Architect Tips continues his daily Tote Placepot tips column with selections for the first six races at Beverley.
Leg 1 Selections: Minnesota Lad
MINNESOTA LAD has produced a couple of nice efforts in stronger events than this so far and hasn’t been seen since chasing home the useful Walbank at York in May when third. He has the course experience having ran well behind Rogue Spirit over course-and-distance on debut and, with improvement forthcoming, Oisin Orr can guide him to victory for his boss Richard Fahey in the opener.
Leg 2 Selections: Spirit Of Applause
SPIRIT OF APPLAUSE ran a tremendous race to finish runner-up on debut at York, which is never the easiest of courses for a debutant and despite proving no match for the winner, he kept on nicely in the closing stages. He drops in grade here and is open to a lot more improvement, so he should be more than capable of going close in this race for leg two.
Leg 3 Selections: Waltzing Queen, Twin Appeal
WALTZING QUEEN hasn’t threatened in two subsequent starts on the all-weather but she hit the frame twice last year off marks of 64 and 66 and is down to 57 here. Ben Curtis is booked to ride and this will be just her fourth start on the turf, so she’s a contender. TWIN APPEAL is a two-time course-and-distance winner, who’s two wins were off marks in the mid-70’s. He isn’t the force of old but the assessor has given him a great chance to roll back the years.
Leg 4 Selections: Reputation
It’s only a matter of time before everything falls into place for the ultra-consistent REPUTATION to finally and deservedly get his head back in front for Ruth Carr. He has made the frame in five of his last six starts and wasn’t ideally suited to the way the race panned out at Musselburgh last time when doing his own work on the far side of the track. His mark has eased another pound and if James Sullivan can judge the fractions right here, this race is the nine-year-old’s for the taking.
Leg 5 Selections: Andaleep, Fire Eyes
ANDALEEP has made a great start for this stable, in which his form figures read 13221 and he bolted up at Windsor on Sunday. If he can cope with the quick turnaround alongside a five-pounds penalty, he is the one to beat. FIRE EYES has yet to threaten in four starts this year but this shorter trip should suit and she’s become dangerously well-treated at present. If she can put her best foot-forward, I can see her easily outrunning her massive odds.
Leg 6 Selections: Golden Keeper, Liquid Metric
GOLDEN KEEPER wasn’t disgraced when eighth on debut in what was a red-hot maiden for the grade. He was then a fair fourth at Pontefract and shaped well when fifth at Southwell last-time-out. This longer trip promises to suit and he should therefore go well on handicap debut. I wouldn’t rule out LIQUID METRIC though, who ran well on both starts on the turf and could pose a threat having gone close on his penultimate start over this distance.