Architect Tips has selected four tips for today's action.
RAMURE (best price 11-8) and Babajan are closely matched on a line through The Yellow Mini but the former, trained by Stuart Edmunds, is in receipt of a chunk of weight from her nearest market rival and she’s fancied to put her experience to good use and land the opener for her in-form team.
She wasn’t always that fluent but shaped with a good deal of promise when second of 7 on her British/yard debut and was only beaten three-lengths considering she did plenty wrong throughout. She’s up against some interesting types but trainer Stuart Edmunds is operating at an excellent 60% strike rate the last couple of weeks (three winners from five) and this filly is his only representative on the card and a more polished display this time around should see this filly go one better.
ZIP (best price 11-2) is one of the most consistent handicappers in the Richard Fahey camp and, despite being vulnerable to an improver, he looks fair value to at least run his usual honest race with the possibility of coming out on top.
He rounded off his four-year-old campaign with a victory at Doncaster and has acquitted himself with great credit in defeat since his Newcastle winning reappearance. He hasn’t been beaten far in all four subsequent starts, including when making a bold display from the front when fourth of 27 in the Victoria Cup at Ascot. His shrewd trainer has clearly had this race in mind for him since his latest third which is why we haven’t seen him for a couple of months. The only caveat would be if the ground dries out but, otherwise, there is a lot to like about the chances of this five-year-old, who should get an ideal position close to the pace and is only a pound higher than when fourth at Ascot in a hotter race than this earlier in the year and he looks a good each-way price in the Virgin Bet Handicap
The Cavellos Italian Steakhouse Gin & Cocktail Bar Handicap Chase has attracted just four runners with three of them closely matched in the betting but COSTLY DIAMOND (best price 2-1) sets a pretty good benchmark having finished a cracking second at Stratford last time and, with clear recognition of being a course-specialist with form figures of 112 over course-and-distance, this seven-year-old mare may be able to make all here and record a third course victory.
Check My Pulse has become very well-treated of late but he’s been beaten a long way the last two times and will need to pull out a lot more to take top honours, while recent course winner Lucky Robin was bitterly disappointing when last spotted in this sphere. On the other hand, Costly Diamond thrashed her opponents twice over track and trip earlier this year and was unfortunate to be caught in the final stride here in April by a 120-rated individual when beaten only a neck at the line. With her stable and jockey in very good form at present, it would be no surprise if she were to put her three rivals to the sword on return to her favourite hunting ground.
Dan and Harry Skelton have just the one runner and ride on the card in the shape of PERCY’S WORD (best price 5-2) who has finally put it all together over hurdles of late and the hat-trick could beckon for the seven-year-old who’s mark looks workable back in a handicap.
He has to concede weight to some in-form rivals but his form figures on ground good, good to soft in this grade reads an excellent 222221 and he was last seen beating a 134-rated sort at Stratford so this represents a huge drop down in grade against sorts rated much lower than him. He’s vulnerable to a potential improver, of course, but his form is by far the strongest on offer and he should be thereabouts with plenty in his favour in the finale.