13:25 Currragh

Johnny Murtagh’s MEASURE OF MAGIC (best price 10/1) looks the each-way value in the opener at the Curragh. This filly is very good on her day, as proven when an excellent third in last year’s Group One Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot, over this trip. That is the best form on offer and the fact that connections have skipped that race this year in favour of this easier task should be worth noting. She doesn’t have as much to find with the favourite Power Under Me as the betting suggests and I can see her bouncing back to form with a bold showing here with this race likely to have been a long-term plan. 
Measure Of Magic - 0.5pts e/w @ 10/1

14:00 Curragh

I do like the claims of Surrounding here but DEXTER BELLE (best price 12/1) looks well-treated off a mark of 97 for Eddie Lynam and makes the most appeal at the odds. This filly had previously shown useful form when trained by Kevin Ryan, including when she finished third in a quality Listed event last May behind the classy Winter Power. She wasn’t at her best on her final start for her old boss, but she shaped well on debut for her new handler last time over a shorter trip here, where she travelled well and kept on strongly to take sixth in a seventeen runner handicap on her handicap debut. She remains lightly-raced for her age, so there’s definite improvement to come, and the step up in trip also looks a good move with Chris Hayes retained to ride. She’s drawn well in stall seven and should strip fitter for that latest run too, which was on seasonal/stable debut after ten months off, so she merits an each-way consideration here. Four places widely available. 
Dexter Belle - 0.5pts e/w @ 12/1

14:05 Newmarket

George Boughey has a strong hand here with two good chances. The first of those is MALRESCIA (best price 6/1) who was the only runner to make a race of it with Dramatised on debut when second, beaten just four lengths, and has subsequently won both her races since with the minimum of fuss. She was electric last-time-out, likewise to when scoring at Hamilton, as she produced a devastating burst of speed and turn of foot to go clear of her rivals without being asked for maximum efforts. While this race is tougher, she’s going the right way and should be favourite for this race in my view, so I’ll advise here in the hope she can outclass these. 
Malrescia - 1pt @ 6/1

14:05 Newmarket

BELIEVING (best price 7/1) was second to subsequent Royal Ascot second Mawj on debut and would have finished closer to the winner with a clear passage (travelling just as well as the winner). She then built on that promise to score comfortably at Wolverhampton and her performance can be markedly upgraded, given she blew the start by about ten lengths but made relentless progress to take the spoils. It’s good to see James Doyle retained to ride her again and, while this is very competitive, she’s worth considering with the ability to play a major role here if behaving herself. 
Believing - 1pt @ 7/1

14:25 Newcastle

EBRO RIVER (best price 17/2) hasn’t yet replicated his smart two-year-old form in two starts this year, in which he’s been sent off favourite high times, but Hugo Palmer’s charge was Group 1 winner last season and placed behind Native Trail in another Group 1, which reads strong form in the context of this race. He’s reported to be in the best form he’s been in for quite a while by connections and, while he makes his tapeta debut, he must have a strong chance of beating these if he acts on the surface. He’s the second highest rated runner in the field at 111 (only three pounds lower then Glen Shiel) but gets seven pounds form that rival and is rated ten pounds higher than Sense Of Duty but only has to give that rival three pounds. He couldn’t be better treated at the weights in simple terms so, in the hope he’s back to something near his best, I cannot understand why he’s not shorter in the betting here, as he’s got the class to win this or, at the very least, reach the frame with four places generally available. 
Ebro River - 0.5pts e/w @ 17/2

14:35 Curragh

Emphatic Answer needs respect on the back of a career-best performance when second in a Group Two last time but it’s the really likeable PETREVILLE (best price 9/1) who despite carrying a penalty, shades the verdict. The seven-year-old has settled in well at this yard now, who’s won at Dundalk before a good second in Qatar in February. He’s yet to run at this course but that shouldn’t be an issue as he’s straightforward and was a solid second to Pearls Galore over a mile for the first time in Ireland before making all over the same track and trip to win a Group Three. He was last seen running well over an inadequate trip of seven furlongs behind Dr Zempf, in which he was giving the winner nearly a stone. This race is no easier, of course, but the return to this trip will suit and he looks a good each-way price. He has won eight times and placed six times from 21 career starts so, while he has to give weight to some classy rivals, he is fancied to draw the sting from these rivals. 
Petreville - 0.5pts e/w @ 9/1

14:55 Newcastle

In the Northumberland Vase, the consolation race to the Plate, SMART CHAMPION (best price 11/1) is the standout each-way choice with five places generally available. He’s not won for a while but it’s highly likely he’s been trained for this race and he finds himself a pound lower than when bolting up over course-and-distance back in February 2020. He’s very well-treated at present and ran a decent race when ninth of 19 in the Plate over track and trip on this card two years ago. That was off a seven pounds higher mark and this is far easier. He has a good record over staying distances and has done all of his placing off higher marks (placed off 87 twice and 89) over two miles or further plus connections have booked Luke Morris to ride. He was narrowly denied on his return at Southwell off only a pound lower mark and, with all the form and back class in his book to make an impact, all of those positives should be the contributing factor to him going close here. 

Smart Champion - 1pt e/w @ 11/1

15:05 Curragh

Blackbeard ran a very good race to finish fourth in the Coventry at Royal Ascot and is feared but CRISPY CAT (best price 5/2) should have collected the Norfolk Stakes last time. He was badly impeded by The Ridler when just about to come through with a winning challenge, which forced his rider to regather his momentum before flying home to be third. He was a short-head second to Blackbeard over five here on his second start when caught right on the line but he improved for hold-up tactics last time and the way he hit the line strongly suggests this extra furlong should suit. This is a quick turnaround, but his owners took this twelve months ago with Go Bears Go, and there’s no reason why this talented sprinter can’t repeat the dose. 
Crispy Cat - 1pt @ 5/2

15:30 Newcastle

In the Northumberland Plate, I like the claims of Jane Chapple-Hyam’s UBER COOL (best price 18/1) who looks to have been targeted at this race for quite sometime and is an appealing each-way proposition here. This eight-year-old was last of six when last spotted but, otherwise, he’s generally consistent and has been given a good chance by the assessor on his return to action. He overcame an absence to win impressively at Chester last May and was then placed in four of his next six starts. He’s a pound lower than when placing three times last year over trips between 1m6f-1m7f and has winning form over two miles too. His trainer is in good form, he’s drawn reasonably in stall 13, and goes well fresh, so he’s not one to take lightly at the bottom of the weights here with a good chance of being really competitive. Six places generally available. 

Uber Cool - 1pt e/w @ 18/1

15:30 Newcastle

ALRIGHT SUNSHINE (best price 18/1) could only finish midfield in this twelve months ago off a lower mark but he’s looked a better horse since and arrives this time round on the back of three really solid placed efforts which have come in highly-competitive staying handicaps. He was a fast-finishing third behind Valley Forge in the second of those and backed that up with a good fourth in the Copper Horse Stakes last time at a big price. He reverts to the all-weather on the same mark and is drawn a lot better than last year too. If he gets the breaks when required, the seven-year-old should give another good account himself which can hopefully transpire into victory under Billy Garritty, who knows him well. Six places generally available. 
Alright Sunshine - 1pt e/w @ 18/1

16:20 Curragh

The ARM Holding International Stakes looks a difficult race to solve but I’ll take a chance on Aidan O’Brien’s AIKHAL (best price 12/1) at the odds. He finished last of 11 runners to Coroebus in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot last time but I get the impression connections were using that as a prep-run for this easier race. He was a good fourth in a Group One in France last year, so has form at a higher level, and also ran well to fill the same spot behind Coroebus in a Group Three at Newmarket. He should be seen to better effect over this longer trip based upon his pedigree and should be ready to run a big race now under Ryan Moore despite being the outsider of the field. 

Aikhal - 0.5pts e/w @ 12/1

17:25 Curragh

This could turn out to be a good bit of placing by Dermot Weld with the unexposed CRYSTAL BLACK (best price 10/1) who has excellent claims in the finale. He should be a lot fitter for his return last month, where he travelled well until weakening out of contention in the latter stages as expected. He came close to defying a pound higher mark over track and trip for the first time on his penultimate start when a close-up third. He’s drawn well in stall 8 and has Chris Hayes doing the steering again here. He looks set to advance his form with an even bigger performance back here with more to offer. Four places generally available.
Crystal Black - 0.5pts e/w @ 10/1