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The Melrose has some super types, none more so than Battersea and Connecticut. They are on the short side though and I'm surprised
Captain Morley isn't pushing favouritism given his form behind Windshear and Elite Army. That is about the best form
on offer and 9/1 looks worth taking. Adventure Seeker is 2nd choice but Farquhar has to go up at an overpriced
33/1. He ran badly here behind Connecticut when losing his action but put a line through that and he's progressive.
Staying on in a hot handicap back at Haydock last time, he should relish the extra trip and has Frankie back on, with whom
he won so well with back in May.
York 14.40 - Farquhar 0.5pt e/w
York 14.40 - Captain Morley 1pt e/w
The feature handicap at Goodwood has a bunch of likely lads at the top of the market and it's take your pick time. They are almost all up in the weights for recent, decent runs but make limited appeal. Jammy Guest and Safety Check are of interest but badly drawn and I'd rather take the price about Silent Bullet at 18/1 who may not have wanted to go past on his impressive reappearance but he was back from a long absence and he's far too big a price for this, especially with a strong pace to chase. He ran a great race last time finishing best from the rear and the form has worked out with Short Squeeze winning a few days ago. Also irresistible is Redvers who is back to his last win and was running a good race last time before shortening stride dramatically and he appeared not to stay, though there may have been more to it than that given he has won over that course and distance. He might not like it here, might not like going this way round but has George Baker on, who rides well here, and they've combined successfully before. A sharp 7 will suit and he's a nice price at 22/1.
Goodwood 14.55 - Silent Bullet 1pt e/w
Goodwood 14.55 - Redvers 1pt e/w
I'm not sure I rate the 2 year olds for the Gimcrack all that highly, not those this side of the Irish Sea anyway, and the Irish challenger looks a nice play. I know there's a Norfolk winner and Beacon could be smart but I think we've seen nothing like the best of Accepted yet and his sire did win this a few years back. He's an each way poke at 8/1, though I'm never hugely confident in this type of race. Muhaarear is interesting dropped to 6 but I can see the Irish fella running away with this, especially if finally getting a tow through a race.
York 15.15 - Accepted 1pt e/w
Ebor time and there's nothing I fancy at a big price, sadly. So it's a bit boring but I'll put up Mighty Yar who looks to have been set up for this at 9/1. He'll want a test as this is the minimum for him and that looks likely. Hopefully there will not be too much rain and his form has worked out very well. The other is Wadi Al Hattawi at 12/1 who has been on the radar for a while and should stay. He's well treated, has won here, and was better than the bare result at Ascot. He's also 1 from 1 with De Sousa and I'm very excited about him. Third choice is Sir Walter Scott but he's just not big enough in the market given what we don't know about him.
York 15.50 - Wadi Al Hattawi 1pt e/w
York 15.50 - Mighty Yar 1pt e/w
Nunthorpe day and it's quite a simple choice at the prices between Extortionist and Pearl Secret and I can't
split them. They want different types of ground and the overnight rain is not ideal for the former but lovely for the latter.
However, Olly Stevens' colt is improving and it will not bee too soft and he's worth a bet at 16/1. If the ground does
ease then it is definitely worth going for Pearl Secret who didn't get his ground at Ascot but has become the forgotten
horse of the sprint division. He is drawn next to his front running Qatar Racing companion Hot Streak and not too far from
Take Cover. This could set up nicely for the dual course and distance winner who was luckless in the race 2 years ago and
20/1 looks too big.
Pearl Secret 1pt e/w - NON RUNNER
Extortionist 1pt e/w - 3rd @ 14/1
Cracking opening handicap and I'm sweet on Stomachion who has to go close and is a must bet at 13/2. He didn't seem to handle Goodwood last time but is weighted to win and will appreciate this track that little bit more. I fancy he should be a strong favourite. Also on the shortlist is Chancery but he is short enough and preference near the top of the market is for the aforementioned. Communicator is interesting over this trip and he has won here but the other must bet is Lahaag at 18/1. He's been on the list for a while but hasn't been a bet as yet, though I was tempted at Ascot. He was unlucky that day when never getting a run and his record here is excellent, even taking into account his worst effort at the track when held up and coming wide over 10 furlongs before staying on. He is now 8lb lower and weight to win.
Stomachion 1pt e/w - U/P @ 15/2
Lahaag 1pt e/w - U/P @ 8/1
The Lonsdale Cup has to be considered a decent renewal with Estimate in the field and she could end up looking value but comes with risks. It should be between her, Cavalryman and Pale Mimosa and I've opposed the Godolphin runner all season so am not about to stop now. The Weld filly ran as well as could have been expected on reappearance behind a Gold Cup winner before winning well last time in Listed company and I think she'll win this at 7/2. Estimate is the danger given she was in season last time but she had a massively hard race at Ascot and she's perhaps most effective over a little further.
2pt win - WON @ 2/1
I put this horse up at Sandown when he bumped into Elite Army (and Gold Trail), then backed him back at a mile when he ran no sort of race. Did I see him entered to win on the bridle after a gliding op? Did I heck. Yes this is chasing in its finest form, searching for justice, financial and professional, but I don't care. He wins, he has to. The horse is Munaaser in the hopefully lucky last at 2/1.
3pt win - U/P @ 11/4
It could well be an advantage to be drawn stand side for the York opener with pace drawn high. The best horses are up there
too and Kool Kompany and Fast Act will be involved at the finish. Of them, I like Fast Act but he's a skinny price in an open
race, as is the favourite, and I prefer the price of the progressive looking Markaz at 12/1 who comes out of
20. His trainer won this a few years back with his sire and he is better than a bare rating of 89. He won't want it too quick
so the rain is a plus and the ground he made up at Goodwood last time suggests a strong pace at this trip will suit.
1pt e/w - NON RUNNER
Balducci, Boom And Bust and the wider drawn pair of Energizer and Kosika should ensure a decent test in the mile handicap and that will suit something from off the pace. Gabrial's Kaka made up bags of ground at Sandown last time, not often easy there on quick ground, and he returns off the same mark. George Chaloner's claim will help and he should go close at 12/1. Navajo Chief loves it here, but only in May, and Fort Bastion has been knocking on the door of late and should have things run to suit. The price about Prince Of Johanne is a bit too big to miss though and he has been placed consistently here off similar marks. He's back to his last winning mark too and, though also better here in May, he has solid place claims at 16/1.
Gabrial's Kaka 1pt e/w - U/P @ 10/1
Prince Of Johanne 1pt e/w - U/P @ 14/1
This could be madness but I'm almost more confident Taghrooda can win an Arc than a Yorkshire Oaks. Please let it rain for her as I want her to remain unbeaten this season. However, quick ground and a lack of pace is dangerous for this filly who would get 2 miles with cut underfoot…and this is York, where strange things happen, just ask Sariska. It was a leave alone race until I saw the price about Tapestry. She got the mile and a half last time but her optimum is probably 10 and so a lack of pace will help her cause. She did best of those from the back in Ireland, stumbled leaving the stalls, got very warm given the delay and the saddle slipped back to her bottom. All in all it was a pretty good effort and 10/1 for this is fair given her chances of finishing 2nd. I hope Taghrooda wins but I'm worried.
1pt e/w - WON @ 8/1
I hope Bragging wins the fillies' handicap at the end of the day but I'm not a backer at 11/4, especially from stall 17. I thought Enraptured would be 2nd favourite for this but Sparkle Factor has that role and yet the Gosden filly looks better treated. She was free, wide and in need of the run last time after 11 months off but improved with each start as a 2 year old and should be seen to better effect today at a generous 9/1. Also worth a go is the monster price about triple course winner Royal Rascal. She has only ever won here over 6 furlongs but definitely got the trip behind the progressive Almargo before finding a mile too far. Last time was a little better but she obviously needs a big step up on that. However, tongue tie and cheekpieces go on and, once rated 101, she now turns up off 93 at 40/1.
Enraptured 1pt e/w - U/P @ 8/1
Royal Rascal 1pt e/w - U/P @ 25/1
3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 is where the likely pace will come from in the opener at York. Bundles of it. It can pay
to race prominently over this trip here on decent ground though and such numbers can't be ruled out. It's right across the
track but the last couple of times Magical Macey has run here has seen the winner come from near him…which says low. Either
way I want to have a go at Secret Witness at a far too big 33/1 who scored his last success, over two years
ago, here over 6 and will want this strongly run. He goes well after a recent run and I fancy his outing 4 days ago was very
much a prep for this. He's 2lb below that last win and, placed here a few times over 5, the extra 89 yards is a gift. I think
See The Sun will go very close and Bogart has to be of interest but at the prices it's worth having a nibble at Free Zone
who is back off a winning mark and in good hands. Placed in Listed company over 6 on his sole start here, he has pace to chase
near side and is a nice price at 25/1.
Secret Witness 1pt e/w - U/P @ 20/1
Free Zone 0.5pt e/w - NON RUNNER
The Great Voltigeur is a super renewal and Granddukeoftuscany catches my eye at the top of the card. He's not a bad price at 7's either, nor Snow Sky at 8/1. That is due to a likeable favourite in Kingston Hill but the drying ground must be a bit of a worry. Either way, it's a play at a big price or leave alone race and I'm surprised Observational is as big as 25/1 given he was a well supported favourite last time at Goodwood where he found the ground too quick. There should be a bit of pace here and that will suit, as long as the ground doesn't dry out too much. He may just have needed it last time too after a bit of an absence, and he was keen. I fancy we'll see a better run today.
1pt e/w - U/P @ 14/1
I've got Totalize wrong on many occasions across both codes and today may be no different. However, there's plenty in his favour after a creditable effort in the Northumberland Plate. The ground would have been quick enough that day but the hood is back on and he got every bit of the 2 miles. The trouble was keenness last time in the absence of that hood but he should settle better today and Megan Carberry is back on claiming her 7lb. He bolted up here over 14 furlongs on the run before and is overpriced off 9lb higher at 16/1. Saptapadi is a serial underachiever but is tempting whilst Spacious Sky will likely go close, albeit at a short enough 6/1.
1pt e/w - U/P @ 10/1
Rocket Ronnie is the sole course and distance winner in the field for the mile handicap at Thirsk and is on the shortlist.
This may be strongly run though and I worry about him seeing it out on ground softer than ideal. Shouranour is still a maiden
but he'll be involved and the yard are flying. A touch more appealing at the prices though is Bahamian C at 7/1.
He drops in trip form last time and will appreciate a test. The ground is the sole worry but his dam was a winner on soft
and it will hopefully dry out. The yard are in good form and judging by the times he's been putting in, this 4 year old is
very much on the up.
1pt e/w - 2nd @ 15/2
There's pace in abundance in the sprint and the majority of it comes form high up. 9, 12, 13, 14, and 15 should set this up stand's side and, though 1, 2 and 4 house front runners, they aren't all guaranteed to go forward and the high pace should hold up that little better. Old boy Oldjoesaid is well worth a play at 12/1 out of stall 8 having dropped to a handy mark just 1lb above his last win. He's a course and distance winner off 4lb higher too, drops in class, and will not want the ground too quick. Philip Makin has won with him before and, though he'll want to get away better than he managed last time out and the yard aren't in top form, I fancy he'll be thereabouts.
1pt e/w - U/P @ 12/1
Alex Vino might well win easily today at Pontefract but I was keener at the prices on Craggaknock. However, that price has
long gone and 7/2 is on the short side. With 8 lining up, I'm sweeter about the 16/1 for Rio's Rosanna who is
yet to finish out of the top 3 here in 3 attempts. She won here on good to firm too so the drying conditions will be no bad
thing. Only Orsenfoolsies will be dangerous if allowed an easy time of it up top but Asteroidea and Craggaknock may keep him
company and that will be no bad thing for the selection who looks to want a test at this trip. The yard have hit form with
3 recent winners and George Chaloner is well worth his 3.
1pt e/w - 3rd @ 10/1
Nurseries scare the heck out of me but I like 1 in the Newmarket opener. It's a decent race with the likes of Adelasia and
Mahsooba but the latter may not like the ground whilst the former is short enough off 82. If Astrelle goes forward then it
could mean that Renaissant gets a nice tow into this, though she may go forward herself. The ground should be no problem
on pedigree and 7 furlongs is well worth a go given she was outpaced last time. That form, as well as that of her 2nd start,
has worked out and she's chucked in off 70 with Cam Hardie taking off 5lb. Snap up 12/1.
1pt e/w - U/P @ 9/2
The Geoffrey Freer has a very likeable favourite in Pether's Moon but first time blinkers are a sign that he's not all that straightforward. Soft ground over this trip may just test his stamina too, especially with Girolamo and Somewhat likely to take them along. Plenty have chances but Cafe Society is completely unexposed at this sort of trip and should never be 20/1. He was staying on behind the favourite last time over shorter and his pedigree suggests a little cut will be fine, though he's yet to try it. I'm certain he can prove himself worth of Group company.
1pt e/w - U/P @ 12/1
The Silver Trophy at Ripon could suit something drawn high given where the pace is likely to come from. Doc Hay finds himself well handicapped and in new headgear over a course and distance where he tasted his last win…off 11lb higher. He has plenty to find on recent efforts but this should be run to suit and 15/1 looks far too big. Polski Max is very tempting too but this is tougher than he's been contesting of late and he's risky. I've backed him a couple of times this term though and can't bear to see him run without a little support off a very low mark at 16/1.
Doc Hay 1pt e/w - U/P @ 10/1
Polski Max 0.5pt e/w - 4th @ 14/1
Suzi's Connoisseur is on the shortlist today, so too Penny Drops, who looks perfectly drawn. I think Kickboxer is better than he showed last time too but pick of the prices is comfortably Ventura Mist at 25/1. She is well treated on the basis of her 2nd and 3rd efforts this term and the yard are just starting to fly. She has won on soft and good to firm but I fancy she doesn't want it too quick at this trip. She's relatively well drawn with pace on her outside to aim at and was placed over course and distance in a Listed race last term so there's plenty to be positive about.
1pt e/w - 2nd @ 14/1
The Ripon feature is very open, as it should be. I fancy near side has the edge draw/ pace wise and those in the middle will have to make up their minds. Flyman would be going up had it rained significantly but it's probably going to be a little dry for him. Supplicant comes out of stall 10 so he may go far side but there is pace out of 2 and 5 and he's well treated. He's also 2 form 2 over course and distance and has a very good chance of defying his 20/1 odds. The other to back is Bondesire out of stall 11 who could go either side. She has won over course and distance and a test at this trip with Sam James taking off 3lb should see her go very close at 15/1.
Bondesire 1pt e/w - U/P @ 14/1
Supplicant 0.5pt e/w - U/P @ 14/1
Shavansky is interesting up in trip at Newbury and he handles cut. He's well handicapped and can cause an upset but there's
not a great deal of pace on and there must be a worry as to whether he'll settle. Epsom Hill should win his but favourites
have a poor record in the race and I'd rather back Kuda Huraa for the umpteenth time. He has gone well here over sticks
and I'm sure this trip on soft ground can bring out the best in him. He didn't seem to like Epsom but put in some solid efforts
either side on ground that will have been quick enough and I'm surprised he'd as big as 10/1 for this weakish Class
1pt e/w - U/P @ 7/1
Gworn is really tempting earlier on the Newmarket card but there are some progressive types in the field and he may not get
the rain required. Jeremy Noseda has a few likely sorts on the day and I like the price about Evident who drops in
class from seemingly not enjoying Windsor last time. He had to track across form a wide draw that day and didn't seem to get
home after racing prominently. Hopefully he's ridden a little more patiently today as he can win off 75 and Buick back in
the saddle, on top for his last win, is a plus. He may require more of a test at this trip and a little more juice underfoot
but he should be shorter than 8/1.
1pt e/w - U/P @ 9/2
Noseda also saddles Outback Traveller and he'll take some stopping should the ground dry out. This is tougher than last time however and he has been beaten by Glorious Empire before. He does have a 7lb pull with the latter but a test at this trip on ground with a little ease in it should suit the strong travelling Ed Walker gelding that little bit more. He is a real looker but can be too keen over a mile and, though he'll probably get 10 furlongs in time, a decent test at 7 will be fine for now. Crowdmania and Captain Bob will hopefully drag them along here and, though the selection is giving weight to the favourite, I think he's the better horse and the better bet at 5/2.
2pt win - WON @ 5/6
Bombardment will be a big danger if allowed an easy lead this afternoon but he surely wants quicker ground to be at his very best, though Kirby said he'd handle it slower after he won on quick at Nottingham. He's not a kick off a crawl type from the front either and is a game battler but Zain Empire is dropping in class form a better race last time and is open to that little bit more improvement now up at a mile. He won despite greenness on debut and his jockey said that day the ground was quick enough. He looked to want a little further last time and Provenance has franked that form since. A 2lb rise shouldn't halt his progression on just a 3rd racecourse appearance at a likely to shorten 9/4.
2pt win - 2nd @ 15/8
Be Perfect is of interest dropped in class over at Beverley but Waterclock may complicate things for him from the front. Beat The Tide is another from a yard going well but with a little rain forecast and a likely decent test, it looks as though Enchanted Garden could have things run to suit. He is in super form over hurdles and was unlucky at Musselburgh here in June. This track may suit that little better and he'll go very close at 9/4.
2pt win - U/P @ 2/1
Noodles Blue Boy has the rail tomorrow but he's a dubious favourite at Beverley and I want to take him on. Bosham and Manatee
Bay are the ones to side with but the latter is far and away pick of the prices at 10/1. He was beaten 41 lengths
last time due to blowing the start and we'll know within 2 seconds of this race whether he has a shot. He also unseated at
the start 3 runs ago so he's a risk but his run over course and distance on penultimate start gives him every chance and the
softer ground is a big plus. Add to that Dandy Nicholls returning to form and he's a must bet.
1pt e/w - 3rd @ 14/1
I've been guilty of trying to beat the draw of late and it's nonsense. So I'll side with it today and have a good go at Zaitsev at 3/1 from stall 5. He will go forward and try and make all up the rail and, as long as those behind stick to normal tactics, he'll not be caught. Scrutiny is interesting for the lethal team of O'Meara and James but the selection will be allowed to dictate and he is a course and distance winner on similar ground. He went off too hard last time but today should be very different with just the 6 runners in a claimer. Al Muheer has blinkers back on and will threaten but may be doing his best work too late.
2pt win - U/P @ 13/8
Zipp was well backed for her Ralph Beckett debut over course and distance but disappointed and this is tougher. That
will put many off backing her but the yard are flying at the moment and the fact that we've not seen her since, in some 3
months, suggests all was not well. The Post report of the race says she may be in the grip of the handicapper but I don't
buy that. She was beaten a short head behind a subsequent winner off 1lb lower at the back end of last term and she can go
close off this mark. Hopefully Defecit will go forward as she will want a test and as Late Shipment will be a danger if allowed
to dominate. Some rain would be welcomed too and 5/1 is on the generous side.
1pt win - 2nd @ 3/1
Two look sufficiently overpriced in the Listed sprint and I can't split them. Duke Of Firenze makes his debut for sprint training maestro Robert Cowell and he may just appreciate a little cut on his return to 5 furlongs. Rated 100, he's no 9/1 shot given who now trains him. Dungannon was to be the sole selection at 14/1 but I'm a little worried about his draw. Magical Macey and Judge 'N Jury are likely to fight it out to bag the rail and will dictate the pace, and Taurus Twins may try and get over, as is his want here, from stall 6. Dungannon comes out of 1 and that's not ideal but his last win came over 6 on soft ground and if it's holding over this 5, he can get competitive on his first run away from handicaps in over 4 years.
Dungannon 1pt e/w - U/P @ 9/2
Duke Of Firenze 1pt e/w - U/P @ 10/1
I'm not sure we'll see a stands rail battle in the next 5 furlong race and it could pay to be drawn a little lower with pace out of stalls 2 and 3, though 5 and 7 may also add to that. Either way, Oscars Journey looks to have a decent shot at this out of 1 if getting a good tow into it and he will love a little cut. 2 of his best runs have come over course and distance, winning once and running a great race on reappearance this term off 4lb higher after nearly a year off. This is tougher but he's worth chancing at 12/1. The yard look short of form on the face of it with only 1 winner in each of the last few months but the July success came at the very end of the month and they sent out another a few days ago. Backstage Gossip and Cardinal make up the shortlist.
1pt e/w - U/P @ 4/1
Art Scholar is well handicapped tomorrow at Ayr and were this decent ground he'd probably be worth a bet but the weather has
ensured softish ground and that will suit others better. Hold The Line won here in a good time on quick last time but wants
some cut and he looks a likely winner. I prefer the price of Las Verglas Star though who is well treated and relishes
soft. The Chaloner/ Fahey combination were successful here on Saturday evening and this is the first time the horse encounters
ground with some cut in it since his Chester win. He should have a nice pace to aim at from San Cassiano and Maracuja and
he's a good bet at 11/1 given he was beaten just a short head on his sole course start (at this trip) a few years ago
off 5lb higher.
1pt e/w - 2nd @ 14/1
Perfect Cracker loves Windsor but he's likely to have a different sort of test this afternoon to that which saw him win twice. There is little pace on and the ground is softer, and this is an altogether tougher race. L'orfeo is of particular interest but 15/8 on UK handicap debut for Godolphin is risky and his French form is difficult to weigh up. I'd far rather back Hymenaios who has been given a little break after a poor effort last time. The ground will have been on the quick side, as connections suggested, at Salisbury and conditions will be much more suitable this afternoon. If back on song he'll go very close at 3/1.
1pt win - 2nd @ 5/2
Course lover Starwatch may get the run of things at Windsor but this will be on the sharp side. Evident is very likeable on
ground that should suit and the yard are bang in form. He has a 6lb pull with Whipper Snapper for a 3 and a quarter
length defeat back at Newbury in September and that may be enough but the latter is probably better drawn and a more appealing
price at 11/1. He will relish the rain and a visor goes on to try and rediscover that early season form. It's good
form too, behind Dark Emerald, and the yard has struggled since but sent out a recent winner and may be back on song.
1pt e/w - 3rd @ 7/1
Made In Rio's form looks rock solid given how well she traveled at Goodwood before hitting a wall and that makes Hassle
look well treated under a 3lb hike for their course and distance meeting. He will want a little rain overnight but should
be favourite for this and shorter than 5/1 for a yard going well. Olivier Peslier has a likeable book of rides at Ascot
and this could kick off a decent afternoon. If it stays quick then Big Thunder may take some stopping but he still has to
prove himself at the trip.
1pt win - 3rd @ 7/2
Bantam will not want too much rain but she still looks well treated now back over a suitable trip and with the yard bang in form finally. She can be forgiven her reappearance effort at Newmarket over 10 furlongs and will go close at 12/1, especially if Boonga Roogeta obliges in taking them along at a generous pace. Charles Camoin is of interest upped in trip and so too Presburg but neither are worth money at their current prices.
1pt e/w - U/P @ 5/1
With a bit of rain at Haydock throughout Friday afternoon, Energia Davos could end up a steal at 18/1 for the 10 furlong handicap at Haydock. He ran well at Meydan without getting his head in front but looks more at home on turf and turf with some ease in it based on his Brazilian form. He was a little unlucky at Chester when having to come wide into the turn and has dropped to a workable mark. I fancy he'll get further so the pace on show here is a plus and he's much more appealing than the shorter Rye House, who could take some stopping if the ground goes soft.
1pt e/w - WON @ 16/1
I want to oppose Hillstar at this trip with little pace on and on ground that is probably softer than ideal, though Ryan Moore may well get him back to winning ways in what looks a far easier race than he's been contesting of late. Nabucco is a generous price and will find this easier than when giving away weight on 2 starts this term. He will want rain. A little more progressive and versatile with regard to the ground though is Vancouverite who should really have won last time. He has to contend with a lack of pace so will not want to be left with lots to do but Crowley should be alert to that and he left the impression there'd be more to come after traveling over the whole field at Newbury. 5/1 can be taken and taken again.
2pt win - U/P @ 11/2
I don't know a huge amount about Emma Jayne-Wilson but she has a great chance of riding Astronereus to a win at Ascot. Amanda Perrett has started the month slowly but the yard are still going well and this Sea The Stars colt shaped as though he was crying out for further last time. Rain would be a plus but I'm not sure he'll get that, though it's not essential given how he traveled on decent ground at Goodwood. Eased 1lb, and I can't work out why, he should have a decent pace to aim at from stable companion Pack Leader and both or one of Mr Gallivanter and Our Gabrial. That will suit this hold up type who may not be good enough to take up his St Leger entry but can go close here off 86 at 8/1. Trip To Paris is comfortably next best at the prices.
1pt e/w - 2nd @ 6/1
Alex My Boy may well win the Musselburgh feature and 11/8 is tempting. He has his quirks though and has to prove he can put
a run together. Saved By The Bell is next best but short enough against a very likeable favourite and I'd rather take something
at a price. Lady Kashaan is a course and distance winner and won't mind any rain should it arrive. She ran well after
10 months off here last time out and has a weight pull with the 2 that finished ahead of her. The yard is in good form and
she's been underestimated at 14/1 if building on that return.
1pt e/w - 3rd @ 7/1
Just Paul loves it here and is very tempting at 7/1 but yard form is enough of a worry to swerve. They can't buy a winner. That leaves the 2 3 year olds and Red Pike looks the most progressive of them. I can't see why blinkers are back on for King Of Macedon when the visor seemed to help last time. Red Pike will not be able to dominate so connections need to let that go and race prominently off the gallop over a trip he gets. If they try and go forward, it's game over. He won at Thirsk when not leading and, with similar tactics, should take this at 11/4. The bare form of his 3rd last time out is comfortably the best on offer.
1pt win - U/P @ 15/8
Whipper Snapper was to go up for the 7 furlong handicap at Sandown, with Subtle Knife and Voyageofdiscovery next best
at the prices. William Knight's gelding has since been withdrawn and, as a result, the favourite is on the short side and
so Giles Bravery's mare gets the vote at 12/1. That's not to say she's not a half confident selection at that price
if she gets the gallop needed. She ran really well behind a good pace in better company than this at York and if something
takes on Bravo Echo for the lead, namely Take A Noe or the favourite, the selection will be seen to good effect on this stiff
track. She's never outsider of the field.
1pt e/w - U/P @ 14/1
A good 10 furlong handicap sees a likeable favourite in the form of Prince Of Stars but there have to be ground worries given the forecast. He was withdrawn due to good to firm ground last month here and may want an easier surface than likely here. Mythical Madness could be well treated but this is tougher than his modest maiden last time out. The one we know is well treated is Hoop Of Colour at 4/1 for a yard that won this 4 years ago. She is up against the boys for the first time but won with plenty in hand last time in a race not run to suit. Dropping back in trip is probably a plus given the way she defied no pace last time over a mile and a half and just a 6lb rise is within her. Fire Fighting is interesting from the front should Automated sit back and Hedge End looks a solid place bet.
2pt win - U/P @ 5/1
Two progressive 3 year olds dominate the betting for the Pontefract feature and rightly so. There's a fair bit of pace on,
which will not help Only Orsenfoolsies dictate, and will play into the hands of the sometimes keen going sorts at the head
of the market. Of them, I'd have Hidden Gold favourite, who's likely to be dropped in and will appreciate a stern test
at the trip. A 4lb hike for her win last time looks fair an she should come out on top here if continuing the same level of
improvement from race to race at 3/1. The favourite won as he should last time and, while he too will appreciate a
strong pace and probably has the better form on paper, he does lack a little tactical speed and may be wanting further.
2pt win - 2nd @ 5/2
The Veterans handicap is tricky but the strongest piece of form comes from the Jacob Black race 10 days or so ago and that sees True Pleasure and Naoise reoppose. The latter can be keen and will want a stronger pace than looks likely here. The former will likely be held up and that's not ideal given the lack of pace but she has won when racing prominently and connections might/ should opt for those tactics here. Either way, her last time out form should be good enough to take this at 5/1. The worry is Kiwi Bay who may get the run of things and is dropping in class but 7/2 is too short about a horse with his profile.
1pt win - U/P @ 9/2
After The Goldrush may get an easy lead at Windsor and that means he must be given serious consideration. Both he and Craftsmanship
are a little more exposed than a couple of potentially progressive sorts here though. Crystal Lake should be favourite and
were this good ground or softer he'd be going up. However, it will be pretty quick underfoot and that may not suit. Miss
Atomic Bomb is making her debut for a yard in form and her run at Kempton back at the start of June suggested more to
come off this mark. She has to prove herself on turf and at the trip but a sprint off a crawl on quick gives her a real chance
and I thought she'd be shorter than 13/2. Al Manaal is well handicapped and will have her conditions.
1pt e/w - NON RUNNER
There's a few on the shortlist for the sprint handicap but 3 of them, Desert Command, O'Gorman and Dominate, are yet to prove themselves on quick ground. Role Player will go close if translating his all weather form to turf but he's too short to play and find out. That leaves Vallarta and Amadeus Wolfe Tone and the latter is comfortably pick of the prices. A course and distance winner off 2lb lower, this is the first time Adam Kirby has been on since and he hasn't really run a bad race all year. Still 2lb below his highest winning mark, a drop to a strongly run 6 looks ideal, and there are four or so runners here that have made all in the past. He's a firm ground winner and a very, very good bet at 11/1.
2pt e/w - U/P @ 5/1
Just one from Chester today and it's one that many, quite rightly, will have put a line through straight away because of his
outside draw. But Clockmaker has plenty going for him too. His course and distance record reads 321 and the last of
those wins came off just 1lb lower last year. He goes on any ground really, as long as it's not too quick, and he'll have
a heck of a pace to chase here, essential given his draw. He will need bundles of luck but Turner, on top for his last win,
has got her confidence back and he's a nice price at 33/1. Bigger prices have a good record in this and Dr Red Eye
and Verse Of Love also require a 2nd look.
1pt e/w - U/P @ 25/1
High draws get much attention in the Stewards Cup and it's supporting race and that looks where to focus for the opener, though
there is just pace in 14,24,15,3. How much rain we get remains to be seen but it's unlikely it will be worse than good come
race time. Favourites have a poor record in the race but Tatlisu looks to have a bucket load in his favour and is worth
a go at 7/1. His Muthmir form is very strong and he doesn't seem ground dependent. His trainer has a good record in
this and also saddles El Viento with likeable claimer George Chaloner on top. He is well drawn and was staying on in
this last year off 3lb higher when not ideally drawn. Good ground is fine and he's overpriced at 20/1.
Tatlisu 1pt e/w - 3rd @ 11/2
El Viento 1pt e/w - U/P @ 14/1
Intrinsic is top of the list for the main event at Goodwood but he's too short in a race like this. The first to mention is Flyman at 33/1 with blinkers back on. I'm not sure why they were left off last time but he was drawn the wrong side anyway and can resume progression draw well here. Jack Garrity takes off some weight and he's overpriced at 33/1, especially if the rain comes. Behind Flyman for his win was Joey's Destiny who is 6lb worse off today but was unlucky at Doncaster. He is progressive and the time he won in at Nottingham was notably quick. 6lb higher, this is tougher but he's a course and distance winner and shouldn't be 25/1.
Flyman 1pt e/w - U/P @ 50/1
Joey's Destiny 1pt e/w - U/P @ 25/1
This is not a betting heat to go crazy with but, with a short favourite in Enlace, there are a few prices to tuck into. Of them, I like L'Addition at 12/1 who, like the favourite, is 1 from 1 and open to plenty of progression. She should handle the switch to turf ok and some cut wouldn't be a problem given her dam's relatives. Also worth a punt is Indian Keys for a yard flying with their juveniles. Her Haxby form has her well treated for this and she has a feasible opening mark. Half sister to a heavy winner, the rain won't hinder her chances at 33/1.
L'Addition 1pt e/w - U/P @ 11/1
Indian Keys 1pt e/w - U/P @ 33/1
The Mile has little pace and, hoping that St Moritz doesn't show up, I think Capo Rosso has an excellent chance form
the front in first time tongue tie. His Ripon win showed him excel on a sharp right handed turning track, far more suitable
than Ayr and York recently. He can do the same here at 22/1 with Richard Kingscote back on. Also worth some money could
be Fort Bastion and last year's 7 furlong winner at this meeting, off the same mark, Magic City at 12/1. He
looks ready for a return to a mile and his best runs of late have come with Richard Hughes on top. He's well drawn to sit
in behind and hopefully a little rain will arrive (though that won't be good for Rosso).
Capo Rosso 1pt e/w - U/P @ 25/1
Magic City 1pt e/w - 3rd @ 7/1
Take Cover could blitz the King George Stakes but will have company from front runners drawn in 3, 6 and 7. He comes out of 4 and that means Extortionist should get a really nice tow into this from 8. Ryan Moore rode him brilliantly last time and he looks a 3 year old to go places at 9/2. Bigger prices don't often win this but Wind Fire looks overpriced at 18/1. She was badly drawn on both recent runs at Sandown. She managed to get to the far rail in the Listed contest but not so last time and had no cover at all. Jamie Spencer returns and she will be seen to better effect this time. Like G Force, also very likeable, she may find this happening a little quickly here but has a notable allowance and fillies have won this 3 times in the last 10 years.
Extortionist 2pt win - 2nd @ 5/1
Wind Fire 1pt e/w - U/P @ 14/1