Our tipster Karl Hedley provides the odds for the week's races
3-00 JOHN SMITH’S ORIGINAL SCARBROUGH STAKES (LISTED) – 5 FURLONGS
Reckless Abandon made a pleasing seasonal reappearance on what was his first start for Charlie Appleby. He found an in form Tropics a length too good at Newmarket and he is entitled to come on in leaps and bounds for that run. In a season in which plenty of his rivals have had a particularly busy time, he comes into this at peak fitness and should take a lot of beating.
Steps is a talented handicapper on his day but he seems to have regressed since winning at Haydock back in May. He is a previous course and distance winner and he if returning to his best he ought to provide the sternest test for Reckless Abandon.
Kingsgate Native has never been far away in any of his races this term. He would prefer faster ground however and that looks unlikely this afternoon. Three year olds have a dismal record in this race therefore the likes of Meccas Angel and Online Alexander are passed over. Reckless Abandon renews his association with Adam Kirby this afternoon and they should prove hard to pass.
6-45 NO LOSE FREE BET MAIDEN FILLIES’ STAKES – 1 M 4 F
Bright Beacon showed improved form when runner up to Blue Waltz at Newbury last month. That was only the second start of her career and she can be expected to come on yet again for that run. This step up to a mile and a half should suit given the way that she ran last time and this surface is unlikely to provide too much of a barrier for this daughter of Manduro.
Adam Kirby has been taking advantage of the Godolphin jockey situation at the moment and with his decent strike rate at this track the combination look set to go well.
Sweeping Up has not been seen since finishing a disappointing fourth at Lingfield back in June. The Hughie Morrison horses are in much better form now and it is worth nothing that he finished runner up over this course and distance two starts back. The return to a mile and a half should suit and he looks a major threat.
Shining Glitter also went close over this course and distance a few weeks ago and they too can make the frame. Bright Beacon is not as exposed as some of his rivals and the progression should come naturally.
2-40 DFS PARK HILL STAKES (GROUP 2) – 1 M 6 F 132 YDS
Arabian Comet was only just denied at York last month when just outpointed by stable-mate Queen Of Ice. There was only a short head between them in the end and the way she finished suggested that there would be more to come over this extra couple of furlongs. Prior to that she was only just touched off by the classy and now retired Missunited at Goodwood and that form ought to be good enough to see her home in front here.
Silk Sari has won three of her eight career starts to date and bounced back to somewhere near her best to land a listed race at Newbury last month. This trip is a step into the unknown but if taking to it she could pose the biggest threat to the selection.
Andrea Atzeni won on this daughter of Dalakhani last time out and they will make a bold effort to follow up. Seal Of Approval failed to see out this trip the last time that she tried it. She also has her quirks which make her a very difficult ride and George Baker may have his work cut out. Arabian Comet promises to stay this far and with the William Haggas yard in rude health she has to go close.
2-40 SOCIALITES ELECTRIC CIGARETTES DONCASTER CUP (GROUP 2) – 2 M 2 F
Times Up bids for a third successive victory in this race and he ran a perfectly decent trial last month when third in the Lonsdale Cup at York. That run proved that he can still mix it with the best of them and in the end he was only beaten a couple of lengths by the well regarded Pale Mimosa. He is taking the exact same route to the race as he did last year and Ed Dunlop is likely to have him primed. Will Buick has ridden him to victory in the past and together they ought to make a bold bid once again.
Estimate heads the opposition and she is proven over further than this having won an Ascot Gold Cup. She is also versatile regarding ground conditions. Ryan Moore knows her inside out and has been on board for three of her four career wins. She still has relatively few miles on the clock and if back to her ultimate best she looks the main danger.
Times Up will have had this race as his primary target and he can emulate the likes of Beeswing and Double Trigger who landed at least three renewals of this contest apiece.
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