Saturday, 22 August 2015

1.5pts win DANNYDAY  12/1 (Generally available) Betfred Melrose
1.5pts win ANTIQUIRIUM 16/1 (Generally available) Betfred Melrose

An interesting renewal with many possibilities - Dannyday has shown improved form since being stepped up to this trip for his latest two outings, both at Haydock. He stays,goes on the ground, is almost certainly open to further improvement and should not be too far away.

Antiquirium finished runner up trying to give weight to a promising sort last time. He's being switched around with trips at the moment, running Ok in the Queens Vase, then narrowly beaten back over this trip then back again to 12f last time. That doesn't inspire confidence but fact is he's running really well, has plenty of ability and his price will look very big if he goes on the surface.

Lost - 3pts

2pts win ASTRONEREUS  11/1 ( at least 4 firms inc PPower & Betfred) Betfred Ebor
1pt win WADI AL HATTAWI 18/1 (Betfair) Betfred Ebor

A likeable sort who rarely runs a bad race, Astronereus has been stepped up to today's trip on his last two outings and looks better than ever. After winning here last month he then ran a cracker at the Goodwood festival, narrowly beaten in a tight finish. He's fine on this ground, does not have too much mileage on the clock for one of his age, and is proven in  the hustle and bustle of these large field handicaps, as demonstrated at Royal Ascot.

Wadi Al Hattawi started 9/1 for this last year but finished in the rear. He's clearly had his problems as has only been seen once since when winning here last month. He is tried in the blinds for the first time, goes in the ground, and from a yard with a good record at this fixture and with a 00132 from the runners here this week. Not one to rule out lightly.

Lost - 3pts

Thursday, 20 August 2015

3pts win CURBYOURENTHUSIASM 8/1 ( at least 4 firms inc Hills,Lads,Betfred) Skybet First Race Special Stakes

This Mastercraftsman gelding is progressing along nicely at the moment. After winning two Windsor handicaps on his first two starts this season, he was sent up here in July for a handicap that was much more competitive than the prize money indicates. Just touched off by a Godolphin horse, there was a five length gap to the third horse, with a few those who line up tomorrow further back. He's been raised again by the assessor for that run but there is every reason to expect another good run. His yard is in good form, any give won't bother him and Spencer who has struck up a good relationship with him retains the ride.

Lost - 3pts

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

2pts win YOU'RE FIRED  10/1 ( at least 3 firms inc PPower and Betfred) Clipper Logistics H'cap
1pt win BIRDMAN 14/1 (at least 8 firms) Clipper Logistics H'cap

The similar handicap here last month won by Birdman could be key to this. Many from that field re-oppose here including the first three home.

You're Fired was third in that event and two runs previously had run another cracker here, finishing a close second to Alfred Hutchinson. His shrewd yard is in good form right now and You're Fired will not be inconvenienced by the predicted further rain. Relatively lightly raced for a 4 year old and open to more improvement than most of these, he should give a very good account of himself.

Birdman won the aforementioned event here in good style, his fourth win since joining O'Meara in the Spring. He was a well beaten third in a Listed race on his run since so is yet to be tested off his new handicap mark. In a conundrum he is one of eight runners from his yard here but he is fully proven in soft ground and it would not be a surprise if he came out on top.

Lost - 3pts

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

3pts win SHORE STEP 12/1 (at least 10 firms) Symphony Group Stakes

Connections pulled this one out due to the very soft ground on Saturday - he acts with some give and you'd have thought they would have chanced him which makes it all the more significant that he was saved for this. The yard has continued in excellent form from Saturday onwards - in fact they've been going in at all sorts of prices and the animals are clearly in terrific heart right now. Confidence is also increased by the booking of De Sousa, who has ridden the horse only twice - the latest two starts in which he ran big races both times.

Lost - 3pts

3pts win BIG THUNDER 6/1 (at least 6 firms) Fine Equinity Stakes

This is the showcase meetings for the local yards and both the O'Meara runners have strong claims. They occupied the first two berths here last time, when this one was having his first run for the yard. He travelled well from the front all the way round and held off the challenges gamely. Saved By The Bell was close enough plenty way out and was no way compromised by the way the race was run and Big Thunder should confirm the form on worse terms. He ran like a horse who's been revitalised by the move to his new yard and it's worth bearing in mind that when he first scored for old connections he won four out of his next six starts.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 15 August 2015

3pts win SHORE STEP 12/1 (Generally available) William Hill Great St Wilfred H'cap

This one looks very likely to figure here. He arrives in excellent hear having run a cracker last time in the Steward Cup Consolation ,and previously too in the Sky Bet Dash. The yard may overall be having an ordinary season but the horses are probably better hear now than they've been all season and that augurs well for another optimum performance from Shore Step. While he hasn't ran on an easy surface for over a year, past performances suggest he'll be Ok on today's surface.


Saturday, 8 August 2015

3pts win GREEN LIGHT 9/1 ( Lads, P Power & Exchanges) Betfred Goals Galore H'cap

On probably the worst racing weekend of the year this event is arguably the most interesting  betting wise.
The unexposed Basateen is priced up accordingly after his eye catching run at York and Green Light appeals more at double the price. Ralph Beckett's horses are in good heart at the moment and after winning on his seasonal debut at Nottingham, Green Light ran a cracker when starting in the outside box at Chester, eventually finishing a close fourth after failing to obtain a clear run. Off the same mark today, and on a more suitable track given that he comes from well off the pace, he should give an excellent account of himself.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 1 August 2015

3pts win JAN VAN HOOF 20/1 (Betfair) Qatar Stewards Sprint

This one catches he eye very much. A lightly raced animal who never ran at two he is now a sprint handicapper on a definite upward curve with plenty more improvement left and arriving here on the back of a Newmarket victory that now looks more meritable than it did on the day - the two that followed him home have both ran well here this week, while the fourth came out and won next time.

Lost - 3pts

2pts win HUNTSMAN'S CLOSE 9/1 (at least seven firms) Qatar Stewards Cup
1pt win GAMESOME 31/1 (Betfair) Qatar Stewards Cup

Huntsman's Close has stonewall solid credentials for this. He was denied a clear run when beginning to mount his challenge in this last year but can handle the big field scenario, as shown when winning the Ayr Silver Cup, and arrives here better than ever. In the hands of someone who has a proven record of excelling with this sort of animal, he looks certain to give an excellent account of himself off a 4lb higher rating than when winning at Windsor last time.

Gamesome was third in the Windsor race but disappointed last time when tried with the blinds. He's becoming a frustrating sort , has only one career victory but has plenty of ability and you feel that he'll win one of these when something unlocks. He could run really well at a big price in the Qatar second colours.

Lost - 3pts