Tips from The Colonel

THE £75,000 Investec Specialist Bank Dash, run over the fastest five furlongs in the world at Epsom Downs on Derby day next month has attracted a big field of entries.

Trainer George Baker has three entries to his name, including the smart Humidor, who triumphed in the Listed Scarbrough Stakes at Doncaster in September on his most recent start in Britain.

The five-year-old spent the winter in Dubai after coming home fifth in the Group Three Prix Omenoni in Milan, in October. But following a promising debut at Meydan, he disappointed in two subsequent outings.

Baker, who is based at Whitsbury in Hampshire, told the Racing Post: “The Investec Specialist Bank ‘Dash’ is an option for Humidor. He has had a break since Dubai and we’re bringing him back now, but he does need a little bit of dig in the ground.

“He looks really well and hopefully he will have a big year ahead of him.”

York City who ran at York on Wednesday is the 10-1 favourite with the bookies for this big sprint with Humidor a 25-1 shot.

Beauty Parlour (7-10fav) swooped late to take the French 1,000 Guineas at Longchamp on Sunday and showed her class to take the crown.

Trainer Elie Lellouche said: “She had to work a little harder today but she is still unbeaten so I’m very happy.”

Strong Suit takes on Frankel at Newbury on Saturday and Hannon’s son Richard Hannon Jnr said: “He goes to take on Frankel (best priced 2-5) in the JLT Lockinge this weekend and is in great form.

“It’s going to be very good race but we think he’s a very good horse and hopefully he’ll give him a race.’’

Confidence is sky high at Newmarket that Frankel will return to the winners circle at Newbury.

The Newmarket trainer said this week: “I would love to see Black Caviar and Frankel cross swords they are obviously two very good horses and it would be lovely to see champions from Australia and England taking each other on. The only race they could meet would possibly be the Sussex Stakes.”

Black Caviar is a red hot 4-6 favourite for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on day five of Royal Ascot next month. Hoof It is the 10-1 second favourite with the leading bookmaker’s.

At Newmarket on Saturday the well bred Sovereign Debt is the likely improver in the field and has strong claims in the (Listed) King Charles ll Stakes run at 3.20 on Channel 4.

Over at Newbury in the Blue Square London Gold Cup Handicap, Sir Henry Cecil’s Wrotham Heath goes in to the race with plenty of stable confidence for this £25,000 race Tom Queally takes the ride on the 3yo.

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