REDCAR stages its richest race of the season on Saturday and trainer Richard Hannon has clearly been plotting on on taking the prize back to Wiltshire.
Hannon had five entries in the listed William Hill Two Year Old Trophy earlier this week but relies on Symphony Perfect as his sole representative, with Jason Watson taking the ride.
The Fast Company filly will face stiff opposition, notably from Royal Ascot winner Chipotle and Richard Fahey’s classy colt Vintage Clarets.
Chipotle, trained in Berkshire by Eve Johnson Houghton, won the listed Windsor Castle Stakes at the royal meeting back in June. Since then, the Havana Gold colt has been highly tried, including when ninth behind Winter Power in the Group 1 Gimcrack Stakes at York.
Back in listed class at Redcar, Chipotle will be well fancied to make a rare visit to Redcar pay off for jockey Charles Bishop.
Vintage Clarets was third in the Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot and will also have plenty of supporters.
However, Symphony Perfect had both Chipotle and Vintage Clarets behind when a close second to stablemate Gubbass in the Weatherbys Super Sprint Stakes at Newbury in July.
Some classy horses also go to post in another listed contest, the Racing TV EBF Stallions Guisborough Stakes, and Hannon can score a quick-fire double with Shadwell Estate’s Motakhayyel.
The son of Heeraat had found himself out of his depth in Group 2 company behind Sacred in the Hungerford Stakes at Newbury last time, but had been impressive when winning the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket in July.
Dane O’Neill comes up for the ride and can make the trip worthwhile at the expense of Malton trainer John Quinn’s admirable veteran Safe Voyage.
Another eight-race card at Redcar gets underway at 1.50pm with the EBF Stallions Novice Stakes (Division One) and Newmarket trainer Roger Varian sends up an interesting newcomer in 65,000 guineas yearling Moojdee.
The Iffraaj colt will have to be smart to be Ed Bethell’s Reel Rosie, who justified the promise she had shown at home in Middleham with a debut win at Redcar in August.
Varian also has a strong hand in division two with Australian Harbour, who was treated tenderly when fifth on his debut at Yarmouth last month. However, preference is for Altheiometer, trained near Darlington by Michael Dods, who shaped with promise to be third first time out at Redcar and went on to take a 10-runner event at Thirsk.
In-form Dods can also take the Market Cross Jewellers Handicap with Billy No Mates, who drops back to one mile six furlongs and will appreciate any rain now back to a winning mark.
Malton maestro Tim Easterby is having another cracking season and his Give It Some Teddy bids for a hat-trick in the Racing TV Straight-Mile Series Final Handicap under Duran Fentiman. He’s again in good heart and didn’t get a clear run at Beverley last time out.
Joanna Mason scored a double at Redcar last month and she can score again on Carey Street for North Yorkshire trainer Linda Stubbs in the Follow Raceday On Instagram Handicap. The Bungle Inthejungle gelding shaped well at Redcar and Musselburgh before winning at Beverley last time and is clearly in good heart.
The concluding Watch Race Replays At racingtv.com Handicap can also stay in North Yorkshire with the John Quinn-trained Melody King, a winner down at Sandown last time.
- Main picture shows Give It Some Teddy winning the Racing TV Straight-Mile Series Final under Duran Fentiman in 2019. The pair are looking to complete a hat-trick in the race