The Mandarin’s Sunday Selections from Perth, Musselburgh & Chantilly

Perth

Coretrax Handicap Hurdle 3.30
A Mere Bagatelle
Shark Hanlon’s Irish raider is the one to follow, after a course and distance runners-up spot here last month. Champion Jockey Brian Hughes takes up the reins, and he’s in with a big shout in an ordinary affair

bet365 Sam Moreshead Perth Gold Cup Handicap Chase 4.01
Minella Trump (nb)
He is five from five around here, and can embellish that perfect record with yet another win on this track. Brian Hughes is doing the steering as ever, and the pair have built up an enviable partnership for trainer Donald McCain Junior. More than capable in this grade, and has to be high on the shortlist

Musselburgh

Sky Bet Sunday Series 3YO Sprint Handicap 4.45
Sacred Jewel
Bought out of the Godolphin breeding operation and is by supersire Dubawi. She made no mistake at Leicester on her seasonal reappearance run, and drops into handicap company on a mark that may well prove lenient. Jason Hart takes up the reins and has the added plus of a low draw in stall 3. Plenty to like about her chances of a quick double

Sky Bet Sunday Series Stayers Handicap 5.15
Evaluation
The move over to Keith Dalgleish’s Belstane yard from Sir Michael Stoute’s stable has brought about marked improvement, and he lines up here on a four-timer, after wins at Wetherby, Ripon and York in a busy May. Assuming he’s still fresh enough in the legs, every chance of notching up the fourth quick win. Makes lots of appeal in his current mood, with Jason Hart taking over up top

Chantilly

Qatar Prix du Jockey Club (Group 1) 3.00
Modern Games (nap)
The winner of the French 2,000 Guineas, he’s hard to oppose to land the French Derby in Sunday’s feature. He finished strongly in that 2,000 Guineas, to give every indication that he’ll take this step up in trip in his stride. William Buick makes the trip over to look for yet another win on Derby weekend, and he’s sure to get plenty of backing for the in-form Moulton Paddocks yard

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