Wednesday, 31 July 2013

3pts win ALTANO 15/2 ( Hills, betfair and Betdaq)  Artemis Goodwood Cup

Altano has strong claims of adding to his yard's King George success last weekend. He's now seven and been around for a while but is arguably the best he's ever been at the moment and ran a cracker in the Ascot Gold Cup when given a lot to do. That was not the best renewals of that event but there is nothing overbearing in this field and his chance is hard to ignore.

Lost - 3pts

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

1.5pts win BROCKWELL 14/1 (Betfair and Betdaq) UBS Goodwood Stakes
1.5pts win ITALIAN RIVIERA 14/1 ( P Power and Ladbrokes) UBS Goodwood Stakes

Brockwell deserves the 2lb hike in the ratings for his excellent run in the Pitman's Derby last time. He gives the impression that he'll stay forever and is a very interesting proposition stepped up to this extreme trip. The give underfoot is ideal for him and it'll be disappointing if he fails to figure here.

The Prescott yard hasen't been in such hot form for many a year as the past week or so. It's well documented that Italian Riveriera is a cumbersome sort who will ideally be suited by a flat galloping track but it may be best to just chance that here.He looked rapidly on the upgrade two outings ago and everything went wrong last time - though admittedly he contributed to some of it. He is a long way off his ceiling and must be included in calculations.

Lost - 3pts

Monday, 29 July 2013

2pts win SILVER LIME 7/1 (P Power and Exchanges) Bet 365 Summer Stakes
1pt win MONTASER 14/1 (Ladbrokes) Bet 365 Summer Stakes

Roger Charlton's horses are running out of their skin at the moment and Silver Lime, a course winner on this tricky circuit last season, has a first rate chance here. He arguably produced a lifetime best when beating Carvan Rolls On at Ascot last time, loves fast ground, is progressing enough to defy his rise in the ratings, and has the services of Ryan Moore.

Jamie Spencer is 2 from 3 on Montaser and  the pair team up with claims to this prize. He likewise excels on fast ground, has won half of his last six races, is definitely still open to further improvement, and should give a very good account of himself.

Montaser NR , S Lime Lost - 2pts

Saturday, 27 July 2013

3pts win NOVELLIST 11/2 ( Betfair and Betdaq) King George V1 Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes

Not the most mouthwatering renewal. While Cirrus De Aigles will have come on from his debut run he is seven now and is likely to have already peaked. If the forecast thunderstorms from 1pm onwards materialise, then that would suit him ideally but  he doesn't appeal at the odds on offer.

Of the others, Trading Leather's Irish Derby form looks suspect , Hanagan's gone to York rather than ride Ektihaam, and while the likeable Hillstar's chance must be taken seriously, he is from such a poor crop of middle distance three year olds.

This brings the attention to Novellist, who looked a genuine G1 horse when winning the Grand Prix De Saint Cloud  last time and one who is still improving and it's far from sure that Cirrus De Aigles will reverse the form. Novellist acts on good but would also ideally welcome the rain and appeals as the likely winner of today's event.

Won + 16pts

Saturday, 13 July 2013

1.5pts win CLUN BRULEE 9/1 ( Hills and both exchanges) John Smith's Cup
1.5pts win NICEOFYOUTOTELLME 8.8/1 (Betfair) John Smith's Cup

One of the most enjoyable handicaps in the calender and plenty of options as always. Clun Brulee and Niceofyoutotelme arrive here on a roll and both appear to have further improvement left in them .

This is indeed more competitive than the Zetland Gold Cup that Clon Brulee won last time but he is probably still some way off his career ceiling and can step up again here.  He's an uncomplicated type , has conditions that should prove ideal for him to produce his optimum, and is in the hands of one of the best exponents of older handicappers and who has won this recently.

Raph Becket is also competent with progressive handicappers and Niceofyoutotellme looked a likely type for this event when winning a Newmarket handicap last month. The Gosden horse that finished second that day, along with the Charlie Hills horse that was fourth, have both won since, and needless to say it's impossible to discard Niceofyoutotellme's chance today.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 6 July 2013

 2pts win HIGHLAND CASTLE 11/1 ( Generally available) Bet 365 Old Newton Cup  1pt win COMMUNICATOR 33/1 (Betfair) Bet 365 Old Newton Cup

  As always a cracking event to get stuck into and the Duke of Edinburgh looks a key race here with many of that field re-opposing, including the winner Opinion. He's the one to beat but is priced up accordingly and at the odds available Highland Castle is an attractive alternative. Nothing much went right for him at Ascot but he had previously won a competitive Newmarket Handicap and though five years old has only eleven outings under his belt and is open to further improvement.

Communicator was hot towards the end of last season and finished runner up in the November handicap. He reappeared  at Chester in the Ormonde then finished unsighted in the Duke of Edinburgh. His rating is now down to the same that he ran in the November Handicap off and if he returns to form, which he will at some point soon, then he'll run very well at a big price.

Lost - 3pts

3pts win PASTORIUS 11/1 (Ladbrokes and both exchanges) Coral Eclipse

Not the best of renewals - even with Declaration of War now in the field and Pastorius has serious claims to take this for Germany. This colt won their Derby at Hamburg last July beating recent Grand Prix De Saint Cloud winner Novelist. He wasen't beaten far by the King George and former Arc winner Danedream at Baden Baden, was not disgraced behind Frankel at Ascot, and returned to action in April to win the Prx Ganay. His run in Singapore can be overlooked and he lines up here with nothing to be too scared of.

Lost - 3pts