Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Take the High road

Highland Legacy offers a logical solution for punters looking to decipher the Savills Handicap at Nottingham.

There are some decent stayers entered in this two-mile affair, but probably none better than Michael Bell's chestnut.

Still only a three-year-old, Highland Legacy has shown impressive traits of resilience under some degree of adversity this term.

Despite taking a fair pot at Windsor on his handicap bow, it has been no walk in the park from that juncture.

Several niggling problems hindered progress but he served clear notice at Newbury that it could be plain-sailing from now on.

The son of Selkirk was always going to be better over longer distances but Bell was probably taken slightly aback by his effortless six-length breeze on first stab over two miles in Berkshire.

Even with the slight handicap of hanging badly right inside the final furlong, Highland Legacy still won with quite a bit up his sleeve on his first foray for four months.

Life will not be so rosy with a 6lb penalty in conjunction with classier opponents, but there is no reason why he cannot follow up.

Godolphin are in electrifying form and have two good chances later on the card.

Saeed bin Suroor's record with juveniles this campaign has been superb, with Craigstown likely to enhance that statistic in the Construction Raceday Maiden Stakes.

While his odds-on reverse at Newcastle was slightly alarming, he looks the sort who could make immeasurable progress in a short space of time.

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