NANTON, in the autumn of his career, can show his junior rivals a clean pair of heels at Doncaster this evening.
Trained near Glasgow by Jim Goldie, the 12-year-old gelding has proved to be a wonderful money-spinner down the years over a variety of distances and has won a dozen of his 101 races and more than £300,000 in prize money.
Nanton, who was placed in some major races in his prime, including the Cambridgeshire Handicap and the Jockey Club Cup, both at Newmarket, and whose victories have included the Queen Mother's Cup at York, produced a cracking run in defeat on this course a couple of weeks when a close-up fourth after meeting trouble in running.
He would be assured the warmest of receptions if he could manage to lift this evening's 1stsecuritysolutions.co.uk Handicap, and it would be no great surprise if he did so. Danny Tudhope, who knows him so well, takes the mount.
Paul Hanagan, pictured, could enjoy a profitable night on Town Moor in advance of teaming-up with his Oaks winner Taghrooda in Saturday's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot.
The former Malton-based champion jockey rides nap selection Basateen in the Park Hill Hospital Maiden Stakes and the Richard Hannon-trained colt deserves plenty of respect.
The juvenile finished a promising fourth at Newmarket on his debut a fortnight ago and, provided he can build on that, is likely to take plenty of beating here.
Hanagan can also secure the Saint Gobain Handicap on Artistic Muse, trained by Barry Hills.
After three runs in maiden company, the three-year-old now steps into handicaps and also takes a rise in distance which should suit her. This does not look a deep race and Artistic Muse may prove good enough.
Hanagan also partners Etaab, winner of her last two races, in the featured Sky Bet Supporting Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival Fillies' Handicap. William Haggas's in-form runner promises to be a tough nut to crack.
Layla's Hero won well at Ayr earlier this week and Dandy Nicholls' sprinter might well be able to complete a double in the Esquires Coffee Handicap under Paul Mulrennan.
But the gelding has a 6lb penalty to shoulder and better value for punters could come from Abraham Monro, trained by Ruth Carr at Stillington.
Although unplaced last time out, that race was over seven furlongs and he is best judged on his previous effort over tonight's trip of six furlongs at Thirsk when he finished a good third. He figures on a handy weight and Duran Fentiman should enjoy a good ride from him.
Maraayill could be the one to be on in the SIG Insulation Handicap.
Martin Harley's mount came from a different parish to win at Newbury last time out and is fancied to go in again.
At Sandown's afternoon meeting, Mark Johnston's Snow Squall will be a popular choice among punters in the Weatherbys Stallion Book Handicap.
The gelding ran out a decisive winner at Hamilton last week and although he is now set to carry a 6lb penalty in a stronger contest, he looks a horse at the top of his game. Silvestre de Sousa will be in the saddle on the North Yorkshire raider.
Alobsoa is slected to come out on top in a tightly-knit Irish Champions Weekend EBF Stallions Star Stakes, which carries Listed status.
Henry Candy's filly made a winning debut at Newbury last month, looking every inch a two-year-old with a bright future. This daughter of Raven's Pass is expected to cope with this rise in class.
2.00 Rennaisant, 2.30 Snow Squall, 3.05 Alonsoa, 3.40 Dandy, 4.15 Estebaan, 4.50 Global Leader.
5.45 Synergise, 6.15 Basateen (NAP), 6.45 Abraham Monro, 7.20 Maraayill, 7.55 Etaab, 8.30 Artistic Muse, 9.00 Nanton.
Today's other meetings
Bath, Yarmouth and Lingfield.
York, Ascot, Thirsk, Newmarket, Uttoxeter and Lingfield.