Ruacous can strike for William Haggas on seasonal debut

Ryan Moore (centre) can ride Raucous to victory for William Haggas at Chelmsford this evening
By Red Hand

RAUCOUS can claim the honours on his first run for 208 days in the Buxted Construction Ltd Conditions Stakes, the richest race on the card at Chelmsford.

The William Haggas-trained four-year-old is having his first run since being gelded, but is well worth the risk.

Connections have clearly not lost faith in him as he holds an entry in the Duke of York Stakes at York next month.

Raucous boasts Pattern-race form as a two- and three-year-old, having finished third in the Gimcrack at York behind Ajaya as a juvenile and third to Shalaa in the Bengough Stakes at Ascot last autumn.

After wins at Wolverhampton and Newcastle earlier in the year, Mystique Moon gets his chance on this surface in the Eagle Roofing Handicap.

Charlie Appleby's gelding has just done enough to win on both starts and has been hard for the handicapper to assess.

Pacharana is Luca Cumani's only runner at Beverley and the four-year-old can justify the journey from Newmarket by taking the Alan McGuinness And Robin Lunness Memorial Handicap.

The daughter of Oasis Dream looks set to carry on her good work from 2016 when she won four races in a row before being put firmly in her place by Cartwright at Pontefract.

The form of that race can be questioned as the field, in what was an apprentice contest, was well strung out and while the winner was a worthy one, Pacharana is arguably better than the bare facts would suggest.

She can resume winning ways on the Westwood.

Atteq makes his first appearance on turf since his debut at Chester after six efforts on the all-weather in the David McGowan And John Binks Memorial Handicap.

The three-year-old, trained by Richard Fahey, has made the first four in those latter races and can finally get his head in front in the colours of Al Shaqab Racing.

Value At Risk ran far better than it looks at Aintree on first glance and the drop in distance can see Dan Skelton's charge collect the River Tay Handicap Chase at Perth.

Boa Island won nicely at Chepstow earlier this month and can be another winner for trainer Paul Nicholls in the Jack Bevan Bookmakers Handicap at Taunton.

The Richard Phillips-trained Muthabir is fancied to follow up his recent Taunton success in the 32Red Handicap Hurdle at Market Rasen.


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