Friday, 30 June 2017

1.5 pts win SIR CHAUVELIN 16/1 ( at least 7 firms)
1.5 pts win HOT BEAT 20/1 ( at least 8 firms)
Stobart Rail Northumberland Plate

Sir Chauvelin was fourth in the consolation race for this last year and arrives here in real good heart after getting up close home to win a really competitive Hamilton handicap last month. He had previously run really well in the Chester Cup, finishing seventh after failing to obtain a clear run. There is nothing much not to like about his chance here and he should be involved.

Formerly with Peter Schiergen, Hot Beat has had four outings for his new handler, three on AW surfaces including a good run here in a decent sort of event back in February. His last run at Newmarket was too bad to be true and is best ignored. Not without a chance.

Lost - 3 pts

Friday, 23 June 2017

3 pts win ELBERETH 12/1 ( at least 5 firms - 14/1 on Betfair Ex)

This mare is 9 lb higher in the ratings than her last appearance in a handicap - which was when she ran a cracker to finish runner up in the John Smith's Cup last July. She has performed with great credit since in the face of stiff tasks. Her last two runs have seen her finish runner up in the Dahlia and fourth in the Coronation Cup. Admittedly, Group race form can sometimes be overrated and placed horses flattered but she is a likeable reliable sort who should give a really good account of herself.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win EDWARD LEWIS 14/1 ( at least 12 firms)

Been in cracking form since joining his new yard from John Gosden.  Ran a terrific race in the Dash at Epsom last time despite not getting the rub of the green and has built up a good rapport with the 3 lb claimer on board. One very much for the short list here.

Lost - 3 pts

Thursday, 22 June 2017

1.5 pts win CALL TO MIND 20/1 ( Bet 365,Stan James and Betfair Ex)
1.5 pts win KHALIDI 20/1 (Betfair Ex)
King Edward Stakes

Call To Mind is evidently held in some regard and after a promising winning debut at Newbury disappointed when third in a Listed event at Newmarket. Back on a faster surface tomorrow and stepping up to 1m 4f he is not one to discount.

Khalidi won the Goodwood Derby Trial in the manner of a horse who had really come to himself. He was then well beaten in the Derby beating only four home. It will be interesting to see how his career progresses and he is worth a go here.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win TOP TUG 12/1 ( at least 13 firms)
Duke of Edinburgh

A compacted event with only 8 lb covering those that have got in. Alan King does really well with his flat horses and this one should be closer than his seventh in this last year when the ground was on the soft side. He is ideally better on a quicker surface and has looked an improved performer on his last two starts, winning in good style at Goodwood last time. The drop back in trip will not hinder in a race that is sure to be true run and he makes some appeal.

Lost - 3 pts

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

3 pts win HAVANA GREY 8/1 ( at least 7 firms)
Norfolk Stakes

Had the benefit of the far rail when making all in the National Stakes last month but it is hard to compromise the performance as he had the race in the bag quite a bit out and was probably just dossing close home. It looked a strong renewal of that event  with the runner up ( who re-opposes here)looking a useful sort in his own right. All three races have been on fast ground and she should give another good account of himself tomorrow.

Lost - 3 pts

2 pts win RUSUMAAT 25/1 + ( (Betfair and Betdaq Exs
1 pt win SENATOR  36/1 + (Betfair and Betdaq Exs

Rusumaat is 8 lb higher in the ratings for a a clear cut success in a traditionally highly competitive handicap at Haydock last month. He actually lined up in the Coventry here last year and though was out of his depth there he looks to be quickly on the upgrade now and could prove worth taking aboard.

Senator was gelded over the winter and ran a fair race on his reappearance at York on soft ground. The combination of an extra furlong on faster ground could be right up his street and he is worth a second look.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win HOMESMAN 14/1 (Hills, Bet 365, and Betfair Ex)
King George H'cap

Anyone watching him win last time out in blinkers ( after previously trying a visor) can see that he is clearly not starightforward but almost certainly a good deal better than the form suggests. He won with a bit in the tank and the two following him home are not mugs. He looks ideal material for a big field,fast pace scenario and should figure in a big way.

Lost - 3 pts

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

1.5 pts win YUFTEN 23/1 (Betfair Ex)
1.5 pts win ANOTHER TOUCH 35/1 (Betfair Ex)
Royal Hunt Cup

Yuften has not been seen since disappointing in the Lincoln but he is one very much to be interested in. He has only a 4 lb higher rating than when wining a valuable handicap here last October and despite now being six, he does not give the impression of one who will start to go backwards. He hails from one of the shrewdest set ups in the business and the Beckhampton horses are running out of their skin at the moment.

Another Touch's Nottingham victory received an unexpected boost today when the runner up ran a massive race to finish an excellent fifth to Ribchester. Another Touch appeal as one who would be winning again soon. There is a 7 lb claimer aboard but all of the apprentices from that yard down the years seem competent and at least worthy of their allowance.

Lost - 3 pts

Monday, 19 June 2017

3 pts win NEBO 12/1 ( at least 15 firms - 14/1 with 2)
Coventry Stakes

This one looked a smart sort when beating a Gosden horse in fine style in a soft ground Newbury maiden. The runner up has gone in since and the fourth home went on to run the top class prospect Glorious Journey very close at Newmarket. The ground is completely different tomorrow but he is impossible to get away from at the odds available and is very much one for the shortlist.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win OCEANE 12 /1 ( at least 13 firms)
Ascot Stakes

Alan King has three representatives here all with claims. This one is at home on genuinely fast ground and 'firm' was included in the going description when he won here last July and also when he landed a valuable event at the York August meeting. He again ran well here when runner up in an Apprentice event last month, has proved he stays this sort of trip when a strong finishing third at the big Goodwood meeting last season, and all in all looks a very likely candidate.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 17 June 2017

1.5 pts win PERFECT ANGEL 14/1 (at least 8 firms)
1.5 pts win THE WAGON WHEEL 18/1 ( at least 7 firms, 20's with 2)
Macmillan Charity Handicap

Perfect Angel has some really solid pieces of form in the book such as when runner up to the exciting Harry Angel in the Mill Reef and a good third in the Rockingham here. He shaped really well on his seasonal debut at Newbury and should figure here.

The Wagon Wheel won the valuable Nursery here last August and was also a good third in the big sales race at Redcar. She's dropped away in the closing stages of both outings so far this season but is tried in the blinds today and could surprise.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 10 June 2017

3 pts win JALLOTA 11/2 ( at least 6 firms)
John of Gaunt Stakes

The healthy of of Charles Hills yard augurs well for the chances of this one today who will be ideally suited by the testing conditions. He ran a highly credible race on his reappearance at Sandown at the end of April and drops down to seven furlongs today, over which all of his career wins have come. He looked better than ever towards the end of last season and looks certain to be in the shake up today.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 3 June 2017

3 pts win MASHAM STAR 12/1 (at least 8 firms)
Investec Private Banking H'cap

Been kept busy lately but ran a cracker to finish third in an ultra competitive handicap at Haydock last Saturday. Is stepped up in trip today and his pedigree does not scream that he wants further -however, many from his yard outstay their pedigrees and he doesn't need to improve much to play a big role in this.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win EL ASTRONAUTE 11/1 ( at  least 11/1 with 7 or more forms 12/1 with 3 firms)
Investec Dash

This one is in terrific hear at the moment winning three from his last four, and won here last August. he is 4 lb higher in the ratings on the back of a narrow but precise victory at Chester and is clearly still progressing. Jason Hart retains the ride after being aboard on his latest two starts and though this is a stiffer task it's worth noting that in the most competitive race he's ran in so far, at the York Ebor meeting, he finished a close up fourth. Hard to find any real negatives about his chance today.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win CLIFFS OF MOHER 5/1 ( at least 14 firms)
Epsom Derby

With six runners in the race you could conclude that Ballydoyle don't really believe that they a real star amongt their representatives; but this is a very muddling renewal and the more you look through the field the more you return to Cliffs of Moher who looks sure to improve notable on his Dee stakes performance which was more workmanlike than impressive. The fact that Gosden ran Cracksman in the Blue Riband Trial, a race which has been obsolete as a classic trail for many years , indicates that he never considered him a live Derby hope at the time. His level of form is similar to Cliffs of Moher but there may not be much improvement to come. Parmian's Dante looked a very poor renewal,while Eminent has stamina doubts and the main dangers my come from the other Ballydoyle runners with Chester Vase winner Venice Beach likely to run very well.

Lost - 3 pts

Thursday, 1 June 2017

3 pts win CORONET 14/1 (Betfair Ex)
Investec Oaks

Cases can be made out for the five that follow Rhododenron in the betting and it's worth taking to one aboard at the prices available.

Coronet has nearly five lengths to make up on Sobetsu on  Prix St Alary form and though that event was a G1 in itself, Coronet's run had Epsom Oaks horse written all over it. She is reported to have come on well for that run and to label her a second string would not be giving due credit though this bumps up her price to a few points bigger than she should be and the 14/1 freely available on the exchanges now is worth taking.

Lost - 3 pts