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Monday 3rd August - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Sunday 2nd August 2015 / 20:00

Nottingham 15:30

QUEEN'S PEARL looked a progressive filly when taking care of four opponents with a bit to spare at Newmarket last time and can continue her upward curve hailing from an in-form stable. The time figure she achieved on the July course 16 days ago - the fastest on the seven-race card – suggests the form is well worth following and Roger Varian’s charge should get the strong pace she requires courtesy of Celtic Sixpence being in the line-up.

Queen's Pearl - 1pt @ 11/8
Ripon 15:45

The combination of Richard Fahey and Jack Garrity have been a deadly force over the last few months and they look poised to claim another decent prize in the shape of RIGHT TOUCH in the 6f handicap. The Royal Applause gelding bounced right back to his best form last time out with a convincing victory at Pontefract and even though he now races off a career-high mark of 89 as a result, he still looks in the kind of shape to be competitive off that forced impost. The five-year-old goes particularly well at this venue as form figures of 2142 testify and housed right up against the stands side fence in stall nine, also adds to the list of positives.

Right Touch - 1pt e/w @ 9/2
Windsor 20:00

Although BURMESE rather let his supporters down last time out at Leicester, there were plenty of positives to be taken from that performance, and as such, he is worth another shy at the stumps to break his duck at the third time of asking. Marcus Tregoning’s inmate was a big eye-catcher on debut over tonight’s course back in June and given that he was doing most of his good work in the latter stages of that contest won by Tunnel Creek, many punters believed the step up in trip would prove the catalyst to certain success next time. Backed into 5/4 favouritism to land that 1m 2f maiden at the East Midland venue, the Sir Percy gelding unfortunately suffered from acute greenness at a crucial stage and, failing to hit gear until the winner had flown, he once again left the impression he was a work in progress. The subsequent performance of his conqueror that day, however, at least goes to prove that the form looks reliable and he should have learnt enough lessons by now to fashion a more professional performance.

Burmese - 1pt @ 11/4

Sunday 2nd August - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Saturday 1st August 2015 / 20:29

Chester 14:40

MADRINHO has looked a thoroughly reliable juvenile in three starts to date and is fancied to take advantage of his favourable inside draw. Following a promising debut in a hot maiden at Newbury, Richard Hannon’s charge made all the running to score in decisive fashion at Ascot next time out and although he got beat on his latest outing, the horse that beat him, Tasleet, went on to finish runner up in the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood this week. Hopefully, the son of Frozen Power can break well and hold his position into the first corner and if that is the case, he will prove a difficult nut to crack.

Madrinho - 2pt @ 5/4Lost 2pt

Chester 15:15

PORTAMENTO posted a very smart speed figure when scoring over today’s C&D two starts ago and is worth another go returning to the scene of that impressive success. Things just didn’t quite pan out for Charlie Appleby’s charge in a small-field muddling race at Newbury next time, but there’s every chance that the son of Shamardal will recapture his best form given a strongly-run, turning 6f.

Portamento - 1pt @ 7/2Lost 1pt

Chester 16:25

FOUR’S COMPANY was a nice winner for this column at Wolverhampton on Monday and it should pay dividends to follow Tom Dascombe’s inmate on the evidence of that performance at the Midland venue. Despite missing the break slightly, the daughter of Fast Company made up the lost ground quite readily and by the time the field were rounding the home turn, she was perfectly poised ready to strike down the home straight. Finding plenty once off the bridle, she readily pulled clear of her field, leaving the impression she’s a good bit better than her current handicap mark. Quick to take advantage of this situation, the Malpass handler has turned out his charge in order to strike while the iron is hot and she rates a fair each-way bet around a track that should play into her strengths.

Four's Company - 1pt e/w @ 9/2Placed -0.1pt

Galway 16:30

SIZING SOLUTION is as reliable as a Swiss clock and looks sure to give his supporters another solid run for their money in this ultra-competitive handicap chase. Apart from unseating his rider two starts ago, his form figures over fences read 22223212 and that’s more than enough evidence to send each-way backers into raptures. His latest runner-up slot behind all-the-way scorer, Enjoy Responsibly, at Killarney deserves to be marked up on account of the very fast time clocked by the winner and if any more evidence is needed that the race at the Co Kerry venue is a solid piece of form, back in the field that night was subsequent Galway Plate hero, Shannon’s Turn.

Sizing Solution - 1pt e/w @ 7/1Lost 2pt

Saturday 1st August - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Saturday 1st August 2015 / 08:50

Goodwood 15:10

The form of the Epsom Oaks may prove to be the key component to sorting out the winner of this prestigious Group 1 fillies contest and even though Legatissimo rates the clear form pick based on the bare result that day, it might pay dividends to chance the arm with LADY OF DUBAI in this re-match. Although beaten fair and square on the day in the fillies’ classic, Luca Cumani’s charge left the impression she just didn’t quite stay the trip over that demanding course, so the drop back two furlongs over a C&D where she’s already excelled, may just tip the balance in her favour. Either way, she rates the each-way value at her morning odds.

Lady of Dubai - 0.5pt e/w @ 7/1Lost -1pt

Goodwood 15:45

As ever in these big field sprint handicaps, being drawn next to where the pace is likely to unfold has to be viewed as a massive advantage, so with the likes of front runners, Related, Firmdecisions and Barracuda Boy housed towards the stands side fence, it may pay to side with a couple situated in high numbered stalls. The first in question is RUWAIYAN who has on more than one occasion proved he’s more than happy charging down the straight track over this course at pace. Fourth in this race last year, he gave out clear signals that he would be ready for another tilt at this valuable prize when scoring over C&D back in May and even though he’s been beaten twice since, the ground was against James Tate’s charge on each occasion. With Seamus Buckley watering to maintain perfect good ground overnight, conditions should be ideal for the son of Cape Cross and he looks primed to put up another bold show.

Ruwaiyan - 1pt e/w @ 14/1Lost -2pt

Another refugee from last year’s race was DISCUSSIONTOFOLLOW and he is also worth a small interest from his favourable draw. Although he has failed to register a win in four subsequent starts, Mike Murphy’s five-year-old has been dining at the very top table in big sprint handicaps and it can’t be too long before the cards fall just right for this strong-travelling son of Elusive City. With most firms offering five places, the strategy is play both each-way in the hope that one of the pair hits the frame at the very least.

Discussiontofollow - 1pt e/w @ 14/1Lost -2pt

Newmarket 14:50

Despite the competitiveness of this fillies nursery, BLOSSOMTIME has done more than enough on her last two starts to suggest she may have enough in hand to complete the hat trick. An all-the-way winner over the Rowley course back in May, the Shamardal filly applied similar forceful tactics to score even more impressively last time out at Newmarket and given that the time on Town Moor was the fastest furlong-per-furlong performance on the card, the form looks solid. Indeed, the third home that day, Four’s Company, has gone to back up that view with a smooth success at Wolverhampton on Monday, so that suggests Charlie Appleby’s inmate is well worth following.

Blossomtime - 1pt @ 6/1Lost -1pt

Newmarket 17:45

MISTER BRIGHTSIDE was backed as if defeat was out of the question over this course last time and despite doing everything wrong, still ran out a wildly impressive winner. Pulling like a mustang in the early exchanges, the perceived wisdom was Jeremy Noseda’s charge was expending far too much energy and wouldn’t have anything left for the business end. Totally banishing that theory, the son of Lord Shanakill not only quickened up smartly to pull well clear meeting the rising ground, he was actually eased down in the closing stages to foreshorten the eventual winning margin. Given how exuberant he races, the drop back to six furlong would appear a wise move and he makes plenty of appeal off only a 6lb higher mark.

Mister Brightside - 2pt @ 9/4Lost -2pt

Thirsk 14:45

ALIZOOM looked a two-year-old worth keeping on side when getting off the mark at the fourth time of asking at Windsor last time and can get the better of some other upwardly mobile juveniles in this competitive little nursery. Showing bright pace throughout, Roger Varian’s charge pulled well clear of his field at the Berkshire venue and as the winning time revealed, his performance was as good on the clock as it appeared visually.

Alizoom - 1pt @ 15/8Lost -1pt

Thirsk 16:45

Although he’s becoming a slightly frustrating character for some, ERIK THE RED may be worth one more go for those with deep pockets to finally get off the mark. As Memorial Day proved when landing a competitive handicap at Newmarket last night, the speed figure of the race Kevin Ryan’s charge was involved in at Haydock last time was a decent one for a small-field maiden and despite the lurking presence of the hooded first-time Saraha in the line-up, the son of Kendargent might just have the necessary experience and boot to lead it out from the front.

Erik The Red - 1pt @ 13/8Won 1.63pt

Saturday 1st August - Reinman

Rein Man / Friday 31st July 2015 / 19:07

Goodwood 14:00

Yes I’ve had a saver on Barnet Fair. As far as selections go, Major Jack could prove well drawn with pace in the 3 stalls outside him, though there is pace across the track. He has been unlucky a few times this season, including when keeping on here off the same mark not too long ago and a big field pacy handicap should suit. He does find trouble though and will need everything to drop.

Major Jack - 1pt @ 12/1Lost -1pt

Also going up is a horse that’s plummeting down the weights. Go Far wasn’t far behind Muthmir last term in the Portland and a sharp 6 will suit. Trouble is he’s in little form but I like they tried new headgear last time and the return of his favoured visor could do the trick. His yard were having a winless summer but got 1 on the board recently (that horse is also in this) and he’s very well treated.

Go Far - 1pt @ 50/1Lost -1pt

Goodwood 15:45

There’s not bundles of pace on in the main event and I’m not sure where it’ll prove best to be drawn. Discussiontofollow was in between Muthmir and Sir Maximilian in this last year, both subsequent Group winners, and has improved this term. He looked to be crying out for a return to 6 last time when keeping on at Ascot and that form was boosted buy the winner going close here earlier in the week.

Discussiontofollow - 1pt @ 14/1Lost -1pt

If he has a chance though, then so should Robot Boy who was also keeping on in the Ascot race and got a little lonely in the middle at the finish. His mark looks stiff on the face of it but he too is improving and he ran right up to if not better than this mark in the King’s Stand. He has won at 6 and he’s far bigger than he should be at an opening show of 33/1.

Robot Boy - 1pt @ 40/1Lost -1pt

Friday 31st July - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Thursday 30th July 2015 / 20:03

Goodwood 14:00

THE CORSICAN, a late defector from the King George on account of the rapidly changing conditions, gets an immediate chance to gain compensation for missing out on a potential big pay day in this much weaker race. Quietly fancied in some quarters to run a huge race at a price in that showpiece Group 1 last Saturday following an eye-catching performance in the Princes Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot last time out, the Galileo colt had previously proved he’s a horse on an upward curve when scoring for the second time over today’s venue back in May. The overall and sectional times he posted that day indicated he was clearly better than his 101 rating at the time and as his performance behind the likes of Free Eagle and Co last time proved, connections were right to roll the dice in better company. Clearly at home over the undulations of the Sussex track, he should have the tools to capture a race of this nature providing things go smoothly.

The Corsican - 2pt @ 7/4Lost 2pt

Goodwood 15:45

The ratings and speed figures suggest there is only a cigarette paper between most of the main protagonists and that was very much the case when several of today’s field took part in the City Walls Stakes at York last time out. In a blanket finish, the progressive OUT DO continued his meteoric rise up the ranks from handicapper to genuine pattern race performer and he can further add to those gains over a course which should suit his stalk-and-pounce tactics. Having previously run well over the course when trained by Luca Cumani, the son of Exceed And Excel can add another feather to the cap of David O’Meara who continues to improve horses from other stables. Although beaten by Out Do on the Knavesmire, LINE OF REASON came out of the race with great credit considering he had to row his own boat away from where the main action was taking place. Running on well to finish fourth, there’s a fair chance he will be somewhere on the scene providing he takes to Goodwood at the first time of asking.

Out Do - 0.5pt @ 8/1Lost 0.5pt

Line of Reason - 0.5pt @ 10/1Lost 0.5pt

Goodwood 16:20

BELVOIR BAY was far from disgraced in Newbury’s Super Sprint 13 days ago and should find this sort of company more palatable. Racing towards the un-favoured stands side at the Berkshire venue, Richard Hannon’s filly rather got caught in the middle of the two groups when they split after a furlong and, as a result, she got lit up through lack of cover. She did, however, manage to make some belated late headway to finish a never-nearer sixth, suggesting that she may be worth a try over further. Adding to the positives, the form of her previous win at Windsor received a boost when the third, Four’s Company, scored at Wolverhampton on Monday, so hopes are high that the daughter of Equiano can follow suit.

Belvoir Bay - 1pt e/w @ 8/1Won 10.6pt

Bangor 15:55

CLARAGH NATIVE was on the receiving end of a brilliant tactical front-running ride by Brian Harding aboard Kings Grey at Aintree last time, but he did more than enough to suggest he can be followed against similar sort of opposition throughout the summer jumping period. Prior to that fine effort, Martin Todhunter’s admirable 10-year-old had scored with a bit to spare in a strongly run event at Wetherby and with the prospect of a decent pace courtesy of several front runners in the line-up, he rates a fair each-way bet to hit the frame at the very least.

Claragh Native - 1pt e/w @ 9/2Lost 2pt

Newmarket 19:00

MEMORIAL DAY clocked a decent speed figure when breaking his duck at the third time of asking last time out and looks to have the qualities to overcome potential lack of experience on his first foray into handicap company. Although he needed to be pushed right out to fend off his two main rivals in the market at the Lancashire venue, the overriding impression was there was more under the bonnet if required and he looks to have been given a fair chance by the official assessor off an opening mark of 83.

Memorial Day - 1pt @ 11/4Won 2.75pt

Musselburgh 19:20

Connections of SHIPYARD got an immediate return on their investment when the ex-Andrew Oliver-trained six-year-old scored at the first time of asking for Michael Appleby over C&D 10 days ago. Not for the first time, the Danethorpe handler turned base metal into gold with another trainer’s cast off and the son of Pivotal still remains feasibly well treated on the pick of his best form in some premier Irish sprint handicaps.

Shipyard - 1pt e/w @ 4/1Lost 2pt

Friday 31st July - Reinman

Rein Man / Thursday 30th July 2015 / 19:28

Goodwood 14:35

The Thoroughbred Stakes looks worth a play with some fancy prices lurking about Hathal and Johnny Barnes. The latter ran better than the bare result at Sandown and that form is solid. He looks overpriced. So too Hathal who had a St James’s Palace entry and is clearly well regarded. His Consort debut form is strong and his maiden win has produced winners. The Jersey was a step up and he wasn’t best drawn (don’t like it at Ascot on the straight course when a horse gets no cover on the outside of the main group) but ran on encouragingly under hands and heels. The extra trip should suit and I’m not worried that Frankie seemingly prefers the more experienced Moheet.

Hathal - 1pt @ 14/1Lost 1pt

Goodwood 15:10

Main fancy at the prices for the Mile is So Beloved. His trainer maintains he’s better round a bend and so it proved at York 2 starts back when fairly bolting up. A 7lb rise saw him sent off favourite to follow up but he wasn’t well drawn given how the race panned out and was looked after having been short of room on a couple of occasions. He’s a mile winner and I fancy a return to this trip will suit. Also catching the eye are You’re Fired and Magic City. The latter loves it here but his absence is a slight worry. Neither are well drawn and could well do with more pace on than looks guaranteed but it’s a chunky field and You’re Fired still looks feasibly treated. He was the wrong side at Ascot but put that behind him last time when keeping on having been slowly away. His York run prior to Ascot is solid too and he can feature here if better away.

So Beloved - 1pt @ 18/1Won 18pt

You're Fired - 1pt @ 16/1Non Runner

Thursday 30th July - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Wednesday 29th July 2015 / 20:16

Goodwood 14:05

BANDITRY has been a model of consistency this season and looks set to put up another bold show in what appears a wide-open affair. Unlucky to bump into the progressive Chain Of Daises (now rated 88) on his previous visit to this track three starts ago, Michael Bell’s charge exhibited a nice turn of foot from the back of the field to score in decisive style at Epsom next time out. Clearly benefiting from the first –time headgear on that occasion, things just didn’t quite work out for the son of Iffraaj on his latest outing when held up in last off the back of tepid fractions at Chester. Finishing to good effect late on, he left the impression he would be better served by a bigger field and stronger gallop and he gets an immediate chance to put that theory to the test in this much tougher assignment. Racing History looked a Group horse masquerading as a handicapper when overcoming a poor start and a modest track position to win with something to spare at Chester last time out and he rates the one to beat if his inexperience doesn’t count against him.

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

Goodwood 14:35

SHALAA beat all the right horses in convincing fashion in the July Stakes last time and is fancied to rubber-stamp himself as one of the best juveniles seen out so far this season. Following a head-scratching performance on debut, John Gosden’s inmate has really taken this division by storm and the way he won at Newmarket indicated there could be further improvement to come. Travelling strongly down the centre of the track, the Invincible Spirit colt quickened up in tremendous style meeting the rising ground and if it wasn’t for his slight wayward tendencies in the last 100 yards (drifted left), he would have scored by more than the official margin of a length. Logic dictates, the two that that chased him home that day, Steady Pace and Elronaq, rate the obvious threats.

Shalaa - 1pt @ 13/8Won 1.63pt

Goodwood 15:10

It’s probably fair to say the class of 2015 in this division aren’t up to the standard of previous years, so it could well be that the improving QUEST FOR MORE might be capable of taking the jump from top-class handicapper to pattern-race performer in his stride. First tick in the box is that he’s one of the few in the line-up with valuable winning course form under his belt and that came courtesy of a gutsy victory over 1m 6f earlier in the season. Racing off a career-high mark of 104, Roger Charlton’s five-year-old further confirmed his qualities with victory in the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle last time out and a repeat of that performance would surely put the son of Teofilo right in the mix here.

Quest For More - 1pt e/w @ 6/1Placed 0.5pt

Ffos Las 18:10

HAPPY CALL (NAP) shaped with a good degree of promise on debut at York and is fancied to build on that initial display in what looks a modest maiden. Slowly out of the gates and green in the early stages, Simon Crisford’s charge really picked up the bit in the latter part of the contest and came home in the style of a horse that would improve significantly next time. As the time of the race and the performance in Group company subsequently of the winner that day, Ajaya, suggested it was a decent two-year-old heat, the son of Kodiac can be backed with a degree of confidence.

Happy Call - 1pt @ 5/2Lost -1pt

Galway 16:45

In what looks to be one of the classiest and most competitive versions of the Galway Hurdle in recent years, MARCHESE MARCONI may be worth a few quid to outrun his morning odds. Winner of a maiden hurdle over C&D last season, Aidan O’Brien’s charge has proved a fairly consistent conveyance since and arrives here off the back of a confidence-boosting success over subsequent scorer Aminabad at Bellewstown. The ability to stay further than the minimum trip is often invaluable in these sort of events, so the fact that the Galileo has winning form over 2m 4f, should stand him in good stead. Among the sea of dangers, first reserve Modem would be a massive player if he were to get into the race as he was mightily impressive when landing the big amateur riders contest here on the first night of the festival.

Marchese Marconi - 0.5pt e/w @ 25/1Placed 2.63pt

Thursday 30th July - Reinman

Rein Man / Wednesday 29th July 2015 / 18:29

Goodwood 14:05

Quieter day today, especially after the frustration of yesterday. Mustard is still just about a bet at the prices for the opener, though some absentees mean there’s no more double figures around. He’s a talented horse who is thought of very highly at home but he hadn’t shown much this term. That was before his recent run when drawn wide and finishing easily best of those from the rear after the winner got first run. This is tougher and he’s up 6lb but I fancy this mark still underestimates his potential. He’s drawn 1 so will unlikely get too far back but I worry about him getting trapped on that rail. Resonant should ensure something of a test though and Stoute’s horse will need that at what could still be a minimum trip for him. The yard haven’t been that consistent this summer but Top Tug ran well here on Day 1 and Mustard has every right to go very close. Tasleet looks overpriced in the Richmond but I get 2 year old races wrong for fun. I’m also tempted by Quest For More in the Cup but can’t quite push the button. Maljaa is another that's intriguing but it’s so open a race and he’s well found in the market for the last.

Mustard - 1pt @ 9/1Lost -1pt

Wednesday 29th July - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Wednesday 29th July 2015 / 09:25

Goodwood 14:35

MEDRANO proved last time at Hamilton that he is a three-year-old on the up and he can go two places better than on his previous visit to the Sussex venue. On that occasion he chased home the useful pair Storm The Stars and Best Of Times in the Cocked Hat Stakes, but as the fifth horse home, Mr Singh, has gone on to prove subsequently, the form looks rock-solid. A much better horse with ease underfoot, there still should be enough moisture in the ground on day two of the meeting to allow David Brown’s inmate to perform at maximum capacity and he is taken to get the better of several sexier types.

Medrano - 1pt @ 4/1Lost 1pt

Goodwood 15:10 w/o Solow

The late defection of Gleneagles has rather taken some of the gloss off this Group 1 prize, but that won’t bother connections of SOLOW who confirmed his status as the best miler in Europe with a cosy success in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot. Any slight doubts about his ability to handle ease underfoot are quashed on account of his soft ground form on home soil and it would come as a major surprise if Freddie Head’s explosive five-year-grey were to be beaten. If there is going to be a shock, it may come in the shape of BELARDO, for whom the recent rain has come as a huge blessing. Winner of the Dewhurst at Newmarket as a juvenile when there was plenty of cut in the ground, Roger Varian’s charge hasn’t been allowed to show what he can do in two starts this season on account of unsuitable fast conditions. He did, however, run right up to best in the Irish 2000 Guineas behind Gleneagles when last seen and if he could better that performance on ground that should play into his strengths, the son of Lope De Vega could give the favourite the most to think about.

Belardo - 1pt @ 4/1Lost 1pt

Goodwood 15:45

KING OF ROOKS was a warm order to land the Norfolk Stakes at the Royal meeting but as it transpired, it ended up being a bit of disaster for the Hannon camp. Both he and stable mate Log Out Island rather eye-balled each other in the early stages and, as a result, got softened up and set it up for the deep-closing Waterloo Bridge who received the most efficient ride on the day. The form of the race has already began to work out well with the likes of Riflescope and Ajaya winning subsequently, so it should pay to give the son of Acclamation other chance of running to the same level which saw him blitz subsequent Coventry winner, Buratino, at Sandown.

King of Rooks - 1pt @ 7/4Lost 1pt

Sandown 19:35

PYJAMA PARTY looked a resolute galloper of some potential when making all the running at Ripon last time and can take advantage of what appears to be a fairly lenient mark on his first foray into handicap company. Always held in some esteem by the William Haggas yard, it’s taken a while for the penny to drop with the son of Rip Van Winkle but forcing tactics appeared to be the key to him last time and that run style often bears fruit on the slopes of the Esher track.

Pyjama Party - 1pt @ 3/1Lost 1pt

Wednesday 29th July

Rein Man / Tuesday 28th July 2015 / 17:39

Goodwood 14:00

Surprised to see Gabrial’s Star as big as he is for the Goodwood opener. Now 1lb lower than when keeping on in the Chester Cup, he shaped for this sort of trip and is well drawn to ensure he doesn’t get too far back. The ground should be fine, though in truth the times yestarday indicated it probably will be on the soft side of good at worst. He could do with softer but he’s a big price and 12 furlongs last time gave him little chance.

Gabrial's Star - 1pt @ 25/1Lost 1pt

Goodwood 14:35

Scottish is well regarded by his stable and can make the transition to Group company having run well behind Space Age at Ascot. He is 3lb better off today and should settle better with a little more pace on. This looks his trip and he should have a fair bit more to offer on just his 5th start. Highland Reel is best on what we’ve seen but he’d not be one to have absolute confidence in and 9/4 is short enough.

Scottish - 1pt @ 9/1Lost 1pt

Goodwood 16:55

Nancy From Nairobi seemed to travel better in the visor last time but it was a funny race at Chester where it paid to race off the pace. She made a mid race move to get handy and was then a little hampered before fading but could be worth another chance. Richard Hughes get on well with her and she’s a decent price. We know she’s well handicapped based upon her reappearance behind Mahsoob and better drawn than she’s found herself when running well at Epsom with Hughes in the saddle.

Nancy From Nairobi - 1pt @ 16/1Lost 1pt

Goodwood 17:25

A fair few on the shortlist for the last and Saucy Minx edges it given her course form. She’ll want a test and hopefully some of the front runners drawn wide come over. She is now 3lb lower than when keeping on here a few starts back and she did best from the rear that day. She can get a bit far back, as we saw at Epsom and Sandown last time but she goes well here and might not be done winning.

Saucy Minx - 1pt @ 18/1Lost 1pt

Tuesday 28th July - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Monday 27th July 2015 / 18:25

Goodwood 15:45

OASIS FANTASY (nap) boasts some solid course form to his name and is fancied to keep that fine record intact on his return to the Sussex venue. Ed Dunlop’s charge showed his liking for the unique undulations on the downs when landing a 10-runner three-year-old handicap in June last season, and followed that up by finishing a creditable fourth in what turned out to be one of the strongest races of its kind at Glorious Goodwood a month later. Runner-up to subsequent Northumberland Plate hero, Quest For Fame, over today’s C&D three starts ago, the Oasis Dream gelding never got into the race behind the same horse at Newcastle on his most recent outing but that can be put down to the fact he was dropped out the back from his high draw. He did, however, make up some nice late headway without being unduly punished and that kindest can be rewarded with everything seemingly in his favour this afternoon.

Oasis Fantasy - 1pt e/w @ 8/1Lost 2pt

Goodwood 17:30

Apart from one blip on her dance card, VOLUNTEER POINT has been a model of consistency in her other seven starts and it would come as something of a disappointment if she wasn’t in the mix once again. Having previously underlined her liking for today’s track when narrowly touched off by Royal Silk earlier in the campaign, she’s run right up to her best form on her next two starts – including last time out when a staying on fourth at Newbury. Housed in the perfect box for her to hug the inside fence and save ground, hopefully the gaps will come in time for Mick Channon’s charge at the business end and she rates a fair each-way bet at her top morning price.

Volunteer Point - 0.5pt e/w @ 8/1Lost 1pt

Beverley 16:30

NAOISE can be a bit of a monkey, but as he proved here four starts ago, he’s a fairly talented customer in this sort of grade when he decides to put his best foot forward. Considering he pulled very hard due to a lack of pace, he did really well to finish second to the in-form Strong Man over C&D last time out, but with a bigger field and better gallop a more likely proposition this time around (Tizlove Regardless an obvious candidate for that role), Ollie Pears’ charge has a puncher’s chance of coming up trumps.

Naoise - 0.5pt e/w @ 7/1Non Runner

Worcester 20:05

ROYALE DJANGO has proved a revelation since upped in trip on his last two starts over fences and can take advantage of what appears a lenient mark now reverting back to the smaller obstacles. Brush hurdles should hold no fears for this, bold-jumping strong son of Kayf Tara and the recent rain which has fallen in the area can also be taken as another plus point.

Royale Django - 1pt @ 4/1Lost 1pt

Wolverhampton 13:50

FOUR’S COMPANY has been shaping as though a step up in trip may aid her cause and she gets an immediate chance to put that theory to the test in the opening nursery. A good third to the useful Belvoir Bay over Windsor’s sharp five furlongs was followed up by another praiseworthy effort behind the progressive Godolphin filly, Blossomtime, on her latest outing at Doncaster. Once again, she found herself outpaced before running on strongly at the death on Town Moor and given the speed figure for that contest was one of the fastest on that particular card, her performance probably deserves more credit than it did at the time. Tom Dascombe’s charge should be suited by what looks a drop in grade and it’s just a case of her being able to act on the tapeta surface – which is the only question mark.

Four's Company - 1pt e/w @ 10/1Won 12pt

Goodwood 14:35

A thoroughly complex affair with so many differing form lines meeting in the middle - not to mention the likelihood of several big improvers – and this two-year-old contest provides punters with a real headache. The late defection of Air Vice Marshall means that BIRCHWOOD flies the flag for the Superlative Stakes from the July meeting at Newmarket and in landing that contest in workmanlike fashion, Richard Fahey’s charge arguably sets the standard. As the son of Dark Angel’s only modest display came on rain-softened ground in Ireland, connections will be hoping that the course doesn’t receive any more showers in the next 24 hours, but providing they don’t, he has the qualities to offset his Group 2 penalty. Ibn Malik could well turn out to be a big threat if he handles the big step forward in class from winning a maiden at Newmarket. Not only visually impressive, Charlie Hills’ inmate posted a smart time figure on debut and with the second and third going in since, the form looks totally believable. On a line through John Splendid, Twin Sails also comes into the mix and he looks capable of further improvement, while Galileo Gold doesn’t look out of place based on his two recent victories.

Birchwood - 1pt @ 11/4Lost 1pt

Goodwood 15:10

Runner-up in this race last year, Toormore will be a warm order with many punters to go one place better and following two perfectly respectable efforts in Group 1 company so far this season, it would come as little surprise if he were to gain his just rewards. He has, however, been priced up accordingly, so it may pay to seek solace with a value each-way alternative in the shape of ABSOLUTELY SO. Andrew Balding’s charge is unproven against this kind of company, he did run well in a competitive and strongly-run Group 3 at Haydock earlier in the campaign and his latest victory at Salisbury further confirmed his current wellbeing. A C&D winner last season for which the recent rain has come as huge bonus, the Acclamation gelding can be expected to outrun his double figure quotes.

Absolutely So - 1pt e/w @ 12/1Non Runner

Tuesday 28th July Rein Man

Rein Man / Monday 27th July 2015 / 16:38

Goodwood 14:00

Sennockian Star is back in the race he won last year off 1lb lower and, whilst he’s not the easiest to predict, he’ll go very close if on a going day. Last time at York was a touch disappointing but he doesn’t have the best record there and is better up with the pace at these tighter tracks. He’s well drawn in 4 to get handy but not lead, which really seems to suit him, and he gets on well with Franny Norton who boasts a good record here. Johnston’s other runner, Zand, is fascinating and the ground has come about right. Sennockian Star isn’t ground dependent, though it’ll ideally be riding no worse than the easy side of good. 25’s about bottom weight Burano is also tempting but it’s not easy to see him winning for all he looks overpriced with conditions to suit.

Sennockian Star - 1pt @ 12/1Lost 1pt

Goodwood 15:10

It’s hard to knock the chances of Dutch Connection in the Lennox with perhaps the ground the sole concern. His sire produces plenty of easy ground performers but Charlie Hills’s 3 year old goes best on a sound surface. Having put him up for the Guineas and thinking he’d want further in time, he’s since proved he’s probably most effective at 7 and this drop in trip should suit. There are a few older horses who will appreciate the ground and are tempting but might struggle to give weight to these talented 3 year olds. Limato's absence means that 20’s about Absolutely So is long gone but I like his chances back in Group company. This dual Listed winner has always hinted at being Group class and he’s a previous course and distance winner. Conditions looks right and, for all he won just a 4 runner race over 6 last time, he was good on the clock and I think he won despite trip and ground not being ideal. He looks overpriced.

Absolutely So - 1pt @ 12/1Non Runner

Goodwood 16:20

Oasis Fantasy is worth considering in the staying handicap but 12’s has been clipped to 7’s and I can’t hand on heart say that represents value about a horse that may not put it all in. He is better drawn today and think this is his ideal trip but he might just be a bit of a monkey. Perfect Muse looks value in the sprint handicap and is well drawn on the rail. When Humidor beat her here a few starts back, he tracked over to the stands side and will be there again from a higher draw. There will be company up top and a stronger pace here should suit Perfect Muse. She has been eased in the weights after 3 disappointing runs but it’s too soon to write her off. Her family improved with age and she looked progressive at the end of last season. Her siblings won with cut too and the ground should be fine as long as not genuinely soft. Strong Steps would be a tentative fancy in the last but it looks a tricky race.

Perfect Muse - 1pt @ 10/1Lost 1pt

Monday 27th July - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Sunday 26th July 2015 / 19:22

Newton Abbot 15:15

TOP CHIEF was unlucky to bump into the well-handicapped Regal Park on his first start for Anthony Honeyball at Uttoxeter last time out and a repeat of that sort of performance gives him every chance to atone for that narrow defeat. Clearly a spell pointing and a change of stable has done him no harm, and if anything, today’s race doesn’t look as taxing as the one at the Midland venue 12 days ago.

Top Chief - 1pt @ 11/4Lost -1pt

Newton Abbot 16:55

The reapplication of a visor has worked wonders for ZAMA ZAMA in recent weeks and he is fancied to complete a quick hat trick while in this rich vein of form. Given a positive ride from the front on both occasions, it was also nice to see Evan Williams’ inmate battle back when strongly challenged at the final fence last time out and he may just have enough left in the tank to confirm form with Dream Bolt who chased him home previously.

Zama Zama - 1pt @ 13/8Lost -1pt

Southwell 17:35

MISU MONEYPENNY clocked a decent time for a juvenile when landing a maiden over today’s C&D back in May and is fancied to put her vital experience of the fibresand surface to good use. On top of that obvious positive, the third and fourth from that day have both gone on to advertise the form and a mark of 67 looks a fair enough starting point for a horse with the potential of further improvement.

Misu Moneypenny - 1pt @ 7/2Lost -1pt

Southwell 18:40

QAFFAAL seemed to come of age when finally getting off the mark at the seventh time of asking at Thirsk last time and he looks destined to be a major player once again going back to a surface where he has already displayed a fair level of form. Clearly expected to step up markedly on several previous efforts at the Yorkshire track judged on the market, Mick Easterby’s charge did really well to land the punt as he found himself a fair way back in the pack as the leaders set sail for home passing the three pole. Staying on strongly in the latter stages, the son of Street Cry in the end proved too good for his twelve rivals and left the impression that he was a horse to keep on side in future engagements. Apart from one inexplicably bad run here four starts ago, his two previous efforts to this venue have suggested he’s perfectly at home on a fibresand surface and it would come as little surprise to see him attract a fair amount of support in the offices from a yard that clearly know what they are doing with this type of individual.

Qaffaal - 1pt @ 9/4Lost -1pt

Southwell 19:10

Although still a maiden after eight starts, HEAVENS EYES (nap) has been presented with a decent opportunity to shed that unwanted tag following an extremely creditable display in a warm contest at Wolverhampton last time out. Setting strong fractions from the outset, Jo Hughes’ charge only folded in the latter stages and considering she was a 63-rated horse trying to give away 10lb (weight for age) to several progressive and highly-touted three-year-olds, the performance has to carry an extra degree of merit. Yet to be out of the frame on her three previous visits to today’s track and only 2lb higher in the ratings following that Dunstall Park encounter, the daughter of Oasis Dream makes plenty of each-way appeal at her double-figure quotes.

Heavens Eyes - 1pt e/w @ 10/1Won 12.5pt

Sunday 26th July - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Sunday 26th July 2015 / 08:35

Pontefract 15:25

CORREGGIO often saves his best form for the stiff uphill gradients of the Yorkshire venue and he rates a rock-solid each-way proposition providing all eight runners go to post. Twice a course winner, the son of Bertolini arrives here following a victory and a gutsy fourth in ultra-competitive handicaps at York and hailing from a stable that has enjoyed an amazing run of form throughout the summer, hopes will be high that Micky Hammond’s inmate can keep the ball rolling for the Middleham handler.

Correggio - 1pt e/w @ 9/2Won 5.4pt

Pontefract 16:00

Let’s Go is bound to be a popular choice to complete the hat trick such has been the ease of his two victories so far to date, but this test requires another step up the ladder on ground that is also likely to deteriorate throughout the course of the day. One that won’t mind any ease in the surface is FIRE SHIP and he may have a better chance of repeating his success in this race two years ago than his morning odds suggest. Willie Knight’s inmate posted his best set of figures for some time when third behind the classy Top Notch Tonto last time out at York and given that front runners often prove difficult to peg back at this venue if obtaining an uncontested lead, the son of Firebreak has every chance of making all.

Fire Ship - 1pt @ 12/1Lost 1pt

Uttoxeter 16:10

Like many previously, ULIS DE VASSY has been transformed since switching stables to Dan Skelton and he makes plenty of appeal to complete a quick hat trick despite being raised in class. Although the handicapper has dished out an 18lb hike to compensate for two impressive wins over today’s course, the manner of those victories suggest that may not be enough to prevent the son of Voix Du Nord from going in again. Interestingly, connections were eyeing up a tilt at the Summer Plate at Market Rasen last week but have decided to keep their charge to a track where he clearly has an affinity and that measured approach looks set to bear fruit.

Ulis De Vassy - 1pt @ 7/2Lost 1pt

Uttoxeter 17:50

The drop back to two miles clearly benefited MODELIGO when he captured a similar contest over today’s C&D last time and he is fancied to take the 9lb weight rise in his stride. Positive tactics were also a key factor to his success here 45 days ago, so it’s safe to assume the six-year-old will be ridden in a similar fashion in his follow-up bid.

Modeligo - 1pt @ 3/1Won 3pt

Saturday 25th July - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Saturday 25th July 2015 / 08:32

Ascot 14:05

Heavy rain in the last 24 hours has changed the dynamics of most races at the Berkshire venue, none more so than this Group 3 fillies’ contest for which Besharah sets a fairly useful standard. William Haggas’ charge, however, has yet to encounter proper soft ground, so that could be a slight concern for those thinking about taking a short price considering she’s all about speed. On the other hand, ease underfoot shouldn’t be too much of an issue for WHATDOIWANTTHATFOR representing a stable that has landed this prize twice in the last three years. Although she’s yet to tackle pattern company, the daughter of Kodiac has exhibited plenty of quality in her last two victories and with the distinct possibility of more to come, the Richard Hannon-trained filly could be the value around the 4/1 mark.

Whatdoiwantthatfor - 1pt @ 4/1Lost -1pt

York 14:20

Alan Jarvis had many a day in the sun on the Knavesmire with his old warrior Navajo Chief over the years and there’s a good chance that ABOVE THE REST can fly the flag for son Tim based on his current progression. Narrowly touched off at Newcastle two starts ago, the son of Excellent Art gained ample compensation with a smooth success at Haydock last time out and as the speed figure of the race was one of the fastest furlong-per-furlong on a star-studded card, a 6lb impost may not be enough to prevent him from going in again.

Above The Rest - 1pt e/w @ 7/1Lost -2pt

York 14:55

With doubts about many of the field on account of fast ground and trip, THA'IR is taken to back up his all-the-way victory at Sandown last time out and supply his stable with another success in this race. Taking up an uncharacteristic front running role at the Esher venue, Saeed Bin Suroor’s charge proved too good for the strongly fancied Provenance in the latter stages and providing all eight runners go to post, he rates the percentage each-way call.

THA'IR - 0.5pt e/w @ 7/1Lost -1pt

Ascot 14:40

William Haggas took this prize twelve months ago with a progressive type in the shape of Mange All and there’s every reason to believe PICK YOUR CHOICE could follow suit for the same stable. The lightly-raced son of Elusive Quality had gradually been working his way up the ladder from fairly humble beginnings but there was a lot to like about the way he powered clear of his field at Chelmsford last time out and the form looks solid with the runner-up going on to score next time out.

Pick Your Choice - 0.5pt e/w @ 6/1Lost -1pt

Newmarket 13:55

In what looks to be a fascinating clash between two big eye-catchers first time out, MUNTAZAH and Recorder, the former is taken to come out on top. The strapping son of Dubawi went down in many notebooks over C&D when an unlucky runner-up to Manaafidh in a wild finish at the July meeting two weeks ago, but the general consensus was that he would have surely won at the first time of asking if it wasn’t for encountering severe interference in the latter stages. Recorder also created a favourable impression on his debut when keeping on under a tender ride to capture third in a strongly-looking maiden at Newbury, but he may have to play a minor role behind the Barry Hills-trained runner on this occasion.

Muntazah - 1pt @ 2/1Lost -1pt

Newcastle 15:20

LORD OF THE ROCK has looked a three-year-old going places on the evidence of his last two starts, so therefore he could be worth chancing on his handicap debut against the older brigade. Unlucky to bump into the useful filly Bella Nostalgia at Thirsk two starts ago, Michael Dods’ charge made no mistake when making all the running over today’s C&D on his most recent outing and he could well take some pegging back if similar tactics are adopted once again.

Lord Of The Rock - 1pt @ 2/1Non Runner

Saturday 25th July - Rein Man

Rein Man / Friday 24th July 2015 / 17:23

York 14:55

I fancy Bragging is better than she’s shown so far this term. She’ll need a big step forward to take this Group 2, especially with her penalty, but leading didn’t suit her last time and Stoute said the run over course and distance the time before came too soon. If she gets back to the sort of performance that saw her fairly bolt up on reappearance then this course winner has more than a sniff and this looks to be her trip.

Bragging - 1pt @ 9/1Lost 1pt

York 15:30

There’s pace across the track for the Dash and that should suit Highland Acclaim who still can’t seem to settle. No stranger to backing him, at least the handicapper has finally relented and eased him 3lb. He’s been beaten nearly 70 lengths in 4 runs this term so just a 4lb drop in total can still be considered harsh but he can definitely be competitive off this mark and he likes it here. Blaine is also worth a nibble at a track he loves. Again, a strong pace will suit and he’s back to his last winning mark, here over half a furlong shorter with Amy Ryan up top.

Highland Acclaim - 1pt @ 16/1Lost 1pt

Blaine - 1pt @ 16/1Lost 1pt

Ascot 15:15

Heaven’s Guest and Donncha are right up the top of the shortlist at Ascot but the prices about the pair of Brazos and One Word More are of greater appeal. The former hasn’t been seen for a bit and that’s not ideal but a return to softer ground should suit (he is a half brother to a heavy winner) and he’s looking very well treated. He’s a course and distance winner and if Enlace runs and goes forward, Brazos could turn out to be well drawn. They may well come down the middle though as that’s where the majority of the pace is and the consistent One Word More looks worth having on side. He has a decent soft ground pedigree and is well drawn if they head up the centre. He came from further back than most at York to be 2nd and was getting there a little late on quick ground last time. His course form is a worry but it could be coincidence as he’s gone well at Donny and that’s a similar straight track.

Brazos - 1pt @ 33/1Lost 1pt

One More Word - 1pt @ 22/1Lost 1pt

Ascot 15:50

Surely Golden Horn won’t go in the King George and nor should he if the ground is unsuitable. We’d love to see him but he has a record to protect and Snow Sky (if he runs) stretching them out over this trip on heavy ground could scupper his chances in this and beyond. Anyway, Clever Cookie will be popular, and I hope he is, as the price about The Corsican is of interest. Again, he might not run but he handles cut and is lightly raced and still improving. Last time was comfortably a career best and a return to this trip could see him go on again from a bare rating of 116. He’ll obviously need to but, off the back of his Ascot run where very few got into it from the rear, he looks a generous price.

The Corsican - 1pt @ 20/1Non Runner

Friday 24th July - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Thursday 23rd July 2015 / 19:51

Ascot 15:30

George Baker and David Lanigan gelled beautifully when Interception landed a punt in the Wokingham here at the royal meeting and the same combination could well be a force to reckon with again with BOLD LASS in this competitive fillies’ Listed contest. A C&D winner last season, the daughter of Sea The Stars began this campaign in the perfect possible fashion with a convincing display at Windsor and although she was beaten on her latest outing at Epsom, she was inconvenienced by the way the race was run at the Surrey venue. She is likely to be ridden with plenty of confidence and her trademark turn of foot can hopefully be seen to good effect at the business end.

Bold Lass - 0.5pt e/w @ 7/1Non Runner

Ascot 16:05

EXOSPHERE looks a three-year-old on the up on the evidence of his last two victories and he is strongly fancied to complete the hat trick despite being dumped up to a perch of 96. His latest performance when getting the better of a protracted dual with the useful Subcontinent at Doncaster was not only visually impressive, it was also noted for the very smart overall speed figure he posted and he looks just the type to continue to progress with more racing.

Exosphere - 1pt @ 15/8Lost -1pt

Thirsk 15:05

Although still a maiden after five starts, SATURN LACE has done more than enough to suggest she won’t be too long before shedding that unwanted tag and if she runs to the same level as she did last time out at Doncaster, it might turn out to be sooner rather than later. In a race run at a furious pace, John Quinn’s inmate was the only one to offer any sort of resistance to the Godolphin-trained winner, Blossomtime, and set to run off the same mark here, she has every chance of finishing a good deal closer to Dutch Mist who finished five-and-a-half lengths ahead of the Kodiac filly when they last met over the same C&D back in mid-June.

Saturn Lace - 1pt e/w @ 12/1Lost -2pt

Newmarket 18:10

BING BANG BONG (nap) created a lasting impression when third on debut at Pontefract last week and he gets an immediate chance to justify the view he was an unlucky loser at the Yorkshire venue. Well backed beforehand, David Barron’s charge looked like vindicating the money in his direction when noted travelling well in behind the pace on the home turn, but unfortunately for his supporters, he failed to get a clear run from that point onwards. Finishing full of running as went past the line, he left the impression he would have won with a clear run and he will be a strong fancy for those that burnt their fingers.

Bing Bang Bong - 2pt @ 2/1Won 2pt

York 18:00

STONEBOAT BILL has been an expensive failure on his last two starts but he may be worth another roll of the dice to justify some of his previous promise. An impressive winner at Thirsk three starts back, the son of Virtual has rather blotted his copy book since courtesy of slow starts, and racing around courses where track position has been king, Declan Carrol’s charge has consequently found himself behind the eight ball when the tempo has increased off the front. York, however, often plays into the hands of those ridden out the back door, so with that in mind, 9/1 seems to be a big price for a horse of his undoubted ability at this level.

Stoneboat Bill - 0.5pt e/w @ 9/1Lost -2pt

Thursday 23rd July - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Wednesday 22nd July 2015 / 19:40

Sandown 16:35

At first glance, Jamie Osbourne’s charge TUCO could be considered a huge wallet-emptier with four straight placed efforts next to his name – the last three at relatively short odds – but on closer inspection, there are reasons to suggest he may be worth one more go to put the record straight. His latest performance when third to the potentially smart Aldayha at Salisbury should be noted on account of the very fast time figure the winner clocked and although the Exceed and Excel gelding could in no way be considered unlucky, he would have finished a good deal closer to the Hannon filly had he not been momentarily blocked in against the far rail. Once out in the clear he came home well enough and a repeat of that display should be good enough to take care of his five rivals.

Tuco - 1pt @ 2/1Non Runner

Doncaster 17:45

ALMOHTASEB (nap) left a modest run on debut in the Wood Ditton well behind when a staying-on second to all-the-way winner Aldayha at Salisbury last time out and looks primed to strike at the third time of asking in what appears to be a weak maiden by the track standards. The feature of that race at the Wiltshire venue was the very strong pace from the outset and given that the son of Oasis Dream met interference at a crucial stage and had to be switched wide for a run, his performance carries even more merit.

Almohtaseb - 1pt @ 4/5Won 0.8pt

Newbury 19:05

Although still a maiden after five starts, there has been plenty of encouragement along the way from Richard Hannon’s inmate and the overriding view is that ROYAL TOAST may well come into his own now racing over a trip and track which should suit his run style. On his last two starts he’s hit a mid-race crisis when the tempo has increased before finishing to good effect in the latter stages, so the long straight at Newbury should provide him with the perfect platform to get into top gear earlier. Whatever his fate, this big, imposing son of Duke Of Marmalade has the look of a well handicapped horse off his current mark of 71.

Royal Toast - 1pt @ 11/4Lost 1pt

Wednesday 22nd July - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Tuesday 21st July 2015 / 21:06

Bath 15:40

Although James Tate’s charge was a costly failure in a similar race last time out, ADHAM can be afforded another chance to atone for that narrow defeat and should be backed accordingly. Looking all over the winner with a furlong to run, the Dream Ahead colt had his pocket picked in the dying strides by the fast-finishing Receding Waves and with that horse going on to run a blinder from an unpromising position in the Super Sprint at Newbury over the weekend, the form looks rock solid.

Adham (Rule 4 applied) - 1pt @ 11/10Won 0.9pt

Sandown 19:10

Sir Michael Stoute’s two-year-old’s often improve markedly on their initial first outing, so it’s safe to assume UNDER ATTACK will follow suit and prove good enough to be more of a factor this time around than on debut at Newmarket last month. In a race where the winner, Ibn Malik, clocked a time only just slightly slower than the one achieved by Group 3 Criterion Stakes scorer Markaz, the son of Dubawi was noted doing some good late work in the closing stages to leave the impression he would know a good deal more next time. Given how he finished off his race, the stiff uphill climb of the Esher track should play into his strengths and he has every chance of following in the hoof prints of stable mate Darshini, who landed this prize for the Royal trainer twelve months ago.

Under Attack - 1pt @ 5/2Lost -1pt

Naas 19:35

Edward Lynam has had his fair share of top class sprinters under his tutorship over the years and on the evidence of her first two performances, there’s a decent chance FORT DEL ORO (nap) could enhance the reputation of the Co Meath handler in that department. The daughter of Loup De Vega made a pleasing debut over 6f at The Curragh back in early May when runner up to a Ger Lyons newcomer, but it was the way she travelled throughout that contest before getting tired late on which really pointed towards her potential. Back over the same C&D for her most recent outing, she once again exhibited a high cruising speed but unlike her faltering effort on heavy ground late in the piece previously, she quickened up on the faster surface in no uncertain terms. Pulling well clear of subsequent winner Creggs Pipes, the lightly-raced three-year-old not only posted the fastest furlong-per-furlong time on the card, her final three furlong split of 34.6 was better than the 101-rated Ainippe, who took the Group 3 fillies contest an hour later. On the evidence of those findings, it comes as little surprise that her canny trainer has ditched the idea of exploiting her lenient handicap mark in favour of her gaining valuable black type and over a likely strong run stiff six furlongs, she gets an immediate chance to justify that bold policy. Stroll Patrol, who clocked a big speed figure in landing a valuable sprint handicap at the Curragh over the weekend and admirably tough Newsletter look the obvious dangers.

Fort del Oro - 1pt e/w @ 8/1Non Runner

Tuesday 21st July - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Tuesday 21st July 2015 / 09:29

Ffos Las 14:00

There was plenty of encouragement to be drawn from the performance of GOLDENFIELD on debut in what has turned out to be a red-hot two-year-old contest at Newbury back in June and he looks well worth an interest to build on that effort and outrun his double-figure morning quotes. Staying on nicely on the unfavoured side of the track in a race which has produced three subsequent winners, Olly Stevens’ charge did more than enough to suggest he can land a maiden before the season is out and he rates a decent each-way bet where nothing in particular stands out on form.

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

Ffos Las 16:00

ENGLISH STYLE has caught the eye on both his two starts to date and looks primed to give favourite, War Strike, all the trouble he can handle in what should turn out to be a two-way battle between the pair. Not knocked about in a well-run maiden on debut at Haydock (winner looked a Pattern horse), the son of Bushranger ran a good deal better than his finishing position suggests at Salisbury last time out and he shapes as though there should be more improvement to come further down the line.

English Style - 1pt @ 2/1Lost -1pt

Wetherby 20:05

ZACYNTHUS (nap) was yet another horse to benefit from David O’Meara’s Midas touch on his first start for the Nawton handler at Ayr last week and he looks a fair bet around the 3-1 mark to follow up under a 6lb penalty despite the lurking presence of C&D scorer Great Fun in the line-up. There was a good deal to like about the way the Iffraaj gelding powered clear of previous Haydock winner, Invoke, in the closing stages and the speed figure he posted that afternoon indicates he’s right on top of his game.

Zacynthus - 1pt @ 3/1Lost -1pt

Saturday 18th July

Rein Man / Saturday 18th July 2015 / 08:46

Newbury 15:45

Biggest punting races today are between summer jumps and a 20 odd runner 2 year old contest so it’ll be small stakes all the way. First up is the super sprint and Excessable has a proper chance on known form given what Lydia’s Place went on to do under a slipped saddle last time. She could well be a mid-90’s performer and that puts Tim Easterby’s first string in pole position for this carrying 8-3. He’s short enough given the nature of this though and I’m keen to have Moondyne Joe on side. He’s open to bundles of improvement and the yard's juveniles tend to come on for the run. Slowly away and a touch clueless early on debut, he got better the further he went and a smarter start could make him a threat today. The yard are flying again with their juveniles and I like he’s drawn low with a bit of likely pace on there…though that’s always hard to predict with any conviction in this sort of race.

Moondyne Joe - 1pt @ 20/1Lost -2pt

Market Rasen 14:55

Quite like Gran Maestro for the Summer Hurdle but, at a bigger price, is the equally interesting Silver Duke. He was a comfortable scorer on his last hurdles start and, for all he’ll need to come on a bundle for that, he’s open to plenty of improvement. Form on the flat since has been patchy but 3 efforts have been the wrong way round and a couple on unsuitably soft ground. A return to a right handed track on a decent surface should see improvement. He’s 3lb out of the weights but could feasibly be better than a mark of 128 so looks worth chancing at a price.

Silver Duke - 1pt @ 25/1Lost -2pt

Market Rasen 15:30

I wonder if it’s an error to think Perfect Timing has to lead and won’t get his own way in the Summer Plate. If ridden forward, he probably won’t be left alone but he’s very progressive under this new stewardship and could see them all off. He could make do with a prominent ride and is tempting at double figures. Hollow Penny and Lost Legend look a touch big too and the latter should have this run to suit. He seems to want to go this way round and is 7lb higher than when 2nd in this last year. That makes him vulnerable but he looks an all round more attractive proposition now, especially back in trip having traveled well in the Bet 365 Gold Cup and having run well over too far at the festival. That showed this mark isn’t beyond him and he should be on the premises.

Lost Legend - 1pt @ 16/1Lost -2pt

Saturday 11th July

Rein Man / Friday 10th July 2015 / 19:16

York 13:45

Today could be carnage. In we go. Gabrial’s Kaka has been drawn widest of all on his last 4 starts and at tracks where it’s tricky to come from off the pace. He’s better drawn today and has been eased 9lb since fancied on reappearance for the Lincoln. He may want a little more pace than is on but has had excuses of late and can bounce back off this handy mark.

Gabrials Kaka - 1pt @ 18/1Lost -1pt

Ascot 14:10

Barnet Fair. I’m not writing anything else.

Barnet Fair - 1pt @ 10/1Lost -1pt

York 14:20

Famous Kid was a touch unlucky at Ascot last time but is well found in the market here. Another that should appreciate the step back up in trip is Montaly who was keeping on last time at Epsom. He was over this trip on reappearance out of handicap company but looks feasibly treated based upon his run at the end of last year. A few winners have come out of that, including in Listed company, and he's a generous price.

Montaly - 1pt @ 10/1Lost -1pt

Newmarket 15:10

Forget winning, it’s probably 33/1 about Highland Acclaim settling in the Bunbury Cup but, if he does, this step back up to 7 will really suit. He was keeping on in the Wokingham last time but still very keen and that’s been the tale of his season so far. The handicapper is clearly wary of him and only eased him 1lb off the back of 3 poor runs but he’s competitively treated based upon last year’s form. Pray he settles.

Highland Acclaim - 1pt @ 33/1Lost -1pt

York 15:25

Voice Of A Leader has shortened up a bit but still worth a play based upon his run last time behind Mahsoob. That runner went on to win a competitive Ascot handicap and could still be worth his place in Group company. The 2nd ran well of a higher mark next time too and a 2lb rise looks very fair. He’s unexposed and consistent with a sole poor effort in 5 starts coming on heavy ground. He’s clearly fragile and lightly raced as a result but had a nice break since the run and should give a good account. The draw is wide but that's sometimes no bad thing here if they fan out in the straight and there is pace.

Voice Of A Leader - 1pt @ 12/1Lost -1pt

Newmarket 15:45

It’s a very good renewal of the Darley July Cup and Brazen Beau, entitled to come on for his Ascot run, could well be too good. He’s 5/2 though and I'd probably prefer Muhaarar at the prices. There’s a trio from the King’s Stand up a furlong and very likeable. G Force is better over 6 but the worry about Ascot was the ground and it could be quick enough here. The same applies with Jack Dexter but he was keeping on well and 6 will suit. Whether he’s good enough though I’m not sure but he’s tempting at a big price. It’s Muthmir who gets the vote at double figures after his run at Ascot and he really looks as though 6 is needed. He won over 5 and a half at Doncaster and needed every bit of the 5 in France in Group 2 company. He perhaps just lacks the toe for a Group 1 5 furlongs but 6 makes him interesting. There’s not bundles of pace on either and he’ll not sit far away.

Muthmir - 1pt @ 12/1Lost -1pt

Thursday 9th July

Rein Man / Thursday 9th July 2015 / 06:47

Newmarket 14:40

No play in the Bahrain Trophy though, at the prices, I prefer the Stoute horse to Gosden. The July Stakes looks a cracker and Orvar was dramatically underrated when opening at 14’s in places. More realistic now, there’s still some juice in the price and he should go well. He stepped up on his Salisbury win last time when racing the wrong side before switching and running on and I’m not sure he has as much to find with the likes of Steady Pace and Areen as the market suggests.

Orvar - 1pt @ 9/1Lost -1pt

Newmarket 15:45

Mahsoob is fascinating upped to Group company and, for all favourites don’t have the best record in this and he’s up against some serious horses for the first time, he should still take some stopping. 12 furlongs could well turn out to be his ideal trip. I’ll play in the following handicap with Taper Tantrum who seemed to travel well last time before simply not staying. On pedigree it looked as though 12 would stretch but it was worth a go given his Epsom run. Back at 10 will suit and he’s been eased a handy couple of pounds. Whether the hood has a positive effect is nothing more than a possibility but worth a go. He looks feasibly handicapped either way and Eddie Greatrex is well worth that 7.

Taper Tantrum - 1pt @ 14/1Lost -1pt

Newmarket 17:30

The fillies' maidens are anyone's guess and the last a little trappy (would plump for the top weight if pushed, he looks very progressive). Johnny Barnes is a nice price for the Sir Henry Cecil Stakes and there's every chance he'll come on for the run last time. Both he and Consort looked as though they had a bit left on them and the latter, who was very impressive that day, went on to boost the form in the St James’s Palace. Johnny Barnes was a little short of room as White Lake came up his outside and Dettori really looked after him late on, the horse running on under hands and heels. Perhaps the ground was quick enough and perhaps it will be today but I think he’s better than a 10/1 poke.

Johnny Barnes - 1pt @ 10/1Non Runner

Saturday 4th July

Rein Man / Saturday 4th July 2015 / 08:13

Sandown 14:35

In we go again. Munaaser is a well handicapped horse. We know that from his Gm Hopkins form. Yet this season has seen 2 very disappointing efforts. Money around for him for both (though he did drift before the off at Ascot and was keen enough going down) he was unlucky mid race and given a very, very easy time of it on return before travelling well in the Royal Hunt Cup. He was exactly where you didn’t want to be though, stand side and up with the pace, but did still fade too tamely having been about the only horse near side on the bridle approaching the 2 marker. Stoute’s weren’t bang in form for Ascot and I have to go again at 20/1 or so, it’s just too big. I’m also backing Halation given the 17 runners at this stage. He has been a touch unlucky on 2 turf starts this term but a strongly run mile will suit this course and distance winner. There’s a few bits of pace on so the drop back in trip doesn’t concern and, waiting for room last time, I’m not sure he handled the dip all that well. He’s up 2lb but Balty Boys went on to win the Hunt Cup his side and 10/1 is very fair..

Munaaser - 1pt @ 20/1Lost -1pt

Halation - 1pt @ 10/1Lost -1pt

Haydock 14:50

Was looking forward to seeing Mighty Yar in the Old Newton Cup but he no longer goes. Apterix gets in and I like his chances but he’s skinny enough now and his trainer has talked about 2 miles with him. He’s drawn high and there’s not bundles of pace on. The same worry applies to Nancy From Nairobi who is further out in 17 but she’s a price worth nibbling at. She still looks feasibly treated based upon her Lingfield and Epsom runs. She got a wide trip at Epsom and was held up early before making up ground around the turns. Given that, she did very well to finish were she did and, as at Lingfield over 10, she looked as though 12 furlongs would suit. She got that last time in a 4 runner Listed race at Pontefract but that was always a tough ask and I’m not too worried she was beaten 16 lengths by Connecticut. Paddy Pilley is well worth his 7 and she can outrun that price for all she’s been done few favours by the draw.

Nancy From Nairobi - 1pt @ 25/1Lost -1pt

Sandown 15:10

Black Cherry makes plenty of appeal in the Distaff but I’m happy to chance Iconic at over 6 times the price. She was a staying on 4 and a half lengths behind the Hannon filly on debut and stepped up in battling style last time. She’ll have to come on another bundle but the price is worth that chance. The extra furlong clearly suited her last time and she’ll likely improve for a sterner test at the trip. 4 of the last 6 winner of this had run a maximum of 2 times before taking this so she shouldn’t be dismissed on inexperience grounds.

Iconic - 1pt @ 16/1Lost -1pt

Sandown 15:45

A bit of fun really but I’m happy to takes 9/2 with Ladbrokes about Golden Horn to win by less than 1.75 lengths. Only 5 runners and no certain pace, if the Derby winner is dropped in, as expected, he’ll have to show plenty of toe to win this. He needed that mile and a half last time having initially looked a little slow to pick up and, whilst I think he’ll win this, I’m not sure it’ll be a romp. He won over a furlong shorter on return so we know he has the pace but this track can be tricky from in behind. It could well look easy come the finish, as it did when Sea The Stars won a few years back, but he still only won a length or so. Golden Horn has all the attributes to take this and follow in the footsteps of the great Sea The Stars, rather than the likes of Benny The Dip, Motivator and Authorised, and hopefully he does, just not by too far.

Golden Horn to win by less than 1.75 lengths - 1pt @ 9/2Lost -1pt

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