Stoute Looks To Enrol For Newmarket Handicap Success
Sir Michael Stoute may not have made the headlines in the classic races this season but his horses have certainly been worth following in handicaps this season. Sir John Hawkwood, Rye House and Duke Of Firenze have already scooped some nice prizes and Enrol looks capable of giving the stable further success this weekend.
The four-year-old by Pivotal won minor races at Lingfield and Wolverhampton prior to her latest success at Doncaster last month. That victory was over six furlongs on good to firm ground and she was value for far more than her winning distance of a neck. She holds a Wokingham entry at Royal Ascot but is unlikely to get in and this could be a nice prize on the way to bigger things.
Her main danger could be Jeremy Noseda’s Nocturn who was just denied a hat-trick of wins at York last time out. He looked a shade unlucky that day as he did not have time to respond to the late thrust of Mass Rally. That was off a mark of 91 and he has been put up a further 3lbs by the handicapper.
Noseda is also represented by top weight Valbchek, the mount of Frankie Dettori. The son of Acclamation looked destined for top honours last year after winning here in April but failed to trouble the judge in three subsequent starts. He could be one to watch for later in the season.
Summerinthecity beat Intransigent by two lengths at Chester with Gatepost a further two lengths back in third. The runner-up is now 6lbs better off at the weights with 5lb claimer Thomas Brown booked to ride by Andrew Balding and he could come out best of the trio here.
Secret Witness caught the eye staying on late at York last time and the booking of Richard Hughes could be significant. Zero Money is having his first start for trainer Hugo Palmer having previously been with Roger Charlton whilst Gramercy has not been out since finishing second at the Knavesmire in July last year.