Expert Eye: Five horses to back on Friday, July 16

With five British meetings on Friday July 16 some steer from the Planet Sport experts wouldn't go amiss. Here are five horses who should at least give you a good run for your money.

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Twist Of Hay (3.00 Haydock)

We're expecting an improved performance from Michael Dod's sprinter now that Twist Of Hay is wearing cheek-pieces and on her second run back after wind surgery.

A winner at Redcar last September, when beating 14 rivals off just a 2lb lower mark, she certainly caught the eye on her most recent outing at Carlisle earlier this month.

She'd moved up nicely in the home straight and looked set to be involved at the finish, only to hang right under pressure inside the final furlong before keeping on again.

Lightly-raced and with the headgear on to keep her mind focused, she's taken to double her tally for her in-form stable (8-43, 19 per cent, in the last fortnight).

Skycutter (3.55 Newbury)

Philip Kirby's three-year-old was only narrowly denied when beaten a neck on his British debut at Ripon earlier this month, which earned him a place in our tracker as a horse to follow.

The handicapper was impressed too, raising Skycutter to a mark of 91, but as that has yet to take effect he's 3lb well in this afternoon.

That performance by the ex-French-trained gelding can be marked up as he got lit up early and lost his place in the home straight, before making serious inroads into the winner's lead inside the final furlong.

Back him to take advantage.

Itkaann (4.50 Nottingham)

Owen Burrow's four-year-old is fancied to give weight away to all of his six rivals, with David Probert (£1 level stakes profit of £37.07 on the stable runners) in the plate.

The partnership won a Salisbury handicap last August and another creditable effort followed on his final start of 2020, when finding only Turn On The Charm too good over today's track and trip.

Gelded since, Itkaann was entitled to need his comeback run over a mile at Newbury in June, when well backed, and this slightly stiffer test should suit.

Clarendon House (7.50 Newmarket)

It could be worth giving Robert Cowell's sprinter another chance after losing his unbeaten record at Windsor last time out, when Clarendon House could only finish fourth of the five runners.

Ground conditions could not have been more different on that occasion than on his previous two starts, which yielded impressive wins at Yarmouth and Bath on much quicker terrain.

Admittedly they were weak contests, but he routed his rivals by a combined 13 1/2 lengths and the return to fast ground - forecast is good to firm - could see him resume his progress.

He will have the assistance of James Doyle.

Kings Prince (8.00 Hamilton)

Mark Johnston's three-year-old looks a smart prospect in the making, having won both his starts to date in comfortable fashion - watch his debut success at Haydock below - and he should be a backable price for the track's Listed contest over 1m3f.

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His five rivals include Title, who wasn't disgraced in a Group Two last time and is sporting first-time blinkers, and Aleas, who is better than he showed at Goodwood last time.

While they are respected having achieved higher ratings, Kings Prince has the potential to rate higher over time and a St Leger entry tells you he's highly regarded at home.

With Ben Curtis again doing the steering, this looks a good stepping stone en route to better things.

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