Saturday, 28 September 2013

1.5pts win SEEK AGAIN 23/1 (Betfair and Betdaq) Betfred Cambridgeshire
1.5ps win THAIR 27/1 (Betfair and Betdaq) Betfred Cambridgeshire

Seek Again returns to turf after two decent runs on the AW and is just the type that John Gosden - who has a good record in this event and whose yard continues on good form - excels with in these sort of races. When last seen on Turf he looked a real progressive sort when taking a minor handicap on the July course here. He races off an 8lb higher mark but is open to more improvement than anything else in this field.

Last year's Chesham winner Thair is a bit more exposed but is in cracking form at the moment and finished runner up to Clon Brulee at Doncaster the other week. The winner has since run well in a valuable listed event and Thair should run well again today off the same mark.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 21 September 2013

1.5pts win MASS RALLY 22/1 ( 4 firms and both exchanges) William Hill Ayr Gold Cup
1.5pts win LIGHTNING CLOUD 29/1 (Both exchanges) William Hill Ayr Gold Cup

Conditions have come right for last year's Silver Cup winner Mass Rally and he seem sure to run well from a berth that should at least not count against him. He's 10lb higher in the ratings than 12 months ago but has improved enough to be competitive off this new mark and is cracking value at over 20's.

Lightning Cloud as done almost all his racing at 7f and they weren't coming back to him quick enough when reverting to this trip at York last time. However, a combination of this trip and ground brings him right into this and he has a serious chance of giving his yard another winner in this event.

Lost - 3pts

Friday, 13 September 2013

1.5pts win DOC HAY 10/1 (Generally available) Ladbrokes Portland H'cap
1.5pts win STEPS 11/1 (Betfair) Ladbrokes Portland H'cap

Doc Hay races off only a 3lb higher OR than when winning this last year. He shaped well last time, all indications suggest he's every bit as good as he was, and the ease in the ground will be ideal. Hailing from the fastest growing operation in the country, he has a big chance of completing the double.

The Roger Varian horses are flying and Steps looks sure to give a good account of himself here. His chance in this last year was compromised by racing in the wrong group but given that he doesn't encounter a similar scenario , everything seems ideal for him to get involved.

Lost - 3pts

 2pts win FOUNDRY 11/2 ( 5 firms and exchanges) Ladbrokes St Leger
1pt win TALENT 11/1 ( 4 firms and exchanges) Ladbrokes St Leger

Foundry ran a solid trial for this in what is traditionally the best St Leger trial. That form alone entitles him to run a big race, and that's not even taking into account the further improvement that he clearly has left in him and he can present Ryan Moore with another Classic for Ballydoyle on what on the face of it appears to be the second string.

Talent looked an up to standard Oaks winner on the day. back on an easier surface here, she could bounce right back to her best and appeals as the type who will relish this test. The Lark gave the form of the Epsom race a much needed boost  the other day and Talent makes plenty of appeal at her present odds.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 7 September 2013

1.5pts win HEERAAT 16/1 (Generally available) Betfred Sprint Cup
1.5pts win REX IMPERATOR 14/1 (Generally available) Betfred Sprint Cup

As seems typical of the G1 sprints nowadays, this is a wide open affair and cases can be made for most of these.

Heeraat finally seemed to have developed into the real deal when a convincing winner of the Hackwood. The runner up, Hamza, who re-opposes here is a useful yardstick and having been narrowly beaten by the future Nunthorpe winner on his previous outing, Heeraat has strong claims to taking this. His yard continues in good form and he goes on the ground.

After many disappointments, Heerat's new stable companion  Rex Imperator finally bagged a big one at Goodwood. He never quite got home over 7f at York last time but lines up here with a serious chance. The change of yard appears to have benefited him and the likelihood is that he is still improving.

Lost - 3pts