Saturday, 29 October 2011

1.5pts win KUMBESHWAR 7/1 (Generally available) William Hill H'cap Hdle
1.5pts win A MEDIA LUZ 8/1 ( 3 firms inc Ladbrokes) William Hill H'cap Hdle

Alan King had two winners yesterday which increases the liklehood that Kumbeshwar will line up fairly straight on his first run since the Punchestown festival.After losing out when giving a stone away to the winner in the Fred Winter he then found only one to good in the big juvenile events at Aintree and Punchestown.He has a good opportunity to start this campaign off on a winning note.

A Media Luz was disappointing at both Cheltenham and Aintree after things looked to have come together with a visually impressive win at Huntingdon. There are signs that the Henderson horses are about to hit form and, towards the bottom of the handicap. she is worth another chance here.

Lost - 3pts

2pts win POQUELIN 3/1 (Betfair) Bet365 Charlie Hall Chase
1pt win WEIRD AL 8/1 (Generally available)Bet 365 Charlie Hall Chase

The withdrawal of Diamond Harry has taken much of the buzz away from this renewal but its still worth getting involved and at around the 3/1 mark Poquelin's staminia is worth chancing. After finishing off his novice chase campaign in 08/09 with his form flattening out a bit he never really appealed as one who would make much more progress but he has gone on and proved himself a real hardy,reliable performer and it would be no surprise if he is able to reproduce his form over this sort of distance.

Weird Al remains unexposed. Lightly raced and difficult to train there is no doubting that he has bags of ability and he is a threat to all on his first start for his new yard.

Weird Al won + 6pts

Saturday, 15 October 2011

3pts win TIMES UP 3.3/1 ( Hills and Exchanges) Qipco British Champions Lomg Distance Cup

Times Up, out of a prolific winner producing dam whose progeny and herself all raced under Dunlop, is in the form of his life right now and is difficult to oppose. He created a taking visual impression when winning at Newmarket at his first attempt at this trip and is sure to go close, irrespective of whether Fame to Glory returns to form or not.

Lost - 3pts

2pts win CRYSTAL CAPELLA 8/1 (Generally available) Quipco British Champion Fillies and Mares Stakes
1pt win BIBLE BELT 20/1 ( 3 firms including Ladbrokes) Quipco British Champion Fillies and Mares Stakes

Crystal Capella clearly ran a level below her best in the Yorkshire Oaks and if she returns to the form she was in when winning at Newmarket in July she should turn York form around with Vita Nova and will just about win this.

Bible Belt ran too bad to be true last time after she had been progressing into a very useful performer. She is bred to be suited by this step up in trip and could surprise.

Lost - 3pts

3pts win MIDDAY 7/1 (Generally available) Quipco Champion Stakes

You have to think that if she'd delayed her challenge longer this likeable mare would have added the Coronation Cup and Juddmonte to her roll of honour. She renews rivalry with her York conqueror Twice Over today and has every opportunity to settle the score.With So You Think being beatable and the form of Nathaniel's King George being highly suspect, she makes fair appeal at the odds available.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 8 October 2011

1.5pts win CASPAR NETSCHER 5/1 (Generally available) Emaar Middle Park Stakes
1.5pts win BAPAK CHINTA 5/1 (Generally available) Emaar Middle Park Stakes

This dosen't have the make up of your typical Middle Park and the race is unlikely to have any impact on next years 2,000 Guineas. Caspaar Netscher is progressing all the time, takes his racing well and has a level of form as good as anything on offer here.He is sure to figure.

Kevin Ryan won this six years ago and is having his best season for a while. Bapak Chinta has been absent since winning at Royal Ascot but is clearly a quality performer and one of only a couple here who could be a few lengths better than what he has already shown.

Lost - 3pts

3pts win POWER 3/1 (Generally available) Dubai Dewhurst Stakes

This colt has stonewall solid claims and is fairly priced around the 3/1 mark. When winning the Coventry he looked as though a step up in trip will suit and that was confimred by his National Stakes victory - a race in which the form has already been advertised by the third home winning the Beresford. He must surely take all the beating here.

Lost - 3pts

1.5pts win VEILED 14/1 (Generally available) Betfred Cesarewitch
1.5pts win KEYS 14/1 (Generally available) Betfred Cesarewitch

Veiled has been put away for this after winning the Ascot Stakes. The comedown in trip will not hinder, he is nicely drawn, still open to further improvement and looks capable of winning this off a 7lb higher rating before going on and having a rewarding campaign when returned to hurdles this winter.

Keys is another with an interesting winter ahead of him if thats the way they go - interestingly, they were considering the Jockey Club Cup for him and he does travel like a classy performer. Richard Hughes hasen't ridden him before but looks the ideal partner and this lightly raced gelding cannot be left out of calculations.

Lost - 3pts

2pts win ALSINDI 11/2 (Generally available) Vision Rockfel Stakes
1pt win SUNDAY TIMES 4/1 (Generally available) Vision Rockfel Stakes

Clive Brittain has a couple of highly promising juveniles in his yard this time round and Alsindi is already looking like a filly who will hold her own in better company than she has encountered. The form of the Oh So Sharp has yet to be tested but all the right stables had runners in the race and if, as the visual impression suggests, she is suited by this extra furlong, she will probably win this.

Sunday Times is another stepping up in trip. Her Cheverley Park second is the best piece of form on offer here and she must be included.

Lost - 3pts

Sunday, 2 October 2011

1.5 pts win NAKAYAMA FESTA 45/1(Betfair) Qatar Prix De L' Arc De Triomphe
1.5 pts win DANEDREAM 29/1(Betfair) Qatar Prix De L' Arc De Triomphe

This is no more than an average renewal of this event and there are some tempting prices available about some of the longshots.

We know that the Japanese horses are capable of holding their own anywhere in the world and similar to last year, Nakayama Festa lines up as the longest priced of their two runners. He suffered an injury late last year but shaped like an animal who retains all of his ability in his trial race. Last season, he improved in the region of a stone from the trail event when narrowly beaten here and it is possible that he will again have made substantial improvement from the Foy and if so, will again be thereabouts.

Danedream is running out of her skin at the moment and is without doubt a much improved performer who looks capable of holding her own outside of Germany. She destroyed her field in the Grosser Preis Von Baden but is not reliant on a soft surface and is worth support.

Danedream Won + 40pts

2pts win EPIC LOVE 8/1 (Generally available) Prix De L'Opera
1pt win DJUMAMA 20/1 ( 2 firms and exchanges) Prix De L' Opera

After not featuring in the Diane, Epic Love returned to her very best at Deauville last time and looks certain to figure today. She ran a cracker in the St Alary over course and distance on similar ground in May and arguably has as strong a claim as any of the other runners here.

Djumama was slighly disappointing when beaten at Baden Baden last time - however, the winner was unexposed and could go on to prove herself a genuine Group 1 filly. Djumama had previously put up an excellent performance when runner up to Epsom Oaks winner Dancing Rain in the German Oaks at Dusseldorf, and she has a far better chance here than her odds suggest.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 1 October 2011

1.5pts win CALEDONIA LADY 11/2 (3 firms including Totesport) Jaguar Cornwallis Stakes
1.5pts win HESTIAN 7/1 (Generally available) Jaguar Cornwallis Stakes

Not that many with realistic chances here and the hardy Caledonia Lady is the one they all have to beat, having the best form on offer and will not be inconvenienced by returning to a sound surface after winning in easy ground last time.

Hestian won a good Nursey at Dundalk last time after disappointing went sent over to York. That run may be worth forgetting about as while clearly very useful, he could be a few pounds better than his bare form so far and is a threat to all.

Lost - 3pts

2pts win HAWKEYETHENOO 8.6/1 (Betfair) Totescoop Challenge Cup
1pt win GOLDEN DESERT 15/1 (Betfair) Totescoop Challenge Cup

Hawkeyethenoo races off an 8lb higher rating than when winning the Victoria Cup here in May but given the style he won in, you would have backed him to win that off his revised rating. 7f on a sound surface are his optimum conditions nowadays and he shaped well enough in the Ayr Gold Cup the other week.

Golden Desert showed he is presently in the best of heart when winning at Newmarket last week and in this sort of form is in with realistic chance of defying his penalty.

Lost - 3pts

3pts win BYWORD 9/2 (Generally available) Qatar Prix Dollar

This likeable sort will not mind the unseasonal quick ground in Paris and is sure to give an excellent account of himself. Last season he won the Prince of Wales on similar ground and also ran a fine race behind Rip Van Winkle at York. He looked to be returning to his best with a comfortable success in a Group 3 last time and is worth a go at the odds available.

Won + 13.5pts