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Sunday 24th May

Rein Man / Sunday 24th May 2015 / 11:11

16:30 Curragh

I'm trying to be clever with the Irish 1000 but, as ever, that rarely works and it is Found and Bocca Baciata that are of most interest. I half expect Found to win this easily, her 2yo form is impenetrable, and she could make 7/4 look big but will sit back and watch. Time to leave Malabar alone until up in trip. The following handicap is worth a play and Venezia should still have something to offer off this mark. The same mark as when beaten at Royal Ascot last year when not being given the best of chances in running and finishing best from off the pace. That highlights the problem with him somewhat though in that he probably needs to be produced just right. He is capable off this mark though and that Ascot form is solid. He's back at that trip and, having won on debut for new connections last year, he should be sharper for a recent reappearance.

Venezia - 1pt e/w @ 10/1

Saturday 23rd May

Rein Man / Friday 22nd May 2015 / 17:55

Haydock 14:00

Struggling for a bet at Goodwood but a few options at Haydock. First up in the 2 mile race where the 1st and 2nd from last year are back and Nearly Caught will surely go close after a solid reappearance. I think Seamour will win races off this mark but 2 miles is an unknown and will perhaps stretch him. Both the Koukash runners make appeal, though Gabrial’s King has not been done any favours with the draw or ground. He’ll be on the premises. Suegioo also ran in the Chester Cup and never got into it from a terrible draw but the handicapper has done him a favour easing him a couple of pounds and Marc Monaghan takes off a further 3. He was consistently competitive from this sort of mark having won the Chester Cup last year and often shaped as though a return to 2 miles plus would suit. Yard form is a worry but he's worth chancing at this early price. There’s enough pace on to make it the test he needs and he’s very much pick of the prices, for all I think William Of Orange will win.

Suegioo - 1pt e/w @ 16/1

Haydock 14:35

Sticking with the Koukash theme, Billy Slater looks a fair bit overpriced for the next at Haydock. He shaped really nicely back from nearly a year off last time and his trainer confirmed he'd come on a fair bit for it. His maiden form suggests this mark is more than feasible, particularly those last 2 starts and there’s every chance this slightly better ground will help too given he’s a half brother to a few quick ground winners. He’s up half a furlong and, given the way he finished last time, that looks a sensible option for a trainer, who also saddles the likeable Flashy Memories, with a good record in the race.

Billy Slater - 1pt e/w @ 12/1

Haydock 15:45

Divine is intersting in the fillies’ sprint but it’s a tricky race. The Temple Stakes sees the first 5 home from last year back for more and the progressive Goldream added to the mix. I just wonder if he’d want livelier ground. Hot Streak won last year from Pearl Secret but I fancy the latter can reverse that form here and go 1 better. He has a big race in him but he probably does need things to drop right. I’d not take a shortish price about him but today looks generous and he’s well drawn to track a lively pace. Last year he was on his own a little up the far rail before Hot Streak, who had his 3yo allowance, came over and Pearl Secret picked up again. Ground will be fine, he’s won on quick but wants cut to protect fragile legs, and he’s certainly Group 2 quality. He didn’t have things go his way in the Abbaye and was drawn the wrong side for his reappearance in France. Hopefully today’s the day.

Pearl Secret - 1pt e/w @ 12/1

Friday 22nd May

Rein Man / Friday 22nd May 2015 / 06:36

Goodwood 17:10

Zanetto shaped really well last time back from his break and wind op and could be too good for these despite going up in the weights. He’s 5/1 and rightly so and I can see him going off shorter. Ruwaiyan may lack the scope of the likely favourite and a few others but his last 2 handicap starts of last term were encouraging and he’s 3lb lower here. Drawn the wrong side in the Ayr Gold Cup and racing the wrong side (look at what Muthmir did next time) here in the Stewards Cup, he should be fine from 6 today and there's likely to be a fair pace on, though perhaps not quite that of the aforementioned handicaps. Last time was a stinker but he wasn’t asked a question after looking in trouble approaching the dip and nothing got into it from the rear. Worth a pop at the price and just preferred to course lover Slip Sliding Away who has the talented Tom Marquand taking off a useful 7lb. It's another tough card...though it's nothing compared to Haydock today.

Ruwaiyan - 1pt e/w @ 16/1Won 20pt

Thursday 21st May

Rein Man / Thursday 21st May 2015 / 06:42

Goodwood 15:50

Tricky little card at Goodwood but a few worth having a go at. I’ve taken the 50’s about Lady Of Dubai in the Oaks in case she absolutely dots up here and she looks the bet at 3/1 in her race. The 9 furlong handicap has a nice shape to it and it could be worth taking on Resonant if only because he got such an easy lead last time and I struggle to see that being allowed to happen again. It may, and he is due to go up a further 8lb so he should really be winning but whether he can dictate to the extent he did last time is questionable. He will undoubtedly lead, I just hope the likes of Maraakib and Red Rubles are hot on his heels as that could make things interesting (though Maraakib will have to be a lot smarter away today). Yamllik is potentially well treated though his draw isn’t ideal and is just putting me off a touch. Laidback Romeo looks to have a good chance of going close at a decent price. Up in trip from a staying on effort last time (good on the clock), he’s got better and better in handicaps and his maiden form says he’s smarter than a mark of 79. He’ll not get left behind from stall 1 and the yard are going along nicely.

Laidback Romeo - 1pt e/w @ 8/1Lost -2pt

Oaks Preview

Rein Man / Wednesday 20th May 2015 / 12:06

Epsom Oaks

It's nigh on impossible to pick holes in the top of the market Oaks form with the current favourite being this year's 1000 Guineas winner and those in behind at Newmarket being very much 'the right ones'. Legatissimo’s form ties in closely with Jack Naylor, 3rd in the Marcel Boussac behind the Moyglare 3rd, Found (what a Moyglare that was with the eventual 1000 Guineas 2nd occupying that same place at the Curragh), and behind the French Guineas winner Ervedya. The Aga Khan's filly looked the standout performer on that afternoon at Longchamp, to the eye and on the clock, and the form really stands up. Irish Rookie was 2nd in the Pouliches, a further boost to the 1000 Guineas, and Tiggy Wiggy, Timeform's joint highest rated juvenile of last year, was back in 3rd at Newmarket having resorted to preferred front-running tactics. A rock solid Guineas run at a scorching pace, suiting the stamina laden winner with a very positive eye on June 5th. No holes here.

A look back to the Graded juvenile races last year shows another pedigree laden with stamina that cropped up in almost all the key races. Malabar looks as though she’d get an Oaks trip in her sleep. Is she good enough to win? Perhaps not. There is, however, plenty of juice in her price and I’m sad to see she goes for the Irish Guineas. The muted plan to take in an Oaks trial appears to have been, well...muted. I'm not mad on these fillies running in a Classic just 12 days after the Curragh, though Aidan O’Brien has a record that goes someway to proving otherwise. You still have to go back 14 years for the last filly to do the Irish Guineas/Oaks double and it would take a scintillating performance at the weekend to threaten the main protagonists for this year's Epsom classic.

That could come from Bocca Baciata, who beat impressive Chester winner Diamondandrubies (3rd) at Navan and boy does that form look impressive. Pleascach (2nd) followed up by hammering Dermot Weld’s Zannda in the G3 Blue Wind Stakes at Leopardstown and her trainer has since suggested she'd head for the Curragh. Zannda, lest we forget, was 2nd in the Pretty Polly having beaten Wedding Vow at the start of the year and that filly followed up with a 2nd to oh, erm, what’s her name? Yes, that’s right, Legatissimo. Even the 2nd wave of Oaks form looks pretty impenetrable. Bocca Baciata also had the subsequent Derrinstown 2nd, Summaya, in behind and would be a leading Oaks candidate should she show up on June 5th. All eyes on Sunday. Jessie Harrington also has the aforementioned Jack Naylor, who beat Legatissimo en route to her 3rd in Paris, though she looks to be Irish Oaks bound.

Back to O’Brien. The trainer has had mixed start to his year and the fact Gleneagles won the first British Classic of the season is a big nod to his talent given how some have been running first up. The same could be said about Diamondsandrubies, one of his most impressive trials winners, though she did have the benefit of a run. Together Forever would look, to my eye, the most likely winner. She fits the bill, a Group 1 winner at a mile, she has tried further and came up just short in the Musidora when giving a softish lead and 4lbs to a progressive, race-fit filly from a yard that can do no wrong at the minute. Alexandrova was of course beaten at 8/15 in the Musidora before going on to win at Epsom. The other beaten O’Brien filly in one of the key trials was Wedding Vow, who came unstuck at Lingfield. Last turning in off a modest pace at best, her Legatissimo form tells us she is better than that and she should improve for the extra trip at Epsom. Her dam was a maiden but 2nd in an Oaks, a half sister to a Derby 3rd, and, whilst winning looks a stretch, she really could be in the mix if turning up. 50/1 looks tempting for all her Irish Guineas entry is a head scratcher.

One more key bit of form to talk about is the Newbury trial won by Crystal Zvezda. Switched left after the start, she travelled beautifully off the pace and then came widest of the lot up the straight to win with a fair bit in hand. Pamona was a closing 3rd and luckless. Favourite on the day, whether Luca Cumani's filly would have got to the winner with a clear run is at best debatable. She'd have been closer, certainly. It’s worth noting that, pedigree aside, she took longer to pick up once in the clear than the eventual 1st and 2nd before flying home under hands and heels and a couple of taps near the line. Andrea Atzeni didn’t appear to give everything initially either, until 2nd became a possibility. Her pedigree isn’t short on pace but to the eye she looked a filly in want of 12. Pamona has the juvenile form in the book, finishing ahead of the Pretty Polly winner on debut before a comfortable enough win next time and deserves her place in the Oaks. The disparity in the betting between the Stoute filly (13/2) and Pamona (25/1) seems too big and 4th placed Entertainment, who Pamona beat comfortably in her maiden win, provides a nice form link with that of Diamondsandrubies at Chester.

Also entered from the Cumani ranks is Lady Of Dubai, due to run in the Goodwood trial this week. That race is often used by Cumani as a prep for Royal Ascot or for the Listed Ballymacol Stud Stakes at Newbury between Epsom and Ascot. If Lady Of Dubai were to win well at Goodwood then perhaps the temptation would be to follow last year’s winner, Marsh Daisy, and the likes of Coquet, Beatrice Aurore and 2010 Oaks winner Snow Fairy to Epsom. I like that her juvenile form has a tie with that fortress of 3 year old form boasted by those at the top of the Oaks market. 2nd to Irish Rookie when last seen in the Montrose Stakes, Lady Of Dubai has a pedigree all about stamina. She will want at least 10 and connections were reportedly very pleased with her run at Newmarket on ground that was on the soft side. She couldn’t match Irish Rookie for pace but was subsequently given an Oaks entry as they ‘think plenty of her’ as that 450,000gns price tag would suggest. Would Cumani run both? I wonder, and think not. Paloma ran in the race that Volume won last year on her way to Epsom whilst Lady Of Dubai looks to have been appointed the Cumani campaign targeting post Oaks racing. She has to win at Goodwood and even so could head for the Ribblesdale but 50/1 is still tempting.

A word for the French too, whose challenge looks to be headed by the expensive Al Naamah, just touched off in Group company last time. She will need to improve on that a fair bit but she was making her reappearance in a Group 3 and I’m not sure she was asked for absolutely everything as is often the case with Fabre horse first up. Al Naamah is beautifully bred, sister to an Oaks winner, by a Derby winner and out of a half sister to a Derby winner and one would think there’d be improvement to come at 1 mile 4. It’s worth pointing out they finished in something of a heap and whether that form can stand up to that of those heading the Oaks betting remains to be seen.

It looks a vintage Oaks and difficult to oppose Legatissimo, even at around the 4/1 mark, with Ryan Moore likely to partner her (though he's not short on options). Lady Of Dubai would be a tentative selection at very healthy odds but hand on heart I don’t think her trainer will go this route and the Ribblesdale, where he went with Cosmodrome after she won the Height Of Fashion Stakes a few years back, may be her chance at the top level. From Ballydoyle, Together Forever looks sure to line up and is a Group 1 winner. The 3 ahead of her in the betting won’t defect though and her 8/1 odds will not be vastly different come race time. I'd also love to chance Easter should she turn up. PAMONA is currently 25/1 and, whilst she wasn’t simply an unlucky loser at Newbury, should she really be 5 times the price of the winner that day? A trial which stands up well in the context of this strong Oaks, both fillies are likely to appreciate further but with Paloma looking very likely to be the Cumani representative, those odds ought to be a fair bit shorter come race day.

Pamona - 1pt e/w @ 25/1

Saturday 16th May

Rein Man / Friday 15th May 2015 / 17:50

Newbury 15:45

Can’t see him winning it in truth but current price insults Tullius in the Lockinge. 2nd last year on good to firm, easier ground today will help, though in truth it will likely still be quick enough. He had no chance off the pace last time over 10 at Sandown and a drop back to this trip will help. He’s very closely matched with Custom Cut, who needs respecting, yet over double the price. Moohaarib looks a much improved horse and well worth his place in this field. The Hannon pair will be on the premises but neither are ones to have absolute faith in on seasonal bow. I’d love Integral to win and she will probably be better than ever this year. Stoute won this with a filly a few years back and she’d be 2nd choice though well found in the market.

Tullius - 1pt e/w @ 25/1Non Runner

Newmarket 14:15

Quite fancy chancing an arm at Resilency on 2nd start for Mick Appleby. Bought out of David Wachman’s yard, he was pitched in deep on debut and should find this drop in trip more suitable. His mark isn’t easy to asses given where he now resides but a few of these look susceptible to an improver and that could well be this 4 year old.

Resiliency - 1pt e/w @ 10/1Lost -2pt

Newbury 14:35

Also want to take a pop at Angelic Lord at around 16/1 currently now back against his own age group. I can absolutely see why he will not win and why others are likely to improve past him but he’s pretty consistent and his trainer suggested he’d need his first start. Willing to pitch him into Group 3 company against older horses next time, he never got into it from a far from ideal position. This is more realistic and a drop in class with a visor on for the first time. He tended to hang a little right under pressure so headgear is no bad thing and he’s well drawn to track likely pace angle Desert Force. There’s little in it on ratings but plenty of juice in his price.

Angelic Lord - 1pt e/w @ 16/1Non Runner

Newbury 15:10

Interesting Moore rides Time Test and not Dissolution, who I’d probably have on side on the face of it with the visor back on. He did very well to win last time. Plymouth Sound looks a touch forgotten though, back off the same mark as when keeping on last time at Sandown from off the pace. Very much best from back in the field that day, his gelding operation over the winter has clearly had a positive effect and there should be more to come on likely better ground and up in trip.

Plymouth Sound - 1pt e/w @ 14/1Lost -2pt

Friday 15th May

Rein Man / Friday 15th May 2015 / 09:07

York 14:40

Chester came and went without success and York is going much the same way. So just the one today on what looks a really tricky card. Top Tug will be seen to better effect than when favourite over 9 on quick ground at Newmarket. This is more his trip and ground and thus he’s 4/1, though he’d not want it to dry out much more. Duke Of Clarence was drawn in the car park last time at Chester and never had a chance on his first start back from a year off. The handicapper eased Top Tug a pound for a similar defeat, no such luck for Duke Of Clarence but this mark is one he can still be competitive from based on his 2nd to Arab Spring over course and distance. He’ll not want them to hang about but I fancy he’ll shorten from current 12/1. Treasure The Ridge deserves a mention too. He is easing to a mark he can threaten from and would be of interest with this run under his belt.

Duke of Clarence - 1pt e/w @ 12/1Lost -2pt

Thursday 14th May

Rein Man / Thursday 14th May 2015 / 06:55

York 14:10

Lexington Abbey doesn’t exactly win for fun but he is clearly talented and a strongly run 5 here might just suit. We may find out 6 is definitely his trip and add another excuses to the growing list but there’s pace on and he’s not short of speed. He goes well here too and shaped on return as though a win wouldn’t be far off. His trainer seemed very excited about this season for him, mentioning him as a possible Ayr Gold Cup horse and he hinted at such potential at Doncaster. Last time was bad, no cover, wide round the turn and not picking up but the return to a straight track and decent gallop could be what he needs. Tangerine Trees and See The Sun shouldn’t hang about and he’s near them though there is pace right across the track. He’s one that will always make appeal at double figures.

Lexington Abbey - 1pt e/w @ 11/1Lost -2pt

York 15:15

It’s a close call but my tipping is probably not quite as bad as Ol’ Man River’s return in the Guineas. On second thoughts it's worse but still the poor boy never went a yard. Whether it was the ground or inexperience, it needs some serious forgiving to back him today. It’s worth noting though that the money came for him that day in a big way and it wasn’t as if the Ballydoyle favourite was weak. He is clearly smarter than Newmarket and it was just his 3rd start. His juvenile form isn’t far off that of John F Kennedy and indeed the 2 were vying for anti post Derby favouritism not so long ago. He’s 16/1 for that now but as big as 10’s for this and I like those odds. I like John F too but he's a skinnier price and also has a bit to prove. Whether the selection gets the Derby trip remains to be seen but this will be fine and the race is a bit of a graveyard for favourites so I’ll take the shorties on.

Ol' Man River - 1pt e/w @ 10/1Lost -2pt

York 15:45

There’s not a great deal between Off Art and Fort Bastion on Thrsk form with both likely to come on for that reappearance. Particularly the latter who never got a run and tried to come from further back than anything. Hopefully he’ll be better away today and he likes it here and should go close. There’ll be some pace too, and I’d imagine Prince Of Johanne won’t be far off it. He runs well that way and also loves it here with solid form figures in the race. 3lb lower than when 3rd last year, he was bumped and lost his place early last time which seemed to make him sulk but I’ll give him another chance at a decent price. I’m tempted by Fast Act in the Listed sprint and Cousin Khee in the last but perhaps not quite tempted enough, might see how the day's gone before playing.

Fort Bastion - 1pt e/w @ 7/1Lost -2pt

Prince of Johanne - 1pt e/w @ 16/1Lost -2pt

Wednesday 13th May

Rein Man / Tuesday 12th May 2015 / 18:13

York 14:40

The York opener has nothing that really jumps off the page. I like Chancery and What About Carlo amongst others but drying ground would be a worry for both. So too for a couple of fancies in the next but they look worth supporting. Mass Rally is very capable of winning from this mark and he has the headgear back on in which he was last successful. That came here over course and distance and he’s 6lb lower now. He shaped well last time too and is well drawn to track the likely pace. Fast Shot is another that will probably not want the ground to dry out too much but he has won on good and went well in this last year off a couple of pounds higher. He needs everything to drop right off this mark but he shaped nicely on return before finding the ground too quick last time.

Fast Shot - 0.5pt e/w @ 28/1Lost -1pt

Mass Rally - 1pt e/w @ 10/1Lost -2pt

York 15:15

The drying surface is a plus for a few in the Duke Of York, notably the pair of most interest in Muthmir and Lucky Kristale. The former may well come out the best of these but he could be fresh first up and fancy he’ll improve for it. The latter was unlucky last time and has a better chance of reversing form with Astaire than her current odds suggest. I’d prefer if she were drawn more mid-pack as she may have to head to the rail to get some cover and thus get too far back but she likes it here and this is her trip. I fancy she’ll be better away than last time too with sprinting experience back under her belt.

Lucky Kristale - 1pt e/w @ 12/1Lost -2pt

York 17:20

The 3 year old handicap looks terrifying so I’ll leave that alone. Together Forever would be a tentative selection in the Musidora but no bet. The last looks a good betting heat and 3 stick out. 2 have been over hurdles recently in Seamour and Primogeniture. The former would be a 140 horse over obstacles and, given his beating of the talented Karezak at Kempton on the flat, 85 may well underestimate him. The yard are flying too but stall 19 can’t be ideal. Primogeniture has been eased from his Irish mark and was chucked into hot company over hurdle. This looks more realistic for a clever yard and he’s worth play. As is Jefferson City for another smart team who have picked up this former John Gosden colt and brought him back off an absence to finish a length 3rd last time in maiden company. Best from the rear that day, he should come on a bundle for it and 79 looks lenient based on his debut. Last time showed the ability remains and he’ll be granted more of a test at the trip today.

Primogeniture - 1pt e/w @ 16/1Lost -2pt

Jefferson City - 1pt e/w @ 16/1Lost -2pt

Saturday 9th May

Rein Man / Friday 8th May 2015 / 16:53

Ascot 15:45

It’s a big field but there’s not bundles of pace on in the Victoria Cup. What there is comes from higher than lower and that’s where it should pay to concentrate. American Hope is good enough and certainly well treated enough to win one of these, especially on the form of his ‘win his side’ in the Britannia last term. He was unlucky next time too in a smaller field when keen and hitting the front a touch soon. So, whilst the excuses are mounting up, including finding 6 too sharp last time, his mark has eased a touch and 7 in a big field looks spot on. Also up on the long list is Highland Acclaim. He won here over 6 last term before a luckless run next at this trip. He’s run well since then too but often had too much to do from off the pace and a return to 7 on decent ground looks ideal. His mark has suffered for running well without winning and he hasn’t had a run this term but if he can show an ounce of the improvement he did last year then he has another big handicap in him. I’ll probably back Speculative Bid too who will surely go close but he’s short enough.

American Hope - 1pt e/w @ 16/1Lost -2pt

Highland Acclaim - 1pt e/w @ 20/1Lost -2pt

Ascot 14:00

Penhill could be well ahead of these in the Ascot opener but I still fancy there’s more to come from Oasis Fantasy off this mark. He bumped into Battersea back in July who won next up but his career doesn’t boast such progress. Just 1lb higher than for that run here, he was gelded over the winter but still fresh and keen last time on reappearance. Hopefully that run will have put him right for this as he’s definitely got scope off that mark. Noble Gift and I’m Fraam Govan shouldn’t hang about and that will help the selection’s chances of settling.

Oasis Fantasy - 1pt e/w @ 8/1Placed 1pt

Haydock 15:25

Over at Haydock I like Edeymi and Milan Bound in the 3 mile race but it’s trappy and they’re tricky. Judging by the Chester rain yesterday, it could be pretty testing too and that might not suit either. It should suit Handiwork who is a soft ground winner on the flat for Michael Bell and who will want a test at this trip. Conditions will help with that and there’s a fair bit of pace on. He was keeping on at Ayr behind Cheltenian last time on good and is up a couple of pounds, now 9lb higher than when touched off over course and distance a few starts back, but he is improving and shapes as though there’s a big race in him.

Handiwork - 1pt e/w @ 12/1Lost -2pt

Friday 8th May

Rein Man / Thursday 7th May 2015 / 18:15

Chester 14:10

Good opener worth a go at Chester and a few on the list. Macret heads it but there are a couple in behind that could outrun their prices. Brazos has blinkers on and looks feasibly treated with soft ground likely to be in his favour. It's the double figures about Arnold Lane though that really catches the eye. A course and distance winner, he's been highly tried since that success and mostly at 6 furlongs. He's so well treated now having dropped dramatically in the handicap and, given his last 3 wins have been at 6.5 and 7, looks well worth a first go back at this trip in 10 starts. Cut is fine and he shaped with enough promise on reappearance to suggest the flame still burns.

Arnold Lane - 1pt e/w @ 14/1Lost -2pt

Chester 14:40

Aidan O'Brien has a terrific record in the Dee Stakes and Smuggler's Cove probably wins. I've got most of his wrong all week though so why stop now? Disegno may well improve for the headgear but is clearly risky whilst Nafaqa can't really be trusted but Prince Gagarin looks a solid option should the favourite under perform. He has 1 blot on the record when all but chucking the race at the start. He then gave too much rope to a progressive sort before winning on soft ground in Listed company at the end of the season. There should be more to come and he's proved he handles the surface whilst the step up to 10 looks likely to suit.

Prince Gagarin - 1pt @ 6/1Lost -1pt

Chester 17:25

I'm tempted by Grissom in a race he's gone close in before but there again there should surely be more than 4pts between he and Intisaab, a solid favourite at a very decent 4/1 currently. As far as another bet goes, it's Al Destoor in the last. He's a keen going sort who may not get the pace he needs to help him settle but his current price is way off. He bumped into recent hat trick scorer Mica Mika 3 starts back and again seemed to find 10 furlongs too sharp on the all weather. Last time was a mess when pulling his way around the entire field but, for all he's a 13 race maiden, this is a significant drop in class and he's been underestimated at current prices.

Al Destoor - 1pt e/w @ 12/1Non Runner

Thursday 7th May

Rein Man / Wednesday 6th May 2015 / 18:23

Chester 14:10

Sennockian Star is tempting again in the Chester opener but his last 2 runs have been very poor, especially last time when he had the race run to suit. The other Johnston runner, Master Of Finance has a bit to prove too but he was drawn widest of all at Ripon and could never get to the lead. That seems crucial for him, as he showed on reappearance when winning well at Pontefract. He gets his ground today and is well drawn to bounce out on the lead where he could well have things his own way. A gelding operation over the winter clearly benefitted and it's too soon to write him off.

Master of Finance - 1pt e/w @ 12/1Placed 1.4pt

Chester 17:25

Elsewhere on the card the idea of a good thing would be Cannock Chase but he’s not really of great interest at that price. I quite like Tanaaf in the Vase too against a couple of shorties who you couldn’t really put too much faith in. Geordie George and Northgate Lad look likeable favourites but as far as another play goes it’s The Character in the hopefully lucky last. Stable companion Polar Eyes is interesting with cheekpieces back on but it’s noteworthy that Richard Kingscote chooses The Character who seemed to find a mile far too sharp last time. He’s back over a course and distance that he’s won over and is well drawn to get handy with relative ease. Empress Ali will likely take them along with the Dascombe pair close up and The Character should come on for that reappearance last time. He handles cut and is on similar terms with Ardmay when the latter won here back in August. I like Ardmay but fancy the selection could have a little more scope and he’s the bigger price at the time of writing.

The Character - 1pt e/w @ 10/1Lost -2pt

Wednesday 6th May

Rein Man / Wednesday 6th May 2015 / 06:22

Chester 15:10

Chester Cup day and Dr Marwan Koukash is 5 strong in the big race and looking to win it for a 3rd successive year. A week ago he said his best chance was Gabrial’s King, a 25/1 shot at the time. He even said he’d take some of his others out just to get this one in, so he clearly likes his chances. Trouble is he’s now 8/1 but I really think he’ll be involved and is worth a play. Well drawn, the rain is a niggling worry but he will apparently come on a bundle for the run last time when a touch unlucky and he has handled this ground before. He has a similar profile to last year’s 2nd, Angel Gabrial, who shot up the weights after switching to the Fahey yard and would probably have won this with a better draw. I fancy there's a fair bit of scope off Gabrial's King's current mark, officially 3lb well in. I also like Gabrial’s Star now the ground has come for him. In fact, softer would really suit him and hinder others so look out for how the ground is riding after the first if waiting for the race before playing. He is in good form, his last run has been franked by John Reel, also in this, and he’s well drawn. I’m not sure it’ll be strongly run with Buthelezi and Shu Lewis the most likely to go forward, the latter of whom I’m keen on but she may just be a touch high in the handicap and doesn’t exactly have the profile of a Chester Cup winner. Lady Kashaan also looks somewhat forgotten at the bottom of the market though she has started a season well before and not gone on.

Gabrials King - 1pt @ 8/1Lost -1pt

Gabrials Star - 1pt e/w @ 16/1Lost -2pt

Sunday 3rd May

Rein Man / Sunday 3rd May 2015 / 08:51

Newmarket 13:50

The opening handicap at Newmarket sees Gothic with a serious chance. Rain and a step up in trip should really mean he goes off favourite for this and his ability to race prominently could come in handy. Watersmeet is a likely pace angle and he could have things his own way up top. That said, I want to give Montaly a chance too, though he will likely attempt to come from off that pace. He won first up last term and his best runs have come away from a fast surface. Easier ground when last seen will help and he's more closely matched with the likes of Gothic and Astronereus than his price suggests. A gelding operation adds to the interest on this return. Fire Fighting should be thereabouts whilst Highland Castle is one to keep an eye on as he looks well treated but may just need this.

Gothic - 1pt e/w @ 6/1Lost -2pt

Montaly - 1pt e/w @ 12/1Non Runner

Newmarket 15:00

The 6 furlong handicap has so many tempting runners and I could back 5 or 6. First up Go Far (look out for him going up here on every start this term, the cliff looms), who was disappointing back on turf last time but was completely drawn out of it. He is eased another couple of pounds, now 6lb lower than when staying on and unlucky in the Portland. Rain would be a concern but he's too big and I like that he will get the chance to be prominent here. There's not a huge amount of pace on for a field of this size but Hillbillyboy should take them up the centre whilst Shore Step will come up the stand side rail. I expect that to be the place to be and Go Far is well drawn. So too is Secretinthepark and Robert Cowell may well be able to improve him beyond this mark, just as he has last year's winner. Gamesome is another with a very attractive profile but short enough in a hot handicap and the same could be said for the unreliable but undoubtedly well treated Zanetto, fresh from a wind op. It's the price about Run With Pride that makes him too tempting to ignore and I fancy he'll go well. The negatives: he may not be ideally drawn and will need strength in numbers to come down the middle. He could also be a better horse on the all weather given recent performances. However, if he is just an improved horse this term then he comes here in super form and the rain will have done no harm given past performances on the turf. The yard are 0-27 this month but the horses have been knocking on the door and this lightly raced sort will have a race fitness edge on others.

Go Far - 1pt e/w @ 50/1Lost -2pt

Run With Pride - 1pt e/w @ 22/1Lost -2pt

Newmarket 15:40

We saw the best of last year's juvenile colts take the 2000 Guineas and the fillies' juvenile form is stronger if anything. Tiggy Wiggy ties with Cursory Glance who beat Found in a rip roaring Moyglare which has produced 4 subsequent Group winners. Beat that. But Found isn't here and, as a result, Lucida is justifiably favourite. I thought Jellicle Ball ran a superb trial for this in the Fred Darling and beat Tiggy Wiggy hands down so she must be on the shortlist. And that brings us to Tiggy Wiggy, who could help shape this. Did she see out 7 last time? It's hard to tell but she was keen before easing up a touch when beaten and it's almost certain she is most effective as a sprinter. She may not be the 2 year old she was at 3 either. 2 things are niggling away though. 1, if she comes on for that reappearance as much as stable companion Ivawood did then she's overpriced. 2, they will surely go back to front running tactics on her and that has to make her of interest. That is her strength and will probably give her more chance of seeing out the trip as she'll not be fighting restraint. This is an extra furlong from last time and I honestly don't think she'll see it out but her strength is taking early lengths out of fields and she could have some of these quite a way behind if allowed to bowl along. Whether she can hang on is another matter but she is clear on ratings and so classy that her price is just too tempting, especially now it looks that little more open without a very solid ante post favourite. I've also got to stick with a filly I've liked for this since last term in Malabar, and she will need them to go quick. Redstart and Terror should help with that and we could end up with 1 group here given just 14 runners. She would have been closer with an extra furlong in the Moyglare and closer still over this trip in the Marcel Boussac but for a terrible run. Legatissimo looks every bit an Oaks filly and worth an ante post play in that prior to a likely staying on effort this afternoon.

Malabar - 1pt e/w @ 10/1Lost -2pt

Tiggy Wiggy - 1pt e/w @ 20/1Placed 4pt

Saturday 2nd May

Rein Man / Friday 1st May 2015 / 17:16

Newmarket 14:00

The opening handicap on Guineas day sees 2 previous Cambridgeshire winners line up and, of them, Educate looks a threat off this mark. He's been disappointing though, might not get the pace he needs, and I'd rather be a Halation backer. He had to switch over to the other side of the track at Doncaster to track the field and travelled like the best horse in the race. He must have gone favourite in running before his effort petered out for 1 of 2 reasons. Either the trip stretched him or he didn't let himself down fully on slightly dead ground. If the former then he'll be in trouble here but the way he was seeing out 8.5 at Wolves suggests the trip is fine. This quicker surface should be more to his liking and Andrea Atzeni appears to get on well with him. The hood is worth a go too.

Halation - 1pt @ 7/1Lost -1pt

Newmarket 15:45

Telescope should win and Kingsgate Native doesn't have Sole Power to bump into in the sprint but I'll save another bet on the Newmarket card for the Guineas. Whilst I'm not sure the best of the juvenile colt form is as rock solid as that of the fillies, Gleneagles is still the one to beat and I'm struggling to pick holes in his chances. The main trials this term may not throw up the winner of this but Intilaaq is very interesting after that scintillating Newbury run. It's a step up but the clock and his attitude suggest it's one he can make. As far as a horse we haven't seen in a race as a 3 year old yet, Dutch Connection always looked a juvenile that would come into his own this year. A long, rangy type last term, he looked to have filled out his frame in a recent racecourse gallop and yard vibes are good. He certainly looked to want a mile last year and did get a Dante entry at the start of the season so a strongly run mile, which is very likely, will suit. Home Of The Brave will likely hit the near side rail whilst Kool Kompany could take them up the middle and Dutch Connection is well drawn to track the strongest of the pace. His best performance last term came when covered up of a hot pace and that's his best chance here. He has lengths to find with the favourite

Dutch Connection - 1pt e/w @ 25/1Lost -2pt

Punchestown 17:00

As far as Punchestown goes, 2 catch the eye. I'm off to a wedding so don't have time for reasons but think Gallant Oscar must have a great chance in the 3 mile 1 chase. He was entered in the 3 mile 6 race but this looks the right choice.

Gallant Oscar - 1pt @ 7/1Won 7pt

Punchestown 15:10

In the one over further, Rogue Angel is worth one more chance. He saves his best form for the track and is one of the few of last year's Cheltenham 4-milers yet to score since.

Rogue Angel - 1pt e/w @ 25/1Lost -2pt

Friday 1st May

Rein Man / Thursday 30th April 2015 / 20:29

Punchestown 16:20

Looking forward to an excellent novice handicap at Punchestown this afternoon, currently 7/1 the field. I like the favourite who’s form has been advertised but there are other, equally likeable sorts at bigger prices. First up Shanahan’s Turn must go up off 143. Having disappointed in 2 hot Irish Novice Grade 1’s, the first of which he was sent off 9/2 rated 148, the hope is a return to this track will spark improvement. 3 miles on testing ground may have been too far in the Topaz whilst his trainer was in no form come Flogas time, though he’s not exactly flying now. This looks his trip though and he could make 12/1 look very silly with conditions to suit. If Blood Cotil wins I’ll go ballistic but the fact Ruby goes elsewhere just worries me, as does the trip, and I’m going for Wuff instead. Tom George knows how to win here and his horse is nice and fresh. He’ll want a clip but the ground looks more suitable than last time and there should be plenty of scope off his mark of 130, with 14/1 generous enough.

Shanahans Turn - 1pt e/w @ 12/1Lost -2pt

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

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