Saturday, 27 September 2014

2pts win NICEOFYOUTOTELLME 17.5/1 (Betfair) Betfred Cambridgeshire
1pt win YEAGER 39/1 (Betfair) Betfred Cambridgeshire

Evidently not one who takes a lot of racing, Niceofyoutotellme is sure to have been nursed to his peak for today and has better credentials than most. He's 6lb higher in the ratings than when winning over C&D in the Spring, which was a competitive event in it's own right, and is ideally suited by the quirky gradients of this track and comfortable in the big field scenario. He wasn't beaten far when 9th in the Hunt Cup, after being hampered when making his move, and was never close enough to challenge at Goodwood last time. The yard is in fairish form and a big run should be forthcoming.

The Noseda yard has had two winners from it's three runners at this meeting already and with a proven track record in the showcase handicaps, it's runners are always worth a second look. Yaeger looked a smart handicapper come Group horse in the making when winning at Ascot last July but hasn't added to that since and perhaps his trip to Arlington put him back a bit. However, the fact that the yard have held on to him indicate that all the ability is probably still there and he catches the eye at present odds.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 20 September 2014

1.5pts win GO FAR 20/1 (Betfair) William Hill Ayr Gold Cup
1.5pts win EASTERN IMPACT 22/1 (Betfair) William Hill Ayr Gold Cup

If the draw pans out as it did yesterday then these two have moderate but far from insurmountable berths to overcome. These factors are often disproportionately factored into the odds and it's not certain that yesterdays trends will be mirrored today'

Go Far went into the Portland on the back of a hat trick in lower grade handicaps but proved that he is still progressing with an excellent performance to finish sixth after not having the clearest of runs.There is no reason why he should not be in the same heart again today and should figure in the shake up.

Eastern Impact is a likeable sort with a big future in the valuable sprint races and will maybe be able  to progress enough to compete at the top level next year. Though only having eight races under his belt his last three have all come in big field ultra competitive handicaps, and he's performed admirably in all three, wining the last at Newmarket. The 5lb rise in the ratings is more than deserved and he is a must for the short list.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 13 September 2014

3pts win INTRINSIC 6/1 ( 4 firms and both Exchanges) Ladbroke Portland H'cap

The front two in the forecast have stonewall solid credentials here with the preferred one being Intrinsic. Though disappointing in Listed company last time he had looked up to Group class previously and will no doubt go on and prove himself at that level in the future. He was ridden more prominently that day and no doubt he'll be held up today, It's a quick six furlongs that he won over at Goodwood so this in between trip should be adequate for him to run down the leaders today. He's re-united with Hughes who is three from four aboard him, and the partnership will take some beating today.

Lost - 3pts

3pts win HARTNELL 18/1 ( 4 firms and both Exchanges) Ladbrokes St Leger

Many possibilities here and at the odds Hartnell is worth chancing to put his below par Voltigeur performance behind him. His performance in the Bahrain Trophy puts him in here as a realistic contender. He beat Windshear and Forever Now fair and square that day, galloping on strongly and if he is in the same heart today then it's hard to believe the other two have improved enough to turn the form around. Obviously, there is the York race to put behind him but that is more than compensated by the price and he could take some pegging back.

Lost - 3pts

Thursday, 11 September 2014

1.5pts win RETIREMENT PLAN 11.5/1 (Betfair) Ladbrokes Mallard H'cap
1.5pts win FARQUHAR 15/1 (Betfair) Ladbrokes Mallard H'cap

Out of the Ebor runners that re-oppose here Retirement Plan is a likely candidate to come out on top. He's  very lightly raced for one of his age and this will only be his third race beyond 12 furlongs - his two best pieces of form have come in the other two - both his most recent outings. As well as being a likely Cesarewitch candidate it's worth noting that he also holds an entry in the G2 Quipco stayers event.

Peter Chapple Hyam had the runner up in the Park Hill at a big price,  and in the same ownership Farquhar catches the eye stepping up in trip which promises to bring about further improvement. The booking of a promising 5lb claimer, the first time the yard have used him, is also interesting.

Lost - 3pts
2pts win KIYOSHI 11/1 ( 3 firms including Corals and Hills) Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes
1pt win EVITA PERON 22/1 (Betfair) Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes

Kiyoshi suffered a setback while being prepared for the 1,000 GNS and did not make her reappearance until the Royal meeting. She has yet to prove that she has trained on but her last two outings have been encouraging and if she steps tp to the level of form she showed last year she'll go very close.

Evita Peron ran in the same Deauville event as Kiyoshi last time, finishing behind that rival after clearly failing to see out the one mile trip. She had previously looked a filly to follow when showing a good turn of foot after travelling well  to win a Newmarket listed event. An interesting contender back down a furlong today.

Kiyoshi Won + 21pts

1.5pts win MELROSE ABBEY 14/1 (Generally available)  DFS  Park Hill Stakes
1.5pts win MOMENT IN TIME 16/1 ( 5 firms and both exchanges)  DFS  Park Hill Stakes

On the bare form Melrose Abbey has it all to do on the back of winning a handicap of a rating of 82. She did however make light of that mark and looked a filly who could be on the upgrade quickly and one who would stay further.She's from a yard that has established an excellent record with fillies and she may well prove to be up to this task.

Moment In Time has not been in the winners circle since winning a G3 at Haydock in June 13 but retains all of her ability and lines up here on the back of two solid performances. The first when runing Silk Sari very close at Newbury when partnered by today's jockey for the first time, the second when coming from off the pace to finish a good fourth in a valuable Arlington Park event. She shouldn't be far away today.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 6 September 2014

3pts win GLENARD 14/1 (Betfair) Betfred TV Old Borough Cup

Havana Cooler goes into this stonewall solid credentials but is priced accordingly and at 2.5 x his odds , Glenard makes more appeal. Charlie Hills's four year old is running consistently well at the moment and adapts well to different tactics and will put in a bold bid to defy a 4lb rise for winning a similarly competitive handicap at York last time, making all the running. With there looking to be plenty of pace on he'll be able to settle well on the heels of the leaders and everything points to a big run here.

Lost - 3pts

3pts win ASTRONEREUS 10/1 (Betfair) Winning Post Bookmakers Bristol Handicap

Amanda Perret's horses are running well at the moment and this colt looks sure to give an excellent account of himself here. He looked ideally suited to this trip when stepped up to it for the first time last month in one of the Shergar Cup races. He's been raised 5lb in the ratings for that run but is open to plenty more improvement and is one of the more likely winners of this.

Lost - 3pts