Andy has four bets, including a very interesting Sir Michael Stoute runner at Newbury.
Running in the colours made famous by Lord Weinstock, it would be fitting, therefore, if ABINGDON (best price 11-4)
were to land this prize for the Ballymacoll Stud. Sir Michael Stoute’s charge made an eye-catching debut as a juvenile when fourth in a decent maiden on the all-weather at Kempton in November, but she always looked the type to be a better three-year-old and she went on to prove that theory correct with a smart success at Ascot on her seasonal reappearance. Staying on strongly in the latter stages at the Berkshire track, the Street Cry filly beat a useful field – including subsequent listed winner Skiffle – with a bit to spare, and with the logical step forward seemingly the Ribblesdale Stakes back at the same venue next week, it surely must be significant that connections have decided to come here rather than bid for glory at the royal meeting.
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Abingdon - 2pts @ 11/4Won 7.5pts
Impressive when lowering the colours of better fancied rivals in this race last year, TENNESSEE WILDCAT (best price 9-2)
is strongly fancied to repeat the dose off the back of what looks the perfect preparation. Needing just one outing to prime him twelve months ago, connections of the Kheleyf gelding have followed a similar route this time around, using a decent handicap at Naas recently to put the finishing touches to the six-year-old’s build up. A creditable sixth from an unpromising position constitutes a sound return performance from Ger Lyon’s charge, and with the ground conditions set to ride on the fast side, everything looks set fair for another positive display.
Tennessee Wildcat - 1pt e/w @ 9/2Placed -0.1pts
BIG SOUND (best price 7-1)
often runs himself into form at this time of year and following two excellent performances when filling out the runner-up spot recently, Mark Walford’s charge looks primed to strike at a track where he’s gone well in the past. On his four previous visits the Staffordshire venue between June and July, his form figures read 2211, and with the latest of those victories coming in this corresponding race last year, there’s every chance he can repeat the dose off only a two pound higher mark.
Big Sound - 0.5pts e/w @ 7/1Won 4.2pts
MRS BURBIDGE (best price 7-4)
looked on good terms with herself at Towcester week and turned out quickly again to avoid a penalty (won conditional jockey’s handicap), Neil Mulholland’s inmate rates a good bet to go in again. Not only was the performance at the Midland venue visually impressive, her final circuit time was much better than the likes of Kayla and Ever So Much and considering those two named individuals are rated over 100, the daughter of Pasternak clearly looks well treated at present off her perch of just 74.
Mrs Burbidge - 1pt @ 7/4Lost -1pts