Racing: Saturday preview

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Danzeno can come of age in the Temple Stakes at Haydock.

Mick Appleby’s four-year-old sprinter has already been campaigned at a fine level in his relatively short career, but this might be the season he steps into the big league.

And in what looks an open renewal of the coveted Group Two, he can kick off the year in some style.

The gelded son of Denounce has only been seen seven times on a racecourse, but he has only twice finished out of the first two.

He is also a Group Three scorer, having tidily bagged the Chipchase at Newcastle last term.

His last start of 2014 was also relevant with future big-race ambitions in mind as he got to within a head of new Godolphin recruit, Lightning Moon, in the Bengough Stakes at Ascot.

The ground was very demanding that day, too, which would not have helped his cause, so the likelihood of quicker conditions on Merseyside must be considered a boon.

Danzeno has lots of raw pace and energy, so the drop down to five furlongs is highly unlikely to be a negative for a horse who has winning form when a fresh horse.

Educate can gain a first Listed success in the 888sport Festival Stakes at Goodwood.

Ismail Mohammed’s six-year-old has fallen just short in this sort of company before, but he can now come to the fore

The gelded son of Echo Of Light has not won since claiming the 2013 Cambridgeshire, but he is a good horse on his day and enjoyed a fine 2014 campaign in decent company.

With a run at Newmarket in early May giving him a renewed sense of vitality, he should be ready to go in what looks a pretty ordinary race.

* Selections -

Goodwood: 1.45 Educate, 2.20 Eye Of The Storm, 2.55 Mister Universe, 3.30 Bournemouth Belle, 4.05 Rhombus, 4.40 Dominium, 5.15 Privileged.

Haydock: 1.25 Subcontinent, 2.00 Noble Silk, 2.35 Mutarakez, 3.10 Divine, 3.45 DANZENO (NAP), 4.20 Childesplay, 4.55 Amazour.

Beverley: 2.05 Compton River, 2.40 Furiant, 3.15 New Road Side, 3.50 Maven, 4.25 Leaderene, 5.00 The Blue Banana, 5.35 Sovereign Bounty.

Catterick: 1.50 Saptapadi, 2.25 First Bombardment, 3.00 Rousayan, 3.35 Arcamante, 4.10 Evanescent, 4.45 Neutron Bomb, 5.20 Solar Spirit.

Ffos Las: 5.50 Miss Biscotti, 6.20 Kingcora, 6.50 Detroit Blues, 7.25 Berea Venture, 7.55 Poker School, 8.30 Titch Strider, 9.00 Catcher On The Go.

Salisbury: 6.05 Kyllukey, 6.35 Mambo Spirit, 7.10 Babyfact, 7.40 Winter Spice, 8.15 Percy Veer, 8.45 Dark Avenger.

Double: Danzeno and New Road Side.