TRAINERS will be queuing up for the biggest pot at Newbury, the Weatherbys Super Sprint (3.35pm) run over five furlongs.
No more so than the Hannon team, who are always to be respected in this race following some golden years.
Richard Snr saddled a record seven winners and his son continued their dominance with Tiggy Wiggy in 2014.
He fields three here, Zalshah, Lexington Grace and Glaceon, but they’re all lacking any serious form and don’t look up to the level of yard’s previous winners.
Top-weight Snazzy Jazzy has to be respected after winning at Goodwood on debut and Clive Cox is having some season with his young sprinters.
Harry Angel, last weekend’s July Cup hero, and Queen Mary winner Heartache have burst onto the scene for the Cox yard and Snazzy Jazzy could be another good one.
However, only three of the previous 25 winners of this race have carried 9st or more and there’s bound to be one or two lurking lower down the weights.
Corinthia Knight is one of the more proven runners in the field, having already won twice, as well as running at Royal Ascot.
His form behind Norfolk Stakes fourth Frozen Angel back in May looks solid and he ran well to finish a respectable ninth in the Windsor Castle.
With plenty of rain forecast for Berkshire I’m happy to stay away, though.
All of his form has come on quick ground and Saturday’s likely softer going could blunt his speed.
I prefer the chances of MAGGIES ANGEL at 5/1 for the Richard Fahey team.
She was a good second in a competitive Listed contest at Newmarket last time out and can build on that to get her nose in front here.
The bay daughter of Dark Angel stays six furlongs and has shown enough speed to win over five on debut at Ripon, so a fast-run affair over the minimum trip will suit.
Every drop of rain will aid her chances and she should be able to take advantage of the big weight concession.
Fahey is another with a good record in this race, winning two of the last four, and I can’t help but think this has been the plan for her for some time.
After a temporary closure of his yard in June due to Equine Herpes, Kevin Ryan’s horses have returned in good form.
He fields Falabelle who only made her debut at the back end of June.
The daughter of speedy King’s Stand winner Choisir ran well to come home second, but was unfortunately demoted for third due to hanging into Weeton late on.
She’s expected to come on plenty from that and could be best of the rest at a nice each-way price.
But, I’m happy to stick with Maggies Angel as the sole selection in this race.
Not only does she look like a classy filly with further improvement to come, she’s a bit more streetwise than most of her rivals having had the four starts.
When 25 two-year-olds come hurtling down Newbury’s five-furlong straight you’re bound to get the odd bump and Maggies Angel will be more accustom to that than most.
Maggies Angel 3.35pm Newbury