Red Hand: Make Time can finally get his season on the right track at Sandown
MAKE Time may have not lived up to connections’ Classic aspirations, but he can finally get his season on the right track by winning the Robert Dyas Handicap at Sandown.
Trainer David Menuisier had high hopes for the Makfi colt after two sterling juvenile runs, finishing second on his debut to Frontispiece before running out a five-length winner of a soft-ground Salisbury maiden.
Five winners have emerged from those behind him that day, including Parfait, who finished fourth in the Jersey Stakes and won the Silver Bunbury Cup last weekend.
Menuisier felt Make Time merited a crack at Pattern company on his return on that basis, and took the brave step of pitching him into the Greenham at Newbury back in April.
Make Time ended up well beaten by Barney Roy and, while it would be easy to assume the fast ground was against him there, the fact he had previously run well on quick conditions certainly tempers that idea. The winner is also pretty special.
Make Time has been off the track since that run, which suggest perhaps all was not well, so it could be worth giving him another go, with an initial mark of 91 giving connections a little something to work with in the future.
Harba shed her maiden tag at the fourth attempt and can kick on again in the Watch Racing UK On Youview Now Handicap.
Two runs last year yielded little joy but the daughter of Frankel has shown much more this term, finishing third on her return before opening her account at Beverley last month.
While she only triumphed by a neck on the Westwood, Harba is clearly improving with each outing and can continue on an upward curve.
Golden Guest can make a quick return pay dividends in the Aeropak Handicap at Yarmouth.
George Margarson’s charge struck at Brighton just over two weeks ago, overcoming a relatively wide position on the track to win by a neck in what was a bunch finish.
Jane Elliott was seen to good effect that day and her 5lb claim should once again be a valuable asset as Golden Guest races off a 3lb higher perch this time.
Pretty Passe made a fair start to her career when second at Doncaster earlier this month and she can put the experience to good use in the 4Head Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.
Irish News Yankee
Nap: Make Time (7.40: Sandown)
Double: Harba (7.05: Sandown)
Treble: Golden Guest (7.50: Yarmouth)
Yankee: Pretty Passe (7.15: Yarmouth)