Mighty Yar ready to make amends at Musselburgh

Mighty Yar should be given a chance to redeem himself after letting down favourite backers last time as he lines up in the Archerfield Cup at Musselburgh.

Lady Cecil: Sends Mighty Yar to Musselburgh. Picture:Getty Images
Lady Cecil: Sends Mighty Yar to Musselburgh. Picture:Getty Images

Lady Cecil’s charge was well fancied for a competitive heat at York last month having finished a narrow second in that event in 2014, but he turned in a lacklustre display in finishing seventh.

That was a disappointing effort as he had made a decent, if belated, start to his season when third at Newmarket a couple of weeks before, keeping on well over what was probably an inadequate trip.

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The five-year-old has yet to hit the heights that saw him go off among the leading hopes for the Ebor last year and his handicap mark has duly been on the decline of late.

Now racing off a mark of 92, his lowest since last May, Mighty Yar is worth another shot, particularly as he steps back up in trip.

Human Nature sports the Godolphin blue in the British Stallion Studs EBF Stallions Conditions Stakes and he looks a likely type for Saeed bin Suroor.

The Kodiac colt has run well in each of his three starts to date, winning a Windsor maiden in June, with that victory sandwiched by placed efforts.

He lost little in going down by a neck giving weight away at Doncaster last month and given he has seemingly improved with every start, Human Nature can get back on the winning trail.

The Charlie Appleby-trained Wordcraft also runs for the Godolphin operation and she can score on home turf in the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association EBF Stallions Fillies’ Handicap at Newmarket.

Winner of her first two starts, Wordcraft came unstuck when only third in a similar event to this on the July course last month when she could not find the necessary extra over seven furlongs. A switch to a mile here looks an excellent shout and, as the runner-up from that last race has won since, the form appears to stack up.

Devonshire Place has run a couple of good races in defeat this term and her turn can come in the Buffaload Logistics More Load Less Cost Handicap.

Heartsong was unlucky to bump into an unexposed type when second last time but can go one place better in the Harry Bloom Memorial “Brighton Bullet” Handicap at Brighton.

Wayward Hoof boasts some nice entries later in the campaign and after shedding his maiden tag at Haydock, he can make a successful return to that venue for the British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes. Southern Belle is the pick in the Young Epilepsy Median Auction Maiden Fillies’ Stakes at Lingfield.

l A crack at the Melbourne Cup is under serious consideration for Glorious Goodwood victor Dubday.

Of all the Al Shaqab Racing-owned winners at the meeting last week, which was targeted by the Qatar-based organisation given the new sponsorship deal, few gave them greater pleasure.

Dubday is the champion thoroughbred in Qatar and is trained by Jassim Al Ghazali, becoming the first horse trained by a Qatari national to win in England.

His next race is due to be the Prix Foy, an Arc trial at Longchamp on September 13.

“All plans are fluid at the moment,” said Harry Herbert, racing manager for Al Shaqab.

“At the moment we are thinking of taking him over for the Foy, sponsored by Qatar.

“After that we’ll be having a serious think about the Melbourne Cup.”