Five Horses To Follow This Weekend - 17/07/19

1. Star Catcher

Star Catcher will be one of three representatives for British-based trainers in the Kerrygold Irish Oaks at the Curragh this weekend.

The three-year-old Sea The Stars filly - sporting the Classic-winning colours of Anthony Oppenheimer, will bid to give John Gosden a third win in the race in the last seven years.

Previously winning with Enable in 2017, Star Catcher scored at Royal Ascot in the Ribblesdale Stakes in the heart of Frankie Fever - the day the Italian notched up a memorable four-timer.

She has raced just four-times in her career, but looks an exciting prospect lining up here.

2. The Grand Visir

The Grand Visir landed a major punt when fending off the challenge of Willie Mullins' Buildmeupbuttercup in the Ascot Stakes at the royal meeting.

Beginning the day at 33/1, the five-year-old was sent off at 12/1 for Ian Williams - who is currently in a rich vein of form.

The slower surface certainly played to his advantage, and looks to follow up at Newbury in the Marsh Cup Handicap over two-miles.

James Doyle will take over in the saddle.

3. The Tin Man

Later on at Newbury comes the bet365 Hackwood Stakes, a Group Three over six furlongs, and the drop in class should suit The Tin Man's chances of returning to the podium.

The classy seven-year-old - who finished third to Dream Of Dreams on return at Windsor back in May, ran with much credit behind the same opponent when sixth in the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot.

Sadly, Blue Point was just too good for Sir Michael Stoute's five-year-old that day, but The Tin Man stayed on stoutly without really affecting the leaders.

James Fanshawe's veteran is a class act, and certainly still has a big race win in him.

4. Promissory

Promissory was an easy winner of a Novice Stakes at Doncaster at the beginning of this month, and now takes her campaign to Listed level in the Aphrodite Fillies Stakes at Newmarket.

Three John Gosden fillies head the market - along with Sparkle Roll and Kesia, but the daughter of Dubawi takes up all the interest here given her growing profile.

Late on the scene, she made her debut in May behind another stablemate Terebellum at Goodwood before heading to Town Moor.

Interesting prospect.

5. Fox Champion

Fox Champion was a not-far beaten-favourite in the Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot, but sticks at the same trip this weekend in the Listed bet365 Stakes at Newbury.

Registered as the Steventon Stakes, Fox Champion won on debut at this venue back in April, comfortable scoring under Silvestre De Sousa.

The son of Kingman was not beaten that far by future St James Palace winner Circus Maximus in the Listed Dee Stakes at Chester on just his second start - a horse who then ran in the Derby.

Decent effort last time, and was beaten solely by Frankie fever. Should be up to the task again.