13:30 Newmarket

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The price about the Sir Mark Prescott-trained outsider of the party ANANYA (best price 9-1) in the Close Brothers Premium Finance Fillies' Handicap looks rather insulting, who shaped better than the beaten margins have suggested twice this summer and, having ran well in both visits to this track previously in a Group 1 and Group 3, this four-year-old filly is certainly worth an each-way interest. 

She was highly tried in her stint with previous connections, where developed into a pattern-class performer when trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam in 2019, including when running a fair race to finish seventh in the Group 1 Fillies' Mile at this venue, as well as finishing a close fifth in the Group 2 May Hill until missing all of 2020. Sir Mark Prescott’s newish recruit wasn’t suited to a messy affair when returning from a near two-year absence to finish fifth at Goodwood in July but shaped with encouragement, likewise to when she was last spotted at York, where she held every chance until finding no extra close home. She looked as though she retained plenty of her ability in those pair of more demanding events and will find this ease in grade much to her liking under Ryan Tate. The assessor has taken an essential lenient view by dropping her a further five-pounds and although a few others have more compelling profiles at present, a replica of any of her past form here would see her hard to beat.

Ananya - 0.5pts e/w @ 9/1

13:45 Navan

THOUSAND TEARS (best price 16-1) seems to have been completely overlooked in this wide-open handicap and I’m not quite sure why given he was very unlucky to stumble at a crucial part of a stronger race last time when travelling strongly, while making relentless progress at the time but has a chance of gaining compensation with this stiffer track and drop back in trip sure to suit. 

He won a very competitive handicap at Killarney in July, where he travelled the best horse in the race before asserting to put the race to bed in a few strides indicated that this career-high mark could be within reach. He wasn’t beaten far behind the likes of Wonder Laish (rated 140) and Peregrine Run (rated rated 137) at Cork when giving weight to both and would have probably reached the frame last-time-out at the very least without stumbling very badly approaching three from the end. He did well to rally afterwards and smart fifth and the handicapper, in addition, has left his mark unaltered. The return to two-miles should bring his stamina into play and providing his claimer can keep things simple on this strong-travelling six-year-old, his forecast price is more than fair in my view with four places widely on offer. 

Thousand Tears - 0.5pts e/w @ 16/1

14:30 Ayr

The Virgin Bet Ayr Silver Cup Handicap, as ever, is a hugely competitive event but the one horse of certain interest, who has clearly been aimed at this race for quite sometime is SOLDIER’S MINUTE (best price 18-1), who likes it here and holds a better chance than his huge odds might suggest with six places advertised across most firms. 

He is used to pitching in good-quality events on the flat and while he hasn’t shown much of late, which is why his price reflects that, he was an excellent fourth of 24 on this card twelve months ago in the Ayr Gold Cup from a three-pound higher mark. A low-draw last year wouldn’t have been ideal but he travelled powerfully under today’s rider and was only headed inside the final furlong. Coincidentally, he had finished seventh in the same race twelve months earlier from a pound higher-mark from the same draw. This track suits him well, as will the drying ground, and with a nice-looking draw, he is certainly well handicapped to win a big race like this so makes fair each-way appeal at the very least.

Soliders Minute - 0.5pts e/w @ 18/1

15:15 Newmarket

The Close Brothers Cesarewitch Trial Handicap has an open look to it and I like the claims of both INDIGO TIMES (best price 13-2) and CLEONTE (best price 22-1) who fit the criteria for this race in my view. 

The former, trained by David Simcock, is an upwardly-mobile handicapper and won for the sixth time in June. His trainer has an excellent record in this race (had plenty of runners reach the frame) and this four-year-old proved he’s just as effective on the turf when scoring here last month and backed that up when narrowly denied in the Royal Sussex Regiment Handicap last time. This is the longest trip he will have tackled as he will be heading into uncharted territory trip-wise, but the way he has finished his races over two-miles suggests he’ll stay and he’s fancied to claim the spoils under Hayley Turner. 

As for the latter, trained by Andrew Balding, he clearly isn’t the force of old but all of his best efforts have been on good or firmer ground, so conditions will be in his favour and the last time he ran over today’s course-and-distance under these conditions, he finished an excellent third in the Cesarewitch Stakes (Heritage Handicap) from a mark of 95. He finds himself ten-pound lower in the handicap and in the hope the application of a visor sparks any improvement, he is an appealing price with several bookmakers.  

Indigo Times - 0.5pts e/w @ 13/2
Cleonte - 0.5pts e/w @ 22/1

15:40 Ayr

This looks an excellent renewal of the Virgin Bet Ayr Gold Cup Handicap and for that matter, a lot of these cannot be crossed off, including both MOTAGALLY (best price 28-1) and JUST FRANK (best price 11-1), who will be my each-way bets in the race with most firms offering six and even seven places. 

The Charlie Hills’ trained participant, MOTAGALLY, has been set some stiff examinations during his career thus far but has held his form well since winning twice in the blinkers last year, including when giving weight and a beating to Chil Chil, who subsequently placed in a Group 1. This five-year-old by Swiss Spirit, often travels powerfully in his races so this event should be perfect for him and given the fact that connections have clearly had this race in mind for a while and knowing his mark looks extremely lenient on the balance of his overall form, he looks great each-way value. 

JUST FRANK dismantled a good field when making all for this column last month and, despite carrying a five-pound penalty, he has a lot going for him here. A high-draw in stall eighteen could turn out to be a positive as he won’t be hanging around as he’ll be burning down the straight. Trainer Les Eyre has been trying to win this race for many years but I feel as though he has a massive chance of ending his long-await of claiming Scotland’s valuable pot with this three-year-old. He is handily weighted and could prove dangerous to catch if able to replicate his latest display where the remainder couldn’t peg him back as he practically had the race in the bag after a couple of furlongs under today’s rider, Paul Mulrennan.

Motagally - 0.5pts e/w @ 28/1
Just Frank - 0.5pts e/w @ 11/1

17:45 Catterick

BIBBIDIBOBBIDIBOO (best price 10-1) finds it difficult getting her head in front but she’s been getting closer and closer of late and, with a fairly good record around this venue, this might be the time to catch this capable six-year-old who is likely to win this if getting away from the stalls on terms. 

The Ann Duffield-trained mare, who arrives here on the back of an excellent sixth at Thirsk, went close twice over today’s course-and-distance here in July in 2019, each from a mark of 63, and is now eight-pound lower than when last successful. It’s been a long time since her last win, 31 starts in fact, but Shane Gray gets a tune of this Red Jazz mare and the way she’s been seeing out her races of late suggests she’ll come good soon enough so, in the expectation new headgear can help her in the stalls, she should, at the very least, be able to reach the frame with four places on offer.

Bibbidibobbidiboo - 0.5pts e/w @ 10/1