OVER at Haydock, there should be plenty of Sky Bet Ebor clues on offer in the bet365 Old Newton Cup (3.15pm).
A number of horses in tomorrow’s 1m4f contest will be hoping to run well in order to book their place in next month’s £1million handicap at York.
Undoubtedly one of those is John Gosden’s First Eleven, who has been one of the ante-post favourites for the Ebor since his win in a competitive handicap on the Knavesmire last time.
He looks an ideal candidate for that race and should go well here as well, but might find it tough giving nearly a stone to Mick Channon’s KOEMAN.
The five-year-old has looked an improved horse this season following a gelding operation.
He was a close third to Royal Ascot winner Baghdad on his seasonal reappearance at Newmarket, before just being touched off at Kempton last time.
Channon’s runner went up 4lbs for that, but he seems to have taken a step forward this year and he looks dangerous to dismiss at 16/1 with Coral.
There is a small but select field in the preceding Lancashire Oaks (2.40pm) and the one I’m keen on is Gosden’s ENBIHAAR.
The four-year-old filly drops back in trip having been outstayed by Dramatic Queen at York last time.
She takes on her conqueror again here, but back down to this 1m4f trip, I fancy her to turn the tables.
Her victory over Klassique on her seasonal debut should mean she has the beating of that rival too and I expect her to prove hard to pass here.
At odds of 5/2 with Coral, she can make it win number eight for Gosden and in doing so, make him the race’s winning-most trainer.
Enbihaar 2.40pm Haydock
Koeman e/w 3.15pm Haydock