Saturday, 28 October 2017

1.5 pts win VICONTE DU NOYER  12/1 ( at least 7 firms)
1.5 pts win BELLS 'N' BANJOS 12/1 ( at least 6 firms) H'cap Chase

Viconte Du Noyer has a shorter priced stable companion in the field but has strong claims himself. He won here at the November meeting last year, also on his seasonal debut and while that was over a couple of furlongs further he is quite versatile regarding distance, as proven in his fine run when runner up over 2m4f at the Punchestown festival.

Fergal O'Brien's horses are in good nick at the moment and Bells 'N' Banjos is worth a second look. He was immediately switched to fences when arriving at his current yard and won his first two races. He then faced stiffer tasks on his next two outings. He's only had four races over the larger obstacles so there is plenty still to find out about him, but appeals as one who could go close today.

Lost - 3 pts

1.5 pts win DANEHILL KODIAC 9/1 ( almost all firms,10/1 with 4)
1.5 pts win WHAT ABOUT CARLO 8/1 ( at least 8 firms)
Worthington's St Simon Stakes

Danehill Kodiac has been a good,honest performer through the last couple of years but stepped up a tier when winning the Cumberland Lodge last time, beating a very good  Andre Fabre colt in the process. The runner up was not massively below his best thus nothing can be taken away from  the merit of the performance. No reason why he should not go close again.

What About Carlo is another likeable, reliable sort. Of his seven victories,five have come with ease in the ground and he lines up here after an excellent effort at Goodwood a month ago. Most of his racing has come over 1m 2f, but he has run a cracker marginally short of this trip, and he's worth chancing.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 21 October 2017

3 pts win HYDRANGEA 13/2 ( at least 10 firms)
British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes

She has been progressing nicely throughout the season and her last two runs have been the best two of her career, a surprising but fair and square winner of the Matron,followed by a narrow defeat by a stable companion in the Prix de l' Opera. That last run proved soft ground is fine for her to produce an optimum performance and there is no reason why she should not stay further and be involved in the finish here.

Won + 19.5 pts

3 pts win POET'S VOICE 7/1 ( two thirds of all firms)
Champion Stakes

This one has been ticking along nicely, mostly without getting the credit he deserves.Truth is he is now a genuine top class performer who will be fine in today's conditions. He can be trusted to run his race, and arrives here on the back of very nearly capturing the Irish Champion Stakes.He had some big names behind him that day and there is nothing insurmountable among this field.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 14 October 2017

1.5 pts win LONDON PRIZE  25/1 ( at least a dozen firms)
1.5 pts win BYRONY FLYER 22/1 ( at least nine firms)

London Prize has had an excellent year, winning the Imperial Cup over hurdles and was in most progressive mode when last seen out, on the flat in July, winning the consolation Northumberland Plate, where he was following up a Goodwood success. He is only lightly raced in the sphere and could show the necessary improvement to overcome his hike in the ratings.

Byrony Flyer is also trained by Ian Williams, and likewise is a must for the shortlist. He is inclined to let others get the better of him when it comes to a battle, but is overall very consistent, does go and take his race when things fall right, and should give a fair account of himself today.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win SAM SPINNER 12/1 ( at least a dozen firms)
Silver Trophy Hurdle

This one catches the eye here.A bit of imagination is required, as in his four starts over hurdles he's comfortably disposed of inferior opponents on three occasions, and been beaten by the highly promising Mount Mews, with the rest of the field a mile behind. Mount Mews himself ended up finishing second in the two mile novice hurdle at the big Aintree meeting. The more you think highly of him, then the more you fancy Sam Spinner today, who looks a smart prospect in his own right.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 7 October 2017

3 pts win MAGIC MEMORY 9/1( at least six firms)
John Guest Bengough Stakes

This one's performance was too bad to be true when plum last behind Harry Angel the other week, in heavy ground at Haydock. He is however capable of producing optimum form with ease in the ground and a return to form here, which should be expected, will see him figure in the shake up. With perhaps the exception of Blue Point, his level of proven form is at least the equal of these, and the Charles Hills runners have been performing well over the past week.

Lost - 3 pts

Sunday, 1 October 2017

3 pts win DSHINGUS SECRET  16/1 ( at least 6 firms) Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe

Very good chance that Enable will have gone off - it's very hard to keep producing optimums and she came to herself early in the season and is without a mid-season breather. Dschingus Secret makes plenty more appeal. A typical, German middle distance colt who is comfortable in the soft,  he is in fine heart at the moment and clearly on the upgrade , beating last year's Eclipse winner at Hopegarten two outings ago, then winning quite comfortably in a trial for this event. All in all, it's hard to see this one not being far away.

Lost - 3 pts

3 pts win ALPHABET  16/1 ( at lest 8 firms)  Prix De L' Abbaye

Has had plenty of races and has never seemed anything out of the ordinary - but he has shown markedly improved form recently. Starting 50/1,  he ran stable companion Caravaggio to a length at the Curragh two outings ago, then last time finished runner up to another G1 winner, Quiet Reflection at Naas. Moore rode him for the first time that day and tried to stretch the field out - he'd been ridden prominently the time before to. He is clearly suited by soft ground, is producing a level of form that could not have been predicted, and there could be plenty more to come. Interesting contender and could surprise.

Lost - 3 pts