Safety Check is expected to thrive in the Betfred Hungerford Stakes at Newbury.
A big ield has been declared for the Group Two over seven furlongs, but much will depend upon how much rain they get in Berkshire.
This would be a big negative for many, but not so for the Godolphin colt, who did so well on a rain-softened surface at Goodwood a few weeks ago.
Safety Check was having a first start in Britain since having had a whale of a time in Dubai in the winter. As such, little was expected of him in the Group Two Lennox Stakes over seven furlongs, but he turned in an absolute blinding effort.
Despite being burdened with a penalty, the son of Dubawi only went down by a length to the street-smart Toormore, with runner-up Dutch Connection providing the form with added credence.
Charlie Appleby’s inmate was also doing his best work at the finish, giving a firm indication there is much more to come with that run in safe-keeping.
It was also reassuring that connections were quick to point towards the Hungerford as a target in the immediate aftermath of his great run in the Lennox.
Gospel Choir should be supported in the Betfred Geoffrey Freer Stakes. Last season’s Yorkshire Cup winner has already had a pretty good campaign, winning on his return at Newmarket before finishing a close second behind subsequent Goodwood hero Big Orange in the Princess of Wales’s Stakes.
But what should set him apart from his rivals at Newbury is the step back up in trip to a mile and three-quarters, allied to the likelihood of slightly more forgiving terrain compared to his last two outings at Headquarters.
* Selections -
Doncaster: 2.05 Gold Beau, 2.40 Mambo Fever, 3.15 Langlauf, 3.50 Zain Time, 4.25 Farlow, 4.55 Top Boy, 5.25 Maleficent Queen, 5.55 Tamayuz Magic.
Lingfield: 5.00 Putin, 5.30 Picks Pinta, 6.00 Strong Challenge, 6.35 Pendo, 7.05 Boston Two Step, 7.35 Trafalgar Rock, 8.05 Weardiditallgorong.
Newbury: 1.25 November, 2.00 Dessertoflife, 2.35 Gospel Choir, 3.10 Redvers, 3.45 SAFETY CHECK (NAP), 4.15 Squire, 4.50 Cranach.
Newmarket: 1.40 Holy Grail, 2.15 Hope And Faith, 2.50 Lacing, 3.25 Dheban, 4.00 Fattsota, 4.35 Mystical Spirit, 5.10 Rhythmical.
Market Rasen: 5.40 It Is I, 6.10 Changing The Guard, 6.45 Towering, 7.15 Poetic Verse, 7.45 To Begin, 8.15 Anton Dolin.
Ripon: 1.50 Flying Pursuit, 2.25 Provident Spirit, 3.00 Regal Dan, 3.30 Another Wise Kid, 4.05 Eqleem, 4.40 All About Time, 5.15 Multellie.
Double: Safety Check and Another Wise Kid.