Nine Realms to give Graham Lee another Saturday Handicap victory
Lee partners the likely favourite in Nine Realms, trained by William Haggas. The lightly-raced four-year-old has the potential to be a lot better than his current handicap mark.
Having been second at Newmarket and Kempton, he comfortably won his maiden at Leicester in May last year. He made all of the running under Liam Jones to beat Razorbill by five lengths and could take this on the way to better things.
David O’Meara has enjoyed a successful season already with his handicappers and he sends three to post for the opener. Nine-year-old Smarty Socks rolled back the years to win from Nameitwhatyoulike here last month and the two meet again.
Mick Easterby’s gelding is 3lbs better off at the weights for a length and three-quarter beating and it could be close between the pair. Anderiego had been running well prior to a disappointing display at Royal Ascot and shoulders top weight here.
O’Meara’s three-pronged attack is completed by St Moritz who finished in midfield behind Prince Of Johanne in a handicap at Sandown last week.
Richard Fahey is represented by Yarmouth winner Snooky and the consistent Lord Aeryn. Talent Scout is on a four-timer after scraping home by a neck at Pontefract. The seven-year-old is now set to race of an all-time career high mark of 83.
The Rectifier is another in winning form for Seamus Durack. He beat Forcing The Path by two lengths at Redcar following a decent effort at Haydock. Snow Bay beat Kingscroft by a neck at Chester and will be ridden by 5lb claimer Shirley Teasdale.
Norse Blues would not be out of it if returning the form that saw him get the better of Anderiego by a head at Thirsk in May but his recent efforts have been disappointing.