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Four horses to add to your tracker after Saturday’s racing

Jonathan Vine 10 Jul 2018
Tigre Du Terre (left) gallops clear to win the Coral Challenge.

Our expert looks back on Saturday’s action at Sandown and Haydock and highlights four horses punters may want to keep track of throughout the rest of the season.

Before England progressed to the World Cup semi-finals, ITV viewers were treated to a fantastic afternoon of racing. Roaring Lion’s defeat of Saxon Warrior in the Coral-Eclipse was the highlight of the day, but Sandown and Haydock staged several other excellent races and there were several horses who thrust their names into the headlines.

Our expert has reflected on Saturday’s racing action and identified four horses punters will want to keep an eye on over the coming months.

Atty Persse

A three-length victory in the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot saw Atty Persse enter the St. Leger equation last season. Roger Charlton will have been dismayed at the downturn in form his Frankel colt went through during the second half of the season, with Atty Persse undergoing a gelding operation three days after a 50 length defeat in the Great Voltigeur.

On Saturday, Atty Persse made his first appearance in over 300 days in the Old Newton Cup. Despite heading the betting for much of the build-up, the Godolphin flag-bearer drifted noticeably before the off. Jamie Spencer gave his returning mount a calm ride in the middle of the pack and, although they were unable to match the move of the front two, Charlton will have been pleased to see his four-year-old stay on well for third.

There’s plenty of evidence to suggest Atty Persse should come on from that reappearance. Although an outing in the John Smith’s Cup is unlikely, Saturday’s performance was that of an improving stayer and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Atty Persse attempt a two mile trip before the end of the campaign.

Atty Persse wins the King George V Stakes on Day Three of Royal Ascot in 2017.

Tigre Du Terre

Despite narrow defeats to the likes of Crossed Baton, Mildenberger and Tip Two Win, Richard Hannon decided Tigre Du Terre needed a confidence-boosting victory on the all-weather at Kempton. After the 1/9 favourite delivered an expectedly emphatic win, Tigre Du Terre finished a close second to Cascadian – who narrowly lost out in the Group One Prix Jean Prat this weekend – out in Maisons-Laffitte.

Strong form and a favourable handicap mark meant Tigre Du Terre carried the tag of favouritism into the Coral Challenge on Saturday. Tom Marquand and his mount were prominent throughout, pushing their way to the front two furlongs from home and surging clear in the closing stages to claim a comfortable victory.

The Golden Mile Handicap at Glorious Goodwood is now a viable option for Hannon’s improving colt. With a fresh rating of 105, Tigre Du Terre would shoulder a heavy weight in that competitive handicap, so a race like the Group Three Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury could also be taken into consideration.

Desert Diamond

Two impressive victories saw Desert Diamond head into the Sandringham Stakes as one of the fancied entrants, with many hoping she could help Josephine Gordon become just the second female jockey to ride a Royal winner. As Agrotera made her winning charge from the back of the pack, Gordon ran into several traffic problems on the run to the line, eventually finding some clear air to pass the post fourth.

A step up to Listed company followed this weekend, with Danny Tudhope taking the ride in the Coral Distaff. Awesometank got the run of the race from the front and wasn’t for catching on the day. Desert Diamond had to weave a path to the post once again, but once she rounded the fading Preening, she finished strongly to cross the line less than a length behind the victor.

Sir Michael Stoute will have to decide whether stay over a mile or return to 12 furlongs. However, Desert Diamond looks equally as adept over both trips and black-type status could just be around the corner.

Desert Diamond (centre, pink cap) attempts to track Agrotera (left, yellow cap) in The Sandringham Stakes.

Precious Ramotswe

A smart victory in a handicap at Brighton, along with a maiden triumph in Group Three company at York back in May, saw Precious Ramotswe enter Saturday’s Lancashire Oaks carrying a career-high rating of 100. Instead of his usual front-running tactics, Rob Havlin decided to track the leaders this time around, making his move at the top of the home straight.

Whereas Horseplay and God Given decided to hold their position down the centre of the straight, Havlin pulled John Gosden’s filly over to the stands’ side rail. The market leaders proved a little too classy on the day, but Precious Ramotswe made eye-catching progress before passing the post third.

Whether that was an intended tactic or just a response to some wandering from his mount, but Havlin would probably regret the move to the rail, which would have cost Precious Ramotswe some valuable ground. Never-the-less, she proved that day she was well-worthy of her spot in a Group Two of that standard and she could be a leading player in the Lille Langtry Stakes on day three of Glorious Goodwood.

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