Sunday, 9 August 2020

3 pts  win  GOLDEN HORDE  9/2 ( at least seven firms)

Prix Maurice de Gheest


Proven that he'd trained on really well when winning the Commonwealth Cup in taking style and may have developed enough to reverse last season's Middle Park form with Earthlight. Has since run a cracker when things did not work out for him in the July Cup and remains an animal who though already high class, may still have not reached  his ceiling. 


 3  pts  win  REGAL REALITY 7/1 ( at least eight firms)

AJN Steelstock Sovereign Stakes


Could be a bit of a tactical affair but this one is interesting back to one mile with any form of headgear on for the first time. He never built on his Brigadier Gerard win last season and he has become frustrating to guage  -  today looks an experiment but it may just come off.


3 pts  win  GLEN SHIEL 9/1 ( at least eight firms)

Ratjasker Stud Phoenix Sprint Stakes


This likeable Pivotal gelding rarely runs a bad race, is in fine heart at present, and it will only take one or two of these not to run to their optimum for him to just about win this. It'll  be surprising if he's not on the scene here.



Saturday, 8 August 2020

 3  pts  win  CAP FRANCIS 7/1 ( at least eight firms)

Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Celebration Handicap


Disappointed in Haydock soft last time but is worth another to chance to create the impression he gave of being a much improved performer when winning at the same venue on better ground, travelling well before putting his mark on the race. The 5 lb higher rating should not stop him if he is in the same heart today.


Lost - 3  pts 


3 pts win DANILOVA 7/2 ( three firms inc PPower and Bet 365)

Betway Sweet Solero Stakes


Stepped up from her satisfactory debut to win here last time in the style of a filly who'll be a player in the juvenile pattern races. The form has yet to be tested but those following her home hailed from all the right yards. Plenty to like about her.


Lost - 3  pts 


3 pts win FOX VARDY 6/1 ( three firms including Corals and Bet 365)

Thomas Hospice Handicap


Won by half the track on his reappearance on the Rowley course here - his first run since being gelded. And judging by his excellent run at York last time, the handicapper has still given him a chance on his revised rating. Should give a good account of himself.


Lost - 3  pts 


Saturday, 1 August 2020

3 pts win KING'S ADVICE 11/2 ( at least ten firms)
Unibet Summer  Handicap

Has been out of sorts on most runs this season and has not won since winning this event last year  - however down the years multitudes from his yard have suddenly bounced back after a long drought  thus it would be far from surprising if he recaptured his best form today.

Lost  - 3  pts 

3 pts win EXPRESSIONISM  6/1 (almost all firms)
British Stallion Studs EBF Chalice Stakes

It's eyecatching that she's been kept in training at four instead of visiting the paddocks. It would therefore be disappointing if she did not improve notably on her already useful form. If forward enough today she should give an excellent account of herself.

Lost  - 3  pts 

3 pts win NAHARR ( SP)
Unibet Stewards Cup

The Haggas yard has been flying lately and this Dark Angel colt won in the style of one who has found his footing, is fast on the upgrade and who'll soon be stepping up to Group company. It may prove futile trying to find something at a fancy price to beat him as provided he gets the rub of the green in running, he will take plenty of beating.

Lost  - 3  pts 

3 pts win TOMFRE  8/1 ( at least four firms and all Exchanges)
Qatar Handicap

Things never panned out from an early stage for him last time. Had previously run a cracker at Sandown, a repeat of which would put him in here with a major chance.

Lost  - 3  pts 

Thursday, 30 July 2020

3  pts win MY OBERON 7/2 ( at least eight firms)
Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes

Created a very favorable impression when winning at York the other week. The form is yet to be tested but he had them well strung out on decent ground and could be anything though the yard is not in the habit of sending it's charges shooting at the stars so he's unlikely to be out of his depth in this.

Lost - 3  pts 

3 pts win BLESS HIM. 16/1 ( at least six firms)
Unibet Golden Mile Handicap

His giving weight and a comfortable beating to Lord North in a Ascot Handicap last September is one of the best pieces of form on offer here. Been below form on both outings this season but gives the impression that the ability is still all there and it would be no surprise if he returned to his very best in this event.

Lost - 3  pts 

3 pts win PABLO ESCOBAR 5/1 ( at least six firms)
L'Ormarins Queen's Plate Glorious Stakes

Often faces some very stiff tasks but rarely disgraces himself. Shown himself in good heart in recent weeks and is sure to go well racing prominently at a venue that suits him.

Won + 15 pts 

3 pts win ADMIRAL NELSON 13/2 ( at least ten firms)
Qatar Richmond Stakes

Ballydoyle generally choose a juvenile near the top of their mid season pecking order to represent them in the Coventry, on which basis the liklehood being is that we never saw the best of this colt in this season's renewal. Worth another chance here.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win AL AASY 9/2 ( at least half a dozen firms)
John Pearce Racing Gordon Stakes

One of only two in this field not to line up in the Derby but is a very interesting prospect with an unknown ceiling. He won the Bahrain Trophy in good style and though he has to  step down again here distance wise he's no slow coach and will give a good account of himself.

Lost - 3  pts 


Wednesday, 29 July 2020

2 pts win GRAND VISIR 14/1 ( at least eight firms)
1 pt win BLUE LAUREATE 22/1 ( Skybet, Corals, Bet 365)
Unibet Goodwood Handicap

Both Ian William's runners are of interest and it may be worth covering both - The Grand Visir looks readymade for this event and ran a cracker last time, beaten by a narrow margin in the Queen Alexandra meeting the winner ( albeit a shade snug one) on worse terms than if it had been a handicap. Blue Laureate ran with great credit behind his better fancied stable companion Reshoun in the Marsh Cup. A few from that event reoppose today and he has claims.

Lost - 3 pts 

3 pts win WIN O'CLOCK 4/1 ( almost all firms)
Unibet Boosts A Day Handicap

Back to the trip in which he ran a credible race to finish seventh in a red hot handicap at the Royal meeting, not quite getting the rub of the green in the process. Won comfortably in a small field at Leicester since and despite now being higher in the ratings than at Ascot, has more to come and should give an excellent  account of himself.

Lost - 3 pts 

3 pts win CIRCUS MAXIMUS 13/2 ( at least seven firms)
Qatar Sussex Stakes

Tough as nails three time winner at the top level who was beaten half a length by Too Darn Hot in this event last season. If the latter was still in training you'd fancy that he would have started favorite for this against, amongst others, three year olds from a crop on which the jury is still out on - thus Circus Maximus is a must for the short list here.

Lost - 3 pts 

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

3 pts  win MAYDANNY 8/1 ( Corals  and Ladbrokes)
Unibet You're On Handicap

Won the race on his side in the Hunt Cup consolation then disappointed last time, bringing a halt to his progressive curve. The easy ground was cited as a reason for the run but he'd ran a fair race on even more testing ground as a juvenile and it may just pay to forget the run. Should find the step up in trip within his compass and is one to take aboard here.

Won + 24 pts 

3 pts win DANCING  APPROACH  4/1 ( at least a dozen firms)
British European Breeders Fund EBF Handicap

Worth supporting to notch up her hatrick here. An uncomplicated sort who races prominently and had today's capable claimer aboard when successful at Haydock last time.

Lost - 3  pts