saturday’s races.