Racing: Provenance aiming to kick on at Sandown

John Gosden
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Provenance can kick on from a pleasing display at Royal Ascot by winning the Ambant Gala Stakes at Sandown.

Her fifth in the Wolferton Handicap at the big fixture was a really solid run in one of the classiest handicaps of the season.

Winner Mahsoob is unbeaten and could be anything, while the placed horses are all tried and tested. The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Provenance was held up early doors and did not get the smoothest of passages, but there was no doubt she was doing all her best work at the end to be beaten less than two lengths. A close third on her seasonal reappearance in a Listed event at Goodwood, she looks well worth this return to that sort of company.

Druids Ridge has been a touch unfortunate to run into some useful performers so far this year and can reward those who keep the faith in the Serious About Horses Maiden Stakes at Doncaster.

The Paco Boy colt found only Sahaafy too strong on his Newbury debut in mid-April, a horse who now has a rating pushing 100 after a subsequent stroll in a Newmarket handicap.

Druids Ridge was a little disappointing on his second start at this track when finishing fourth, but the ground may have been softer than ideal and his subsequent runner-up finishes behind Hathal and Ashridge Lad have been a step in the right direction.

There does not appear to be a lot wrong with his attitude and if John Gosden can coax just a smidgen more improvement out of him he should be hard to beat on his return to Town Moor.

Not many days have passed of late without Mark Johnston having a winner and the master of Middleham can strike once more with Furiant in the EBF Jackson’s Yorkshire Champion Bread Novice Stakes at Beverley.

The best bet over the jumps at Newton Abbot is Mountainside.