The Mandarin’s Saturday Selections from Lingfield Park, Haydock Park & Ascot

Lingfield Park

SBK Derby Trial Stakes (Listed) 2.40
United Nations
With a decent fourth of eight at Epsom under his belt, Aidan O’Brien pitches his Derby contender into this important trial. The undulations of Lingfield should be within his range after coping well on the rollercoaster of Epsom Downs, and he’s sure to come on for that seasonal reappearance. There’ll be plenty of support for Charlie Appleby’s Walk Of Stars with the yard in such great form, but United Nations is taken to go forward and land this

SBK Oaks Trial Fillies’ Stakes (Listed) 3.15
Emily Dickinson
She stepped up to another level when landing a maiden at Naas last time out, and seemed to have plenty in hand to score by a neck, despite needing to be ridden into contention in the final four furlongs. This extra trip is taken to suit, and she makes the most appeal in a warm renewal

SBK Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes (Group 3) 3.50
Symphony Perfect
The chance is taken on Richard Hannon’s Symphony Perfect, who arrives here with race fitness assured after a spin on the all-weather at Chelmsford City. She chased down the winner, Tippy Toes, to finish a length runner-up, so this extra furlong should help. In the mix in and sure to go close

Haydock Park

Pertemps Network Spring Trophy Stakes (Listed) 3.35
Aldaary (nb)
William Haggas holds the key to this Listed contest with Aldaary, who looks ready to add some black type this term after an impressive close to last season, winning his last two starts at Ascot. He goes well fresh, and can start a big campaign here. A solid looking favourite, with John Quinn’s Safe Voyage the main threat

Ascot

Carey Group Buckhounds Stakes (Listed) 2.20
Al Aasy (nap)
He can be brilliant on his day, as he showed with a brace of wins at Newbury last season when turned out fresh. His runner-up spot behind the very smart Pyledriver confirmed his talent, and then was again just beaten a neck in the Princess Of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket. There should be more to come this year, and he may be better in this first half of the season, so gets the vote to make a winning start to this campaign

Tote Victoria Cup (Heritage Handicap) 4.05
One Ruler
There’s every chance that One Ruler can get into the thick of things here, and his decent third in the Zabeel Mile at Meydan puts him into the picture for this hot handicap. He was fifth in the Derby last year, so a smart sort, and has since dropped back in trip so Ascot’s stiff finish won’t be an issue. Super each way value for the in-form team

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