2.15 Haydock

CH’TIBELLO (best price 9/2) was a fairly convincing winner of the Scottish Champion Hurdle and he looks well capable of defying a rise in the weights three weeks on. Going into that race at Ayr, Dan Skelton’s charge had the look of a potentially well-handicapped horse based on his run behind subsequent Supreme Novices’ winner Altior at Ascot and as it proved to be the case, he didn’t disappoint. Always travelling sweetly in a race not run at a break-neck gallop, the son of Sageburg found a nice turn of foot in between the last two flights and even though he was being run down by the strong-finishing Cloudy Dream on the run-in, the five-year-old never looked like getting caught. Likely to be ridden in a similar fashion this afternoon, his cruising speed should allow him to get into contention without too much fuss and on ground even more suitable than he encountered last time out, he can find the necessary turn of foot to put the race to bed.
CH’TEBELLO - 1pt e/w @ 9/2Placed 0.12pts

3.25 Lingfield

Aidan O’Brien has clearly got a strong hand in the three-year-old fillies’ division this season and SEVENTH HEAVEN (best price 7/2) can provide the Ballydoyle maestro with another notable success in this recognised Oaks trial. Although not quite in the same class as the likes of Minding and Ballydoyle just yet, the daughter of Galileo gave out signals of better things to come with a smooth victory at Dundalk last time out and as stamina looked to be very much her key attribute that evening, the step up in trip should and likely decent gallop should play heavily into her strengths.
SEVENTH HEAVEN - 1pt @ 7/2Won 3.5pts

3.50 Nottingham

Ed Dunlop is in unstoppable form at present and in the shape of ALQUBBAH (best price 7/1) the Newmarket handler has a decent chance of adding his impressive strike-rate. Beginning this campaign off a workable mark, the daughter of Arcano made a bright start to life as a three-year-old with a pretty solid effort in a competitive handicap at Doncaster. Although she got beat fair and square by Remarkable on the day, she impressed by the way she travelled throughout the contest before being dive-bombed by the winner late on and even though the official figures suggests she has a bit to find to cope with some of the more established names, she has enough raw ability to hold her own in this sort of company.
ALQUBBAH - 1pt e/w @ 7/1Placed 0.4pts

4.15 Ascot

As ever, a devilishly tricky handicap to solve, but in the shape of GRAND INQUISITOR (best price 12/1) and THE WARRIOR (best price 25/1), there are two live contenders worth playing each-way against the field with the five places on offer. The former caught the eye in a well-contested handicap at Newmarket recently and although he failed to trouble the judge in finishing 10 lengths behind the eventual winner, Accession, he did more than enough to suggest he’s worthy of a degree of loyalty. Coming with what appeared to be a potent challenge approaching the two pole, Sir Michael Stoute’s charge got completely stopped in his run at that juncture, and as there was precious little time to get involved in the business end of the race, Ryan Moore did the sensible thing and looked after his mount there on in. Sure to strip fitter for that initial outing, the Dansili colt has enough big-field handicap form – including one over today’s course – to suggest he can be a potent force back on better ground.

The latter takes a bit more explaining, but there were similar positives vibes emulating from his first performance under his new regime. On first start for Amanda Perrett at Lingfield recently, the son of Exceed And Excel shaped a good deal better than his final finishing position suggested in a competitive all-weather handicap and this former Aidan O’Brien inmate, who was rated 106 in his pomp at Ballydoyle, has enough class to make a big impact from his favourable middle draw.
GRAND INQUISITOR - 0.5pts e/w @ 12/1Lost -1pts
THE WARRIOR - 0.5pts e/w @ 25/1Lost -1pts

4.25 Nottingham

ROCK SONG (NAP) (best price 7/2) impressed both visually and on the clock ay Haydock last time out and this rapidly-improving stayer is fancied to complete a quick hat trick. The son of Rock Of Gibraltar has clearly taken a while to come to hand, as its only now at the age of seven that he’s beginning to flourish, but on the evidence of his last two performances he’s certainly making up for lost time. The way he cruised through his latest race at the Lancashire venue 14 days pinpoints his current wellbeing and with the ninth home that day, Paly Nicely, going on to boost the form subsequently, a further 8lb rise in the handicap maybe insufficient to prevent John Mackie’s inmate from going in again.
ROCK SONG - 2pts @ 7/2Lost -2pts