Racing: Preview for Saturday, August 22

Horse racing
Horse racing

Saeed bin Suroor has been due a headline winner all season and can oblige in the Betfred Ebor at York with Wadi Al Hattawi.

Relatively ignored in the market, the five-year-old has not had much racing for one of his age, but clearly has ability for an operation like Godolphin to persevere with him and that is how it looked when winning on the Knavesmire in July.

That was his first run following a disappointing effort when well fancied for last year’s Ebor, having gone into the showpiece handicap on the back of a fine run behind Arab Spring at Royal Ascot.

While he seemingly failed to stay 12 months ago, the fact connections are having another go is worth noting and his record at York is two wins from three starts, so the track is not a problem.

It is a bit frustrating he is 6lb higher than 2014 after just one subsequent run, but it would be no surprise if each-way support was rewarded.

Convey has long been thought capable of making up into a Group horse and gets another chance to prove it in the Betfred Mobile Strensall Stakes.

The son of Dansili was impressive on his debut on the all-weather at Kempton in October, with his reputation preceding him as the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Dansili colt went off at odds-on.

Classic Guineas aspirations had to be shelved and he reappeared at Glorious Goodwood last month.

While beaten, there was much to take from the performance and how he got into it from the rear before receiving a bump and not finding things going his way.

With that experience and run under his belt, it is hoped there is still plenty to come in this Group Three affair.

* Selections -

Bath: 5.00 Golden Bird, 5.30 Approaching, 6.00 Sequester, 6.30 Quite A Story, 7.00 Warm Order, 7.30 Burmese, 8.00 Jersey Brown.

Chester: 1.50 Barracuda Boy, 2.20 Dancing Star, 2.55 Gold Trail, 3.30 Miracle Of Medinah, 4.05 Speed Company, 4.40 Bowson Fred, 5.15 Annaluna.

Chelmsford: 6.15 Modest, 6.45 Danehill Kodiac, 7.15 Pactolus, 7.45 Gentlemen, 8.15 Amazing Charm, 8.45 Yorkindred Spirit, 9.15 Ms Eboracum.

Newton Abbot: 1.55 Doubly Clever, 2.30 Gold Futures, 3.05 Cruise In Style, 3.40 Sleeping City, 4.15 Aviator, 4.50 Top Chief, 5.25 Sergeant Thunder.

Perth: 3.15 Lilac Tree, 3.50 Izbushka, 4.25 Tangolan, 5.00 Politeness, 5.35 Owen Glendower, 6.05 Ittirad, 6.35 Overbury Queen.

Sandown: 1.45 Montalcino, 2.15 First Selection, 2.50 Marshgate Lane, 3.25 Chilworth Icon, 4.00 Carrington, 4.35 Freddy With A Y, 5.10 Craftsmanship.

York: 2.00 Convey, 2.35 Wonder Laish, 3.10 Finnegan, 3.45 WADI AL HATTAWI (NAP), 4.20 Ornate, 4.55 Roseburg, 5.25 Scent Of Summer.

Double: Wadi Al Hattawi and Wonder Laish.