Saturday, 30 June 2018

3 pts win YAFTA 13/2 ( at least three firms inc Ladbrokes and Coral)
Chipchase Stakes

Has run in three Newmarket handicaps. After a promising seasonal reappearance, he won on his second outing giving the impression there would be plenty more to come. Then, off a 7 lb higher rating, he was narrowly beaten when conceding plenty of weight to the winner. That was when stepping up to seven furlongs and he does have an entry in the Lennox at Goodwood, but there is every reason to believe this likable progressive type will eventually prove just as effective over this trip. Having won on an AW surface last Autumn, he has excellent prospects of making the transition to Group races a successful one.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 23 June 2018

3 pts win VAN BEETHOVEN  8/1 ( at least eight firms)
Windsor Castle Stakes

Split two stable companions in the Marble Arch who have gone on and given the form a big boost this week. Ridden with restraint that day, she drops back in trip which did not visually appear the requirement after that race. However, this contests contains numerous last time out winners who made all or race on the pace thus it could produce a scenario that ideally fits this colt.

Lost - 3 pts



1.5pts win TIS MARVELOUS 20/1 ( at least seven firms)
1.5 pts win GEORGE BOWEN 33/1 ( at least eight firms)
Wokingham Stakes

2016 Prix Robert Papin winner was found wanting at the top level last year. He's since been gelded and after two races in Meydan made his reappearance in this country when finishing a close up fifth in a competitive Newmarket handicap. That indicates he can be competitive off today's rating and he is one to take aboard.

George Bowen destroyed his field at York but was narrowly beaten when attempting to follow up under a penalty at Goodwood when the ground was on the soft side. He is now off a further 5 lb higher rating and weights and measures thinking suggests he is held by the handicapper. However, he is back on fast ground today, as it was at York, and animals with his sort of previously considered exposed profile, win their fair share of these events.

Lost - 3 pts


Friday, 22 June 2018

3 pts win RAA ATOLL  5/1 (at least seven firms)
King Edward V11 Stakes

A typical fascinating renewal of this with promising unexposed sorts meeting those stepping down from the top grade. Raa Atoll, from the first category, has in the region of a stone to find on official ratings but this highly promising Sea The Stars colt could be anything and it goes without saying that he is not from a yard that over faces its animals and it will be surprising if he doesn't give a very good account of himself today.

Lost - 3 pts



2 pts win PERFECTION 16/1 (at least seven firms)
1 pt win ORTIZ 80/1 ( at least ten firms)
Sandringham Stakes

Perfection had the blinds on when winning an ordinary Newmarket maiden and now has pieces on. She's no superstar but has been rated accordingly by the handicapper and considering that the Cheverley Park Stud operation have a well-documented history of breeding fillies that progress by huge amounts during their careers, she may have come on enough to be on a winning mark here.

Ortiz is difficult to weigh up. Has had three AW starts since her racecourse debut but shaped well enough in a race not run to suit when last seen at the end of April. She hails from a shrewd set up and appeals as one who will outrun her price.

Lost - 3 pts




Thursday, 21 June 2018

3 pts win PERFECT CLARITY 10/1 (almost all firms)
Ribblesdale Stakes

This one was markedly inconvenienced by the ground in the Oaks and the run is best forgotten. She went into that race unexposed looking one that could not be ruled out. The form of her Lingfield Oaks Trial win will probably look respectable at the end of the year, the runner-up is well thought of but hasn't been seen since, while the third home Flattering, also a runner in the Oaks, has since won a G3. Well worth another chance here and is the value call.

Lost - 3 pts


2 pts win CRACK ON CRACK ON 15/2 ( at least eight firms at this price or bigger)
1 pt win BOND STREET 16/1 (at least 4 firms inc Coral and Bet 365-16.5/1ex's)
Britannia Stakes

The highly progressive Crack On Crack On is 7 lb higher in the ratings than when winning a valuable Haydock handicap in the style of an animal who has plenty more to offer. It would be no surprise if he was soon plying his trade in Group races and he must be in any portfolio for this.

Even though this will be his eleventh start, Bond Street has stepped up in level of performance on his recent starts. He is clearly at home on fast ground, his yard won this three years back, and is very much one to consider here.

Lost - 3 pts

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

3 pts win SHADES OF BLUE 9/2 (at least a dozen firms)
Queen Mary Stakes

Won a maiden here in the style of a classy filly in her only race so far. The strength of the form has been given a massive boost by the second, who looks a very smart filly in her own right, and the third (who reopposes today), who likewise won in the style of a quality sort next time. Shades of Blue gave the impression that she would come on notably for the run and she looks certain to go close here.

Lost - 3 pts


3 pts win BLESS HIM 16/1 (almost all firms)
Royal Hunt Cup

Won the Britannia here last year and will be racing on the same side of the course today. He was well beaten in soft ground on his seasonal debut but that race means nothing in the context of this which has clearly been his long term target. Plenty to like about his chance.

Lost - 3 pts


2 pts win COULD IT BE LOVE   9/2 ( at least 14 firms)
1 pt win ARBALET  50/1 ( almost all firms)
Jersey Stakes

Could It Be Love ran a cracker when seemingly not fancied in the Irish 1,000 Guineas. She appeals likely to be in her element stepping back a furlong and like many from this yard who take their racing well, she could be on a sudden upward curve.

Arbalet catches the eye at big odds. He acquitted himself well when highly tried as a juvenile, notable when third behind Masar and Romanised in the Solario. He's had the wind op and won on his second start since last time, winning easily when having little to beat. Potential surprise material.

Lost - 3 pts

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

3 pts win TIP TWO WIN 11/2 ( at least a dozen firms, 6's with Ladbrokes)
St James Palace Stakes

As has been observed by many, it's only that this one hails from an unfashionable set up that prevents him from heading the betting here. There was nothing flukey whatsoever about his stonewall solid 2,000 Guineas performance, nor, despite him not having a scopey physique, is there a feeling that run would be the summit point of his career. If anything, he appeals as one who can be trusted to repeat this level of form and looks certain to give an excellent account of himself here.

Lost - 3 pts


2 pts win YUCATAN 8/1 (over a dozen firms)
1 pt win CHAIN OF DAISIES  22/1 ( PPower, Victor, and all Exchanges)
Wolferton Stakes

Yucatan has long promised to step up a level and turn into a G1 performer, but it hasn't happened yet and probably won't in Europe at least. After an excellent run in the Derrinstown last season, he encountered a setback and off the track for the rest of the year. Following a decent run on his second start he blew out over a trip too far on soft ground in the Coronation Cup. Nonetheless, his best form is good enough for him to figure in the shake up today, and the combination of quick ground, 1m 2f, and cheekpieces may just conjure up an optimum performance from him.

There are signs that Henry Candy's yard may just be about to hit a fruitful run and Chain of Daisies is likely to have come on a good deal from her seasonal debut in the Middleton. She is a reliable character with some cracking pieces of form under her belt and if things go her way at the head of the field she could take some pegging back.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 16 June 2018

3 pts win SILVER LINE 8/1 ( at least a dozen firms)
Randox Health H'cap

A speedy two year old placed in the Norfolk in 2016, this one was on the sidelines for the whole of 2017 and reappeared at Meydan, running in four races over there, the best performance coming when a running on fifth to Oh This Is Us over a furlong less than today's trip. Off the track for over three months he has a very useful claimer on board and could be good enough to defy top weight in a race were nothing appears thrown in.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 9 June 2018

2 pts win CAVATINA 7/1 (at least a dozen firms)
1 pt win GRAND KOONTA 14/1 ( at least six firms)
Animal Health Trust H'cap

Cavatina built on her good York run by winning at Leicester in the style of a filly who will win again soon. She races off a 9 lb higher rating today but was value for more than the official margin and is bang in this, even though it is on the face of it more competitive.

After losing his maiden tag in the style of a useful sort, Grand Koonta was found wanting when highly tried on his final two starts as a juvenile. He ran far better than his final position indicates on his reappearance at Goodwood, appeals as one who will be winning more races this season, and is one to consider here.

Lost - 3 pts

Saturday, 2 June 2018

3 pts win DANCE DIVA 11/1 ( at least a dozen firms)
Princess Elizabeth Stakes

This filly is ideally suited by some ease in the ground which she gets today. Readily outpointed by the Lowther winner on fast ground last time, she has shown that she has trained on well and hails from a yard in full flow at the moment. There is no single opponent to be over scared of here, and she should give a good account of herself.

Lost - 3 pts


2 pts win RESHOUN  13/2 ( at least 4 firms including Hills)
1 pt win ACROSS THE STARS 9/1 ( at least 5 firms inc Victor and Bet365)
Investec Out of the Ordinary Handicap

Reshoun shaped well on his seasonal debut and has similar ground today on which he created a most favourable impression when winning a Doncaster handicap last backend off an 8 lb lower rating. Impossible to leave out of any portfolio for this race.

Across The Stars races off a 3 lb higher mark on the back of an excellent run at York last time. Has taken on a new profile compared with the days when he was with the Stoute yard but has a couple of these quite valuable handicaps in him judged by that run last time.

Lost - 3 pts


3 pts win ACES  15/2 ( this price or bigger with at least five firms)
Investec Asset Management Handicap

Has his second run for Ian Williams since being acquired from John Hammond's yard and is a very interesting contender here. He ran well enough on his debut run for his new yard at Ascot when not fancied and while his French form his hard to weigh up in the context of this event, William's placing of his animals gives encouragement that he will be a big player in this.

Won  + 22.5pts