Reliable Red should score at Sandown

Red Clubs can be taken to run his usual solid race in the Betfair Temple Stakes at Sandown.

Red Clubs can be taken to run his usual solid race in the Betfair Temple Stakes at Sandown.

Barry Hills' speedster may have to give weight to most of his rivals, including Dandy Man, but he is a shade more reliable and has better form on ground with ease, which will be the likely conditions on the Esher.

He was just below top class as a juvenile but can still boast a win in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

He was then tried in the Guineas at three but blatantly did not stay a mile and was quickly brought back to sprinting distances, despite winning the Greenham.

After a campaign in all the top sprints such as the Nunthorpe and the July Cup, he got his head in front in the Diadem at Ascot.

He has returned better than ever and chased home the top-class Amadeus Wolf on his first start in the Duke Of York Stakes.

Papal Bull was one of the hard luck stories of last year's Derby and can gain some consolation in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes.

Sir Michael Stoute's Montjeu colt came into the race on a high after landing a hat-trick, including success in the Chester Vase. He was not unfancied for the Classic, as his 11-1 price reflected, and although he didn't come down the hill well, he was still well placed and motoring when stopped in his tracks by Linda's Lad two furlongs out.

He couldn't recover, eventually finishing 10th behind Sir Percy but many felt that but for that interference he would have probably made the frame.

He bounced back to land the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot, when he had Red Rocks a neck back in second and St Leger winner Sixties Icon in third.

However, after that good effort he turned in two disappointing displays in Group Two races before being put away for the winter. Papal Bull should have come on for a run at Newmarket earlier this year and looks set to revert to winning ways.

Best bet on the card at Ayr could be the 75,000 guineas Hawk Wing colt, Montaquila, in the Paradigm European Breeders' Fund Maiden Stakes.

Slowly away on his debut at York, he made good late progress ending up a fast-finishing third to Feared In Flight, a race that is working out well.

Howard Johnston's charge is likely to need further in time but he should have come on for that first run and, dropped in class, can score at the second attempt.

Today's saraband selections

sandown: 6.10 Bold Diktator, 6.40 Lady Gloria, 7.15 Papal Bull, 7.50 New Jersey, 8.20 Red Clubs (nap), 8.50 Highland Legacy.

AYR: 2.20 Montaquila, 2.50 Distant Sun, 3.20 Bijou Dan, 3.50 Primo Way, 4.20 Monolith, 4.50 Darfour, 5.20 Baileys Outshine.

LINGFIELD: 2.00 He's My Best, 2.30 Maromito, 3.00 Arabian Gleam, 3.30 El Capitan, 4.00 Hill Queen, 4.30 Hayley's Flower, 5.00 Sun Bian.

YARMOUTH: 2.10 Tawnybrack, 2.40 Charlie Delta, 3.10 Secret Meaning, 3.40 Luckylover, 4.10 Plateau, 4.40 Peopleton Brook, 5.10 Sky Beam.

SEDGEFIELD: 6.30 Saif Sareea, 7.05 Instructor, 7.40 Dead Mans Dante, 8.10 Return Home, 8.40 Intersky Music, 9.10 All For The Cause.

Double: Red CLubs and Papal Bull.


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