Saturday, 30 August 2008

2 pts win LOVE GALORE 12/1( Betfair) Betinternet.Com Stakes
1 pt win LUBERON 28/1 (Betfair) Betinternet.Com Stakes

After looking like his career may level out around the mid- 90's mark, the new hold up tactics applied to Love Galore have put him back on an upward curve and he is worth supporting to defy a mark in the early 100's after looking an individual going places at Goodwood last time.Sandown should suit him fine, and the drop back in trip should not prove a hindrance.All in all,at his present odds he makes far more appeal from some of those infront of him in the market.

Stable companion Luberon ran himself into the ground last time but had previously ran a blinder in an ultra hot Ascot handicap where he finished just ahead of the subsequent Ebor winner. Admittedly, he needs things to pan out his way but at his present odds he's worth a point.

Lost - 3 pts


2 pts win RED GALA 7/1 (Generally available) Corbettsports Handicap
1 pt win MULL OF DUBAI 11.5/1(Betfair) Corbettsports Handicap

Red Gala has been running consistently well in Group 3 and Listed company and has a fine chance here off a mark 6lb higher than when running a fine race in a hot Ascot event when last seen in a handicap.Unlike some of his rivals today, there are no ground or distance worries and he is the one you'd most rely on here to run his race.

On his two previous attempts at this sort of trip it was not staminia that beat Mull Of Dubai and he has good prospects of seeing out this trip on a track that he won on at the May meeting. He's worth back up support by process of elimination though confidence would have been higher with Egan aboard.

Red Gala won + 13pts

2pts win ORDNANCE ROW 12/1 (Ladbrokes) Corbetpoker H'cap
1pt win CELTIC SULTAN 12/1 (Ladbrokes) Corbetpoker H'cap

Underworld and Adversity are beatable and must be taken on here. Ordnance Row appeals far more at his present odds. He has developed into a really likeable individual and on the back of a Group 3 success he has prospects of following up his victory in this a couple of years ago, despite being four boxes wider this time.

Celtic Sultan looks like he's been targeted at this and is worth taking aboard. Provided he breaks will and gets across he can confirm course form over Extraterrestrial who has a horror draw today.

Ordnance Row NR, Celtic Sultan Lost - 1 pt

Thursday, 21 August 2008

1.5pts win MILNE GARDEN 11/1 (Betfair) Totesport Newburgh H'cap
1.5pts win PIPPA GREENE 10/1(Betfair) Totesport Newburgh H'cap

The 'Group horse in handicap' approach does have it's drawbacks and you commonly end up being on something underpriced and who is no Group horse at all.However, in the past that type of animal has won it's fare share of the valuable staying handicaps at this time of the year and while there are no three year olds here, Milne Garden could end up in something like the Yorkshire Cup next spring and looks a likely type here. He created a promising impression when winning at Doncaster last backend, and back on a track that will suit, and in in a race that will surely be run to suit, he can leave his latest running behind and strike a blow here.

At twice the price of Young Mick, Pippa Greene is also worth support. Nothing short of optimum performance will be good enough here and the Margarson horse seems to need Ascot to run up to his ultimate, and the visual impression he created last time should be taken in the context of the venue.Pippa Greene has good prospects of proving effective over this trip, knows how to get his head in front, and has a turn of pace that will be a bonus here.Lightly raced and clearly open to further improvement he is hard to ignore.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 9 August 2008

1.5 pts win SPANISH MOON 5.4/1 (Betfair)Toteswinger Rose of Lancaster Stakes
1.5 pts win FLYING CLARETS 7.4/1(Betfair) Toteswinger Rose of Lancaster Stakes

Excuses are running out for Spanish Moon but there is every reason to believe that he has the raw ability to win this and he is worth one last chance to confirm the promise he showed on his seasonal debut.He's already a winner in the soft, his stable is flying, and he is three times the price of Multdimensional who is of similar ability and who is also a bit in and out.

Conditions look to be coming right for the likeable Flying Clarets who is capable of producing her form in the most testing of conditions. The level of her recent York victory indicates that she is now genuine G3 standard when the ground is soft. She'll be leading them down the home straight and will take some pegging back when asked to kick on.

Lost - 3 pts


2 pts win DRILL SERGEANT 8/1 (Generally available) Totescoop Stakes
1 pt win NEW GUINEA 16.5/1 (Betfair) Totescoop Stakes (NR)

The claims of Drill Sergeant cannot be ignored. Getting the negatives out of the way he, like many from his yard, is liable to throw in the odd stinker. He also appeared to have a hard race when running a lifetime best last time, and he's now running of his highest mark ever. However, the facts are that he's ran two blinders in his last three outings in ultra comepetitive handicap company, he has form with give in the ground, he's undoubtedly getting better, and furthermore arguably has stronger claims than all three who are priced up shorter.

It's hard to know what to expect from New Guineau on his first race back here after a campaign in Dubia. If he does run to his best - and he is a consistent individual who usually can be relied upon to do so, and one with form with ease in the ground - then he's markedly overpriced at his present odds.

Lost - 1.5 pts

Friday, 1 August 2008

1pt win OFF THE RECORD 19/1 (Betfair) Bluesquare Stewards Cup
1pt win SOHRAAB 27/1(Betfair) Bluesquare Stewards Cup
1pt win BENTONG 27/1 (Betfair) Bluesquare Stewards Cup

The Given yard have already bagged a big one this week and the booking of Richard Hughes for Off The Record is eyecatching. The only time the pair have teamed up is when they made all to win a highly competitive handicap at Newmarket in May, with quite a few of these in behind. For a sprint handicapper of his age he has the profile of one who has plenty more to come and the fact that he's been tried in top company hopefully indicates that connections are hoping that he'll be able to step up out of handicapping class at some time in the near future - though admittedly it could just been for the thrill to have a runner in the July Cup.Whatever, off a 3lb higher mark than the Newmarket win and with conditions to suit and the yard firing, he is worth support.

Sohraab is another who gives the impression that there is further improvement in him. He hails from a yard who are adept at getting one ready for this sort of event,and with conditions in his favour he appeals as one who will play a hand here. It is also encouraging that he's got his head in front a couple of times recently because despite the competitive nature of these events some of these just seem to forget how to win.

Bentong has run moderately in this the past two years but is not without a shout. He ran well in the Wokingham and arrives here on the back of fairish run in a conditions event.His in form yard have a successful big handicap record spanning over four decades and the fact that he lines up again is interesting. He does have course form, and he looks set to run far better than the last two years and is worth support at his odds.

Lost - 3 pts