Saturday, 28 May 2016

3pts win LUSTROUS 8/1 ( almost all firms)
Pinnacle Stakes

The O'Meara stable hasn't hit a golden patch yet this season but plenty are running OK enough at the moment to make this one of interest on her first run for her new yard.She was well beaten in this last year behind Miss Marjurie but turned the tables on that rival back here in the Lancashire Oaks, when they finished second and third. Miss Marjurie came out best of the pair when they were both unplaced in the Yorkshire Oaks - there is not much between them at their best but O'Meara might just be able to conjure up further improvement out of his charge and she makes plenty of appeal.

Lost - 3pts

3pts win LA RIOJA 6/1 ( at least eleven firms)
Sandy Lane Stakes

This filly makes her seasonal debut and is scheduled to go to the G1 Commonwealth Cup at the Royal meeting if she acquits herself well here. There is no knowing the level she will reach but visually she looked one hell of an exciting animal last year and is from a yard with an excellent record with it's sprinters, including the female ones. Will be disappointing if she does not go very close.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 21 May 2016

3pts win WILD HACKED 6/1 ( almost all firms)
Silver Bowl Stakes

Always a cracking race to try and unravel. This one looks a very likely type even though there is a good degree of guesswork involved with him appearing in a handicap for the first time. In his favour, he's encountered ease in the ground on the first of his three appearances, running a blinder to chase home a Gosden horse who, though not seen since, is entered in the St James Palace and Eclipse. On his most recent appearance, when losing his maiden tag, there was a gap to the third home who has since run well in a hottish looking Newmarket maiden. Finally, his progressive yard is in fairish form and he himself holds a St James Palace entry and time may prove he is a snip off a mark of 82.

Lost - 3pts

3pts win SHORE STEP 15/2 ( at least 7 firms)
Spring Sprint

The Channon horses are running well at the moment and Shore Step is one to take aboard here. A reliable sort, he has proven that his present mark is a fair one and in fact on his last visit here last July he raced off a 1 lb lower mark and only found one too good in a similarly competitive event with today's rider up. Most of his racing has been done at 6f but that is most certainly just incidental and the drop back will not hinder today as he invariably forces the pace. He shaped well on his reappearance at Ascot and is sure to give a very good account of himself

Non Runner

Saturday, 14 May 2016

2 pts win DUTCH CONNECTION  12/1 ( at least 6 firms)
1pt win AROD 25/1 ( Coral, Bet 365, Betfair Ex)
Lockinge Stakes

Dutch Connection is 3 lb worse off for the neck beating by Toormore last time but still could turn the form around and is the value call. He came there travelling like a winner and went passed the winner before being headed again. There is of course the possibility that 7f may ideally suit him better but he may also have needed the run more - last year Toormore was spot on first time out while Dutch Connection came on for his reappearance.

Arod is a very useful animal who never really gets much credit. He has some cracking pieces of form under his belt and can be expected to turn Ascot form around with GM Hopkins, as at their best Arod is the better horse. Condition more than ground is the likelihood for his few pound below par effort as he had run a fine race last year in the Dante with ease in the ground. Should run well at a big price.

Arod NR Dutch Connection Lost  - 2pts

2pts win VIVRE POUR VIVRE 7/1 ( almost all -18- firms )
1pt win SOLDIER IN ACTION  15.5/1 (Betfair Ex)
London Gold Cup

On the face of it the handicapper has taken no chances raising Vivre Pour Vivre by 10 lb in the ratings for a victory in a three runner affair in the mud at Leicester - even though he won easily. This is a much stiffer task on paper but the colt does hold a King Edward entry and may turn out to be better than a handicapper. The stable has been in cracking form and Ryan Moore is 4 from 7 for the yard this season.

Soldier In Action was strongly supported prior to running everything bar the eventual winner ragged at Chester last week with the remainder of the runners well beaten off. He's up a little in the ratings for that and is back down in trip which should not be too much of a concern. Has to be of interest.

Lost - 3pts

Saturday, 7 May 2016

3pts win JOHN CONSTABLE 12/1 ( at least 9 firms)
Pertemps H'cap  Hurdle

You have to be travelling well and holding your place to figure in this and this race looks ideal for this one who still gives the impression that he could suddenly go on an upward curve. Though sixth behind Ch'Tibello at Ayr last time when weak in the market, he was only beaten just over three lengths and travelled supremely well for most of the race. You can't keep giving these types unlimited chances on the back of potential and visual impressions, but he is very much one to consider today.

Lost - 3pts

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

3pts win SILVER CONCORDE 8/1 ( at least 9 firms)
Chester Cup

While recent runs over hurdles have not been a barrier to many winners of this event down the years it's little worrying that this one comes here on the back of finishing plum last in the Supreme Novices - if this has been a definite long term target he'd probably have given that a miss coming from a set up that is precise with its future planning. Having said that, he does have a cracking chance. A versatile sort who can handle the big field scenario and one who knows how to get his head in front, he is impossible to leave out the reckoning.

Lost - 3pts

Sunday, 1 May 2016

3pts win USHERETTE 7/1 ( with the majority of firms)
Dahlia Stakes

Andre Fabre won this two years back and Usherette is a mighty interesting contender here.She's only five races under her belt and this is her second attempt in Group company, the last coming at Deauville last August when pitted in to a G1 and finishing behind Amazing Maria. She arrives here on the back of two comfortable recent successes on the AW and hailing from a yard that does not over face it's charges, it would be no surprise if she left all previous form behind and proved up to the task.

Won  + 21 pts

2pts win HUNTSMANS CLOSE 10/1 ( almost all firms)
1 pt win CAPTAIN BOB 20/1 ( Skybet and Betfair Ex)
Re-Hab and Pre-Training H'cap

Huntsman's Close is 8 lb higher in the ratings then when beaten just inches in this last year. That was his reappearance and he'd  won first time out the previous season so fitness is unlikely to be an issue here. He's from a yard who maintain these types at full ability over many seasons and there is no doubt he'll be capable of showing his very best today - which he'll probably need to be to win.

Captain Bob is from a yard that excels with it's sprinters. He's only just gone there and is having his third run - the first two being in unsuitable testing conditions. On better ground for the first time from his new home, he is worth a second look.

Lost - 3pts