Three bets for our man at Doncaster on Saturday with Dakota Gold fancied to defy top weight in the sprint handicap.
1pt win Rhythmic Intent in 2.40 Doncaster at 11/4 (William Hill)
1pt win Bayside Boy in 3.15 Doncaster at 11/2 (Betfred & Betway)
1pt win Dakota Gold in 4.20 Doncaster at 7/1 (General)
BAYSIDE BOY, the conqueror of The Queen's Derby hope Reach For The Moon in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster in September, is fancied to make a winning return to Town Moor in Saturday's Vertem Futurity Trophy.
This half brother to the very useful Forest Ranger finished third subsequently in the Dewhurst at Newmarket behind Native Trail and Dubawi Legend, with some smart juveniles behind him in the most prestigious two-year-old race of the season, and he didn't have the ideal passage that day after a slow start.
On pedigree, there shouldn't be any problem with Bayside Boy staying an extra furlong; he was running on strongly in the final furlong at Newmarket and ground conditions were on the soft side when he won the Champagne. Moreover, on the published official ratings, he has a few pounds in hand over Imperial Fighter and Royal Patronage.
The big unknown in the field is Aidan O'Brien's unbeaten Camelot colt Luxembourg who became ante-post favourite for next year's Derby when beating four others in last month's Beresford Stakes at The Curragh.
Ryan Moore's mount showed a very good turn of foot to win but his main rival appeared to under-perform, and he carried his head very awkwardly in the closing stages.
On soft going in the autumn, history can often repeat itself and RHYTHMIC INTENT may defy a small rise for last month's course win in the Vertem Very Different Stockbrokers Handicap.
The five-year-old travelled like the winner all the way over a mile-and-three-quarters on good to firm ground that day, but is probably more effective on an easier surface and finished a fine second on the soft over this course and distance in the November Handicap last season.
Rhythmic Intent is 4lb higher now but this looks a lot less competitive and, as in the autumn of 2020, he appears to be in top form and hasn't been over-raced this year.
In a similar vein, DAKOTA GOLD should relish the course and the conditions, and can carry top weight to victory in the Virgin Bet Handicap.
Followers of this grand sprinter will not need telling that he is best with some give in the ground and he was in tremendous nick last October/November when rattling up a hat-trick of wins at York, Nottingham and on this course over six furlongs.
Equally effective at the minimum distance, Dakota Gold may be returning to his best off a light campaign even though the handicapper dropped him a pound for finishing third behind Tis Marvellous and Minzaal in the listed Rous Stakes at Ascot last time.
Given that the winner is an Ascot course specialist, and the runner-up has since finished third on Champions Day, it was a creditable enough effort and the seven-year-old may take some pegging back here.
Published at 1520 BST on 22/10/21
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