Ruwaiyan has enough quality to cause a bit of a stir in the Qatar Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood.
James Tate’s sprinter does not stand out in neon lettering as an obvious contender for one of the toughest handicaps of the season, but a little bit of digging paints a more encouraging picture.
Perhaps the best thing going for the gelded son of Cape Cross is his fondness for Goodwood.
A convincing success over this six-furlong trip in a strong 10-runner handicap in May is obviously a significant piece of form with the Stewards’ Cup in mind.
As, too, was his performance in this race 12 months ago when he flashed home for fourth place off a 2lb lower mark.
Ruwaiyan was a little awkward leaving the stalls and had to be switched right to find daylight, but what was also interesting about that run was the fact the ground was much too quick for his liking.
That was similarly the case in a Listed race at Windsor last month, when he was never a factor, while it was hardly forgiving terrain in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot - a race that is often used as a springboard for the Stewards’ Cup.
Tate’s inmate still shaped promisingly, though, as he made decent late headway to finish ninth of 25.
That should have ideally teed up Ruwaiyan for this challenge, with the likelihood of genuinely good ground a major weapon in his artillery.
The Qatar Stewards’ Sprint Stakes, a consolation race for the Stewards’ Cup, looks virtually impossible, but there should be fun to be had by supporting Shore Step.
Mick Channon’s 94-rated sprinter is still capable of snaring a big pot off his current perch judged by his excellent run at York last weekend.
* Selections -
Doncaster: 1.45 Humphrey Bogart, 2.20 Bastille Day, 2.55 Master Of Speed, 3.30 Captain Morley, 4.05 Hot Streak, 4.40 Edgar Balthazar, 5.15 Punk Rocker.
Goodwood: 2.00 Shore Step, 2.35 Senrima, 3.10 Legatissimo, 3.45 RUWAIYAN (NAP), 4.20 Hairdryer, 4.55 Enlace, 6.00 Presburg.
Newmarket: 2.15 Asyad, 2.50 Dutch Mist, 3.25 Light Up Our World, 4.00 Sugar Boy, 4.35 Speculative Bid, 5.10 Mustadaam, 5.45 Supplicant.
Hamilton: 5.40 Letbygonesbeicons, 6.15 Gathurst, 6.45 Trail Blaze, 7.15 Starshaped, 7.45 Especial, 8.15 Bronze Beau, 8.45 Haymarket.
Lingfield: 5.25 Know Your Name, 5.55 Machine Learner, 6.30 Al’s Memory, 7.00 Costa Filey, 7.30 Shaka Zulu, 8.00 Al Meezan, 8.30 Fair Comment.
Thirsk: 1.50 Crombay, 2.25 Sandra’s Secret, 3.00 Pearl Blue, 3.35 Highest Level, 4.10 King Torus, 4.45 Erik The Red, 5.20 Light Of Asia.
Double: Ruwaifan & Shore Step.