Royal Mezyan’s chance to shine

There are few better exponents of placing their horses in the right races than William Haggas and he looks to have found a suitable opening for Royal Mezyan in the £25 Free Bet At BetVictor Handicap at Kempton today.

It is fair to say the three-year-old has been a disappointment this season, but that is only because he showed so much promise last summer.

Having finished sixth in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot behind No Nay Never, he broke his maiden on his next start and then had a break.

Not seen again until the Cornwallis at Ascot in October, he failed to cut much ice behind Hot Streak and was subsequently gelded.

His reappearance at York was very promising indeed, he was just over five lengths behind See The Sun in the Betbright Charity Sprint, and he looked certain to improve for the run.

Given plenty of time to recover from that effort, he was back on the Knavesmire in August but was reportedly unsuited by the going behind the classy Online Alexander.

Last time out he failed to trouble the judge again, this time behind Caffeine, but he was drawn on the wrong side of the track.

Punters soon get sick of giving horses excuses but Royal Mezyan deserves one more chance, especially as this is far less competitive than his recent races.

Michael Stoute’s Freemason appears to start life handicapping on a reasonable mark in the Download The BetVictor Instabet App Handicap.

That is obviously what Stoute believes, anyway, as the Highclere-owned three-year-old was entered in a maiden at this venue later in the week but he has chosen this assignment.

His one run last year suggested promise and on his first start back this year after a long break, he understandably ran too keen.

Back down to nine furlongs last time out, probably an attempt to get him to settle, he was just nailed on the line at Wolverhampton.

Stepping up to a mile and a half now, he looks the type to progress.

Stoute and Ryan Moore can double up with Matravers in the Follow @betvictorracing On Twitter Handicap who still looks nicely treated despite two recent wins.

Kevin Ryan’s Hard N Sharp bumped into an an above average recruit on his debut and should go one better in Hamilton’s British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden.

The Mark Johnston-trained winner Risen Sun was not disgraced in Listed company at the Leger meeting and given that Ryan’s juveniles usually improve immeasurably for their first experience, he can be expected to be much more streetwise now.

Ryan’s Charlie Croker also holds solid claims in Leicester’s British Stallion Studs EBF Kegworth Novice Stakes.

The Fast Company juvenile was a fine second on his debut at Pontefract, form which has since been advertised by the winner, and on his next outing at Carlisle he blitzed the opposition.

Second home that day, Bryan Smart’s Shootingsta, ran well enough behind Faydhan previously and takes on Hard N Sharp earlier in the day so Ryan will get an idea of the strength of the form.

Hughie Morrison’s Moshe has been beaten favourite the last twice but deserves one more chance in the Breeders Backing Racing EBF Maiden Stakes.

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