Monday, 31 July 2017

3 pts win EDDYSTONE ROCK 14/1 ( across the board, 16's with three firms)
Matchbook Betting Exchange H'cap

On a track that obtaining a trouble free passage can be harder than most other venues this one will need the rub of the green but has strong enough claims to take the eye at double figure odds. His last three runs have been a good second in a valuable handicap at Epsom when hanging down the camber,followed by a never nearer mid div finish in the Duke of Edinburgh then a cracking close up sixth in the John Smith's Cup. His yard is enjoying a burst of excellent form right now and this could be his day.

Lost - 3 pts


3 pts win DUTCH CONNECTION 12/1 ( at least a dozen firms)
Lennox Stakes

Won the Jersey in 2015 and and took this event last year with a bit in hand. Admittedly he arrived here in better form that day than he does twelve months on but that is a fact accounted for in the odds and it would not be a big surprise if he returned to his best and went very close.

NON RUNNER

Saturday, 29 July 2017

1.5 pts win ULYSESS 10/1 ( at least eight firms)
1.5 pts win BENBATI 16/1 ( at leat seven firms)
King George V1 Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes

Enable is plenty short enough and there are more attractive alternatives. Ulysess put up a solid top class performance to with the Eclipse. He'd always looked as though he would eventually take one at the highest level and could now follow up with another. He hasn't raced on an easy surface since finishing unplaced in last year's Derby when still very immature. He had previously won his maiden in the soft though so there is hope that he may be able to produce his  optimum on today's surface.

Benbati did not get the run of the race in the Derby but all told ran a cracker and reappeared to win at Royal Ascot. He had finished runner up in the Dante on an easy surface, looks to have a good degree of improvement left in him and has possibilities of giving his trainer what would now for him be a rare G1 success in the UK.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 15 July 2017

3 pts win SCARLET DRAGON 16/1 ( at least eight firms)
John Smith's Cup

Always a cracking race and as is typical of these big handicaps now the quality of entry allied to field limit has meant those that got in have limited the weight spread to a stone.

This helps the likes of Scarlet Dragon who is a likeable, reliable horse with a genuine touch of class and a highly progressive profile. He's won over C&D last August and should confirm that form with the runner up Dark Red today. He improved further after that and shaped promisingly on his reappearance when sixth at Royal Ascot indicating that the handicapper may still not fully have curbed him. He has good prospects of reversing the form with the first two from that event and there is nothing not to like about him.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 8 July 2017


3 pts win KAPSTADT 12/1 ( most firms)
Old Newton Cup

This is a very exposed field and with the possible exception of Shraaoh there is nothing hidden away that might subsequently looks pounds better than his present mark. Kapstadt may be nothing more than a useful and versatile dual purpose servant but this may not take as much winning as it usually does and he is a must for the short list. He arrives in excellent heart on the back of a Newmarket victory last month and tries this trip for the first time on the level, one which may prove to be ideal.

Lost - 3 pts



3 pts win ULYSESS  9/1 ( Bet 365, SkyBet and Exchanges)
Eclipse

This one is very much the type that Stoute absolutely excels with and the impression left from Ascot was that apart from being delivered a shade too early against a gritty rallyer, that  he was also the one from the race who was open to the most measurable improvement. With this years three year old crop looking far from vintage this is an ideal opportunity for Ulysess to break into the big time.

Won + 27 pts