Tom looks over a busy Saturday of racing and has found 5 selections for the Oddschecker faithful.
Two for the Swinton first up and one hails from a strong Paul Nicholls team. I like all three as it happens but am surprised to see All Yours the biggest of the trio. He probably didn’t win the strongest Grade 1 at Aintree but it is a race which has seen the likes of Bristol De Mai come out and perform at the top level and 145 may not be beyond Sam Twiston-Davies’s mount. The ground was wrong for his reappearance at Wincanton and the vibes were then quite strong when he returned in the County. He was disappointing that day but there’s the possibility he needed it and this track on decent ground may just suit that little better. Also going up is John Constable who boasts some strong form from his Newbury run a few starts back. Ch’Tibello and Sternrubin have franked that and Evan Williams’s 5 year still looks fairly treated. A good ground winner for Aidan O’Brien, the yard weren’t bang on song when we last saw him but are in better nick now and he’s been a little overlooked given the strength of his form and the return to a sound surface.
Over at Ascot I’m willing to take a chance on Margaret’s Mission at a price in the Listed fillies race over a mile. Tutu Nguru looks well treated but has become frustrating, Pandora (as Amazing Maria did) may just need a start or two to come to hand for David O’Meara and I’m surprised to see the cheekpieces left off Light And Shade so this could be ripe for a surprise. Margaret’s Mission proved this mark wasn’t beyond her when finishing well over shorter at Doncaster following a comfortable win over a mile at that track. The Cambridgeshire was too tall an order and probably too far last time but a mile is her trip and this is her first start at it since her last success. She’ll unlikely turn out the best of them but she’s a big price on the day.
There’s a fair few on the shortlist in the Victoria Cup. I can’t really find any draw bias with pace across the track and, as opposed to Royal Ascot, they often come up the middle in this. The Haggas trio make plenty of appeal and it’s the bigger priced pair of Squats and Valley Of Fire who are of most interest. The latter was just in behind his stable companion at Newmarket last year in the race won by the progressive Magical Memory and his trainer said that day he had been slow to come to hand. He’s had just the 1 start since on unsuitably soft ground but this could well be his season and he looks well treated on reappearance. I also like good old Dinkum Diamond at a big price. He’s run well here a few times over 6 at the Royal meeting and won on his first start at 7 a few runs back. He’s unexposed at the trip, likes the track, and is fairly treated on peak form for a yard on song. Whilst he’s won in different conditions thus far, his best early form came on quick and that looks ideal given the trip.