Racing: Wednesday, August 26 preview

Horse racing
Horse racing

Flying Hammer can make good use of his opening mark as he lines up in the Handicap at Kempton.

William Haggas’ team are in fine heart at present, as evidenced with a handful of big-race winners at York last week, and while Flying Hammer is one of the stable’s lesser lights right now, he looks the type who can make a bigger impact in due course.

Third on his only juvenile start in a Newmarket maiden at the back end of last season, Flying Hammer did not return to action until the start of this month when he landed a Chepstow event with the minimum of fuss.

The Acclamation colt was slowly away that day but stayed on strongly to assume control in the last of seven furlongs, eventually winning by a length and a half.

The opposition was nothing special that day but that means the handicapper could not be too harsh and a starting point of 79 looks highly workable on this step up to a mile.

Soluble can arrest a run of third-placed finishes with victory in the 32Red On The App Store Handicap.

The three-year-old’s dam is a sister to Shirocco so more was probably expected of this Galileo colt who cost 400,000 guineas at Tattersalls in 2013.

He made a winning debut in February of this year but has since finished in the frame in each of his three starts, most notably when beaten just a quarter of a length by the well-regarded Dartmouth at Sandown in May.

Soluble possibly did not get the best ride when third at Newmarket in June in what was his most recent outing, but off a mark of 82, he still looks well treated and open to improvement.

Sir Michael Stoute can enjoy a good afternoon at Musselburgh, with Musharrif and Plane Song holding fine chances.

* Selections -

Bath: 4.25 Waneen, 5.00 Hit The Lights, 5.35 Lady Gemini, 6.05 Rock Lobster, 6.35 Fast Pick, 7.05 Mountain Music, 7.35 Cabuchon.

Catterick: 2.10 Harmonic Wave, 2.40 Mushariff, 3.10 Slipper Satin, 3.40 Alaskan Wing, 4.10 Asha, 4.40 Plane Song, 5.15 Doc Charm.

Kempton: 5.55 Poyle Sophie, 6.25 Earth Goddess, 6.55 Mirror City, 7.25 FLYING HAMMER (NAP), 7.55 Frederic Chopin, 8.25 Soluble, 8.55 Major Valentine.

Lingfield: 1.50 Matilda’s Law, 2.20 Shufoog, 2.50 Sweet Taboo, 3.20 Showtime Star, 3.50 Blue Chip, 4.20 Kachou, 4.55 San Quentin, 5.25 Understory.

Musselburgh: 2.00 Speed Company, 2.30 Bahamian Desert, 3.00 Compton Heights, 3.30 Hero’s Story, 4.00 Ralphy Boy, 4.30 Aleksandar.

Double: Flying Hammer and Soluble.