Saturday, 14 July 2018

1.5 pts win US NAVY FLAG 13/2 ( at least half a dozen firms)
1.5 pts win LIMATO 9/1 ( at least half a dozen firms)
Darley July Cup

US Navy Flag has trained on well from two to three and fits into that profile of many winners of this event, a class act who is best at this sort of trip but has been running over trips that have been stretching his stamina and not allowing him to run to his absolute optimum.

2016 winner Limato returns to this trip for the first time since finishing runner-up in this last year. As in the past, the experiment in stepping him up to a mile has not worked and he can be expected to return to something close to his very best here today.

US Navy Flag Won  + 8 pts


3 pts win FIRST CONTACT  13/2  ( over a dozen firms)
Bet365 Mile Handicap

Ran a meritable race when finishing eleventh in the Britannia, not getting the rub of the green and value for a better than the finishing position indicates. He arrived at Ascot on the back of a facile maiden success at Doncaster, clearly has plenty more to offer, and off the same rating he ran off at Ascot in a less competitive race, is sure to give a very good account of himself.

Won  + 19.5 pts

Friday, 6 July 2018

3 pts win PREENING 6/1 ( at least 3 firms inc Hills)
Coral Distaff

Hailing from a yard whose animals are in good heart at the moment, Preening won a handicap over this course and distance in the style of a filly rapidly on the upgrade, showing she is in her element on fast ground. The bare form gives her a few lengths to find but it will be surprising if she is not a good deal better than the pounds and lengths the performance amounts to and can take this listed event before moving on to even better things, and the 6/1 available now is worth taking.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win ACROSS THE STARS 13/1 (Betfair Ex)
Old Newton Cup

Has not won since taking the 2016 Kind Edward when with Michael Stoute and while in light of that effort and his subsequent excellent run when third in the Great Voltigeur ( on fast ground), he retains enough ability to be competitive in this sort of event. His third at Epsom is better than it looked on the day - with hindsight the easy winner was unbeatable off his handicap mark - and it followed on from a good run at York. Unless Atty Perse has progressed into a genuine Group 2/3 horse, he has a live chance and should run really well at double figure odds.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 30 June 2018

3 pts win YAFTA 13/2 ( at least three firms inc Ladbrokes and Coral)
Chipchase Stakes

Has run in three Newmarket handicaps. After a promising seasonal reappearance, he won on his second outing giving the impression there would be plenty more to come. Then, off a 7 lb higher rating, he was narrowly beaten when conceding plenty of weight to the winner. That was when stepping up to seven furlongs and he does have an entry in the Lennox at Goodwood, but there is every reason to believe this likable progressive type will eventually prove just as effective over this trip. Having won on an AW surface last Autumn, he has excellent prospects of making the transition to Group races a successful one.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 23 June 2018

3 pts win VAN BEETHOVEN  8/1 ( at least eight firms)
Windsor Castle Stakes

Split two stable companions in the Marble Arch who have gone on and given the form a big boost this week. Ridden with restraint that day, she drops back in trip which did not visually appear the requirement after that race. However, this contests contains numerous last time out winners who made all or race on the pace thus it could produce a scenario that ideally fits this colt.

Lost - 3 pts



1.5pts win TIS MARVELOUS 20/1 ( at least seven firms)
1.5 pts win GEORGE BOWEN 33/1 ( at least eight firms)
Wokingham Stakes

2016 Prix Robert Papin winner was found wanting at the top level last year. He's since been gelded and after two races in Meydan made his reappearance in this country when finishing a close up fifth in a competitive Newmarket handicap. That indicates he can be competitive off today's rating and he is one to take aboard.

George Bowen destroyed his field at York but was narrowly beaten when attempting to follow up under a penalty at Goodwood when the ground was on the soft side. He is now off a further 5 lb higher rating and weights and measures thinking suggests he is held by the handicapper. However, he is back on fast ground today, as it was at York, and animals with his sort of previously considered exposed profile, win their fair share of these events.

Lost - 3 pts


Friday, 22 June 2018

3 pts win RAA ATOLL  5/1 (at least seven firms)
King Edward V11 Stakes

A typical fascinating renewal of this with promising unexposed sorts meeting those stepping down from the top grade. Raa Atoll, from the first category, has in the region of a stone to find on official ratings but this highly promising Sea The Stars colt could be anything and it goes without saying that he is not from a yard that over faces its animals and it will be surprising if he doesn't give a very good account of himself today.

Lost - 3 pts



2 pts win PERFECTION 16/1 (at least seven firms)
1 pt win ORTIZ 80/1 ( at least ten firms)
Sandringham Stakes

Perfection had the blinds on when winning an ordinary Newmarket maiden and now has pieces on. She's no superstar but has been rated accordingly by the handicapper and considering that the Cheverley Park Stud operation have a well-documented history of breeding fillies that progress by huge amounts during their careers, she may have come on enough to be on a winning mark here.

Ortiz is difficult to weigh up. Has had three AW starts since her racecourse debut but shaped well enough in a race not run to suit when last seen at the end of April. She hails from a shrewd set up and appeals as one who will outrun her price.

Lost - 3 pts




Thursday, 21 June 2018

3 pts win PERFECT CLARITY 10/1 (almost all firms)
Ribblesdale Stakes

This one was markedly inconvenienced by the ground in the Oaks and the run is best forgotten. She went into that race unexposed looking one that could not be ruled out. The form of her Lingfield Oaks Trial win will probably look respectable at the end of the year, the runner-up is well thought of but hasn't been seen since, while the third home Flattering, also a runner in the Oaks, has since won a G3. Well worth another chance here and is the value call.

Lost - 3 pts


2 pts win CRACK ON CRACK ON 15/2 ( at least eight firms at this price or bigger)
1 pt win BOND STREET 16/1 (at least 4 firms inc Coral and Bet 365-16.5/1ex's)
Britannia Stakes

The highly progressive Crack On Crack On is 7 lb higher in the ratings than when winning a valuable Haydock handicap in the style of an animal who has plenty more to offer. It would be no surprise if he was soon plying his trade in Group races and he must be in any portfolio for this.

Even though this will be his eleventh start, Bond Street has stepped up in level of performance on his recent starts. He is clearly at home on fast ground, his yard won this three years back, and is very much one to consider here.

Lost - 3 pts

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

3 pts win SHADES OF BLUE 9/2 (at least a dozen firms)
Queen Mary Stakes

Won a maiden here in the style of a classy filly in her only race so far. The strength of the form has been given a massive boost by the second, who looks a very smart filly in her own right, and the third (who reopposes today), who likewise won in the style of a quality sort next time. Shades of Blue gave the impression that she would come on notably for the run and she looks certain to go close here.

Lost - 3 pts


3 pts win BLESS HIM 16/1 (almost all firms)
Royal Hunt Cup

Won the Britannia here last year and will be racing on the same side of the course today. He was well beaten in soft ground on his seasonal debut but that race means nothing in the context of this which has clearly been his long term target. Plenty to like about his chance.

Lost - 3 pts


2 pts win COULD IT BE LOVE   9/2 ( at least 14 firms)
1 pt win ARBALET  50/1 ( almost all firms)
Jersey Stakes

Could It Be Love ran a cracker when seemingly not fancied in the Irish 1,000 Guineas. She appeals likely to be in her element stepping back a furlong and like many from this yard who take their racing well, she could be on a sudden upward curve.

Arbalet catches the eye at big odds. He acquitted himself well when highly tried as a juvenile, notable when third behind Masar and Romanised in the Solario. He's had the wind op and won on his second start since last time, winning easily when having little to beat. Potential surprise material.

Lost - 3 pts