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Thursday 3rd September - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Wednesday 2nd September 2015 / 19:26

Haydock 14:30

IKERRIN ROAD ran a race full of promise on debut at Newcastle and may well improve sufficiently enough to topple the more experienced Force – who is becoming a little expensive to follow. Backed from 10/1 to 3/1 to get off the mark at the first time of asking, John Quinn’s charge looked for all the world as though he was going to land the punt, but he just faltered late on and got nutted in the last few strides by Simple Attack, who had the benefit of a previous run. As the son of Iffraaj hit the lids and showed plenty of early dash at the Gosforth Park venue, the drop back in trip looks a wise move and as most of the stable’s youngsters improve significantly from their first outing to the second, it’s safe to assume he’ll follow a similar path.

Ikerrin Road - 1pt @ 5/2
Haydock 16:05

With five winners from his last nine runners, it’s clearly been a lucrative exercise following Brendan Powell in the last week or so and his representative here, DARK EMERALD, looks to have every chance of keeping the board ticking over nicely based on his latest exploits. A creditable effort in the Royal Hunt Cup has been following up by excellent displays in two Group 3’s at the Curragh and Salisbury and, as the latest performance at the Wiltshire witnessed him chase home Saturday’s Celebration Mile hero Kodi Bear, the form looks even more solid. Although the son of Dark Angel is dropping back in trip, it should be noted he has plenty of quality winning form over six and seven furlongs in the past and providing all eight runners go to post, he rates cracking value at a top price of 8/1 for those that enjoy a bit of each-way thievery.

Dark Emerald - 1pt e/w @ 8/1
Sedgefield 16:55

CARNAROSS (NAP) looked on good terms with himself as he bounded to victory on his first start for Julia Brooke at Cartmel five days ago and because that race was a conditional jockey contest, the penalty he avoids makes him an extremely tempting proposition here. Rated as high as 100 in the past, the son of Norse Dancer quickly seized upon his tumbling mark for a trainer who’d only had him in her care for a short period of time, but it’s clearly been enough time for the Yorkshire air to work its magic and he looks a good thing to go in again if in the same form.

Carnaross - 2pt @ 5/4
Clonmel 19:00

MASTER APPEAL got back on the winning trail last time out at Tramore thanks to better ground and a step up in trip so it would be folly not to stay loyal to John Kiely’s inmate now we’ve established his optimum conditions. There was a good deal to like about the way he knuckled down to the task at hand in the closing stages of that competitive little heat 18 days ago and being as he’s got plenty of solid form over tonight’s course on his C.V, everything looks set fair for another bold display.

Master Appeal - 0.5pt e/w @ 4/1

Wednesday 2nd September - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Tuesday 1st September 2015 / 22:13

Bath 14:20

Soft ground and the drop back to the minimum trip worked wonders for DOC CHARM at Chepstow last week and even with a statutory 6lb penalty, Karl Burke’s charge is fancied to shrug aside that impost. Not only did the son of Hellvelyn readily turn away track specialist Bonjour Steve to the tune of six lengths, the time figure he produced in doing so indicated he could be a good bit better than his current handicap mark of 78.

Doc Charm - 1pt @ 13/8

Bath 15:50

Withdrawn on account of softening underfoot conditions on her last two engagements, connections of SHADEN will be hoping for a relatively dry 24 hours for their up-and-coming young filly as they appear to have found a nice opportunity for her to continue her progression. Thought good enough to face the starter in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot after a win in just ordinary company first time out at Nottingham, Lady Cecil’s charge failed to justify that lofty entry on account of boiling over in the preliminaries. Back on track with her sights lowered on her latest outing at Ffos Las, the form of that success at the Welsh venue took a huge boost with the runner-up, Sahreej, bolting up at Newbury subsequently and given that the daughter of Kodiac made Charlie Hills’ charge look ordinary that evening, it would come as a bit of a disappointment if she doesn’t dispose of this line-up in the same fashion.

Shaden - 2pt @ 11/8

Worcester 19:40

MIGHTY LEADER improved markedly for a step up in trip last time out and makes plenty of appeal returning to the scene of that game victory despite being raised in class. Being a former point-to-point winner, there was always a chance Henry Oliver’s inmate would come into his own beyond the minimum trip he’d raced over previously and that proved to be the case when he stayed on powerfully in the latter stages of a 17-strong field over the C&D back in July. Although bumped up a further 8lb, he may have sufficient improvement to offset that punishment and he rates a fair each-way bet up against a largely exposed field.

Mighty Leader - 0.5pt e/w @ 7/1

Tuesday 1st September - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Monday 31st August 2015 / 18:03

Hamilton 17:05

Jedd O’Keeffe’s last seven runners have either won or made the frame and CANDELISA is expected to keep that fine record going in the final of this valuable nursery. A big eye-catcher first time out in a maiden which worked out well subsequently, the son of Dream Ahead was unsurprisingly well backed to vindicate that impression over today’s C&D next time out and although he failed to deliver the goods, he still ran with a great deal of credit. Making no mistake at the third time of asking, this imposing juvenile has presumably been rested for this prize ever since and off a fair opening mark of 79, it would come as a bit of a surprise if he wasn’t hugely competitive.

Candelisa - 1pt e/w @ 5/1Placed 0pt

Goodwood 16:20

Although beaten by Rhombus at Nottingham last time out, the overriding impression was GALE FORCE should have won that race at the Colwick Park track and gets an immediate opportunity to back up that theory and gain revenge on Ismail Mohammed’s inmate. Everything seemed to be going swimmingly for James Fanshawe’s charge - travelling well in behind the leaders turning for home - but unfortunately she got stuck in a pocket when the tempo increased at the three pole and found herself with a mountain to climb in a short pace of time thereafter. Given the way she was gathering in the leaders as the line approached, the daughter of Shirocco could be marked up as an unlucky loser and the extra two furlongs of today’s contest should also play into her strengths.

Gale Force - 1pt @ 5/4Won 1.25pt

Goodwood 15:45

BOBBY WHEELER looked a quality colt in the making when scoring in emphatic fashion at Salisbury last time and may have enough requisite improvement to floor standard-bearer and Vintage Stakes third, Palawan. Clive Cox’s charge ran in accordance to how most of the stable’s runners were shaping on debut back in May, but stepped up markedly after a three month lay-off when making all the running to win by a big margin at the Wiltshire venue. The time figure of the race suggest it was a performance worth noting and there’s every chance that the son of Pivotal will have the luxury of bowling along in front with only two rivals in opposition.

Bobby Wheeler - 1pt @ 6/4Lost 1pt

Monday 31st August - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Sunday 30th August 2015 / 18:47

Newcastle 14:25

SIMPLE ATTACK (NAP) clocked a smart time for a juvenile when landing a maiden over this course last time out, so that proven ability to see out a strongly run race and vital track experience will hopefully prove the key components to him running well again back to the scene of that victory. One of the main features of that success was how strong and tenacious he was in the latter stages of that contest and that bodes well for his chances of seeing out an extra furlong this afternoon.

Simple Attack - 2pt @ 4/1Lost -2pt

Downpatrick 16:05

THE INFORMER looked a totally different horse racing without a hood on soft ground at Ballinrobe last week, so much so, that a solid case can be made for him turning the tables with his old rival Mr Mulliner. The pair last clashed over today’s C&D at the beginning of last month with Mark McNiff’s charge running out a comfortable five-length winner, but as the selection is slightly better off at the weights and there’s a good chance of the ground deteriorating due to forecast rain, Emmet Butterley’s charge just gets the nod to gain his revenge.

The Informer - 1pt @ 11/4Lost -1pt

Epsom 16:45

Given his overall profile, clearly KASTINI is not one for maximum stakes, but at the same time, there’s no denying what a talented performer he can be when in the groove. Denis Coakley’s charge was certainly on a going day last time out at Newbury when coming from last to first with a withering run in the home straight and given that his last five furlong split time was considerably faster than the 109-rated Agent Murphy - who landed the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer earlier on the same card - the performance carries even more credence. Seen to best affect when dropped out the back to come with a late run, hopefully Paul Hanagan can get a similar tune out of the son of Halling than he did at the Berkshire venue.

Kastini - 1pt @ 7/2Lost -1pt

Sunday 30th August - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Sunday 30th August 2015 / 09:57

Curragh 15:10

THREE COLOURS RED (NAP) shapes like a horse who is still some way clear of his current rating and is fancied to back up that view and complete a quick hat trick. James Barrett’s charge first sprung to prominence when making the 80-rated Pincode pull out all the stops in a rated race three starts ago at Tramore - so it was no major surprise to see him make a mockery of his lenient mark of 50 in a handicap at Sligo three days later. Despite being hit with a 14lb rise in the weights and racing on ground quicker than ideal, the Camacho gelding made light work of that impost by making all the running to record another resounding success over this course last weekend. Although up another 6lb, he has the scope and progression to take that extra burden in his stride and he will prove a tough nut to crack with another positive ride on ground he really appreciates.

Three Colours Red - 1pt e/w @ 6/1Lost 2pt

Cork 15:30

DOLLAR AND A DREAM finally delivered the goods at Galway last time after splintering the crossbar on his two previous starts and looks set to follow up that cosy success at Ballybrit off just an 8lb higher mark. Inexperience and lack of tactical pace had found out Tony Martin charge at Tipperary and Limerick previously, so it was nice to see him piece it all together when the money was down for the third time and at the place where it meant most to his patient owners. The way he finished off his race last time suggested he has loads left under the bonnet for future assignments and that theory is put to the test here up against a bunch of largely exposed handicappers who don’t appear to have as much upside as the selection.

Dollar And A Dream - 1pt @ 2/1Non Runner

Beverley 16:35

ROSINA has looked like a thoroughly progressive filly on her last two starts and can take this next assignment in her stride before going on to much better things. A winner on debut at York back in June, Ann Duffield’s inmate posted a big number on the figures despite getting beat on her return visit a month later and as a result was a warm order to vindicate the impression she created that day on her latest outing at Ripon. Although she was made to work harder than her odds-on status suggested, she ran out a ready winner in the end and having been very strong in the latter stages in both her last two starts, today’s stiffer course is expected to play into her strengths.

Rosina - 1pt @ 11/4Won 2.75pt

Saturday 29th August - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Friday 28th August 2015 / 19:49

Newmarket 16:00

FATHERLY FRIEND shaped with a huge amount of promise on debut at Haydock and should have learned sufficiently to be more competitive second time around. Held up in the rear off a decent early pace, Karl Burke’s charge was just beginning to organise a challenge when he ran into traffic just running down to the furlong pole. Once switched out into the clear, the Scat Daddy colt came home in such taking fashion, it would have been a brave man to suggest he wouldn’t have been involved in the finish and he now gets a chance to put that viewpoint to the test in what looks a slightly easier assignment.

Fatherly Friend - 1pt @ 7/2Lost 1pt

Newmarket 16:35

Backing top weights in nurseries is never a bad policy and that rule applies nicely to WINTER ROSE, who is top of the pile thanks to a series of fine performances so far to date. Richard Hannon’s charge ran with a good deal of promise when third on debut over today’s course and then went on to go one place better with another fine display at Glorious Goodwood next time out. The daughter of Dark Angel made it third time lucky with a resounding success on the AW at Kempton last time out and as that effort was the best on the card from a speed figure perspective, the performance needs to be upgraded accordingly.

Winter Rose - 1pt @ 4/1Lost 1pt

Beverley 16:40

NAOISE can be a bit of a monkey, but as he proved here five 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 this course two starts ago, but with a bigger field and better gallop a more likely proposition this time around, Ollie Pears’ charge has a puncher’s chance of coming up trumps back over a more suitable trip.

Naoise - 0.5pt e/w @ 10/1Lost 1pt

Cartmel 16:55

HONEY POUND bounced back to form with a vengeance last time at Newton Abbot and with the runner-up, Welcometothejungle, going on to advertise the form with a win at Southwell two days ago, Tim Vaughan’s charge has every chance of following suit. The overall time and final circuit split at the West Country venue indicated the race could be worth following, and even though he’s up against plenty of track specialists, he’s clearly in the sort of shape to hold his own in this sort of grade.

Honey Pound - 1pt e/w @ 4/1Lost 2pt

Goodwood 16:50

RAW IMPULSE (NAP) was backed as defeat was out of the question at Newmarket last time out, and even though he failed to deliver the goods, the overriding impression was it was only money lent. A slow beginning rather put Clive Cox’s charge behind the eight ball at HQ and although he made up the lost leeway by halfway, the damage had already been done. As it turned out, he was trying to give a significant track advantage to a horse in the shape of Memorial Day, who went on to dead-heat in a red-hot York handicap, and with the likes of subsequent winners, Kastini and Thecornishcowboy well beat in behind, the form looks rock-solid. Prior to that praiseworthy effort, the son of Makfi took the scalps of subsequent scorers, Monotype, Barreesh, Wheat Sheaf, Oasis Spear and Bollihope in a decent Nottingham maiden on soft ground and under similar conditions this afternoon, this one-time Derby entry has the perfect opportunity to prove that his current handicap mark of 87 is on the generous side.

Raw Impulse - 2pt @ 5/2Lost 2pt

Windosr 18:35

A late withdrawal from the Strensall Stakes at York last week due to the fast ground, MASTER CARPENTER can go a long way to justifying that decision in this ultra-competitive Group 3 contest seven days on. A game winner of the John Smith’s Cup at York two starts ago, Rod Millman’s inmate gave short-priced favourite backers a huge fright last time out at Haydock when looking likely to topple the top-class Intilaaq at the furlong pole. Unfortunately, the son of Mastercraftsman couldn’t sustain his run and in the end had to play second fiddle, but at the same time, he did more than enough to intimate he still remains bang on top of his game. Clearly, the very smart Irish raider Fascinating Rock will be tough to beat if on his A-game, but the selection looks the solid each-way alternative.

Master Carpenter - 0.5pt e/w @ 9/1Lost 1pt

Saturday 29th August - Reinman

Rein Man / Friday 28th August 2015 / 19:01

Newmarket 14:50

Kodi Bear will be very difficult to beat in the Celebration Mile and it’s a no bet race. The only spanner in the works would be if he’s taken on for the lead by Fire Ship but neither will want to do for each other up top and I fancy Kodi Bear will go on and make all. Captain Cat does look a big price if the 2 aforementioned do take each other on but he needs to discover the sort of form that saw him sent off favourite for this last year. Gabrial is another that will appreciate a battle up top but I can’t really see a winner past the favourite. A Gabrial that could be worth backing is Our Gabrial at Newmarket. He wants further than this ideally but drying ground is in his favour and there are 4 potential front runners in the line up. If they get going early enough then he has a sniff at a chunky price. He beat the now 20lb higher rated Astronereus last term and shows up here off 1lb higher so we know he’s well treated.

Our Gabrial - 1pt @ 20/1Lost 1pt

Goodwood 14:35

Magic City is tempting back from a run at his favourite track but the key could be a lack of pace in the race. That will give Enlace a proper chance of dictating from stall 4 and I can’t work out why she’s the price she is (it could be the ground but it probably won’t ride soft). I know she’s stepping up against older horses and this is tougher than her last track assignment but the yard won this with a 3 year old last year (Almargo had finished 3rd in the same race won by Enlace) and a 4lb rise for that last win is very fair. 3 from 3 at the track, she’s worth forgiving a poor run anywhere else so 12th of 14 at York last time isn't a concern. Another 3 year old, Fox Trotter, also looks worth a play and is back off the same mark as when keeping on behind Enlace last time. That was his first run this term and he’ll have a great chance of building on that here. The worry is the lack of pace given he was patiently ridden last time but he’s well drawn and big enough at the prices.

Enlace - 1pt @ 14/1Lost 1pt

Fox Trotter - 1pt @ 10/1Lost 1pt

Friday 28th August - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Thursday 27th August 2015 / 20:21

Newmarket 17:15

Although a beaten favourite here last time, MISTER BRIGHTSIDE can be afforded another chance to make amends for that costly failure now racing back over a more suitable trip. An easy winner over seven furlongs the time before, Jeremy Noseda’s charge had exhibited so much speed that day, connections were well within their rites to have a go over a furlong shorter. Unfortunately, the experiment didn’t work but, at the same time, the speed figure of the race was that good, it was no wonder the son of Lord Shanakil struggled to cope against quicker rivals. Back under his optimum conditions with Frankie Dettori returning to do duty in the saddle, this improving three-year-old should be kept on side.

Mister Brightside - 1pt @ 3/1Won 3pt

Goodwood 18:40

BRITTLETON (NAP) posted a big speed figure at Salisbury last time out and, as a result, will be a warm order to supplement those gains from the Wiltshire venue. Staying on strongly off the back of solid fractions, Harry Dunlop’s inmate proved that a proper test of stamina suited him down to the ground and connections haven’t been slow on the uptake to find a suitable race while this son of Aqlaam is in such a rich vein of form.

Brittleton - 2pt @ 15/8Won 4pt

Goodwood 19:10

Recent form figures of VOLUNTEER POINT don’t look all that inspiring, but on closer inspection, Mick Channon’s filly has performed a little better than those finishing positions imply. Strongly fancied in many quarters to run well in a competitive race over the C&D at the Glorious Goodwood meeting a month ago, the daughter of Footstepsinthesand endured the kind of nightmare passage befitting many horses before her at this hostage-to-fortune track. Totally unsuited by the slowly run dawdle at Newmarket last time, hopefully things will pan out a little more agreeably on this occasion, as there’s no denying she has the qualities to capture a race of this nature.

Volunteer Point - 1pt @ 9/2Lost 1pt


PUNK ROCKER had the misfortune to bump into a rampant Refuse Colette at Nottingham last time out, but as the clock revealed, it was arguably one of her best ever performances so she should be followed accordingly. Prior to that sound effort, Michael Dods’ charge had been beaten by Pryers Princess at Doncaster, but as that filly went on to disappoint rather than progress next time at Musselburgh, maybe the daughter of Fastnet Rock is the safer option of the pair.

Punk Rocker - 1pt @ 3/1Lost 1pt

Thursday 27th August - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Wednesday 26th August 2015 / 19:07

Wolverhampton 19:15

REGINALD CLAUDE is a fairly reliable and consistent performer at tonight’s venue and goes particular well for Charlotte Jenner, so the combination of those two factors make Mark Usher’s charge a decent enough bet to hit the frame at the very least in what looks a trappy 6f contest. A winner over the C&D back in March, the son of Monsieur Bond was no match for pillar-to-post scorer Bosham on his most recent visit to the Dunstall Park circuit, but he did more than enough to suggest he can regain the winning thread if the cards fall in his favour. Unfortunately the winner had flown by the time he’d broken clear of the pursuing pack here six days ago, but as the time of the race was good and he finished nicely clear of the rest, he rates fair each-way bet at 6/1 off the same mark.

Reginauld Claude - 1pt e/w @ 6/1Lost -2pt

Wolverhampton 20:15

AQUA LIBRE shaped with a degree of promise on debut at Chelmsford and can be expected to take a leap forward from that initial experience and become a huge player in this slightly less taxing assignment. Slow away and green in the early exchanges of that maiden at the Essex track, the daughter of Aqlaam made up a good deal of ground in the closing stages and although she was no match for the eventual winner, Rosy Morning, she did more than enough to suggest she’s capable of winning a small race with just normal improvement.

Aqua Libre - 0.5pt e/w @ 8/1Won 4.8pt

Southwell 16:20

YES DADDY has only ever won two races over hurdles, but the fact they have both come over today’s C&D increases confidence in Robert Stephens’ inmate on his return visit. First of those successes came back in March 2014 off a mark of 103 and even though he was a further 7lb higher in the weights on his latest outing here, it wasn’t enough to prevent him going in again. Up a further 5lb to a perch of 115 tonight, he will have to produce a career-best performance to score, but following a nice pipe-opener on the flat the other day there’s every chance he can do so now racing over his favourite course.

Yes Daddy - 1pt @ 3/1Non Runner

Stratford 16:10

THE KVILLEKEN has really turned the corner of late and is taken to complete the hat trick now his confidence is at an all-time high. Previously, Martin Keighley’s charge hadn’t looked the heartiest of battlers – as a record of 0-18 runs testified – but since returning from a trip to Jersey and fitted with cheekpieces, the Fair Mix gelding hasn’t looked back. Given a beautiful ride by Andrew Tinker to win cosily over today’s C&D two starts ago, the seven-year-old amazingly followed that up with a win at Market Rasen on his latest outing– showing a different side to his previously dodgy character. On this occasion he had to knuckle down and fight for victory in the closing stages and considering he lost many lengths after being virtually stopped to a walk coming out of the back straight, the performance carries even more merit.

The Kvilleken - 1pt @ 9/4Lost -1pt

Wednesday 26th August - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Tuesday 25th August 2015 / 19:06

Kempton 19:55

GAVLAR looked on good terms with himself when winning over the C&D last week and rates a decent bet to follow up if running to a similar level. Other than a modest run at the Goodwood festival, William Knight’s charge has been running consistently all season and having threatened to score at the Sunbury venue in the past, it came as no great surprise to see him grasp the nettle. Dual course winner Fresh Kingdom looks the obvious threat returning to the scene of those two victories after a couple of poor runs on the turf, but hopefully the selection will have too much stamina for James Fanshawe’s inmate who is unproven over the trip.

Gavlar - 1pt @ 2/1Won 2pt

Lingfield 14:20

PERU has shaped with plenty of promise on her first two starts and now looks ready to strike in a race she holds the best form. A decent effort on debut at Ascot was followed by an even more encouraging display at Kempton last time out, when Hugo Palmer’s charge stayed on nicely in the latter stages behind a well-fancied Richard Hannon juvenile. The feature of that race at the Sunbury venue was the strong pace throughout and that sound foundation should count for plenty in this weaker-looking affair.

Peru - 1pt @ 7/4Non Runner

Lingfield 17:25

OMOTESANDO (NAP) won with any amount in hand at Wolverhampton five days ago and looks a good thing to follow up in the hands of the same pilot. As that event at the Dunstall Park venue was an apprentice race, Mark Brisbourne’s inmate escapes a penalty for that facile success and considering he was eased down in the closing stages, it’s also fair to assume there could be a good bit more to come.

Omotesando - 1pt @ 11/4Won 2.75pt

Tuesday 25th August - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Monday 24th August 2015 / 21:10

Chepstow 16:00

Testing conditions at the Welsh venue clearly bring the best out in BONJOUR STEVE and he can get back on the winning trail following a modest run at Leicester last time out. Not for the first time, Richard Price’s charge has run poorly at the East Midland venue, so it’s probably wise not to hold that against him and concentrate on his runs over today’s course. Form figures of 2211 have applied to the son of Bahamian Bounty when he’s encountered soft or heavy ground at this rollercoaster track and even though he was beaten by Swendab on his last visit earlier in the month, the fast ground was all against him on that occasion.

Bonjour Steve - 1pt @ 4/1Lost 1pt

Newbury 18:10

SHADEN (NAP) was a late defector from a listed race over today’s course two weeks ago, but the fact she was even up against that sort of opposition makes here a strong fancy back in ordinary nursery company. The daughter of Kodiac had already experienced life in pattern class when she lined up for the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot following a win in just an ordinary maiden on debut at Nottingham, but unfortunately that expedition proved to be a fruitless one as the combination of getting buzzed up in the preliminaries and fast ground resulted in her finishing well down the field. Back into much calmer waters last time out at Ffos Las, Lady Cecil’s charge ran out an impressive winner of a strongly run nursery, travelling well before putting the race to bed with a nice turn of foot. Interestingly, her two best performances have come when there has been plenty of juice in the ground, so the rain which has fallen in the last few days have enhanced her prospects no end.

Shaden - 2pt @ 9/4Non Runner

Monday 24th August - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Sunday 23rd August 2015 / 21:49

Brighton 16:30

ROCKIE ROAD, reliable as a Swiss clock at the seaside venue, looks set to preserve his record of never being out of the first three at the track. A game winner over the C&D two starts ago, the son of couldn’t quite duplicate that performance last time out, but at the same time, he still ran with a great deal of credit behind shock winner Roxy Lane – who managed to find some form from left field. Versatile regarding underfoot conditions, Mick Quinn’s charge won’t mind whatever the elements throw at him and he rates the percentage call in a trappy little heat.

Rockie Road - 1pt @ 9/4Won 2.25pt

Carlisle 17:40

FATHERLY FRIEND (NAP) shaped with a huge amount of promise on debut at Haydock and should have learned sufficiently to be more competitive second time around. Held up in the rear off a decent early pace, Karl Burke’s charge was just beginning to organise a challenge when he ran into traffic just running down to the furlong pole. Once switched out into the clear, the Scat Daddy colt came home in such taking fashion, it would have been a brave man to suggest he wouldn’t have been involved in the finish and he now gets a chance to put that viewpoint to the test in what looks a slightly easier assignment.

Fatherly Friend - 1pt @ 3/1Non Runner

Leicester 19:25

STEVENTON STAR is by no means a prolific winner, but there have been quite a few signs of encouragement of late to suggest he could be about to strike - including last time out at Pontefract. Dropped out early from his 13 of 13 coffin box, Kevin Ryan’s charge did remarkably well in the circumstances to finish as close as he did behind the better positioned pair, Be Lucky and Gold Club and given how well he went through the line, it’s a logical stance to upgrade the performance. As tonight’s track has a mixture of weather forecast during the course of the day, it’s nice to know the son of Pastoral Pursuits has form under a variety of ground conditions and that makes him a fairly tempting each-way proposition at his top morning quotes.

Steventon Star - 1pt e/w @ 4/1Lost 2pt

Sunday 23rd August - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Saturday 22nd August 2015 / 19:14

Deauville 15:10

RIBBONS landed this prize in impressive fashion last season and there appears no reason why she won’t go close to repeating that success with everything seemingly in her favour. Although she’s yet to add to her win tally in three subsequent starts, she has still run with great credit considering she hasn’t had her favoured soft ground – including last time out in the Group 1 Pretty Poly Stakes at the Curragh. That run should put her cherry-ripe in terms of fitness and with all the rain which has fallen in the area during the week a massive bonus, James Fanshaw’s star mare is a confident vote to get the job done.

Ribbons - 2pt @ 4/1Lost 2pt

Curragh 17:10

On the evidence of his last two starts, MACNICHOLSON is as tough as old boots and finally got reward for his consistency with a comfortable win in a competitive heat at Gowran last time out. The feature of that contest was the strong pace throughout and it was no great surprise to see Jessica Harrington’s charge pull through given the test of stamina on the examination paper. Prior to that performance, the son of Definite Article ran with great credit in the Galway Hurdle considering he was badly hampering at a crucial stage and he looks primed to put up another bold display in the headgear he’s worn with great distinction on his last two starts.

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

Saturday 22nd August - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Friday 21st August 2015 / 23:52

York 15:45

This year’s renewal looks one of the competitive and classiest for decades and one of the most intriguing runners has to be the progressive Fields Of Athenry. Entered in the Great Voltigeur earlier in the week, connections obviously feel as though he’s potentially well handicapped and just the type for the race - and it’s easy to see why given his latest exploits. A fully-fledged pattern performer courtesy of two victories at Leopardstown recently have seen his rating catapult to a perch of 118 and given that his speed figures suggest he can maintain a relentless gallop, it would come as little surprise if he were capable of defying the handicapper and a potentially tricky draw. Aidan O’Brien’s charge will do well, however, to give the weight away to the other two progressive Irish raiders, QUICK JACK and Clondaw Warrior and it’s the former who makes the most appeal of the pair at the current prices. As consistent as you like under both codes in the last couple of seasons – as form figures of 2121121313321 testify – Tony Martin’s charge arrives her off the back of a smooth victory in Galway Hurdle, one of the most competitive handicaps of its kind all year. Prior to that impressive victory at Ballybrit, the son of Footstepsinthesand narrowly failed to plunder the Chester Cup when nutted in the closing stages by subsequent Gold Cup hero Trip To Paris, but as the ground was softer than ideal for him and he was trying to give 5lb to the winner, the performance still rates one of the best of his career so far to date. Just four pounds higher here, the better ground and the drop back down in trip should suit and given luck in running, it’s hard to see this strong-travelling six-year-old not being involved in the shake-up.

Quick Jack - 1pt e/w @ 7/1Lost 2pt

York 14:00

On the evidence of his last two starts, TOP NOTCH TONTO is back to the level which saw him contesting Group 1 events in the past, and he looks set to continue his fine form at a track where he’s yet to finish out of the frame in five starts (33212). On the latest of those performances, Brian Ellison’s charge had to be carried out on his shield when a gallant runner-up to the smart Tullius in the Sky Bet York Stakes, but he left the impression that day he just didn’t quite see out the extended 1m 2f trip. Prior to that display he bounced back to form when running out a comfortable winner of listed race over the same course over a mile, so today’s 1m 1f distance should turn out to be a happy medium. Clearly revitalised by cheekpieces, the son of Thousand Words looks a fairly solid each-way conveyance – even more so if the Knavesmire receives any more rain during the day.

Top Notch Tonto - 1pt e/w @ 8/1Lost 2pt

York 14:35

As we witnessed at York on Thursday with Koora, Luca Cumani is not frightened of pitching his inexperienced horses in at the deep end if he feels as though they are good enough and that appears to be the case with AL, who lines up here after only five career starts. Too big and backward to do himself proper justice as a two-year-old, the son of Halling – just like his dad – has come into his own with time and more racing and last time out he rewarded the patience of his connections with a facile success at Newmarket. Clearly suited by a step up in trip that day, the further he went the better he looked and being a big, long striding individual, this stamina test and long home straight should play into his strengths even more.

Al - 1pt e/w @ 8/1Lost 2pt

York 16:20

William Haggas has dominated proceedings on the Knavesmire this week and ORNATE (NAP) is a strong fancy to keep the ball rolling nicely for the Newmarket handler in this listed prize. Failing to see out the trip when doing too much too soon on debut at Windsor, the Bahamian Bounty colt was seen to better effect when asked to race over 5f next time at Ripon. Quickening right away from his rivals in the closing stages, he not only posted the fastest furlong-per-furlong time on the card, his final four furlong sectional split of 44.7 was 2.8 seconds and upwards better than what anything else produced in the other six races. On the evidence of those findings and the manner of victory at the Yorkshire venue, this imposing two-year-old clearly has bags of speed and it’s significant that connections have decided to come here for slightly easier pickings rather than have a crack at the Group 2 Gimcrack earlier on the card.

Ornate - 4pt @ 5/4Lost 4pt

York 17:25

IMTIYAAZ is a rapidly improving sprinter on the evidence of her recent performance at Ripon and looks ready to take another step forward in this Class 2 event. After two defeats over six furlongs, Roger Varian’s charge benefitted from a drop back down to the minimum trip at the Yorkshire venue last time, and with the runner-up that day, Olivia Fallow going on win next time out at Thirsk, the form looks solid. There looks no shortage of pace on here with the likes of Thesme and Anonymous John in the line-up and that should tee things up nicely for this daughter of Starspangledbanner – who has the pace for five but also gets six furlongs well.

Imtiyaaz - 1pt e/w @ 9/2Placed 0.13pt

Curragh 15:35

Gordon Lord Byron looks the standard bearer following his run in a Group 1 at Deauville last time, but he faces stern opposite in the shape of the improving, more lightly-raced three-year-olds TOSCANINI and FORT DEL ORO. The former has been threatening to land a big pot all season and looked like doing so over today’s C&D last time out only to be out-battled in the closing stages by the very tough Mattmu. As we saw yesterday in the Nunthorpe at York, his conqueror is right up there with the very best sprinters around, so it was no disgrace for Michael Halford’s charge to come out a narrow second best. A strong traveller with a smart turn of foot, the son of Shamardal can go close to capturing that elusive Group prize if his powerful burst can be produced at the right moment. FORT DEL ORO is a little more difficult to assess having only raced three times, but on each occasion she has exhibited a huge amount of talent and potential. She left the impression last time that it was only a lack of race knowledge at the very top level which caught her out, but with that vital experience under her belt, she’s likely to be a bigger player this time around.

Toscanini - 1pt @ 7/2Lost 1pt

Fort Del Oro - 1pt @ 13/2Non Runner

Chelmsford 19:45

Hopefully all eight runners go to post as GENTLEMEN makes plenty of appeal for the each-way burglars. Since causing a shock at 100/1 at Wolverhampton back in March, Phil McEntee’s inmate hasn’t stopped improving and arrives here off the back of another useful performance on the turf at Brighton. Considering all his best form had previously taken place on the AW, that victory can only be seen as a massive positive and now returning to a surface that suits him best, the son of Ad Valorem receives a confident vote to put in another decent display.

Gentlemen - 1pt e/w @ 9/2Lost 2pt

Saturday 22nd August Reinman

Rein Man / Saturday 22nd August 2015 / 11:56

York 14:00

Caution is being thrown to the wind today. I’m on a terrible run and am bored with poking around at big priced nibbles here and there. That will inevitably happen in some of the big handicaps but I really fancy Mahsoob can land a Group race at the 2nd time of asking. He was keen last time and didn’t get home but should fare better over 9 furlongs at a course he’s won at. It’s technically a drop in class from last time and he’s a much bigger price this afternoon. This is probably the minimum trip he’d want but he doesn’t lack for toe and his ability to race prominently will help given the lack of pace on. Struggle to see him beaten to be honest, let’s hope they don’t get rain.

Mahsoob - 1pt @ 13/2Lost 1pt

York 14:35

Liked Havisham for the Melrose but Eddie Greatrex probably won’t take up the ride and his 5lb is key. I’ll probably wait to see what happens with the jockey booking and nibble before the off. Another likeable sort from the Queen’s Vase is Antiquarium. His mark has crept up with winning but he’s still progressive and the step back up to 1 mile 6 should really suit. He was keeping on behind Dartmouth in a hot handicap last time and a similar hold up ride from stall 18 will be ideal here. Also going up is King Bolete, equally likeable but a bigger price than stable companion Al. The ground is in his favour and so too the step up in trip. That Mustard form is strong given it ties in with the progressive Shell Bay who went in again yesterday.

Antiquarium - 1pt @ 16/1Lost 1pt

King Bolete - 1pt @ 14/1Lost 1pt

Sandown 14:50

Green Light was going up at Sundown but I’m surprised he’s shorter than Basateen. Both have a great chance but the former probably brings in better form from last time out. Basateen never looked happy last time and seemed to take a step back from an encouraging return at York. He has Group 3 placed form at that track as a juvenile, strong form, and he looks well treated eased a couple of pounds after last time. The blinkers could have a positive effect, they look well worth a go, and if the return to an easier surface is what he needs then he’ll go very close.

Basateen - 1pt @ 8/1Lost 1pt

York 15:10

Areen is seriously tempting in the Gimcrack…a week after stating I’ll never bet on a juvenile race again. Seriously, it’s a sorry affair with the juvenile punting and should probably be banned. Yet Areen does look a big price. The yard know how to win this and Areen probably has less to find with the very likeable Ajaya than the market suggests. We need to put a line through his run at Newmarket but his form either side looks good. 2nd to a subsequent Group 1 second at Ascot, he shaped for a return to 6 last time and he can outrun those generous odds.

Areen - 1pt @ 14/1Lost 1pt

Chester 15:30

Dr Marwan has a good chance of landing the big handicap at Chester and both of his runners are worth having on side. Gabrial’s Kaka is a well handicapped horse and he finally had a draw he could be competitive from last time. Today’s isn’t ideal but there are 4 solid bits of pace and he can get involved. He’ll need luck but he can win off this mark. There could be some rain too but he handled heavy at Ascot at the end of last year and it could help make this more of a test, which he'll want. Apostle will like the rain and he’s far too big in the market. He likes Chester and cheekpieces brought about improvement here a couple of starts ago. They were on again last time but he was disappointing at Haydock where the ground may have been on the lively side and he’s simply not consistent. The yard are going along nicely and he really is overpriced.

Gabrial's Kaka - 1pt @ 7/1Lost 1pt

Apostle - 1pt @ 14/1Lost 1pt

York 15:45

The Irish have a strong and well found hand in the Ebor. Of them, Clondaw Warrior could be very difficult to beat for a yard that know how to win this. Suegioo is a big price for such a consistent horse though and blinkers make him very interesting. He’s a lazy sort and often does his best work late on and over further. Of course that’s a worry here back in trip but it’s not unfeasible he can get going early enough with this new headgear on. I don’t think he’s handicapped out of things. Nearly Caught is interesting back on easier ground and Arabian Comet could prove that a big field handicap is just what she needs. She certainly needs this trip and it could be a blessing she didn’t win last time at Goodwood when short of room as her mark is potentially quite handy. Haggas is having a great week and this would cap things off nicely.

Suegioo - 1pt @ 50/1Lost 1pt

Arabian Comet - 1pt @ 18/1Lost 1pt

Friday 21st August - Reinman

Rein Man / Friday 21st August 2015 / 10:44

York 13:55

It’s difficult to crab Top Tug’s chances in the opener but he’s well found in the market and there are some juicy prices around. What About Carlo has been incredibly disappointing this term and at tracks where he has form but his latest, better effort has coincided with an upturn in his yard’s fortunes and he’s a well handicapped horse. Whether he’ll get the trip is debatable but he shaped for it last time and he’s worth support. Also of interest are Buonarroti and, at a bigger price, Mistiroc. He has course form and can be competitive from this mark as he showed at the track back in June. He was disappointing on 2 subsequent starts but last time was much better at Ayr and a return to this trip should suit.

What About Carlo - 1pt @ 22/1Lost -1pt

Mistiroc - 1pt @ 22/1Lost -1pt

York 15:40

There’s pace everywhere in the Nunthorpe and that could suit a few trying to come from in behind. It will do Muthmir’s chances no harm but, at the prices, Move In Time looks a decent bet. He’s improving it seems, as many sprinter do with age, and he’s lightly raced this term and a touch overlooked. He wasn't far behind Muthmir at Goodwood and a strong pace and drying ground will help his chances. I fancy Mirza will outrun his price too but whether he can win is another, very unlikely matter.

Move In Time - 1pt @ 22/1Lost -1pt

Friday 21st August - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Thursday 20th August 2015 / 19:26

York 14:30

The recent rain which has fallen on the Knavesmire might help narrow down the likely contenders in this prestigious staying prize and the two that have benefitted the most are soft ground specialists, CLEVER COOKIE and TAC DE BOISTRON. Indeed, the pair clashed under such conditions when they fought out the finish of The Ormonde Stakes at Chester back in May and although at the time it appeared a race the latter rather squandered, the subsequent performances of the winner suggest he just bumped into a thoroughly progressive stayer. Peter Niven’s charge went on to prove there was nothing fluky about his victory on the Roodeye with a smooth success over today’s course next time and even though he was well beaten when highly tried in the King George on his latest outing, he was by no means disgraced over a trip short of his best. 3-3 over this track when there’s been some cut in the ground, the son of Primo Valentino looks primed for another bold display. Tac De Boistron is totally soft ground reliant nowadays, so it’s best to erase his Gold Cup performance on a fast surface from the memory bank. Runner-up in this race last season, Marco Botti has had plenty of time to get his star gelding cherry ripe in his bid to go one place better and he looks a very big price on his best form.

Clever Cookie - 1pt @ 4/1Lost -1pt

Tac De Boistron - 1pt @ 13/2Non Runner

York 15:40

MECCA'S ANGEL and MATMU thrive under such conditions and are, therefore, worth playing against the field at fancy odds. The former has an exemplary record when there’s some give underfoot, so she can probably be forgiven for getting beat at a short price last time out at the Curragh on account of the quick ground. Prior to that slight blip, Michael Dods’ star filly beat a smart field in spectacular fashion at Longchamp and she would be one of the most popular winners of this race in recent times for local connections. The latter, although not as sexy or high profile as some, comes with a granite-like constitution that could easily see him surprise a few of the bigger names. Indeed, he had some quality opponents behind him when a gallant runner-up to shock winner, Glass Office, in the Duke Of York Stakes over today’s course earlier in the campaign and considering he was the only three-year-old in the field, the run carries even more credence. Arriving here off the back over a successful raid over the Irish Sea where the son of Indesatchel claimed some notable scalps, quotes of 25/1 are an insult to this thoroughly likeable and genuine sprinter.

Mecca's Angel - 1pt @ 8/1Won 8pt

Mattmu - 0.5pt e/w @ 25/1Placed 2.63pt

Sandown 17:50

How ROYAL TOAST (NAP) has failed to win a race is a bit of a mystery, but hopefully he can lay that ghost to rest sooner rather than later and this race represents a decent opportunity for him to do so. On his last four racecourse visits, he’s had the misfortune to bump into the likes of Tashaar (now rated 104), Chain Of Daisies (94), Rifle Range (91) and Bishop’s Leap (91), so he really ought to be going close here off a mark of just 74. A big, long-striding son of Duke Of Marmalade, it takes him a while to get into top gear, so the best way to utilise his strengths would be to make plenty of use of him and ride him aggressively from the front. If so, Richard Hannon’s charge could be difficult to peg back over a course where being on the speed is often rewarded.

Royal Toast (SP 8/1) - 1pt e/w @ 7/1Placed 0.6pt

Thursday 20th August - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Wednesday 19th August 2015 / 17:05

York 15:05

MUSADDAS has proven on more than one occasion that he's well suited by a strongly-run, big field handicap and if he runs to the same sort of level which allowed him to finish a creditable runner-up to Birdman over the same C&D last time out, he's likely to be another major player. Coming from some way off the pace from a slow beginning, the son of Exceed And Excel came out of the race with great credit given how many decent horses he managed to pick off down the home straight and with the hope that the first-time visor works the oracle and gets him into the heat of battle a little earlier, he has every chance of turning the tables with his old foe, Birdman.

Musaddas - 1pt e/w @ 15/2Lost 2pt

York 15:40

COVERT LOVE proved without shadow of doubt that she is a filly of the highest quality when landing the Group 1 Irish Oaks last time out at the Curragh and Hugo Palmer's inmate is taken to confirm form with many of those that were vanquished at the Co Kildare venue. Off the back of very strong fractions, the daughter of Azamour saw out the trip really well and with the time of the race good and all the right horses beaten fair and square in behind, the result looks a totally believable one. Versatile regards tactics and a previous winner on the Knavesmire, this rapidly-improving filly can go a long way to justifying her connections supplementing her at a fairly hefty premium.

Covert Love - 1pt @ 3/1Lost 1pt

York 16:20

It has to be fairly significant that connections of KOORA are prepared to blow a potentially lenient handicap mark in search of black type in this ultra-competitive fillies listed contest. In typical Cumani fashion, she ran a race full of promise on debut at Doncaster, staying on under a tender ride to finish third behind the more experienced Princessofthestars. Clearly learning plenty from that initial performance, the daughter of Pivotal was much more streetwise next time as she stayed on strongly in the latter stages over the same C&D to account for a well-touted newcomer from the Roger Varian barn and with the pair pulling well clear and the time of the race the fastest furlong-per-furlong performance on the card, the form looks well above-average for a maiden. With the promise of more to come, there's little doubt she will outrun her current rating and ruffle the feathers of many more proven and experienced rivals.

Koora - 0.5pt e/w @ 11/1Placed 0.88pt

York 16:55

MISTRUSTING claimed the bragging rights over stable companion Wordcraft at Newmarket last time out and on a line through that horse, Charlie Appleby's charge should be competitive in what looks a tricky concluding fillies handicap. Main market rival, Spangled also proved too strong for the same Godolphin runner on her last start at the same venue but there can be little doubt that Mistrusting was the more impressive of the pair in doing so. Quickening up smartly off strong early fractions, the Shamardal filly pulled readily clear of her three rivals in the closing stages of that race at HQ six days ago and as the clock later revealed, the performance was as good on the numbers as it looked visually. Clearly a sound pace over 7f with some juice in the ground are her optimum conditions and she rates a decent each-way bet at her early quotes.

Mistrusting - 1pt e/w @ 4/1Won 5pt

Thursday 20th August - Reinman

Rein Man / Thursday 20th August 2015 / 07:55

York 15:05

He’s been hammered but you can try and snare a good price about You’re Fired in the morning if alert and lucky. He’s still weighted to win, though he does need things to drop right. He’s well drawn today to sit mid to rear, though hopefully not too far back, and there’s plenty of pace. Unlucky last time at the track when having to wait for a run, I fancy they’ll go quicker today anyway and he's surely going to be involved. The yard are nicely back amongst the winners too and I really fancy him today. I've also had a nibble at Mange All but can't find any really chunky prices to have a go at. Elsewhere, the first 2 races have a couple that catch the eye. Ashadihan could give Lumiere something to think about in the Lowther. She’s a filly with plenty more to offer in this company and easier ground will be no bad thing. I like Projection in the opener and Rantan could be a bet at a price if there’s more rain. However, I’ve hardly backed a 2 year old winner all year and am unlikely about to start now.

You're Fired - 1pt @ 8/1Lost 1pt

Wednesday 19th August - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Tuesday 18th August 2015 / 21:24

York 14:30

In what looks a wide-open renewal where majority of the field are open to any amount of improvement, a chance is taken on BING BANG BONG and RECORDER being the pair with most progression. The former went into many notebooks with an eye-catching display at Pontefract on debut and vindicated the impression he created at the Yorkshire venue with a classy performance next time up at Newmarket. Always travelling well in behind the leaders, the son of Big Bad Bob quickened on demand as he met the rising ground and pulling well in the closing stages, he left the impression he could well be a pattern race performer in the future. His canny handler David Barron is clearly of that view, pitching his potentially smart colt in to a Group 3 after only two starts, and the style and manner of his two performances suggest this exciting prospect is certainly worthy of his place in the line-up. The latter was also slightly unlucky on his debut at Newbury, getting trapped in behind a wall of horses before staying strongly in the dying strides. He, too, made no mistake at the second time of asking with an authoritative display at Newmarket next time and with second, third and fourth all going on to advertise the form subsequently, the son of Galileo has the qualities to make a big impact against this better company.

Bing Bang Bong - 1pt @ 9/1Lost -1pt

Recorder - 1pt @ 11/2Won 5.5pt

York 15:05

Quite a few St Leger aspirations are on the line here and there are plausible cases to be made for most of the seven-strong field. Of the septet, BONDI BEACH is one of the most intriguing runners having had only the three starts, but it’s surely significant that Aidan O’Brien considers him good enough in the first place and, just as importantly, Joseph O’Brien has chosen him over Irish Derby third, Giovanni Canaletto and Royal Ascot hero, Aloft. The son of Galileo made his debut at Leopardstown back in May and despite being the clear Ballydoyle second string in the betting, he still had enough quality to overcome greenness and brush aside strongly-fancied stable mate Bantry Bay with the minimum of fuss. Upped in class next time, he left the impression he may have won with a little more experience when dead-heating for second in the listed King George V Cup at the same venue. Pitched in against the older horses on his latest start, he not only got the better of classy stable mate Oder Of St George in a driving finish, but back in fourth was Gold Cup third Forgotten Rules to give the form a more glossier shine. Considering he achieved this victory with jockey Seamie Heffernan dropping his whip before the final furlong indicates he’s a colt of some talent and with York’s long straight and fast ground set to suit his easy-flowing stride, Bondi Beach can put a big marker down for Town Moor in a month’s time.

Bondi Beach - 1pt @ 9/2Lost -1pt

York 16:55

In what looks a ferociously competitive nursery, QUICK N QUIRKY can prove herself to be more than just a dangerous floater and, as such, a reasonable each-way investment is advised at her juicy morning odds. An unconsidered 25/1 poke on her debut at Thirsk, Tim Easterby’s charge belied her place in the market by winning in a style of a useful recruit and while the form of the race was nothing to get carried away with, the opposite applies to her most recent racecourse appearance at Newcastle. In chasing home the smart 99-rated Gifted Master at the Gosforth Park venue, the daughter of Lilbourne Lass not only posted a very fast speed figure, she had the likes of subsequent winners, Wayward Hoof (rated 85), Dressed In Fur (79) and Astley Hall (86) all well beaten in behind. On the evidence of those findings, she looks well enough treated off a mark of 82 and from her decent draw right down the middle of the track, there’s every reason to be positive about her chance if she handles the rain-softened ground.

Quick N Quirky - 1pt e/w @ 20/1Lost -2pt

Ffos Las 15:55

SIR BILLY WRIGHT (NAP) smashed the ball out of the park on the figures when bolting up over C&D last week and should take all the beating on his return visit if anywhere near that sort of form again. The combination of a return to turf and a drop back to five furlongs really paid dividends for the son of High Chaparral and even though he’s up a level to Class 4 and racing off a 6lb higher mark, he appears in the sort of form to offset those two slight negatives.

Sir Billy Wright - 3pt @ 10/3Won 10pt

Worcester 18:30

Although AT FIRST LIGHT has a bit to find on the official figures, her love affair of today’s track may just be enough for her to blow a raspberry at the ratings. A perfect 2-2 in keenly-contested and strongly run handicaps at the Midland track has seen her reputation soar with course regulars and even away from her home patch, David Weston’s charge has been running to a decent standard. Her latest effort when second to Royal Battalion was another commendable one and even though she faces several interesting rivals here today, it would come as something of a surprise if she didn’t hit the frame at the very least.

At First Light (Rule 4 Deductions Applied) - 1pt e/w @ 17/2Won 6.12pt

Wednesday 19th August Reinman

Rein Man / Wednesday 19th August 2015 / 09:56

York 13:55

2 fancies for the opening day of York’s Ebor meeting was going to be 3 but the rain means the feature is probably best left alone. I was happy to put up The Grey Gatsby at 11/1 for an each way bet given that I can’t see him out of the top 3. He is a few pounds better off with the market leader having chased him home at Sandown but, moreover, the running of this should suit him that little better. Trying to keep tabs on the front runner at a track like Sandown and giving that weight away meant he tired late on but he's more suited by pouncing late off a decent pace and he'll get the chance to do that if Arabian Queen and Dick Doughtywylie show up. The worry is who will and I can't see all 8 running if it is riding good to soft so it's perhaps best swerved. Here's hopping the principals do run as it's potentially the race of the season.

Highland Acclaim is worth another go at a track he likes. Just 1lb above his last win, he shaped with promise last time and David O’Meara will have him winning before too long. This trip may just be his thing too. 6 and 7 don’t see him settle too well but a strong pace at 5.5 will mean he's more likely to settle and also put his stamina at sprint trips to good use in the latter stages. There’s pace his side from Midlander and Meadway too and I quite fancy him at a half decent price, though the rain isn't ideal. If it is riding slow then Dutch Masterpiece will have a great chance and it could be worth chucking a bit of money at Mass Rally.

Highland Acclaim - 1pt @ 12/1Lost -1pt

York 16:55

I’m tempted by Highland Castle in the stayers race but there’s not much pace and he’s a little shorter than ideal. In the last, not really a betting medium personally, I like the look of Sir Roger Moore for Charlie Hills. They think a lot of him and he still holds a Group 1 entry. He was unlucky last time when not getting a run before a bump really seemed to put him off stride. He kept on though and I fancy he’s really well treated for handicap bow. He ran an eye-catching race over course and distance on debut and was chucked in deep in the Coventry when never getting cover. He's potentially well drawn with Whitman looking likely to go forward and he’ll run a big race, for all it’s very open.

Sir Roger Moore - 1pt @ 12/1Lost -1pt

Tuesday 18th August - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Monday 17th August 2015 / 21:04

Kempton 16:45

SWEETHEART ABBEY is much more at home on the artificial surfaces than on the turf, and proved that point with another solid performance last time out at Wolverhampton. Down to Class 5 company for the first time since successful over the same course last August, William Knight’s charge had the misfortune to bump into another AW specialist in the shape of Trimoulet at the Dunstall Park venue, but with the pair well clear, the performance can be marked up. Off the back of very strong fractions, the daughter of Dancing Spree was the only one to offer any sort of resistance to the winner and with the likes of previous scorers, Born To Be Bad, Thecornishcowboy and Noguchi all well beaten, the form looks solid. The last time she ran over this course, she finished a creditable fourth to Double Discount in a London Middle Distance Qualifier off a mark of 75, so this race clearly rates a perfect opportunity to get back on the winning trail.

Sweetheart Abbey - 1pt e/w @ 5/1Lost -2pt

Chelmsford 19:20

Since this track re-opened in January, GOLDEN AMBER’S C&D stats read 212, so there’s every reason to feel upbeat about her chance at a decent price. Although she was beaten on merit by Picture Dealer here on her latest visit to the Essex venue, she did manage to account for her old rival the time before, so, with score 1-1 between the pair, a good deal will depend on which one brings their A-game to the table rather than the bear pounds and ounces. Sure to be oodles of pace on thanks to trail-blazers, Come On Dave, Red Stripes, Bertie Blu Boy and Desert Strike in the line-up, the race should be run to suit a deep closer and in the shape of Dean Ivory’s filly, she fits the bill to a nicety.

Golden Amber - 0.5pt e/w @ 14/1Won 8.75pt

Chelmsford 20:20

TRIMOULET (NAP) is developing into a real AW specialist – as form figures of 211431 testify – and based on her most recent success at Wolverhampton, the rate of her progression shows no sign of diminishing. The speed figure she posted that day at the Dunstall Park track indicates she’s bang on top of her game at present and on the evidence of that performance, a 6lb mandatory rise may not be enough to stop Daniel Kubler’s charge from going in again.

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

Leicester 18:10

John Quinn has his team in excellent fettle at the moment and EL ASTRONAUTE is fancied to keep the general feeling of bonhomie at the Malton stable fairly high in this competitive-looking nursery. Off the mark at the fifth time of asking at Thirsk two starts ago, the son of Approve arguably ran to an even higher standard on his return visit to the Yorkshire venue last time out, when third in a competitive and strongly run nursery. Surprisingly, the handicapper has since dropped him a pound despite that useful performance and he can take advantage of that leniency over a course that should play into his strengths.

El Astronaute (10/1 SP) - 1pt e/w @ 8/1Won 12pt

Monday 17th August - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Sunday 16th August 2015 / 19:52

Kempton 14:55

BERRAHRI ran another commendable race at Newbury over the weekend and there’s no reason to believe he won’t go well again if allowed to take his chance after those exploits. Ridden in typical positive fashion, John Best’s charge only succumbed to the patiently ridden Kastini in the latter stages, but as he had a whole host of well-fancied, improving types well beaten, it’s fair to come to the conclusion he ran right up to his best form. Prior to that gallant effort, the son of Bahri made all the running to score around the sharp bends at Chester and that type of track, along with this all-weather venue, appear to suit his run style. Likely to receive another forceful from inside post position, he can prove a tough nut to crack if obtaining an un-contested lead around a track he has a fine record in recent times. The lightly-raced and unexposed Khusoosy could turn out to be the main danger if fully tuned up after his 291-day absence.

Berrhari - 0.5pt e/w @ 7/1Placed 0.35pt

Windsor 17:35

Sir Roger Moore just about sets the standard based on his debut third at York, but he hasn’t gone forward as much as connections would expected in two subsequent performances, so he is passed over in favour of DANCING STAR (NAP), who caught the eye in a quality maiden on her opening bow. Outpaced in the early stages courtesy of a furious tempo, Andrew Balding’s newcomer picked up nicely in the dying embers of the contest to finish a never-nearer fourth to the smart Belvoir Bay and, as the winner and many others that evening have gone on to prove subsequently, that two-year-old race was a decent one of its kind for the track. Returning to the scene of that fine effort with an extra furlong to cover, the daughter of Aqlaam can be expected to be a good deal more competitive.

Dancing Star - 1pt e/w @ 11/2Won 6.6pt

Chelmsford 19:25

MAFTOOL has been out of sorts in three starts this summer, but there’s every chance he could leave behind him those modest performances now he returns to a synthetic track. Winner of the UAE 2000 Guineas on the tapeta surface in the first-time visor at the Meydan carnival during the winter, Saeed Bin Suroor’s charge narrowly failed to follow up in their Derby over an extra two furlongs on his next start. Other than a creditable sixth behind Time Test in the Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot, his turf performances have been disappointing to say the least, but with the headgear back on against slightly more tepid opposition, the son of Hard Spin is worth a small speculator over a track which should suit.

Maftool - 1pt @ 7/2Lost -1pt

Windsor 20:05

IF I WERE A BOY is a fairly reliable conveyance at the Berkshire venue and she looks primed to put up another bold display in a bid to follow up last year’s victory. A winner at Lingfield earlier in the season, she hasn’t managed to supplement those gains in three subsequent outings, but she has threatened to do so – most notably on her latest start at Bath. The Invincible Spirit mare had the misfortune to bump into the progressive three-year-old Merritt Island down at the Somerset venue and it’s fair to say she doesn’t face a rival of that sort of quality here.

If I Were A Boy - 1pt @ 11/4Lost -1pt

Sunday 16th August - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Saturday 15th August 2015 / 20:51

Pontefract 15:45

BYZANTIUM ran to a very fair standard in a hot race at Naas last time out and can make the journey over the Irish Sea worthwhile. Although just run out of the argument by Letters Of Note in the latter stages of that strongly-run affair at the Co Kildare venue, there’s no denying that Edward Lynam’s charge ran right up to her very best form and as the daughter of Dutch Art’s best performances have been achieved on stiff tracks, today’s course, in theory, should play into her strengths.

Byzantium - 1pt e/w @ 5/1Non Runner

Tramore 15:20

Unsurprisingly, PATSIO failed to cope with the likes of Long Dog and Three Stars at the Galway festival last time, but he should find today’s opposition more to his liking on his return to the scene of a gutsy victory two starts ago. Although the son of Moscow Society only held on by the skin of his teeth that day, he travelled supremely well before dossing on the uphill climb to the line. A model of consistency who thrives on fast ground, conditions look ideal for this likable seven-year-old to put up another bold display.

Patsio - 1pt e/w @ 7/1Lost -2pt

Tramore 16:55

Paul Nolan seems to have ILLTAKEITFROMHERE (NAP) in a happy place at the moment and that general sense of wellbeing and solid recent form should be good enough to carry her to victory in this 2m handicap chase. A smooth winner at Wexford two starts ago, the King’s Theatre mare followed that up with another solid performance last time out when chasing home the bang in-form Harangue in a fiercely competitive heat at Roscommon. Unlucky on her only previous visit to this track last season when she fell going well at the second last, she can gain compensation for that untimely exit with an error-free round of jumping.

Illtakeitfromhere - 2pt @ 13/8Lost -2pt

Saturday 15th August - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Friday 14th August 2015 / 22:39

Newmarket 13:40

Although only seventh in a similar race last time out, BLOSSOMTIME did more than enough to suggest she’s worth another chance to vindicate the impression she created at Doncaster the time before. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong for Charlie Appleby’s inmate at HQ, but given that she saw her race out really well after a slow start and multiple interference, it would be dangerous to write off the daughter of Shamardal just yet. Prior to that unlucky episode, she had posted a smart speed figure when bounding clear of a decent field on Town Moor and as the likes of Four’s Company and Saturn Lace have proved subsequently, the form is more than useful.

Blossomtime - 1pt e/w @ 11/2Lost -2pt

Newbury 15:10

Although yet to win this season, WITHERNSEA has held his form reasonably well in four starts considering he hasn’t had his optimum conditions, but with all the rain that has fallen in the last 24 hours at the Berkshire venue, he should be ready to perform at maximum capacity. Other than one poor run when he was swiped out at the start, his form figures on soft or heavy ground read 132315 so it’s clear that he enjoys getting his toe in. Indeed, his best performance last season came when the mud was flying at Doncaster over today’s trip and he should be all the better for his most recent effort at York, when he was noted doing some good late work after meeting trouble in running.

Withernsea - 1pt e/w @ 4/1Placed 0pt

Newbury 15:45

In what looks an ultra-competitive renewal of this seven furlong Group 2 contest, CABLE BAY may be worth a small each-way interest. Having just failed to see out the trip when fifth in the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes over this course back in May, Charlie Hills' charge proved what a smart horse he is when conditions are in his favour by taking the Group 3 Timeform Jury Stakes at Haydock on his next outing. Back in the ruck that day were the likes of subsequent winners Master Carpenter and Top Notch Tonto, so the form looks totally believable, and even though he failed to build on that performance last time at Ascot, the mile trip was once again to blame for his defeat. Back under his optimum conditions of seven furlongs with some cut in the ground, the son of Invincible Spirit has a decent chance of providing his in-form handler with another big-race success. Last year’s winner, Breton Rock, and mud-lover Here Comes When look the two obvious threats.

Cable Bay - 1pt e/w @ 11/2Lost -2pt

Newbury 16:50

ALBERT BRIDGE has been in the wilderness of late but has a great chance of bouncing back to form with a bang now racing on his beloved soft surface. A 137-rated horse over hurdles, Ralph Beckett’s charge has dropped to a favourable mark on the level following a series of fairly modest performances – all on fast ground. Good enough to finish third to the smart Clondaw Warrior in last year’s Irish November handicap off a perch of 82, the son of Hernando has the perfect opportunity to capitalise off a 5lb lower mark with the booking of Serena Brotherton another notable plus.

Albert Bridge - 1pt e/w @ 9/2Won 5.63pt

Market Rasen 18:45

TOWERING was arguably value for more than the official winning margin at Worcester last time and is strongly fancied to defy his double penalty. Nicky Henderson’s charge looked like he was going to win with plenty in hand running down to the last at the midland venue only for him wander around and virtually throw away what seemed an unassailable advantage. Luckily, he rallied to the cause - much to the relief of his supporters - and in the end, he won with a bit to spare. The booking of Freddie Mitchell allows one of the penalties to be negated and he looks like the type to appreciate a step up in trip.

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

Saturday 15th August - Reinman

Rein Man / Friday 14th August 2015 / 22:32

Newmarket 14:50

Both the Haggas Acclamation colts look to have a good chance at Newmarket this afternoon and, although Mubtaghaa is the bigger price, Roossey looks a decent bet at 9/1. 2nd to subsequent Stewards' Cup winner Magical Memory last time, he’s up 3lb and could well have plenty more to offer on just his 3rd start this term. The ground should still be quick enough for him and the fact he tried to come from further back than the winner last time, and the form of the race with Steve Prescott winning since and plenty running with credit, suggest he’s very feasibly treated. The yard have won this before too and he looks very likely to be involved.

Roossey - 1pt @ 9/1Lost -1pt

Ripon 15:30

Like the price about Another Wise Kid very much at Ripon. He’s a 7 year old that may be vulnerable to some improvers but he has a good record here, winning or in the places on 4 of 7 starts, and the ground will be fine. He’ll have good pace to track from the low numbers given Poyle Vinnie is drawn 1 and he’s 2lb lower than when going close here on reappearance. Add to that recent yard form and he could be a big player.

Another Wise Kid - 1pt @ 20/1Lost -1pt

Newbury 14:35

Windshear at double figures is a must bet. No Gospel Choir rules out the likely favourite and he’s massively overpriced. He disappointed at Chester when keen in a first time visor but his previous form on soft ground reads 111. That could be the key to him and his trainer was confident of a big season after he won at Donny on reappearance. His last 2 runs have seen him over too far and too short, especially on quickish ground, but Ayrad and Romsdal, and perhaps Pallasator should ensure this isn't a crawl and these are potentially his optimum conditions. Much bigger player than the prices suggests.

Windshear - 1pt @ 11/1Lost -1pt

Friday 14th August - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Friday 14th August 2015 / 07:42

Newbury 15:55

In what looks a wide-open listed fillies’ contest, SHADEN is worth a speculative roll of the dice to find out whether she’s up to pattern class. Connections of the daughter of Kodiac clearly feel as though she’s up to that level the fact she was allowed to take her chance in the Queen Mary at Ascot following a win in just an ordinary maiden on debut at Nottingham. Unfortunately, that expedition proved to be a fruitless one as the combination of getting buzzed up in the preliminaries and fast ground resulted in her finishing well down the field. Back into much calmer waters last time out at Ffos Las, Lady Cecil’s charge ran out an impressive winner of a strongly run nursery, travelling well before putting the race to bed with a nice turn of foot. Interestingly, her two best performances have come when there has been plenty of juice in the ground, so the rain which has fallen in the last 24 hours have enhanced her prospects. Irish raider Madame Thunder, who scored in a fast time on debut before blowing out on faster ground last time, also comes into calculations on account of the change of underfoot conditions.

Shaden - 0.5pt e/w @ 14/1Non Runner

Nottingham 16:20

A tremendous pot has enticed many big names to have a crack at the Colwick Cup and John Quinn will be quite optimistic that his TRENDSETTER can slay a few sexier types in this competitive handicap. The son of Mastercraftsman first caught the eye on debut for the stable at Catterick back in April when he travelled well before getting tired in the closing stages, but he soon made up for that agonising defeat with a victory two starts later at Chester. Once again displaying a high cruising speed, this time the white-faced gelding made no mistake on the Roodeye, as he stayed on too strongly for his eight rivals late on. Although he ran with great credit on his latest outing at York, the combination of fast ground and hitting the front way too soon took its toll in the later stages, but a return to a more forgiving surface and more patient tactics will hopefully bear fruit this time around.

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

Catterick 18:40

SATURN LACE ran a good deal better than the finishing position suggests in a much better race at Thirsk last time out and can be afforded another chance to finally get off the mark. John Quinn’s charge got trapped out wide from her low draw at the Yorkshire venue and as a result, faded in the closing stages after expending quite a bit of early energy. Hopefully she can handle a turning track for the first time as she exhibited on more than one occasion that she’s capable of being competitive off her current handicap mark.

Saturn Lace - 1pt @ 5/1Won 5pt

Juddmonte Ante-Post Preview - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Friday 14th August 2015 / 07:54

Juddmonte International Stakes - York, Wednesday 19th August

A field of 10 have been declared for York’s showpiece race of the week at the five-day stage, but there’s more than a fair chance the numbers will dwindle even further come closer to post time. With that in mind, it’s probably not a bad idea to dip into the ante-post each-way market to secure the three places on offer at the present time and TIME TEST makes most appeal at the current prices.

Golden Horn is a deserved short-priced favourite based on his scintillating performances in the Derby and Eclipse, but Roger Charlton’s inmate was equally as good when landing the Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot and he could be open to any amount of improvement. The way he travelled and quickened off the back of a very strong pace at the Berkshire venue signalled he was a three-year-old of the highest class and judging by the vibes from the yard in the last few days, the son of Dubawi is not just there to make up the numbers.

Obviously, dual 2000 Guineas winner Gleneagles has to come in to the reckoning based on his very best form, but there has to be a slight question mark over his ability to see out the trip given how much speed he shows in his races. Other than The Great Gatsby, the others don’t look good enough, so it makes sense to play Time Test each-way at the stand out 6/1 on offer.

Time Test - 1pt e/w @ 6/1

Thursday 13th August - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Thursday 13th August 2015 / 07:31

Fontwell 14:15

Walden Prince has been in tremendous form since joining David Bridgwater, rattling off a quick-fire hat trick, but with heavy showers forecast for large quantities of the day in the south, he may not quite be so effective if there is a dramatic change in the going. DREAM BOLT, however, appeared to thrive on the rain-softened surface at Newton Abbot last time out and he can prove a real thorn in the side to the likely short-priced favourite. The feature of that performance at the West Country venue was the way he travelled throughout the race and once given the office by Paul Moloney on touching down after two out, he quickened away readily from the in-form Zama Zama. On the evidence of that effort, Dai Rees’ charge is coming nicely to the boil and he might be capable of defying a 12lb weight rise if in the same sort of form.

Dream Bolt - 1pt @ 7/2Lost -1pt

Fontwell 14:45

A COR ET A CRI intimated that he could be a good bit better than his current rating the last time we saw him at Kempton and he’s no doubt in the right hands to put that view to the test. Although he didn’t find as much off the bridle after the last as the eventual winner that day, Urcalin, there was a good deal to like about the way he travelled throughout the contest up until that point. Prior to that improved effort, Harry Fry’s charge failed to make any sort of impact in a two-mile novices’ hurdle at Doncaster, but that may have been down to the fact this French-bred still needed more time to acclimatise after his move across the channel. With another 101 days under his belt, he should have bedded into his new surroundings by now and being as he had plenty of soft ground form in his native homeland, the forecast rain would be welcome.

A Cor Et A Cri - 1pt @ 15/8Lost -1pt

Salisbury 15:25

Some dodgy profiles are brought to the party in this modest-looking maiden, so it might well be that the one with the fewest convictions, KHAREER, has enough quality to put his head above the parapet. Charlie Hills’ inmate made a bright start to his career with a promising effort over the C&D behind the useful Aldayha and with the likes of Almohtaseb, Tuco, Holland Park and Handbell all going to run well subsequently, the form backs up the time figure achieved by the winner. The son of Acclamation probably found testing ground against him last time out at Redcar but a return to the Wiltshire venue and likely sounder surface should allow him to perform at maximum capacity.

Khareer - 1pt @ 5/2Won 3.5pt

Salisbury 16:25

There should be no prisoners taken here with the likes of Custom Cut, Kodi Bear and Mustadeem in the line-up and that should be to the benefit of TULLIUS (NAP) who thrives on a strongly run race at this trip. Not quite cutting the mustard when outclassed in the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown, Andrew Balding’s charge bounced back to form with a vengeance by taking out the Sky Bet York Stakes on his most recent outing. Showing great determination in the closing stages, the evergreen seven-year-old out-battled the similarly gritty Top Notch Tonto in a rousing finish on the Knavesmire and with all the right horses well beaten off in behind, there’s no reason to doubt the form. Any rain – which is forecast – will benefit his cause, and he looks primed to go well in a race he took in 2012.

Tullius - 1pt e/w @ 8/1Lost -2pt

Wednesday 12th August - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Wednesday 12th August 2015 / 09:56

Beverley 16:05

BOLD APPEAL (NAP) got his reward for several decent placed efforts when scoring for the second time in his career last time out at Chepstow and can dominate this small field from start to finish. Under an aggressive ride at the welsh venue, Ralph Beckett’s charge put his eight rivals to the sword with a powerful display of front running and as the speed gun later revealed, the race was the fastest furlong-per-furlong on the card. Of his rivals today, course specialist Arizona John is getting long enough in the fang and C&D winner Nickscreamercracker could probably do with plenty of give in the ground to be at his best, so this race should be his for the taking.

Bold Appeal - 2pt @ 1/1

Newton Abbot 17:20

WELCOMETOTHEJUNGLE was backed as if defeat was out of the question last time out and although she only managed to land the gamble by a neck, she was probably value for more than the winning margin suggested. Fresh and well after a 178-day lay-off, Harry Fry’s new recruit expended quite a bit of energy in the early stages of a fairly steadily run race, so it was to her great credit that she managed to find plenty for pressure when challenged strongly for the lead by previous scorer Miss Sassypants from two out. In the hands of a trainer that does extremely well with horses of the fairer sex, the daughter of Lucky Story has the scope and potential to rise through the ranks from her current handicap mark.

Welcometothejungle - 1pt @ 11/4

Salisbury 15:55

Although yet to register a win this season, to be fair to PAMONA, she has been dining at the very top table. An unlucky third behind the useful Crystal Zvezda at Newbury on her seasonal bow was followed by another creditable effort in defeat at the hands of Curvy and Pleascach in the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot. Filling the same spot at York last time out, Luca Cumani’s charge once again bumped into two smart types on the Knavesmire and as the clock revealed, she probably ran as well as could be expected under the circumstances. Despite the competitiveness of this race and the lurking presence of the rapidly improving Suffused, there’s no reason to expect anything else other than a bold show from the daughter of Duke Of Marmalade and she rates the percentage each-way call in an ultra-competitive heat.

Pamona - 1pt e/w @ 7/1

Kempton 19:40

A slow beginning which resulted in a poor track position, rather put the fork into ALIZOOM'S chances when strongly fancied at Thirsk last time out, but now stepping up a furlong around a circuit where the early pace is often less frantic should enable Roger Varian’s charge to regain the winning thread. Prior to that reversal at the Yorkshire venue, the son of Invincible Spirit posted a fast speed figure when running out an impressive all the way winner at Windsor and he still has plenty of upside in his overall profile to be avoided at a rather tempting-looking price.

Alizoom - 1pt e/w @ 9/2

Tuesday 11th August - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Monday 10th August 2015 / 19:50

Lingfield 15:35

MEMORIES GALORE (NAP) clocked a smart speed figure when scoring on his handicap bow at Wolverhampton last time out, so a 5lb shouldn’t prove too much of a barrier in his repeat bid. Given a positive ride at the Dunstall Park circuit, Harry Dunlop’s charge had plenty left in the locker to repel several late challengers down the lane and with the runner-up, Gentleman, going on to score next time out, the form would appear fairly reliable.

Memories Galore - 1pt @ 9/4Won 2.25pt

Ffos Las 17:30

GUANABARA BAY was a good deal more streetwise on his second start than on debut and following that huge step forward, he has every chance of getting off the mark in what appears a fairly modest maiden. Although he failed to live with the strongly fancied, David Barron-trained Bing Bang Bong at Newmarket 18 days ago, the time of the winner (fastest on the card) suggested that Martyn Meade’s charge had probably bumped into a fairly useful sort at HQ. Pulling well clear of the remainder, the son of Clodivil marked himself down as a useful juvenile in his own right and facing nothing of that calibre here, he rates a rattling good bet at his top morning price.

Guanabara Bay - 1pt @ 9/4Lost -1pt

Nottingham 19:15

DESERT LAW has gone head to head with Monsieur Joe for stable bragging rights in the sprint division this season and if the son of Oasis Dream can take this conditions race, he will be hot on the heels of the other Andy Tailor-owned horse in the ratings. The highlight of his season so far was when he captured the Epsom Dash on Derby Day and considering Paul Midgeley’s inmate defied the coffin box draw in stall one, the performance deserved to be massively upgraded. Runner-up in two big-field, strongly run premier handicaps subsequently have only gone on to endorse his current wellbeing and it will take a smart effort from one of his rivals to lower his colours if he runs to his very best form.

Desert Law - 1pt @ 6/4Won 1.5pt

Monday 10th August - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Sunday 9th August 2015 / 09:15

Wolverhampton 15:45

Although REGGIE BOND has won on the turf, he’s predominantly an AW specialist and Dunstall Park is very much his back yard as form figures over the C&D of 5231255141 testify. Of the three victories he’s racked up at the Midland venue, the latest came courtesy of a tidy performance back in early June when he stayed on strongly in the latter stages off the back of decent fractions. Unsurprisingly, he reverted to type with a below-par performance back on turf at York last time, but there’s every chance he will leave that dismal display well behind him now returning to the scene of the place that really fires his belly. Although off a career-high mark and up against two bang in-form rivals in the shape of Zaeem and She’s Gorgeous, Geoff Oldroyd’s charge is more than capable of holding his own.

Reggie Bond - 0.5pt e/w @ 15/2Won 4.5pt

Wolverhampton 16:45

HANDBELL (NAP) looked a filly going places when scoring tidily over today’s course last time out and it appears she’s been given a fair chance by the assessor based on that effort. Luca Cumani’s inmate exhibited a degree of promise on debut in a hot maiden at Salisbury won by Aldayha and, clearly learning plenty from that initial performance, had enough quality and knowhow to piece it altogether at the second time of asking. Given that the daughter of Acclamation only got the better of her main rival Jillanar in the latter stages that afternoon, it would be logical to assume that she will prove better over further and that viewpoint is quickly put to the test on handicap debut.

Handbell - 3pt @ 8/11Lost -3pt

Wolverhampton 17:15

BREAD highlighted the skills of up-and-coming handler Ivan Furtado over the track four days ago and the son of Alfred Nobel looks set to supplement those gains against similar opposition. Having hinted a modicum of ability in maidens, the three-year-old gelding benefited from a positive ride and first-time cheekpieces to score in resolute fashion and considering he had to expend plenty of energy in the early stages to get to the front, the performance can be upgraded. Clearly at home on the tapeta surface, he should be equally at home over an extra furlong and he will prove a tough nut to crack if obtaining an early lead.

Bread - 1pt @ 7/5Lost -1pt

Thirsk 19:00

OLIVIA FALLOW has been incredibly consistent throughout her 10-race career and that trend looks set to be kept intact for a trainer that knows a thing or two about sprinters. Paul Midgley’s filly ran right up to her very best form when runner-up up to the progressive, Roger Varian-trained Imtiyaaz at Ripon last week and, as the pair pulled nicely clear of the rest, it’s probably fair to say the form looks above-average for the grade. Allowed to run off the same mark here today, the daughter of Vale Of York makes plenty of appeal from her favoured stands side draw and rates a decent bet to get back on the winning trail.

Olivia Fallow - 1pt e/w @ 4/1Won 4.8pt

Sunday 9th August - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Sunday 9th August 2015 / 09:15

Deauville 15:10

MUHAARAR has been by far and away the season’s stand-out sprinter so far to date and is expected to cement his position at the top of the division in this prestigious Group 1 event. The only bump in the road in four starts came when he failed to stay the trip in the French 2000 Guineas, but victories in the Greenham, Commonwealth Cup and, most recently in the July Cup, prove that over 6-7 furlongs on fast ground he’s simply the best around. Although he wasn’t as impressive at Newmarket as he was at Ascot, the speed figure and subsequent performances of likes of Tropics, Eastern Impact and Muthmir, confirm how strong the form of the race at HQ was. Providing the ground at the French track remains stable, Charlie Hills’ charge is likely to have too much toe for milers Ivawood and Esoterique.

Muhaarar - 1pt @ 6/4Won 1.5pt

Curragh 15:50

The Phoenix Stakes brings together some of the best juveniles seen so far this season and there is no denying that Buratino sets a very high standard courtesy of his victory in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot. In running away from a stellar field at the Berkshire venue, Mark Johnston’s charge rubber-stamped himself as a two-year-old of the highest quality and it would come as little surprise if the son of Exceed And Excel were to repeat the dose. There will be plenty, however, that are prepared to side with the runner-up that day, Air Force Blue, in the belief that he may now have the necessary experience to bridge the gap with his old rival. Given the fact he’s sure to much more streetwise on this occasion and Aidan O’Brien’s overall record in this race, it would be a brave man to suggest the son of War Front couldn’t gain his revenge. The Ballydolye maestro also has two other major players in the shape of PAINTED CLIFFS (NAP) and Washington DC, and even though the former isn’t necessarily the number one choice based on jockey bookings, he may turn out to be more than just a dangerous floater. The Canford Cliffs colt posted a big speed figure in lowering the colours of some better fancied rivals when landing the Group 2 Railway Stakes over today’s C&D last time out and it wouldn’t come as the biggest shock in the world if he proved to be the surprise package once again.

Painted Cliffs - 0.5pt e/w @ 6/1Lost -1pt

Windsor 16:15

The form figures of Willie Haggas’s last 11 runners read, 22122211141 and WEKEYLL is expected to keep up the good work on his handicap debut. Too green to do himself justice on his first start at Wetherby, the son of Exceed And Excel stepped up markedly on that initial performance by landing a maiden over today’s C&D back in June and with the runner-up going on to score subsequently, the form looks solid. Moreover, he appears the type who will continue to improve with racing and his opening mark of 85 gives him a fine chance of competing at a level more than within his capabilities.

Wekeyll - 1pt @ 6/4Lost -1pt

Saturday 8th August - Rein Man

Rein Man / Saturday 8th August 2015 / 10:21

Ascot 12:55

Not a big punting day…I’ve had an eye on Green Door for a while and he’s looking increasingly well treated. He’s now making his debut for master sprint Robert Cowell and has cheekpieces back on, which he’s gone well in before. Negatives are current form given his last 2 runs and his 4 starts at Ascot haven't set the world alight. They have been tough asks and not always ideal conditions though and I fancy he’s worth a go for this.

Green Door - 1pt @ 10/1Lost 1pt

Ascot 14:40

If Alfred Hutchinson handles Ascot as well as he does York, not guaranteed, then he’ll have a good chance in the mile. His ability to race prominently will be an asset given the lack of pace on and that's a worry for the likes of Halation and Bancnuanaheireann who are otherwise likeable. Sam Bell’s mount has the benefit of her useful claim and is now back to just 4lb above his York win in May, which has worked out well. So too his subsequent 2nd behind So Beloved and he's still competitive off this mark. This looks a fair bit weaker than some of those hot York handicaps, though he is unplaced on 2 starts here.

Alfred Hutchinson - 1pt @ 10/1Lost 1pt

Ascot 15:50

There’s some progressive handicappers on show in the last but the prices about dropping in class course and distance winners Baitha Alga and Moonraker make plenty of appeal. The latter may need this but he was a winner here on debut last year and remained relatively consistent before perhaps not loving track and ground on his last start. Bath Alga has had 1 go in handicap company since leaving Richard Hannon and showed improvement after 3 previous disappointments. The headgear was clearly a positive and is retained and he shaped for a return to 5. The race developed away from him too on soft enough ground and a return to the course and distance and ground which saw him win a Group 2 as a juvenile can only be a good thing. Plenty of pace will help and he’s drawn right in amongst it.

Baitha Alga - 1pt @ 16/1Lost 1pt

Saturday 8th August - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Friday 7th August 2015 / 21:58

Ascot 14:40

DIRECTORSHIP appears to be in much better shape than when he was a well-beaten seventh in this race last year and this durable and reliable nine-year-old looks a fairly solid each-way conveyance in a wide-open affair. Patrick Chamings’ charge began the season in the best possible fashion by taking an apprentice handicap over today’s C&D and even though he failed to follow up on his next two starts, he bounced back to form with a vengeance last time out at Newmarket. Given a typically patience ride, the son of Diktat wore down his field in the latter stages, once against proving that a decent gallop and a stiff uphill climb hold no fears for this veteran of 45 races.

Directorship - 0.5pt e/w @ 7/1

Ascot 15:50

Since ALCOYTE has been allowed to bowl along in front he simply hasn’t looked back and this in-form three-year-old sprinter is taken to complete a quick hat trick. His winning run began when he made all off a mark of 79 at Kempton and even though the handicapper tried to intervene, a 6lb rise clearly wasn’t enough to stop him repeating the dose at Wolverhampton 15 days later. A further hike of 8lb has ensued, but as the time of the race at the Dunstall Park venue and the subsequent victory of the second that day suggests, there still maybe plenty more to come from the son of Acclamation. Although yet to win on turf, there is enough evidence to back up the theory that horses with smart AW form often transfer their synthetic track performances to the lush surface of the Berkshire venue and if that proves to be the case with Roger Charlton’s inmate, 4/1 looks a reasonable price.

Alcoyte - 1pt @ 9/2

Haydock 13:50

SI SENOR endured a nightmare passage on his previous visit to the Lancashire venue and can go a long way to erasing that torrid experience in this similar contest. Ed Vaughan’s inmate had looked a bit of an AW specialist prior to shipping up here towards the backend of last season, so it was encouraging to say the very least to witness how well he appeared to adapt to racing on the turf for the first time. Travelling extremely strongly just in behind the speed and ready to pounce, disaster struck at the furlong pole when the gaps closed on the son of Dansili. Finishing full of running once out in the clear, he left the impression he would have gone close but for meeting that interference and he now gets to put the record straight following an encouraging performance on his comeback race at Kempton two months ago.

Si Senor - 0.5pt e/w @ 6/1

Haydock 16:00

The form of the King George Handicap at the royal meeting is usually worth following so the two refugees from that contest, King Bolete and PUTTING GREEN, are the most interesting runners in the line-up. With the former going on to disappoint slightly next time, it may well be that the latter is the one who ends up flying the flag for the Ascot race and on the evidence of his latest performance at Doncaster last week, he rates the safest and most logical choice. The way Richard Hannon’s charge powered his way to victory on Town Moor signalled he’s fast becoming a stayer of some repute and even though there will be more flashier types in the field, getting the job done in gritty fashion pays the bills the same way.

Putting Green - 1pt e/w @ 8/1

Newmarket 16:45

ALMOHTASEB (NAP) won in the style of a potentially smart performer at Doncaster last time out and looks primed to take advantage of a workable mark on his handicap bow. Although some way adrift in the early stages on Town Moor, Roger Varian’s charge never gave his supporters too many worries as he made up the leeway in a heartbeat and powered clear for a cosy seven length success. The way he finished off his race that day suggested he should have no problems with an extra furlong and he can take this in his stride before going on to much better things.

Almohtaseb - 2pt @ 15/8

Friday 7th August - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Thursday 6th August 2015 / 19:39

Musselburgh 15:30

PRYERS PRINCESS scored in the style of an improving filly at Doncaster on Saturday and looks to have been found another decent opportunity by connections to strike while the iron is hot. In a well-run race on Town Moor, Michael Herrington’s charge dive-bombed her rivals with a powerful surge from the two furlong pole and in pulling nicely clear in the later stages, she indicated a step up in trip might bring about further progression. Prior to that victory, the daughter of Medicean was extremely unlucky when failing to obtain a clear run close home at Thirsk, so there are plenty of reasons why just a mandatory 6lb penalty may not be enough to prevent her from scoring again.

Pryers Princess - 1pt @ 6/1Lost -1pt

Haydock 18:55

TOP OF THE BANK (NAP) couldn’t hold a candle to Ajaya at York last time, but as that horse went on to finish runner-up in the Group 2 Prix Robert Papin next time, the performance of Kevin Ryan’s charge deserves plenty of merit. Indeed, the time of that maiden on the Knavesmire suggested we were dealing with an above-average bunch of two-year-olds and with nothing of that calibre seemingly in today’s line-up, the son of Piccolo should be capable of outclassing his four rivals.

Top of the Bank - 1pt @ 5/2Lost -1pt

Haydock 20:05

WAYWARD HOOF did extremely well to overcome a potentially tricky high draw over tonight’s C&D last time out and given how strong he was in the finish, an extra furlong here shouldn’t cause too many concerns either. On top of that, the third that afternoon, Arcanda, has gone on to boost the form with a win at Chester next time, so it’s clear to see Karl Burke’s inmate has plenty of positives in his favour.

Wayward Hoof - 1pt @ 11/4Lost -1pt

Newmarket 19:55

Things just didn’t quite pan out for WORDCRAFT when strongly fancied to land a fillies handicap at the July meeting, but she’s strongly fancied to put matters right back at the same venue tonight. Doing all her best work at the finish after meeting trouble in running, the daughter of Shamardal gave out clear signals that day she’s crying out for an extra furlong and she should also be a little more streetwise on this occasion.

Wordcraft - 1pt @ 5/2Lost -1pt

Thursday 6th August - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Thursday 6th August 2015 / 08:37

Haydock 15:40

Although SEE THE STORM form figures don’t look too attractive, he’s been running a good bit better than the nuts and bolts of some of those performances suggest and is worth a small interest now dropped into 0-70 company for the first time in ages. A big eye-catcher at Chester five starts ago, a whole host of mitigating circumstances have prevented Ian Williams’ charge building on that performance subsequently, bad ground being the most recent cause of his below-par run at Ascot. He did, however, go on to win a charity race at Goodwood last week and that confidence-boosting victory may just prove the spark he needed to begin a revival.

See The Storm - 0.5pt e/w @ 12/1Placed 1pt

Haydock 16:10

Connections of PYJAMA PARTY have to consider themselves unlucky to bump into the hugely progressive Decorated Knight at Sandown last time out and he is strongly fancied to get back on the winning trail at the main expense of old rival Glad Tidings. One could argue that in squandering an uncontested lead at the Esher venue last time, William Haggas’ inmate may be a dodgy betting proposition in the future, but the case for the defence would call upon the sectional times of the winner at the Esher venue and suggest he may have been beaten by a potential pattern performer. The fact that the pair pulled well clear of the rest indicates they are both well ahead of their respective marks at present and that certainly appears the view of his shrewd trainer who is quick to get him out again before his reassessment kicks in.

Pyjama Party - 3pt @ 4/6Won 2.18pt

Sandown 19:25

ZAMPERINI lost nothing in defeat when finishing second to a progressive type over the C&D last time and looks sure to put up another bold show back to the scene of that fine performance. In a race run at strong fractions, Mike Murphy’s charge ran on all the way to the line but he just couldn’t quite reel back in Harold Lloyd, who is held in some regard by the Henry Candy stable. Like most of his sire’s offspring, he appears to be improving with racing and this likeable sort rates the value pick against several sexier types.

Zamperini - 0.5pt @ 8/1Lost -0.5pt

Leopardstown 19:30

Fields Of Athenry was a hugely impressive winner of today’s course last time out and looks a stayer of some quality and grit, but he is up against two similarly promising types this evening so may not have things all his own way at the market suggests. The main threat could easily turn out to be MORNING MIX (NAP), who looks a typical late-developing sort that Jim Bolger excels with and he rates the value bet at 11/2. The son of Teofilo first sprung to prominence when runner up to the smart Radanpour in the King George V Cup over today’s two starts ago, and with the smart Bondi Beach back in third, the form carries plenty of substance. Taken to the Curragh to break his duck on his most recent start, he got off the mark as he odds suggested, striding well clear in the latter stages to score in a very fast time. Like Fields Of Athenry, he also holds entries in both the Great Voltigeur and St Leger, so clearly connections feel as though he’s up to that sort of class. Whether he takes up those lofty engagements depends on how he gets on this evening, but either way, he remains a progressive stayer for which big things are expected in the future.

Morning Mix - 0.5pt e/w @ 11/2Lost -1pt

Wednesday 5th August - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Tuesday 4th August 2015 / 20:53

Chepstow 16:00

BONJOUR STEVE has built up a real affinity with Chepstow and is a strong choice to continue that love affair in a race which looks his for the taking. Yet to run a bad race at the Welsh venue – as form figures of 2221421 testify – Richard Price’s charge arrives here in rude health thanks to a cosy success over one of today’s rivals Swendab 12 days ago, and even though his old advisory has gone on to score himself next time out, he’s confidently expected to confirm the form. The son of Bahamian Bounty gets on particularly well with crack apprentice Tom Marquand and any further rain will enhance his chance significantly.

Bonjour Steve - 1pt @ 9/4Lost 1pt

Chepstow 16:30

Similarly to the previous selection, DANDY seems to save most of his best form for the undulations of the Monmouthshire circuit, so it’s worth chancing he bounces back to form on his return visit following a modest run last time out at Epsom. Prior to that dismal display at the Surrey venue, Andrew Balding’s inmate had been reinvigorated by a return to a track where he’d scored twice in the past and he still looks on a handy enough mark compared to his old form.

Dandy - 0.5pt e/w @ 9/2Lost 1pt

Kempton 20:10

ARABIAN ILLUSION (NAP) was involved in a proper burn up at Haydock last time out and looks to have the perfect opportunity to do a ‘Ted Rogers’ with his form figures. Not surprisingly, the speed figure for that contest at the Lancashire venue was incredibly good for a small-field maiden and with the winner and third both going on to endorse the form subsequently, it would take a smart performance from one of his rivals to lower his colours if he’s in the same sort of shape. To add to the list of positives, the son of Mafki is already proven over the C&D with a creditable display behind subsequent King Edward VII Stakes hero Balios on debut last year and he’s also been handed the perfect ground-saving draw in box one.

Arabian Illusion - 2pt @ 6/4Lost 2pt

Tuesday 4th August - Andy Holding

Andy Holding / Monday 3rd August 2015 / 21:57

Salisbury 14:30

Although still a maiden, handicaps could provide HOLLAND PARK with his best opportunity to break his duck and today’s opponents certainly look a shade less exacting than on his last two starts. His fifth behind the smart Aldayha and Almohtaseb reads well given the subsequent performances of that pair, and it wasn’t as if the class bar dropped by any significant degree last time up against the highly-regarded Ice Lord. The fact both of those useful efforts came over today’s track has to be seen as a plus and Richard Hannon’s charge looks the percentage each-way call in a wide-open heat.

Holland Park - 0.5pt e/w @ 5/1Placed 0pt

Ripon 18:35

Although ROSINA (NAP) failed to follow up her C&D win on debut at York last time out, the figures suggests she probably achieved more in defeat than she did in victory. Off the back of Herculean fractions set by the front running Ayresome Angel, Ann Duffield’s charge could simply not go the early gallop and was a well detached last as they field flashed past the three furlongs peg. From that point onwards, she really picked up strongly, so much so that she only narrowly failed to reel back the front runners in the latter stages. The time of the race, unsurprisingly, was one of the fastest furlong-per-furlong performances on the card (always encouraging when it’s two-year-old contest) and with the third, Astley Hall, going on to endorse the form with a cosy success over the weekend, the daughter of Showcasing is fancied to follow suit.

Rosina - 2pt @ 6/4Won 3pt

Chelmsford 20:20

GUILTY TWELVE was as green as The Hulk on debut at Wolverhampton 28 days ago but hopefully learnt enough to be a bit more of a potent threat this time around. Slowly into stride and clueless early on, it was only in the latter stages that Roger Varian’s filly began to pick up the threads of what was required and now running over a course which offers more of a test of stamina than the Tapeta surface at Dunstall Park, the daughter of Giant’s Causeway can provide her in-form stable with another winner.

Guilty Twelve - 1pt @ 2/1Lost 1pt

Chelmsford 21:20

GENTLEMAN has gone on to prove that his 100/1 boil over wasn’t the fluke it appeared at the time and even though he’s racing away from his beloved Wolverhampton tapeta surface for the first time, the school of thought is that he will prove just as effective on today’s deeper terrain. Given that his best has been over six furlong so far to date, the likely strong pace courtesy of Red Stripes and Bertie Blue Boy being in the field should play into his strengths, and he rates a decent each-way bet to pick up the pieces late on.

Gentleman - 0.5pt e/w @ 6/1Non Runner

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 @ 11/8Won 1.38pt

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 @ 9/2Lost 2pt

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 @ 11/4Lost 1pt

Windsor 19:30

The speed figure ALDAYHA (nap) produced when opening her account at Salisbury last time suggested that Richard Hannon's filly could develop into a pattern-race performer in due course, so she should be capable of winning a workaday handicap such as this if she's going to live up to those sort of expectations. Rattling along from the outset at the Wiltshire venue, the Acclamation filly never cut her rivals any slack at any stage and even though she had her margin cut considerably in the closing stages, she still ran out a comfortable two-and-a-half length winner. The form of the race has already started to take shape with the runner-up, Almohtaseb, and seventh, Handbell, going on to score next time and using the third, the 85-rated Tuco as a guide, Aldayha looks to have been underestimated by the official assessor opening her up off the same mark. The only slight drawback this evening could derive from the fact she's been posted out on the wing in stall 11, but hopefully she should have enough early pace to combat that negative and make a bold bid to make all the running.

Aldayha - 1pt @ 7/4Lost 1pt

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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