Saturday, 25 September 2010

1.5pts win IMPERIAL GUEST 25/1(Generally available) Totesport Challenge Cup H'cap
1.5pts win CITRUS STAR 30/1(Betfair) Totesport Challenge Cup H'cap

These two both had their latest outing in the Doncaster handicap won by Irish Heartbeat. That race was far more competitive than the prize money indicates and that should be borne out between now and the end of the season despite the 1st, 3rd and 4th all being beat at Ayr. Imperial Guest finished runner up in that event. His yard is on fire at the moment, he's run well a couple of times here before, will not mind the big field scenario, has form with ease in the ground, and all in all has plenty going for him considering the odds available. Citrus Star started favourite for the Doncaster race and finished fifth after failing to settle. He has plenty of improvement left in him,is from a yard that excels with his type,acts on easy ground and holds a very realistic chance of winning this.

Lost - 3pts

3pts win HEARTS OF FIRE 18/1 (Betfair) Queen Elizabeth 11 Stakes

Makfi's 2,000 GNS looks a lot better now than it did on the day and with ground concerns over Rip Van Winkle, he is clearly the one to beat. However, his one poor run was when he ran here in the St James Palace, and at 18X the price, the third that day, Hearts of Fire is worth a go with.He has not quite produced that form since in two races since that never quite panned out for him but the combination of this track and the easy ground should be ideal and it is not too difficult to envisage him getting to them in the closing stages here.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 18 September 2010

1.5pts win ROYAL DESTINATION 12/1 (Betfair) Dubai Duty Free H'cap
1.5pts win BREAKHEART 12/1(Generally available) Dubai Duty Free H'cap

Royal Destination has finally started to produce the level of form this season that he promised to and a 5lb penalty may not be enough to stop him from following up his Doncaster success. He looks set for a rewarding autumn before probably ending up in Dubai for the carnival meeting.

Breakheart is 6lb higher than when putting up that cracking effort behind Circumvent in one of the hottest 3-y-r-o handicaps of the year. He disappointed on soft ground at Haydock last time and has had a break since. He is a hell of an interesting contender and it would be no surprise to see him win this.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 11 September 2010

3pts win MIDAS TOUCH 10/1 ( 3 firms including Ladbrokes) Ladbrokes St Leger

Though running to a fair level of form, Midas Touch was visually slammed by Rewilding in the Voltigeur after going into the race looking likely to take all the beating. However, we have seen many times before how some thrive more than others when attempting the Leger trip and out of those who are stepping up in distance, Midas Touch is the most likely to find further improvement and has a sporting chance of turning the York form around and represents cracking value at his present odds.The fact that Murtagh is riding Zoffany is not necessarily a negative, with him that animal being one of their big players for their 2011 team.Of the others Dandino obviously has claims but Joshua Tree is not sure to appreciate the extra distance while Ted Spread and the Queens Vase lot seem sure to find a couple too good.

Lost - 3 pts

3pts win RAINFALL 13/2 (Generally available) Eddie Stobart Park Stakes

There are a multititude of past clashes and form lines linking half a dozen of this lot this lot up but the preferred option is this lightly raced filly who ran a blinder when mixing it in with genuine G1 horses in the Falmouth and was not disgraced behind Goldikova in Deauville last time. Her price is holding up well on the exchanges this morning which is always a fair indicator with the yard irrespective of the quality of the race, and she looks set to run a big race.

Lost - 3 pts