Monday set for trial honours

Blue Monday is confidently expected to gain a deserved success in the Dubai Duty Free Arc Trial at Newbury.

Blue Monday is confidently expected to gain a deserved success in the Dubai Duty Free Arc Trial at Newbury.

Roger Charlton’s inmate is a tough and consistent campaigner who has been acquitting himself with great credit in some top-notch events this season.

After a slightly disappointing reappearance in April, the five-year-old has gone from strength to strength, running out an impressive winner of a Listed race at Goodwood before taking a Group Three at Longchamp.

He then confirmed himself a real battler when finishing a close fourth off a mark of 113 in a typically competitive Royal Ascot handicap to earn a crack at the big-time.

Stepped up in class the last twice, Blue Monday has done his connections proud by taking third place in both the Coral-Eclipse and the Juddmonte International.

Apart from his obvious ability, Charlton’s charge is also known for his consistency and a repeat of any one of his last five performances should see him home with plenty to spare in this event.

Godolphin could well be celebrating another success with Satchem in the Dubai Duty Free Cup earlier on the card.

The four-year-old has only graced the racetrack on eight occasions to date but he has tasted victory four times and still appears to be finding improvement.

Having been off the track for over a year, the Inchinor colt made a winning reappearance in a trappy Listed event at Goodwood back in June, where he showed tenacious battling qualities to hold off Stronghold in a close finish.

He stepped up on that form when chasing home stablemate Echo Of Light in a Group Three affair on the all-weather at Lingfield last time and ought to be up to taking this contest if continuing his progression.

We’ll Confer has been firmly knocking on the door in some good races lately and he can gain due reward for his exploits by taking the Scottish Sun Harry Rosebery Stakes at Ayr.

Kevin Ryan’s juvenile got off the mark in facile fashion at the second attempt earlier in the year and went on to finish sixth behind Elhamri at Royal Ascot.

He improved to finish within a length of that horse in the Weatherbys Super Sprint next time and has since gone close in two more valuable events.

The Piccolo colt is a very speedy type and the step back to five furlongs at the Scottish track looks sure to see him in an even more positive light.

Terry Mills has made no secret of the regard in which he holds Lightning Strike and punters should be keen to get behind the three-year-old in the Lighthouse & Mermaid Handicap at Nottingham.

Having finished around three lengths behind Soapy Danger at Royal Ascot, the Danehill Dancer colt went on to record a convincing victory over the same two-mile trip at the Berkshire venue.

He unshipped his rider when a flip-start seemed to spook him at Salisbury last time but he is expected to gain compensation and confirm himself a smart stayer in the making by lifting this prize.

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