News – AU – Talking Horses: Okay, sunshine suggests a glowing shape for Musselburgh

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Themaxwecan was also highlighted for the Queen’s Cup on Easter Saturday after finishing fourth at Royal Ascot last year

A first price of almost £ 40000 has drawn a strong field for the fourth run of the Queen’s Cup in Musselburgh, the most valuable race in the Easter Saturday program, including five from the Mark Johnston stable, which was the final winner in 2019

Themaxwecan could be the best of the Johnston contingent, and his form includes fourth place in a heavy handicap on this trip at Royal Ascot last summer

All clear sunshine (335) was in that race too, about six lengths down after having all sorts of problems running. He has pointed to a big run more than once in a race of this type and is after a hurdles too fit in March

Musselburgh 150: Stone Soldier has made rapid strides on the fiber sand at Southwell over the winter and since joining Archie Watson. He could very well be handicapped again on turf on a lawn 9 pounds below its most recent all-weather rating / p>

Haydock 205: Only one of the seven runners can easily be sacked, but there was a lot to like about the way Xcitations sped up significantly last time at Fakenham and this seems to be his ideal journey and ground his easily running vision Du Puy is the obvious danger

Musselburgh 225: Another tight-knit handicap and just a youthful form to work with, but Ventura Mutiny could do a bit better than its opening mark of 79 after taking two consecutive winners in a virgin on this one last June Route had seen without further ado

Haydock 240: Debece rode lightly for a 10-year-old and looked way ahead of his mark on his debut for Dan Skelton – and also his first run after wind operation – the last time at Sandown at Spring Ground, it seems the best too to get him out

Musselburgh 300: The season for Came From The Dark ran out a bit after a big run in Haydock in September, but he returns to work as a gelding and also after a wind-op, with Hollie Doyle booked to ride The Ed Walker’s five year old has done well after a hiatus in the past, making as much appeal as anyone in a highly competitive sprint

Haydock 315 It had been an unforgettable campaign for Sue Smith’s stable, until Vintage Clouds landed the Ultima in Cheltenham and Small Present was able to continue the wharf revitalization with a third straight win. His latest success on good ground at Doncaster was the best Career for a long time

Haydock Park100 Emmpressive Lady130 Five Star Short Vacation205 Xcitations240 Debece (nb) 315 Small Gift350 The Bay Birch425 Air Navigator

Musselburgh120 The Gatekeeper150 Stone Soldier225 Ventura Mutiny300 Came Out of the Dark335 All Clear Sunshine (Nap) 411 Primos Comet446 Ayr Poet

Carlisle138 Ace Ventura213 Tico Times248 Karl Philippe323 Eamon An Cnoic358 Storm Nelson433 Cook Fat505 Artic Quest540 Foster’sisland

Newton Abbot155 Hell Red230 Ronde De Nuit305 Dorking Lad340 Our Surprise415 Auld Sod452 Glentrool525 Eritage600 Game Line

Wolverhampton449 Beautiful Lou Lou520 Cherokee Dance555 Rumaythah630 Martineo700 Act of Magic730 Nine Elms800 Carey Street830 Pope Gregory

Silvestre de Sousa is an underdog to win a fourth flat jockeys championship this season, but his instincts are still keen as he his drive on Bangkok, the 5-6 favorite, at the Betway Easter Classic has shown here Friday

The field was coming down Lingfield Hill a little over a quarter mile to run in the feature event on the all-weather final day when De Sousa made an abrupt outward movement that both locked James Doyle into his main competitor Forest Of Dean put in a pocket and allowed De Sousa to beat leader Palavecino for the first time

It was possibly the difference between winning and losing, as De Sousa only forced Bangkok’s nose forward in the final furlong before crossing the line with a neck for good

“Silvestre gave Bangkok a nice ride,” said Andrew Balding, the winner’s coach. “He kept Forest Of Dean at an important stage and only had a little bit up his sleeve

“He was a star horse. He may not have reached the height we were hoping for when he won the Sandown Classic Trial [April 2019] We thought he was going to be a serious derby contender but he seems to be relaxing in his races now giving him plenty of options for the future ”

Hardworking Harry, who won the three year championship, and Khuzaam, an easy winner of the mile, will also be names to watch out for on the lawn this summer

Hardworking Harry took a good turn in running down leader Mighty Gurkha and was cut to around 20-1 for the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot in June while Roger Varian’s Khuzaam, a five-year-old with just nine years racing behind him , is also still very much on an upward trend

Silvestre de Sousa, horse racing, Lingfield, Easter, Andrew Balding, Bangkok

News – AU – Talking Horses: Okay sunshine suggests shining shape for Musselburgh

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/apr/02/de-sousa-shows-skills-remain-sharp-as-bangkok-edges-to-easter-classic-victory