Thursday, 30 July 2015

3pts win BASEM 6/1 ( at least six firms)  Betfred Mile

A highly progressive sort who could be good enough to take up his Celebration Mile entry here at the end of next month, Basem stands out here. A winner of three of last four ( the defeat coming when failing to stay 10f), all at Sandown, he should confirm the last time out form with Munaaser on worse terms, as he appeals as one who is some way off reaching his ceiling. He doesn't look the type to do anything visually flashy but appeals as a real professional, genuine sort. He races not too far off the pace so should not encounter any serious traffic problems and is likely to give an excellent account of himself.

Lost - 3pts

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

2pts win RESONANT 12/1 (Betfair) Land Rover Stakes
1pt win ROTHERWICK 18/1 (Betfair) Land Rover Stakes

The 'Extel' does not have that intrigue that once surrounded it but it's still one of the most interesting three year old handicaps of the season and the Unibet at Newmarket could be the key race to this.

Four from that race reoppose here - the winner Resonant has been out since and beaten easily in a duel. However, he'd won the Unibet convincingly and as is customary for many from his yard, it would not be a surprise to see him back to his very best here - if so he'll take some catching.

Rotherwick never got in a blow in that event, though finished a respectable fourth in the end. He'd previously finished a cracking fifth in the Britannia and before that had what we now know was an impossible task in trying to concede weight to Jack Hobbs at Sandown. Putting the winner aside, the form of that event has still worked out excellently and Rotherwick is worth a go at the price.

Lost - 3pts

Monday, 27 July 2015

2pts win BATTERSEA  6/1 (Generally available)Summer Stakes H'cap
1pt win FORGOTTEN VOICE 16/1 ( at least 4 firms inc Lads,Coral,PPower) Summer Stakes H'cap

Roger Varian's yard is in cracking form at the moment and Battersea shaped OK on his belated reappearance, though running a rustyish sort of race. He steps up by two furlongs here but  judging by his run over a furlong less at Newmarket last season, the trip should be within his compass. He retains an overall progressive profile and can turnaround the form with those that finished ahead of him at Haydock.

Forgotten Voice retains his ability despite his age, albeit being a little quirky. and should give a very good account of himself here. He is ideally suited by going right handed and his last victory came here in August 2013.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 25 July 2015

3 pts win HEAVEN'S GUEST 9/1 (Generally available) Gigaset International Stakes

A standing dish in these valuable handicaps, Heaven's Guest ran well in a similar event here on soft ground last backend  off a 2 lb higher rating than todays, and ran a cracker to be a close up fourth in this event last year off the same rating as todays. He's won a similarly valuable event over C&D in October 2013 and arrives here in good heart after a fine Bunbury Cup run. Seems sure to run very well and definitely one to take aboard.

Won + 27pts ( no R4 NR's declared prior to time of selection)

Saturday, 18 July 2015

3pts win DELL ARCA 7/1 (Generally available) Betfred Summer Plate

It's amazing to think that his switch to novice chasing last Autumn was aborted after two attempts; connections clearly not being pleased as to how he was adapting -  the form of course now has a completely different look to it as in the last of those two attempts at Newbury he was beaten only a length and a half by Coneygree ! After seven runs back over hurdles where he mostly faced very stiff tasks he returned to fences at Uttoxeter in May beating a promising last time out winner comfortably. Although he's had a lot of racing under his belt for a six year old, it's hard to gauge what his ceiling will be in the chasing sphere but surely it'll be a good deal higher than his present rating of 142. And while admittedly he has been overall disappointing considering the start he made in this country when winning the Greatwood, he has a big opportunity to begin a new upturn in his career today.

Non Runner

Saturday, 11 July 2015

1.5pts win VOICE OF A LEADER  13/1 ( Betfair and Betdaq)John Smith's Cup
1,5pts win COLLABORATION  18/1 ( at least 5 firms inc Corals )John Smith's Cup

Voice of a Leader has clearly had his problems that have limited his appearances but has always been held in favourable regard by connections and he has a big opportunity to make up for lost time today. On his only appearance this year, and only his second in the last 22 months, he ran an extremely encouraging race over C&D here in May. A repeat of that run alone would see him go well here and there is plenty of improvement left.

Collaboration could never strike a blow when finishing ninth in going for a four timer in the Wolferton. It may be that the handicapper now has his measure but it can often pay to overlook a below par effort at the Royal meeting (though he was only 3 lengths off the winner) and he'd previously given the impression that he hadn't got to his ceiling just yet. Definitely worth taking aboard at the price.

Collaboration NR, V.O.A Leader Lost - 1.5pts

Saturday, 4 July 2015

3pts win FARQUHAR 14/1 ( 2 firms and both exchanges) Bet 365 Old Newton Cup

This one is 7lb higher in the ratings than when winning a valuable Newmarket handicap last October. A repeat of that level of form would see him go close here. He made his seasonal reappearance eight weeks back so may possibly have encountered some sort of setback in the interim. However, its likely that he'll be spot on for today and with him not minding getting his toe in, appeals very much as the value call here.

Lost - 3pts