5.20 York

The form of the David O’Meara team this season has been a little truncated, but following a treble and a four-timer this month, things seem to be on the rise for the Upper Helmsley handler. One of the winners in that period was KIP (NAP) (best price 9-2), and she looks primed for another positive display under her mandatory 5lb penalty for her Ripon success. Picked up for peanuts out of Sir Michael Stoute’s yard, connections of the daughter of Rip Van Winkle made a quick return on their investment following her smooth success at the Yorkshire venue recently and with her speed figure being the best of the seven races run on that card, she has all the hallmarks of being the kind of horse her trainer continues to improve.

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KIP - 2pts e/w @ 9/2Lost -4pts

5.30 Newton Abbot

Although fairly well beaten on his latest start at Ffos Las, the time figure he posted from that contest suggests PERUVIEN BLEU (best price 10-1) still ran to a decent standard and with his opening handicap mark of 100 seemingly not too harsh, Nick William’s inmate is worth a small interest to back up that viewpoint. Even allowing for the fact the son of Fuisse trailed home 34 lengths behind the winner that night (Eddiemaurice), amazingly, he still ran the last circuit in a similar time to the 133-rated Curious Carlos, who landed the other two-mile contest on the same card. Using those findings as a guide, this lightly-raced four-year-old has every chance of outrunning his odds in what looks a fairly tame looking handicap.
Peruvien Bleu - 0.5pts e/w @ 10/1Placed 0.5pts

6.30 Aintree

To the casual observer, NINEPOINTSIXTHREE (best price 5-2) has been a shade disappointing since running a blinder behind Brotherly Company at Exeter back in April, but on closer inspection of his form, his performances aren’t as bad as they look. As time has evolved, he clearly faced an impossible task trying to compete with Moabit on level terms back at the same venue next time and The Tailgater, who dished out a similar beating to John O’Shea’s charge the next time, is also no mug. Although beaten 26 lengths at Ffos Las on his latest outing, he found the fast tempo of a strongly-run 2m contest count against him, but now racing back over a trip more in-keeping with his profile in a particularly modest-looking race for the track standards, the son of Bertolini surely can’t have any excuses if he fails to deliver the goods this time around.
Ninepointsixthree - 1pt @ 5/2Non Runner

7.10 Clonmel

Based on her three starts over fences, CHARLOTTE’S CHUM (best price 6-1) is already a much better chaser than she was a hurdler, and following her excellent podium finish a red-hot beginners contest at Kilbeggan last time out, Philip Byrne’s inmate has a great chance of gaining that elusive success her recent exploits deserve. The form of that race at the Leinster venue has already been boosted by the fourth home winning last week and given that the daughter of Stowaway was very strong in the latter stages, the step up in trip should also play into her strengths.
Charlotte's Chum - 1pt @ 6/1Lost -1pts