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Friday 9th October - Reinman

Rein Man / Friday 9th October 2015 / 07:35

Newmarket 13:35

Quiet Reflection is obviously highly regarded and could prove tricky to beat in the opener at HQ. However, the consistent Kurland is back at the scene of her course and distance win on debut and looks overpriced. I thought she shaped for 6 at York when headed by Shadow Hunter before keeping on but she does have the toe for 5 and is worth another go. She was unlucky last time in the Flying Chliders when squeezed out before keeping on and racing up the less favourable side of the track. She drops in class and the return to this track could make the difference.

Kurland - 1pt @ 14/1
Newmarket 15:45

It’s a tricky rest of the card but the Fillies' Mile looks top notch. Minding’s form is the best around by some way but it’s interesting connections have supplemented the undoubtedly classy Nathra. I’d lean to her at the prices but without conviction. Belardo is tempting back at the scene of his Dewhurst win but he’s not one for ultimate faith. Al looks a big price given he runs off the same mark as his creditable 7th in the Melrose. Strong form, he was wide early and keen with no cover. He and Not Never did well to finish where they did having raced up with the pace but Al has been off since and given time to get over the run. This galloping, long straight will help his wind up style and cover should be easier to find. I’m surprised he’s double figures.

Al - 1pt @ 12/1
York 14:20

Over at York I have to go in on Gabrial’s Kaka again having dropped further in the handicap. He was out of form at the start of the season but much of that was down to a succession of poor draws. He was dealt a better hand here a few starts back and ran well under today’s jockey. Chester’s turns don’t suit and the headgear didn’t work at Ayr. The excuses are mounting up but he ran ok from the wrong side in the Cambridgeshire at a track where he has a weak record. This is a lesser race by some way and he should be involved for all there would ideally be a little more out and out pace on.

Gabrial's Kaka - 1pt @ 9/1

Friday 9th October - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Thursday 8th October 2015 / 18:48

Newmarket 15:10

In what appears to be the best two-year-old fillies’ race of the season, the form of the Rockfel Stakes represented by PROMISING RUN and HAWKSMORE will hopefully prove good enough to see the pair competitive in this stiffer examination. In a race run in the fastest furlong-per-furlong time on the card that afternoon, the former proved very strong in the latter stages of that 7f contest 14 days ago and drawing clear up the hill, she gave out positive signals that stamina is very much her number one weapon. She should, therefore, relish today’s step up in trip and, as she’s already proven that she can handle going down into the dip at speed at the track, the daughter of Hard Spun looks overpriced at her early 13/2 quotes. The latter, although having a bit to find with her old adversary, may have a better chance than her odds suggests if the going rides on the soft side. Seen to good effect when there was plenty of ease in the ground the time before at Goodwood, Hugo Palmer’s charge didn’t have the pace of the Godolphin-trained winner when the tempo increased two out, but it was still nice to see her get her head down and plug on nicely for third up the hill. Hailing from a yard whose last four runners have all won, 25/1 seems a little insulting.

Promising Run - 1pt @ 13/2

Hawksmoor - 0.5pt e/w @ 25/1
Newmarket 15:45

Unlucky the time before at Ascot, KEEP IN LINE (NAP) made no mistake last time out at Newbury and looks one to keep on side despite being raised a further 8lb for that gutsy victory. Despite hanging to his left all the way up the long home straight at the Berkshire venue, the son of Soldier Hollow came out on top of a protracted dual with the well-backed favourite Satellite, and with the pair pulling an astonishing 17 lengths clear of the third (won over hurdles since), the form looks totally believable. Indeed, the evidence of clock also pointed towards the race being a high quality one of its kind and as long as there is still plenty of moisture left in the track come post time (should be a heavy dew), Saeed Bin Suroor’s inmate has bags of class to offset top weight.

Keep In Line - 1pt e/w @ 10/1
York 16:55

ORDER OF SERVICE suggested he is still holding his form together nicely at Haydock last time out and looks to have plenty in his favour to put up another bold show in this competitive handicap. A winner on soft ground over six furlongs at Ayr earlier in the campaign, Jim Goldie’s charge just found the rise in class finding him out over the same trip on his latest outing at Haydock, but at the same time, he still stayed on nicely to finish fourth. In between times, the Medicean gelding had been successful over seven furlongs in a fast time at Newcastle and with soft ground seen as a major boost to his chances, he appears to have slipped under the bookmakers’ radar based on their early quotes.

Order Of Service - 0.5pt e/w @ 16/1
Dundalk 19:00

Winning from stall one in a big field at the Curragh ranks close to not licking your lips while eating a doughnut and refraining from chewing a fruit pastille in the list of impossibilities, so the performance of GLASS HOUSE in achieving such a feat last time out has to be seriously upgraded. Sent off an easy-to-back 12/1 in a 30-strong field, Ger Lyons’ charge exhibited an immense amount of ability to overcome such an impost and she looks well worth a shot at pattern-company on the evidence of that display. Furthermore, those in behind that day, such as Zeeoneandonly, Viren’s Army, Sunnua and Nag’s Wag have all gone on to endorse the form subsequently and even though she faces a stern rival in the shape of Hit It A Bomb, who created a favourable impression with her debut win, the daughter of Showcasing should more than hold her own.

Glass House - 1pt @ 5/1

Thursday 8th October - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Wednesday 7th October 2015 / 19:36

Worcester 14:00

MIGHTY LEADER (NAP) had the misfortune to bump into the thoroughly progressive and subsequent winner Princeton Royale over hurdles at Uttoxeter last time out and should make a bold bid to gain compensation if he can translate that sort of form on his first start over fences. That race at the midland venue looked a useful one of its kind for the time of year with the third, Standing Ovation, also adding to the overall positive view of the form, it’s fair to say Henry Oliver’s charge probably posted a career-high performance to split the pair. Although he’s yet to taste regulation fences, it should be pointed out that the son of Milan has plenty of experience gained in the point-to-point field and with many of those efforts achieved on an easy surface, the rain in the last 24 hours will inconvenience him less than most. On top of that, he has plenty of solid form over today’s track, so there’s every reason to feel upbeat about his chances with a clear round of jumping.

Mighty Leader - 1pt e/w @ 9/2Lost 2pt

Ayr 16:25

Love him or hate him, SILVER SHUFFLE is an each-way backers dream and with Emma Sayer once again on board this consistent eight-year-old, he has bright prospects of keeping his supporters happy for the seventh time in succession. Since teaming up with the trainer’s daughter, the son of Big Shuffle’s form figures read 312232 and he added to those impressive stats just two days ago with another solid performance in a competitive race at Catterick. Although there was drama late on involving a strongly-fancied Chris Wall-trainer runner, it shouldn’t detract from the fact that Dianna Sayer’s charge ran right up to his best form and he rates another strong each-way choice/placepot banker here.

Silver Shuffle - 1pt e/w @ 5/1Non Runner

Worcester 16:50

BALLYBANE ran with plenty of promise in a useful bumper on debut at Stratford last season and should go some way to fulfil his potential now switched to hurdles. Making most of the running until headed and outpaced by two speedier sorts once setting sail for home, it was encouraging to see the son of Acambaro knuckle down and battle all the way to the line for third. Given that he’s already won a point-to-point, clearly two miles around a sharp track wasn’t ideal, so it comes as little surprise that Rebecca Curtis has chosen to bypass bumpers and stepped her charge up to a trip more in-keeping with his profile. His fitness, of course, has to be taken on trust, but the fact that stable mate Vintage Vinnie won in some style on his seasonal return over today’s course several weeks ago goes some way to ease those slight concerns.

Ballybane - 1pt e/w @ 7/2Placed -0.3pt

Wednesday 7th October - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Tuesday 6th October 2015 / 20:15

Nottingham 16:10

MR PICKWICK (NAP) has intimated that he’d be worth more than a second glance once allowed to run in handicaps and he gets the chance to vindicate that impression off what could be a very lenient mark of just 72. The son of Mount Nelson first came under the spotlight when noted running a nice race behind several smart performers in an above-average maiden at Doncaster two starts ago and common with many who run in such fashion, he was not overly punished on his third start to gain a mark last time out at Ascot. Considering he pulled quite hard in the early stages of that useful event at the Berkshire venue, he actually ran a good deal better than his final position indicates and hailing from a yard in unstoppable form at present, this scopey colt is expected to make a big impact on his first foray in this sphere.

Mr Pickwick - 1pt e/w @ 7/2Lost 2pt

Nottingham 16:45

GREEN LIGHT has endured his fair share of bad luck in the last twelve months but he remains a horse of some potential off his current handicap mark – particularly when there’s plenty of cut in the ground. On three separate occasions during the summer in big handicaps at Chester, Haydock and Sandown, Ralph Beckett’s charge got no run whatsoever in the latter stages of each race and that wasn’t lost on those that were prepared to follow him over a cliff on his most recent start at the Curragh. Sent off a well-backed 5/1 jolly, the son of Authorised failed in his bid to justify the money in his direction, but in mitigation, he did face an uphill battle from the start courtesy of a terrible draw at the Co Kildare venue. He did, therefore, run a good deal better than his final position suggested and, as he’s been given 2lb back by the handicapper, this frustrating four-year-old has simply got to be worth another chance to heal plenty of previous open wounds.

Green Light - 1pt e/w @ 5/1Lost 2pt

Kempton 18:25

CHESTER STREET ran with bags of promise in a race which is working out extremely well on his debut at Leicester and he is strongly fancied to put that valuable experience he gained to good use in this slightly weaker-looking affair. Showing distinct signs of greenness in the early exchanges at the East Midland venue, Roger Charlton’s inmate picked up really nicely once the penny had dropped inside the final two furlongs and finishing full of running, he went through the line like a horse who would know much more next time. With the winner, Move Up, and the sixth, Column both going on to advertise the form with wins subsequently, it’s clear that the race is very reliable and the son of Invincible Spirit is taken to get the better of form setter Cabinet Room, who could have done with a better draw.

Chester Street - 1pt @ 5/2Won 2.5pt

Warren Greatrex Column - 6th October

Warren Greatrex / Monday 5th October 2015 / 18:34

Most of mine a couple of weeks away from being ready to run so it’s going to be a relatively low-key start to this season but I am looking forward to Chepstow on Saturday as we are hoping to get Shantou Bob’s season up and running in the totepool Silver Trophy, although we really need it to rain.

He’s had another wind operation over the summer; he had one quick one in January, the same time as Cole Harden did, but we knew we had to give him another one so he had his one run at Cheltenham in the Albert Bartlett, where he finished 6th and ran a really good race, and then we did what we needed to do.

I just think that he was struggling with his wind so badly that to have still finished second in two Grade 2’s with a rating of 143 means he could easily now be favourably handicapped. He’s been away to Kempton and his work has been very good - he’s done plenty and he’s pleased - but the biggest thing for him is soft ground. Providing they get some rain, I would like to think he’ll run very well and we’ll make a plan after that. If he absolutely hoses up then we’ll have to think again but the thinking is to go novice chasing soon.

On Sunday I’ve got Chase The Wind entered at Chepstow. He’s won two novice hurdles and he’s run well in chases. He’s had his palate cauterized since he last ran but ideally he would want better ground so if it comes up soft he probably won't run.

I’ve got a runner at Worcester on Thursday, Morning Symphony. He’s only had one run for me but he improved to finish second to a horse called Tangolan who has won again and been placed twice since. I’m stepping him up in trip and I’ve had a look at the entries, he’s definitely got a really good chance – I’m pretty hopeful he'll win.

I’ve got around 80 horses for this season which I’m happy with, it’s a good number, and I’ve picked out a few for Oddschecker users to keep an eye out for:

Out Sam: Hasn’t run for me yet but I bought him at Doncaster in May out of Nicky Henderson’s yard. He’s had three runs over hurdles, won two (Newbury and Ascot) before being quietly fancied for the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham, in which he fell around halfway.

He is already rated 142 and the plan is to go novice chasing. He probably won’t be out until the end of the month but he’s a lovely horse, he does everything right at home and I would like to think he would be competing in some of the best novice chases towards the end of the season. He certainly looks an exciting horse.

Le Bague Au Roi: She’s a half-sister to a horse I’ve got called Kayserberg who is rated 140. She has only had one run, she won her bumper at Newton Abbot despite everything going against her that day. She whipped around at the start, she got stuck on the rail, but when she did get out she really picked up nicely and won well. The plan is to go for a mares’ bumper at Aintree later this month and then there is a Listed race at Cheltenham’s Open Meeting in November. I hold her in quite high regard, she’s got everything you are looking for – she’s a big filly with a high cruising speed, she covers a lot of ground and is really classy.

Warrantor: Rated 135 over hurdles and ended up running in the Neptune where he picked up a small injury which has been sorted. He is set to go novice chasing, he’s a really good jumper who will be a better chaser than he was hurdler. He’s got a really high cruising speed, he’s a very accurate jumper and he’ll go in any ground. He’ll get three miles but he doesn’t lack for pace. He’s quite exciting and a few shrewdies in the yard have him high up their list of horses to follow this season.

Chef D’Oeuvre: He is owned by the McNeill family who have had good horses like Walkon and Grumeti with Alan King. He ran in two points, finishing fourth in a slowly run race (stayed-on nicely) first time behind a horse called Born Survivor, who Dan Skelton has since paid £220,000gns for, before making all the running in his second Point. He’s still quite green but he’s doing everything right at home and he’ll probably be out in a bumper towards the end of the month before going hurdling. I know a few Irish Point to Point form students are raving about him, they think he’s definitely one to keep on the right side of and we think he could prove a bit of a bargain.

Cole Harden: I’ve had to tinker with his wind again, it’s not ideal but it’s something that I’ve had to work with. He’s a hard horse to get fit so what you don’t want to be doing is really grafting him and giving him a hard time when he’s struggling, so I’ve given him a bit longer this time. The bet365 Hurdle at Wetherby, a race he won by eight lengths last season, is the first target but we might not get there in time, in which case we will look at the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury’s Hennessy meeting. If it came up bottomless then I am conscious that I don’t want to keep going to the well too often. He had six runs last year and I want to try and keep it to four this time, just because of the way he runs. I want to try and keep him fresh for the spring, but before then we’ll definitely be looking at Leopardstown over Christmas as the ground normally doesn’t get that bad there.

Gavin [Sheehan] can’t wait for him to go chasing and we’ve popped him over a fences at home but it’s scary to watch as he is so exuberant. He’s a real ball of energy in everything that he does at home, he’s like a tank, so we can’t do a lot of schooling with him because the more he does the braver he gets, which isn’t easy to watch. He does jump well though and we will be thinking about fences next season. I don’t think his World Hurdle success was a fluke and I believe he’s the one they haven’t beat back at Cheltenham in March, providing I can get him there in the same form.

Cole Harden is best odds 12-1 to retain his World Hurdle Crown - 1pt @ 12/1

Tuesday 6th October - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Monday 5th October 2015 / 20:17

Leicester 14:10

LIGHT MUSIC (nap) was well touted before making her debut at Salisbury 33 days ago and although she failed in her bid to score at the first attempt, she has to be considered extremely unlucky to bump into a filly as smart as Nathra on her opening bow. With her conqueror going on to land a conditions event by seven lengths at Newbury next time out, there’s no doubt she was up against a pattern-class performer that afternoon and as the pair pulled well clear of the remainder, William Haggas’ charge should be regarded in the same terms. The sectional times that day also back up that view as the winner clocked a final finishing split 0.7 seconds better than La Rioja who took the Group 3 fillies’ contest on the same card, so if the daughter of Elusive Quality runs anywhere near that sort of level at the second time of asking, it’s clearly going to take an above-average performance to turn her over.

Light Music (nap) - 2pt @ 4/5Won 1.6pt

Catterick 15:30

SATURN LACE impressed with the manner of her victory over today’s course last time out and she remains a filly worth keeping on side despite this being her toughest test to date. John Quinn’s charge went into that race here 53 days ago off the back of several near misses against decent opposition, so it was no great surprise that she managed to piece it all together in gaining that overdue success. The one thing she displayed that afternoon was a decent cruising speed, and that ability to travel well on the bridle is clearly a major plus point to overcoming the sharpness of this circuit. The only slightly question mark is whether she will stay the trip, but she certainly wasn’t stopping in the final furlong last time so there’s every hope that the daughter of Kodiac will prove equally effective over this extra furlong. Novinophobia, who ran a belter despite doing everything wrong at Salisbury last time out looks the main threat.

Saturn Lace - 1pt @ 6/1Won 6pt

Leicester 15:40

MELVIN THE GRATE has run with a massive amount of credit on both his last two starts and should hopefully get his just rewards for those efforts in this slightly less demanding contest. His fourth to Chill The Kite at York two outings ago has been advertised many times over and he also ran to a very high standard at Ayr last time out when runner-up to Musasayyid in another red-hot and well-run affair. Usually buried in behind horses to help him settle in the early stages, hopefully he switches off sufficiently enough to save his potent turn of foot for the business end.

Melvin The Grate - 1pt @ 11/4Lost 1pt

Tuesday 5th October - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Monday 5th October 2015 / 19:19

Pontefract 15:05

ICONIC did precious little wrong last time out at Ascot and can confirm her wellbeing with another positive display in this tightly-knit handicap. In a strongly run affair at the Berkshire venue, Henry Candy’s charge just couldn’t quite cope with the impressive winner Light and Shade in the latter stages, but as she was the only one to put up any kind of resistance, her performance can be marked up. Moreover, all her best form previously had taken place on a sound surface so a return to such a terrain should enable the daughter of Kodiac to run at maximum capacity.

Iconic - 0.5pt e/w @ 7/1Lost 1pt

Market Rasen 15:50

READY TOKEN has been a shade unfortunate on his two previous visits but looks to have bright prospects of making it third time lucky hailing from a stable in tremendous form during the autumn period. Charlie Longsdon’s charge was in the process of running a big race of his first taste of the Lincolnshire venue when falling with every chance at the second last and then had the misfortune to bump into the enigmatic Less Time on one of his going days in a handicap chase midway through last season. Although he hasn’t run since June, the son of Flemenfirth has often gone well fresh in the past and he should make a bold bid to see it out from the front.

Ready Token - 1pt @ 5/2Won 2.5pt

Windsor 16:35

FENG SHUI has shaped as though a mile has stretched his stamina to the limit on his two starts this season, so he’s worth a small interest to see whether the drop back in trip experiment comes up trumps. On both occasions, Jamie Osbourne’s inmate has travelled up well until failing to get home, but as those two efforts have been up against well-bred Godolphin polytrack performers who have seen out the trip really strongly, the son of Iffraaj should be afforded the benefit of the doubt. Either way, he has enough quality to make his presence felt in a race of this nature and makes plenty of appeal for those that enjoy a bit of each-way burglary.

Feng Shui - 0.5pt e/w @ 6/1Non Runner

Sunday Longchamp Preview - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Saturday 3rd October 2015 / 16:29

1.00 Longchamp

Aidan O’Brien has claimed this prize three times in the last decade and there’s every chance he will add to that impressive tally courtesy of the aptly-named BALLYDOYLE. Having already tasted success at Group 2 level at the Curragh, the daughter of Galileo was a short-priced favourite to take it to the next level in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the same venue last time out. Although she failed in her bid to land one of the best fillies’ races of the season, she still came out of the contest with great credit and a repeat of that performance on slightly more favourable ground should enable her to capture the Group 1 prize so revered by the Coolmore bloodstock machine.

Ballydoyle - 1pt @ 7/4Won 1.75pt

1.35 Longchamp

GALILEO GOLD has been freshened up nicely since landing the Group 2 Vintage Stakes at Goodwood back in August and should be capable of giving a good account of himself with conditions to suit. Hugo Palmer’s strapping son of Paco Boy has shown his best form to date with some give underfoot and the forecast going report from the French track should be ideal for his to perform to his best. Looking the type to improve with more racing and now stepped up to a mile, this likeable youngster will hopefully do his ambitious connections proud. GALILEO GOLD – ½ point each-way@7/1

Galileo Gold - 0.5pt e/w @ 7/1Placed 0.2pt

2.10 Longchamp

Forcing tactics clearly working the oracle for ODELIZ at Deauville last time out and Karl Burke’s charge can go a long way to prove that performance was no fluke against this similarly top-class field. The daughter of Falco had always threatened to win a big pot one day, so it came as no surprise to connections that she finally got her just rewards for several near misses at Group 1 level with that notable victory over a whole host of high-quality performers. Another major key to her success has been the association with new pilot Adrie De Vries so it makes sense to stay loyal to the combination - especially as the price for the duo is a little on the insulting side.

Odeliz - 0.5pt e/w @ 12/1Lost 1pt

2.55 Longchamp

Wonder mare Treve bids for an unprecedented third straight win in this top-class all-age affair and if she’s in the same sort of shape as she’s been for the last two years, the rest will more than likely be chasing shadows once again. She has, quite rightly, been priced up accordingly and while it is tempting to put all your chips into the centre of the table on Critique Head’s charge, there’s more fun to be gleaned trying to find one at a more appetising price. Delving deep into the pack, EAGLE TOP sticks out as being potentially overpriced, especially if he can recapture some of his very best form. Unable to run to show his true worth at Newbury last time due to the sticky ground, you only have to go back to his previous effort when runner-up to Postponed in the King George to give him a serious chance of nicking some decent prize money and at 50/1, John Gosden’s inmate is worth a roll of the dice.

Eagle Top - 0.5pt e/w @ 50/1Lost 1pt

3.40 Longchamp

The draw gods haven’t been favourable to both Mecca’s Angel and Move In Time here, so it may pay to look elsewhere for a smidgen of value in the shape of MAAREK and STEPS. Although both are very much hostage to fortune given the big field size, their deep-closing run styles are likely to be seen to good effect given the way the likelihood of a helter-skelter pace and at 16/1 and 20/1 respectively, they are worth a small each-way interest.

Maarek - 0.5pt e/w @ 16/1Lost 1pt

3:40 Longchamp

Steps - 0.5pt e/w @ 20/1Lost 1pt

Sunday 4th October - Reinman

Rein Man / Sunday 4th October 2015 / 11:40

Longchamp 14:55

There’s not a sole on the planet that would begrudge Treve an historic 3rd Arc this afternoon and, for all history is against her, everything on the day is in her favour. Pacemaker drawn low, she comes out of 8 and should be able to get a nice bit of cover under a jockey that rides her so well. She has to give weight to a couple of Derby winners but she is good enough not just to win this but to overcome any sort of trouble too, the hallmark of a superstar. The toe she showed last month and has shown throughout her career is what makes her so good and I’d have no fears about the ground. As far as a horse that looks overpriced goes, Erupt seems to have been forgotten this afternoon at a massive price. Unbeaten prior to his run here last time when his trainer admits he wasn’t fully wound up, he clearly didn’t give his running and he’ll fare better this afternoon. Sent off favourite that day after a 2 month break, the ground was the easiest he’d encountered and I’m not finding it a difficult run to forgive. He had the beating of the Derby 4th prior to that and for me Storm The Stars, who didn’t stay in the Leger after a long season but can still be considered the best horse in the race, adds massive substance to the form. He’s well worth an each way play given better ground will help today and he too is well drawn.

Erupt - 1pt @ 25/1Lost 1pt

Longchamp 13:35

Elsewhere on the card, Ballydoyle looks a worthy favourite in the Marcel Boussac. She was beaten by Minding in the Moyglare having been out in front all the way in a race where they got going pretty early. I fancy Ryan Moore will be happy to let something else go forward this afternoon. Her form is strong with the likes of Nemoralia and Turret Rocks going on to win at the Leger meeting and, for all Pascal Barry’s filly is unbeaten and has been very impressive in 2 starts, her form doesn't yet stack up to that of the Coolmore filly. Better ground may well help too. The Jean-Luc Lagardere looks a race to concentrate on Johannes Vermeer and Herald The Dawn. I was impressed by the former’s guts last time but am not sure he oozed class. He certainly looks a Derby candidate and should improve for further. Herald The Dawn was well held by Air Force Blue last time in the National Stakes but he was keen early on ground that really didn’t play to his strengths. He has a proper top of the ground action and I fancy this brother of Dawn Approach could have too much toe today.

Herald The Dawn - 1pt @ 9/2Lost 1pt

Longchamp 14:10

The Prix De L’Abbaye looks very open but I’m struggling to commit to anything. Muthmir could be the one given he gets his ground and the likely pace he needs to aim at from a handy draw. However, Goldream had the beating of him at Ascot and drying ground will help him too. Add to the mix last year’s winner and it’s difficult to have a strong opinion about anything. I do like a 3 year old in the Prix De L’Opera however. Queen’s Jewel was sent off favourite for the French Oaks but pulled early and raced wide enough and far enough back given the winner made all. She’s been given a break since and is back over the course and distance where she was last successful. If she’s back to as good as they though she was prior to that Oaks disappointment then she could be massively underestimated here in a field not lacking pace but lacking an out and out star. Stable companion We Are may be the biggest danger and is worth a saver back on suitable ground.

Queens Jewel - 1pt @ 6/1Lost 1pt

Saturday 3rd October - Andy Holding

Anonymous / Friday 2nd October 2015 / 20:59

Ascot 14:35

Even though STAR STORM has plenty to find on official figures, it would come as no surprise if James Fanshawe’s charge runs way beyond expectations in this Group 3 contest. The son of Sea The Stars has really clicked into gear of late and given that he’s hardly had to come off the bridle to win his last two starts makes it virtually impossible for the handicapper to be accurate with his new assessment of 94. The chances are that he will turn out way better than that current mark and it certainly looks as though his trainer agrees given that he’s allowed his charge to bypass easier pickings to go straight into pattern-company.

Star Storm - 0.5pt e/w @ 5/1Won 3pt

Newmarket 14:50

Not seen out since bolting up in a novices’ contest at Newcastle 100 days ago, presumably GIFTED MASTER (nap) has been saved specifically for one of these big sales events as he was also entered up in the Two-Year-Trophy over at Redcar today. This larger pot, however, clearly has the bigger lure for connections and it would also make sense to come here given the fact the son of Kodiac has twice tasted experience of the uniqueness of the Rowley Mile. Impressive when scoring on his debut back in April, Hugo Palmer’s charge couldn’t quite cope with Buratino on his return visit to HQ, but as the winner went on to land the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, the performance still counts as one of the best singular pieces of form coming into this contest. It’s also seen as a significant factor that the trainer has gone down the well-trodden route of booking Pat Smullen to do the steering and from a potentially good draw in stall two (far side had significant advantage last week), it’s hard to see him not running a big race.

Gifted Master (nap) - 1pt e/w @ 9/2Won 4.5pt

Ascot 15:45

It was universally accepted that BUCKSTAY was more than a shade unlucky not to capture the Ayr Gold Cup last time out and he rates a decent bet to prove that theory correct in this similarly competitive and valuable prize. Drawn on the wrong side of the track given how the race panned out, the Lawman gelding did best of those that raced towards the nearside rail by flashing home into fifth place and now racing over a more appropriate trip based on his previous form, Peter Chapple-Hyam’s charge has a great chance to make amends.

Buckstay - 0.5pt e/w @ 6/1Won 3.75pt

Gowran Park 16:00

MASTER APPEAL remains in tremendous form on the evidence of his recent performance at Listowel and he looks primed to put up another bold show in a race that should suit his run style. John Kiely’s charge just found the drop back in trip and softer ground a bridge too far 14 days ago, but given a strongly run race over three miles on a decent surface and he’s more than capable of mixing it against this kind of opposition.

Master Appeal - 0.5pt e/w @ 8/1Lost 1pt

Ascot 16:55

Things didn’t quite pan out for RIO RONALDO on his last visit to today’s track but at the same time, he did more than enough to suggest he’s by no means a lost cause. The combination of being too keen in the early stages and rain-softened ground blunted the finishing speed he’d previously displayed at Windsor, but now racing on a much livelier and favourable surface, Mike Murphy’s charge has a fair chance of sneaking in under the radar at a big price.

Rio Ronaldo - 0.5pt e/w @ 16/1Non Runner

Wolverhampton 19:30

COOPERESS has exhibited more than a fair share of ability in four runs so far to date and rates a strong fancy to take advantage of a huge drop in grade. It has to be said, it’s a little surprising to say the least to find Mick Channon’s filly in this seller in the first place given that she’s been a bit of an eye-catcher in several useful maidens and it seemed for all the world she would find herself in nursery company after obtaining a workable mark of 67. Her best effort came when fourth to the progressive Quick March at Windsor two starts ago and a repeat of that performance should enable her to take this contest without too much fuss.

Cooperess - 1pt @ 7/2Lost 1pt

Redcar 15:00

Although it seems a massive ask given his lack of experience, QUATRIEME AMI showed enough raw ability on debut to suggest he shouldn't be allowed to go off 66/1 in any subsequent race. Well backed to make a winning start at Kempton 12 days ago, the son of Equiano found the tight 5f track at the Sunbury venue all against him, but in finishing very strongly into a never-nearer fourth at the line, he gave out positive signals that he's likely to prove a different proposition next time. Whether that'll prove to be the case in this red-hot contest is obviously a serious doubt, but at the fancy morning prices, it's got to be worth a small each-way interest to find out.

Quatrieme Ami - 0.5pt e/w @ 40/1Lost 1pt

Saturday 3rd October - Reinman

Rein Man / Friday 2nd October 2015 / 18:15

Ascot 15:10

A pair of Sir Michael Stoute horses that have been disappointing this year could well fare better this afternoon. Hillstar is a classy performer on his day and the Cumberland Lodge lacks strength in depth this year. Romsdal, so too Hillstar to be fair, isn’t to be relied upon and he could be one to take on to break his turf maiden (for all he was placed in the Investec Derby last year). Hillstar will get the pace he needs at this trip and looks pick of the prices. Integral is back after a poor run at Ascot when she wasn’t right. She won this last year and I fancy she’ll find the 3lb needed to take the race in successive years. 3 year olds have a good record but this bunch haven’t proved themselves up to scratch with the likes of the front pair in the betting. Another shortie that is definitely worth backing is Naadirr at Ascot back in cheekpieces. He looked worth a go at 7 at Doncaster but I’m not sure he really got home and a drop to 6 will help. He's a different horse since his gelding operation and the headgear that was on for his last 2 wins returns. This is a drop in class and the straight tracks at Doncaster, where he has a good record, and Ascot are very similar.

Naadir - 2pt @ 9/2Lost 2pt

Ascot 15:45

The Challenge Cup is well worth a play and 2 from the Ayr Gold Cup make plenty of appeal. There’s not a great deal of pace on but a couple in the centre should be happy to bowl along and that should suit Tanzeel who will be able to get cover from 15, a far better draw than at Ayr where his chance was gone early when keeping stands side with just 1 other. He was just 10/1 that day and looks bigger than he should be here based upon his York win. The ground was against him next time at the track when racing up with the pace over 7 in Listed company and this should be more his bag. Buckstay is the other from Ayr well worth another chance here but he’s well enough found in the market.

Tanzeel - 1pt @ 16/1Lost 1pt

Redcar 15:00

It’s 2 year olds galore at Newmarket and Twin Sails looks a likely winner of the opener. He’s clear on ratings and his trainer mentioned he was still making a noise after the race at Doncaster having missed a week due to a virus. An on song Twin Sails should prove difficult to be a but it’s a minefield of a race. Alice Springs is much the best of her bunch, obviously, and should win. I fancy Gifted Master may be too good for Waterloo Bridge over 7 furlong but am happy to watch. The Two Year Old Trophy at Redcar does look worth a play and Tim Easterly has sent out 2 winners and a 2nd in the last 3 years. His main chance this time around is Still On Top and he looks a healthy price given he was sent off favourite for a Listed race at the track last time. That came less than 2 weeks after his excellent York effort, both runs on ground looser than ideal, and he would probably have wanted more pace than was on last time. This bigger field should suit - he took a while to wind up at York but was flying at the finish - and his action and pedigree all point to quicker ground benefitting.

Still On Top - 1pt @ 12/1Lost 1pt

Friday 2nd October - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Thursday 1st October 2015 / 20:17

Ascot 17:10

THE CASHEL MAN clocked a fair time for a stayer of his grade when last seen in early August and providing he’s fit enough to do himself justice following a 55-day layoff, he has enough scope and progression to defy an 11lb rise in the weights. Certainly, the subsequent performances of those he defeated that day – predominately Amour De Nuit – suggest the son of High Chaparral could still be some way ahead of the official assessor and hailing from a yard whose horses appear to be in pretty rude health at present, hopes are high he can deliver the goods. The only other three-year-old in the line-up, Burmese, looks the chief threat on the basis of his speed figures and similarly upwardly mobile profile.

The Cashel Man - 1pt @ 2/1Lost 1pt

Dundalk 19:05

The form and the speed figures of the classy 6f handicap back here in August look rock solid, so the wisest strategy would be to play the winner and third out of that race against the field, namely BALMONT MAST and TOGOVILLE. The former has been a grand servant for connections over the years and even though he’s run many commendable races on the turf, he appears to save all his best form for the tonight’s track, as figures since 2011 of 12411233132 testify. His latest victory proved he has plenty of fire left in his belly despite the sands of time going in the wrong direction and even though he’s failed to quite hit the heights of that gutsy success in two subsequent starts on grass, the likelihood is Edward Lynam’s charge will bounce back to his best now racing on his favoured surface. The latter has been nothing short of a revelation since joining Georgios Pakidis and even though he has a bit to find on the figures with several of tonight’s runners – including the main selection – it would come as little surprise to see him run above expectations. Since December of last year, his course form reads 13121121 and given the fact he managed to win over 5f on his latest outing, just goes to prove what sort of shape the son of Verglas is in at the present moment in time.

Balmont Mast - 1pt @ 5/1Lost 1pt

Togoville - 0.5pt e/w @ 12/1Placed 0.7pt

Thursday 1st October - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Wednesday 30th September 2015 / 20:26

Warwick 14:10

CANICALLYOUBACK (NAP) is a proper old-fashioned chasing type and is likely to do well in that sphere further down the line, but for now, he’s still remains worth following over the smaller obstacles. An easy winner of a novices’ hurdle at Worcester in July, Evan Williams’ charge narrowly failed to follow up under a penalty when finding the more speedier type, Regulation, just getting first run on him from two out over today’s C&D nine days ago. The son of Auction House, however, lost nothing in defeat in making the short-priced favourite pull out all the stops and he rates a strong fancy to go one place better in a race that lacks any real strength in depth.

Canicallyouback - 2pt @ 6/4Won 3pt

Warwick 16:20

Typically, Charlie Longsdon has hit the ground running in the early part of the jumps season proper and OFF THE GROUND can continue the fine run on his first outing for the Oxfordshire handler. Rated 147 at his peak when in the care of Emma Lavelle, the son of Oscar has rather lost his way based on his four runs last season but, as a result, new connections have potentially inherited a well-handicapped horse. The fact that this nine-year-old runs free of any aids on his seasonal return suggests all is well mechanically and if he runs somewhere near the top end of his capabilities, it wouldn’t be the biggest shock in the world if he began his new regime in the best possible fashion.

Off The Ground - 1pt @ 11/4Lost 1pt

Chelmsford 18:15

STAINTONDALE LASS ran with bags of promise in a fair maiden on debut at Kempton last week and can be expected to play a more prominent role with just normal improvement second time around. Held up towards the rear off modest early fractions, the daughter of Bushranger came home nicely down the lane to finish a never-nearer fourth to the potentially useful Nassuvian Pearl and given that she achieved this position under a fairly tender ride, it’s safe to upgrade her performance. Given that the highest rated horse in tonight’s race is Swanton Blue with a perch of 70, it would come as a bit of a surprise if Ed Vaughan’s inmate doesn’t end up being a good deal better than that mark and she is likely to be strongly backed to prove that point.

Staintondale Lass - 1pt @ 5/2Won 2.5pt

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