Saturday, 27 May 2017

3 pts win FIRE BRIGADE 8/1 ( at least 12 firms)
Amix Silver Bowl H'cap

In its various different names down the years this race is arguable the most interesting 1m 3 year old handicap run before Royal Ascot. Fire Brigade is certainly no Group horse in disguise but is a good, progressive solid handicapper who has an excellent chance of defying a 7 lb rise in the ratings today. The hike is for winning a Newmarket handicap in game style after travelling well for most of the race. That was in soft ground but even if the predicted rain does not arrive today his good penultimate run was on fast ground and the stable is in healthy form.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 20 May 2017

3 pts win GLORIOUS FOREVER  8/1 ( at least 7 firms)
London Gold Cup

Has gone up a little in the ratings after a more than satisfactory reappearance at Doncaster when caught in the later stages by a John Gosden horse but looks one who would have been better for the run, with plenty more to offer and an interesting season in handicaps ahead of him. Most of his sires's best progeny train on well, act well in soft and stay well, and this one has already won with ease in the ground. A lot to like about his chance today.

Lost - 3 pts

Sunday, 7 May 2017

1.5 pts win QUEEN KINDLY 45/1 (Betfair Ex)
1.5 pts win UNFORGETTABLE FILLY  39/1 (Betfair Ex)
1,000 GNS

It is possible to make out some sort of credible case for eleven of these and it could be worth taking a couple of fancy priced ones aboard.

Queen Kindly won the Lowther fair and square last year with Fair Eva back in third. The latter still has a bit of a hype tag on her which is one of the reasons the is 5 x shorter in the betting. Queen Kindly had probably gone for the year when beaten in the Cheverley Park and shaped well on on her reappearance when fifth in the Fred Darling, never being able to get in a blow. The Gosden filly that won the race was most certainly a lot straighter that day and it would not be a shock if Queen Kindly reversed the form with those ahead of her. Admittedly, there is a doubt as to whether she will get the trip( same applies to Fair Eva) but at the price it won't cost a lot to find out.

Unforgettable Filly finished runner up in the Nell Gwyn to another Gosden filly who again would have been straighter in condition. She had Poet's Voice one place behind her who she'd been third to in the Rockfel. It looks like she's trained on really well and she could take a part in this.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 6 May 2017

3pts win BERKSHIRE 16/1 ( almost all firms)
Spring Lodge Stakes

Still a bit of an enigma - though four years ago now he is still probably best remembered for the impression he created when winning the Chesham. After looking as though he failed to train on at 3 when well beaten in the Greenham he returned after an absence to win over this C&D at the end of that season. He's continued to be lightly raced in the couple of years since and is a bit hit and miss . However he does have a touch of class ,can go well when fresh, the stable is in form and he could surprise.


2 pts win DANCING STAR 12/1 ( at least 10 firms)
1pt win KACHY 22/1 ( 3 firms, 25/1 with St James)

Stewards Cup winner Dancing Star  should maintain his overall progressive profile this season and may even be capable of playing a hand in some of the G1 sprints - he was probably over the top for the season when well beaten in one on his last appearance of the season. No knowing his level of fitness for today's race but he is worth chancing at the price.

Kachy also makes his reappearance but encouragement to his well being can maybe be gleaned by the healthy form of his yard at the moment. His form when runner up in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot would see him go close here. Admittedly that was with give but he does have winning form on fast ground and could run a big race today.

Lost - 3 pts