Saturday, 26 June 2010

1.5pts each way SABOTAGE 50/1(Generally available) John Smith's Northumberland Plate

Godolphin went close in this last year with Friston Forest, who had a similar sort of rating to Sabotage, and who too had ran in the Emirates during the winter. Friston Forest arrived here last year on the back of a good run at York - Sabotage lines up on the back of a poor showing at Sandown but, four weeks on, the yard is in better form and he should easily outrun his odds here. He is an uncomplicated type who races prominently and though the draw is a slight worry, it is no more than that ( eg, 2006 1st 3 home, 16,19,18) and he'll be Ok provided he dosen't break sluggishly.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 19 June 2010

1.5pts Each Way BARSHIBA 25/1(Generally available - 33/1 with Bet 365 and 28/1 with Chandler) Hardwicke Stakes

This race has a lopsided look to it. Harbinger has promised to be a top notch performer but that York run last year still makes him one to have reservations about taking a short price and his presence creates value elsewhere. The one that takes the eye at long odds is the likeable Barshiba who has come to hand earlier this season than in the past. She tends to run well here and is ideally suited by todays ground, and is genuine G2/3 class. Her last run can be safely overlooked and she is cracking each way value here.

Placed + 6pts

2pts win SHOWCASING 7/1 (Generally available) Golden Jubilee Stakes
1 pt win STARSPANGLEDBANNER 8/1 (3 firms and exchanges) Golden Jubilee Stakes

Showcasing is a real contender for champion sprint honours this year and showed that he has trained on well over the winter by running a highly promising race in the Duke of York last time. He is bound to have on in the intervening five weeks and with the yard in fairish form, he'll be producing his optimum today and is the one to beat. Starspangledbanner, a top class sprinter in Australian made his Ballydoyle debut in the same York race and ran really well considering that he was probably far form being in peak condition.He undoubtedly possesses the ability to go close here and is a big danger to all.

Starsp'bnnr won + 6pts

1.5pts each way 16/1 (Generally available) JIMMY STYLES Wokingham Stakes

This gelding is 4lb higher in the ratings than when finishing in mid-div from the 'wrong' side last year. He later went on to win the Ayr Gold Cup and lines up here on the back of an encouraging Salisbury run and off a very winnable mark. He is from a shrewd set up with regard to the valuable handicaps, Dettori is back on for the first time since Ayr, he's won here in the past, ground will suit and all in all is one of the most likely that you'd trust to run his race and be in the shake up.

Lost - 3pts

Thursday, 17 June 2010

3 pts win MARGOT DID 12/1 (Hills and PPower) Albany Stakes

This filly made an impression when winning on her debut at Newbury, looking one with an interesting future. That performance was backed up by late money for her that evening and her eyecatching manner of victory marked her as one to follow. Since then the runner up and fourth in that race have gone on to win, while Margot Did herself comfortable followed up at Yarmouth from an animal who has gone in since. Despite there being many genuine contenders,there is no one particular animal to be really scared of here and she stands out at present odds.

Lost - 3 pts

3pts win LILLIE LANGTRY 5/1 (Generally available)Coronation Stakes

This filly was cruising in mid-div throughout the Irish 1,000 Gns and you get the feeling that she may have just about won if things had panned out differently. The yard really are really in ordinary form at the moment, but they went close in the Gold Cup and this filly has only ever really disappointed when she travelled to the States and you would be confident of her running race here. Although she has had plenty of racing she appeals as the type who will progress again through this season and the form of the yard apart, there are no negatives against her.

Lost + 15 pts

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

3 pts win ACQUAINTED 12/1 ( 3 firms and exchanges) Ribblesdale Stakes

This filly is just as interesting here as those ahead of her in the betting. After a game effort when runner up in the Cheshire Oaks, she did not have to improve to win her maiden at Haydock and did indeed win in visually dominant style. Her Chester conqueress has since run fifth in the Oaks,having a hard race in the process.Though she advertised the Chester form in the process, it's debatable how much she improved from Chester as the Oaks did look a below par renewal and the lighter raced Hills horse, with plenty more left to come, can come out on top this time and is double the odds to boot. There are of course a list of dangers but she is the overall value call here.

Lost - 3 pts

3pts win KITE WOOD 8/1 (Generally available) Ascot Gold Cup

This is a fascinating renewal. Kasbah Bliss has the opportunity to have the moment of his long and varied career, while Stoute can be relied upon to have Ask lining up in peak condition.The market leader Manifest won in great style at York and will be bang there if getting the trip. However, the same remark applies to Kite Wood and at double the price,is the call here.He is easy to place tactically in his races, arrives here on the back off a solid looking trial race, and has less to prove staminia wise than Manifest, and is very likely to get the trip.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win RANSOM NOTE 10/1 ( 4 firms) Brittania Stakes

The far side has been the place to be so far and although the bias can switch at these meetings from day to day, the percentage call is to favour that part of the field and in box 27,this colt can turnaround last time out form with Business As Usual in 9. It's of course a large portion guesswork and there are typically a sackful of live dangers.However Ransom Note has more going for him than most. He is ultra reliable, is progressing, is genuine and knows how to get his head infront and has conditions that should be ideal. His stable is also in good form form and he should not be far away.

won + 28.5 pts

1.5pts each way RAWNAQ 40/1 (Coral)King George V Stakes

This one is worth a go at eyecatching odds. After winning a poorish Hamilton maiden in visually taking style, he looked an interesting contender when put into handicap company at Haydock. He disappointed that day but the fact that he takes his chance along with some of his stable companions, in an event which the yard have an excellent record in, is interesting. It's not unusual for horses from his yard to bounce back immediately after a moderate run and he could figure here.

Lost - 3pts

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

3 pts win ANTARA 4/1 (Ladbrokes) Windsor Forest Stakes

This looks to be one of Godolphins better recent purchases. She was highly progressive in Germany last season and rounded the season off by destroying the opposition in a G3 at Hoppegarten, beating a useful sort and looking an interesting prospect for this year. She reappeared at Epsom where she beat last seasons Coronation Stakes runner up with a bit in hand and travels so well in her races that the return to a mile will not inconvenience at all. She is certain to be in the shake up here.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win RIGGINS 16/1 (Corals) Royal Hunt Cup

Dispersed with by his old connections at the Cumani yard after a disappointing run in the John Smith's Cup at York last summer, it was always going to be interesting to see how he did for his new yard as at the time of the York run, he looked a promising handicapper who would pocket a valuable prize or two. He reappeared at Newmarket gelded and gave those who backed him a highly hopeful time with the way he was travelling.In the end he wasen't beaten far and though the fact that he hung is a little worrying, his attitude can be given the benefit of the doubt at this stage and he looked one to follow in valuable handicaps and it appears that he has been targeted at this. The strongly run mile of this event will be ideal for him and he catches the eye as much as anything in this field.

Lost - 3 pts

Monday, 14 June 2010

3pts win RIP VAN WINKLE 7/2(Generally available) Queen Anne Stakes

Goldikova will have to be at her very best to win this and considering that she has not produced her optimum until the Autumn, and that her performance when winning at Newmarket last July was a level below what she showed later on, she is worth taking on here. Rip Van Winkle is a miler of the highest order himself and similar to when winning the Sussex and QE11, he will kick on early here and will take a hell of a lot of pegging back. He is certain to be in peak condition and there is no reason why Paco Boy should reverse the Sussex form.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win STEINBECK 7/1 (Ladbrokes and Exchanges) St James Palace Stakes

This colt has evidently always been near the top of the pecking order in his yard since early last season and though he has five lengths to make up on Canford Cliffs from the Curragh, he is likely to have progressed a good deal since then and appeals as the value in the race. His Dewhurst run came after a lay off, and he lined up at the Curragh after being unable to make Newmarket - this is actually the first time that he has lined up in a G1 with an ideal preparation and he should be in the shake up.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win ELZAAM 9/2(Generally available) Coventry Stakes

This colt looked a Royal Ascot winner when justifying the market vibes with an authoritative victory at York at Dante day. The form of that race has held up well since and he is worth support at two points longer than the Hannon horse, whose Newbury race is admittedly now looking stonewall solid. The O'Brien pair obviously command respect but despite a decent juvenile strike rate here plenty of similar types from the yard have been beaten at this meeting in the past and they don't need to be taken aboard for the sake of it.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 12 June 2010

3pts win ROYAL DESTINATION 9/1 ( Hills and Exchanges) Stakes

If this gelding turns up racefit here he stands out as the bet of the day. There are obviously more valuable events on the agenda in the near future but at the odds available now, he is worth chancing as he will shorten up if fancied. The unknown factor concerning his condition is of course built into his present odds.He is only 6lb higher than when winning here last August and being the most progressive animal in this field, will confirm the form notwithstanding the proviso.

Lost - 3 pts

1.5pts win MADAM MACIE 8/1 (Generally available) Reg Griffin Memorial Trophy
1.5pts win MIDNIGHT MARTINI 10/1 (Generally available) Reg Griffin Memorial trophy

Madam Macie may have been marginally flattered by the winning margin last time but the runner up has run well in a competitive race since the the 10lb rise looks justified. The drop back in trip is unlikely to hinder and she will take some catching here. Midnight Martini came up against a genuine G3 horse here last time and though more exposed then some of the others, she is only 3lb higher than her last appearance in a handicap that has turned out to be far more competitive than it may have looked going into it,is from a yard in peak form, and is sure to be in the shake up.

Lost - 3 pts

1.5 pts win THAAHIRA 4.2/1(Betfair) Daniel Prenn Royal Yorkshire Stakes
1.5 pts win EJTEYAAZ 5.2/1 (Betfair) Daniel Prenn Royal Yorkshire Stakes

The form of Thaahira's Chester maiden, which she won in eyecatching style, has not been let down and she has strong prospects of bouncing back to form after being well beat in an Oaks trial. The runner up re-opposes today after winning an ordinary Haydock maiden and should not be able to turn the form around. Ejteyaaz is already looking a decent buy at 17,000 from the Prendergast yard. He was narrowly beaten in a Newcastle handicap in which most of the runners came into it with recent winning form and should prove equally effective over two furlongs further today.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 5 June 2010

3pts win MIDAS TOUCH 7/1 (Generally available) Investec Derby

Although there was a niggly doubt over the extra furlong and a half, the decision to run Cape Blanco in France casts a subjective shadow over the Dante as no matter how much Workforce is expected to improve, the winner also looks likely to progress again and you would have expected him to confirm the form. Thus, Ballydoyle will be left with red faces if Workforce wins this, and with Bullet Train and Rewilding unlikely to be good enough to win this, you end up returning to Jan Vermeer and Midas Touch. The bare form of both of their recent preps is far from solid but both left solid impressions, and at the odds available it's worth taking a chance that Murtagh is on the wrong one.

Lost - 3 pts