Progressive Athlon is taken to score at Haydock

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We’ve teamed up with BetVictor and Charlie McCann to preview the day’s racing.

We are treated to an avalanche of terrific Flat action this afternoon with three excellent cards at Newbury, Nottingham and Haydock this afternoon.

David Lanigan’s Athlon (2.10) a confident selection to score under George Baker at the latter.

The gelding has been progressive this term, building on a promising second at Brighton in May and shed the maiden tag at the fifth time of asking on his next start at Windsor when backed into favourite for a competitive 10f Handicap. He followed-up impressively from a 6lb higher mark last week and should have no problems with completing the hat-trick under a 6lb penalty.

His only concern would be the current going, with the ground described as soft to heavy in places, which suit Andrew Balding’s South Seas (2.40).

He is bred to relish conditions and should maintain his unbeaten record under Qatar Racing’s retained rider Oisin Murphy. The well-bred son of Lope de Vega made a winning debut earlier in the campaign at Windsor, bolting-up by eight lengths, and looks a black-type performer in waiting for connections.

Progeny of Dutch Art tend to love a bit of juice in the ground and Cheveley Park’s home-bred Dutch Destiny (3.15) should relish conditions and go close for the in-form pair of William Haggas and Pat Cosgrave.

The selection has winning form on soft ground and finished an excellent second last time out in similar conditions at Newmarket. The handicapper has raised her 2lb for that effort but she remains a filly going in the right directions and boasts obvious claims.

The Haggas yard should similarly go close with Daphe (3.05) for Her Majesty the Queen in the Fillies’ Handicap over the extended mile and a half at Newbury.

The selection had the re-opposing Talent to Amuse in behind when getting her head in front two starts ago at Newmarket, and travelled well before failing to stay 2m in the Queen’s Vase last month at Royal Ascot. With her sights lowered she must be competitive back in calmer waters handicapping from a lenient looking mark of 84.

Newbury’s feature is the 6f Rose Bowl Stakes, won 12 months ago by subsequent Greenham winner Tasleet, and another colt that could prove a group class is Clive Cox’s Kodiline (3.40).

The selection was punted like a good thing when running into one of Tom Dascombe’s on debut at Bath, but made no mistake to shed the maiden tag last time out under Adam Kirby at Windsor. With the yard in better form he can reward each-way support at 10/1 with BetVictor.

George Baker will need to get his skates on to Newmarket, with the pilot booked to hopefully guide Athlon to success at Haydock and then heads to Flat racing HQ to partner Danilovna (5.40) for connections in the opener.

The beautifully-bred filly disappointed on her seasonal debut at Sandown in the BetVictor Million Pound Goal Fillies’ Handicap but still boasts some top-class entries and deserves another chance from an unrevised mark of 74.

Godolphin landed the 7f Fillies’ Maiden on the corresponding card 12 months ago and are double-handed with Grecian Light and Voice of Truth in their bid to land back-to-back renewals. Both are respected on their racecourse debuts but Blending (6.15) couldn’t be better bred for the job and gets the nod for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori.

The selection is a full-sister to Juddmonte’s multiple group one winner Kingman, and looks to have been well-placed to make an immediate impact.

A field of nine go to post for the feature 5f Conditions Stakes with Ryan Moore an eye-catching jockey booking aboard progressive three-year-old Ornate (7.20).

The speedily-bred son of Bahamian Bounty receives 9lb from his elders and, after a promising reappearance in listed company earlier in the season at Sandown, can seal a red-letter day for the Haggas yard dropping down in grade.

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