Racing: Friday peview

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Best Of Times can book his Epsom ticket with victory in the Casco EBF Stallions Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood.

The Listed heat has only ever produced one Derby hero in 1979 victor Troy and while it may not boast a great profile in terms of future Classic winners, the likes of Pentire, Dubai Millennium and Rewilding do feature on the role of honour.

Best Of Times would seemingly be up against it with Prince Gagarin officially rated superior by 2lb while that pair must give 3lb all round due to their respective Listed successes.

However, the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Best Of Times looks far from exposed so far, winning two of his three juvenile outings last term before reappearing with victory in the Newmarket Stakes at Headquarters earlier in the month.

He emerged a half-length winner from that event but looked good value for the margin as he wandered around a bit when hitting the front and will surely have plenty of improvement still to come.

This son of Dubawi hails from the family of Dahlia so with the likes of St Leger winner Nedawi on the dam’s side, stamina worries will hopefully be allayed.

Great Fun put up a decent performance to win on his belated racecourse bow at Wetherby last month and he can follow up in the Reheat Stakes.

A half-brother to three winners, he upheld family honour when scoring by half a length and the handicapper has hardly gone mad with an initial rating of 76 - a perch which looks highly workable.

Nelspruit has been the subject of some positive gallops reports of late and merits an interest in the Spitfire Maiden Auction Stakes.

He was beaten just a neck on his racecourse bow and can spark an across-the-card double for Richard Hannon with Belgrade primed for the Simonstone Fiat 500X Chase Handicap at Bath.

* Selections -

Haydock: 2.00 Borak, 2.30 Menai, 3.05 Scalzo, 3.40 Wanting, 4.15 Get Knotted, 4.50 Treasury Notes, 5.20 Ferdy.

Pontefract: 6.30 Gannicus, 7.00 Poetic Verse, 7.30 Sir Dudley, 8.00 Vallarta, 8.30 Next Stop, 9.00 Marasim.

Goodwood: 2.20 Nelspruit, 2.50 Great Fun, 3.25 Luna Moon, 4.00 BEST OF TIMES (NAP), 4.35 Palerma, 5.10 Humidor, 5.45 Paloma Dancer.

Musselburgh: 6.40 Fillydelphia, 7.10 Postulant, 7.40 Bunce, 8.10 Apterix, 8.40 Cisco Boy, 9.10 Lil Sophella.

Worcester: 5.50 Dr Anubis, 6.20 Orby’s Man, 6.50 Vif Argent, 7.20 Pulling Power, 7.50 Midnight Shot, 8.20 Hunt Ball, 8.50 Kentford Myth.

Double: Best Of Times and Scalzo.