Thursday, 31 July 2014

3pts win STEELER 20/1 ( At least 6 firms) Betfred Mile

This should run well at a generous price. A winner of the Royal Lodge when with Mark Johnston, he then finished third to Kingsbarns in the Racing Post Trophy before encountering a setback. He did not reappear until this Spring at the Meydan festival. He ran a couple of good races there but the significant piece of form that puts him in the picture here is his third in the Hunt Cup; he runs off the same rating in this, is from a yard that won one of the handicaps at the meeting today, and he'll not be far away.

Lost - 3pts

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

2pts win LONGSHADOW 18/1 (Betfair) Goodwood Stakes
1pt win LION BEACON 33/1 (Betfair) Goodwood Stakes

Maid In Rio's has been on the upward curved pretty fast in the past six weeks but has had plenty of racing and can't be expected to produce optimums each time - if he blows out then this is a wide open affair.

Longshadow has been placed well by his new trainer and has won three from his last four, clearly being a bit off his best when disappointing on his penultimate outing at Beverley. He looked in fine heart when back to winning at Newcastle on Saturday and while this is his stiffest task to date he looks the type to continue on the upgrade and could still have something in hand of the assessor.

Lion Beacon made all to win here last time but that was in a less competitive affair and he is easy to back on the exchanges right now. However, there are reasons why small support could be rewarded. His local yard do well at this venue and strive to have a runner or two with a reasonable chance at this flagship fixture and two of the three runners here yesterday performed with credit,outrunning their odds. The owner too has had success here in the past, including a Stewards Cup. It would not be a shock if Lion Beacon went really well here.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 26 July 2014

3pts win GOLDREAM 12/1 (Generally available) Skybet Dash

Hailing from a yard that does well with sprinters, Goldream has run two cracking races on both visits to this venue, the last of them coming in a very competitive affair at last season's Ebor meeting off a 5lb lower mark than today. That's due to the lifetime best performance when winning at Newmarket in May but he's ran well in both starts since showing that he'll still be capable of winning off this mark. All in all, he appeals as one who'll give a really good account of himself today.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 12 July 2014

3pts win SHWAIMAN 8/1 (Generally available)  John Smith's Silver Cup

Is proving a little frustrating to follow now - albeit he was tried in the Ascot Gold Cup last time and showed enough to suggest he's not a lost cause just yet. He ran really well over C&D on his previous outing, travelling like a winner at one stage and has the raw ability to defy top weight today. This fast ground will be ideal - it was on a similar surface that he created a really good impression when winning a Doncaster handicap last August and he is worth one more chance today.

Lost - 3pts

3pts win SENNOCKIAN STAR 25/1 (Generally available)  John Smith's Cup

This is a below average renewal of this event containing a varying assortment of animals and Farraaj is the only one that has any potential big pretensions outside of handicap company.
Sennockian Star  catches the eye around 25's. He loves to hear his hooves rattle and his career record on going with the word 'firm' included is 412112244, with the last fourth coming when running a cracker in the Wolferton at the Royal meeting. Best just to ignore the Old Newton Cup run because with plenty in his favour from an ideal berth for his prominent racing style, he is worth support.

Lost -3pts

Saturday, 5 July 2014

3pts win SILK SARI 11/1 ( 4 firms and both exchanges) Bet 365 Lancashire Oaks

This filly came out of handicap company for the first time when running a fine race to be a close third  in a G3 over today's course and distance on an easy surface.She renews rivalry with the winner and has a prospects of reversing the form. Unraced as a juvenile, she has clearly progressed from three to four and  gives the impression that she will go on improving and indeed an achievable amount of improvement from that run will make her a force here.

Lost - 3pts

3pts win BLUE SURF 18/1 (Betfair) Bet 365 Old Newton Cup

Hasn't won since October 2012 but has run some cracking races in the interim such as a close sixth in the Ebor and ran up to his very best last time in a competitive Epsom handicap. He'll be ideally suited by the ease in the ground, his yard is in form with a couple of winners this week, and all in all appeals as one who will give a really good account of himself today.

Lost - 3pts