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SA-Bred Elusive Fort gelding Catch Twentytwo runs at 16h00 in the Group 3 Earl Of Sefton Stakes
1. 14h15 (SA Time) – bet365 British EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (GBB Race)

The market will be a key guide but the marginal preference is for FAMILY TIES, who is a half-sister to a dual 5f winner. The daughter of Expert Eye is out of a mare that was placed in the Windsor Castle at Royal Ascot and she represents a yard who have already scored with a juvenile this season. Flying Barty is closely related to last year’s Molecomb third Boonie and she has to be of some interest this afternoon. Powerdress cost 130,000 pounds as a yearling and she is another to note, while any market support for Bojink or Lost Angel would have to be noted.

214h50 – Weatherbys Bloodstock Pro Handicap

POPMASTER landed sprint handicaps at Doncaster and Ascot last year but gave the impression he still had more to offer, with his luckless run at York on his final start supporting that conclusion. Ed Walker’s four-year-old can prove his class and get the better of Raatea, who still has potential off a mark of 91. Gale Force Maya went close in a Listed event over C&D on her final outing last season and is another to consider.

315h25 – bet365 European Free Handicap (Listed)

New Science is one of two here still holding a 2000 Guineas entry and he arrives after finishing third at odds-on in Listed company at Meydan in February after a slow start. He ought to be sharper now, but he has to give 7lb to RIBHI who won twice from three starts last season and looked the sort to do even better at three. He showed a good attitude to get up late on at Salisbury after being denied a clear run and seems all set for another good season. Tacarib Bay is a potential improver and is well worth a market check ahead of his return.

416h00 – bet365 Earl Of Sefton Stakes (Group 3)

Last year’s 2000 Guineas runner-up Master Of The Seas, who was withdrawn after getting upset in the stalls when lining up for the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Del Mar in November, is worthy of the utmost respect on his first run after undergoing a gelding operation. However, MEGALLAN should be ideally suited by this test on his return and may have enough to upset the Godolphin runner. C&D winner Bell Rock and Catch Twentytwo, who was placed at the top level in South Africa, look best of the rest.

516h35 – Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes (Fillies’ Group 3)

This does not appear to be the strongest renewal of this Group 3 contest and the marginal preference is for CACHET. George Boughey’s filly was third in the Fillies’ Mile here in October before a very respectable run in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. The daughter of Aclaim may improve for another winter on her back and she has plenty in her favour today. Hello You beat the selection over C&D in the Rockfel and was only narrowly behind her at Del Mar. That said, the 3lb penalty she carries today has to be a slight concern. Perfect News progressed well last year and she should not be underestimated, while Almohandesah could go well at an each-way price.

617h10 – bet365 European Breeders’ Fund Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (GBB Race)

CRENELLE caught the eye when badly hampered on her debut over a mile at Southwell earlier in the month and the daughter of Kingman may well have won with a clear run. With that experience now under her belt, she should take plenty of stopping. Fonteyn displayed plenty of promise on both starts last year and she could give the selection plenty to think about, while similar comments apply to Thanks Monica. Auyouni, who is from the family of Golden Horn, has to be noted on her racecourse bow despite jockey bookings suggesting that she is the stable second string.

717h45 – Bet365 Handicap

The last three renewals of this contest have all been won by subsequent Group winners and the well-bred ISRAR could add his name to the roll of honour today. The son of the Oaks winner Taghrooda accounted for a decent field when making a winning debut at Doncaster in September, while he did not get the clearest of runs when second to Wind Your Neck In at Salisbury later that month. He is 8lb better off with that rival today and he may well improve past him. That said, Wind Your Neck In went on to win a nursery over C&D and he cannot be discounted. Educator progressed with every start as a two-year-old and his pedigree suggests that he may have more to offer as a three-year-old.

Picture: Catch Twentytwo (JC Photos).