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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 @ 25/1
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 @ 9/1
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 @ 16/1
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 @ 18/1

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 @ 4/1

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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