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Haydock features

We go to Haydock this afternoon for their two feature races. The going is Good to Soft. The ground has been drying this morning in the light north-westerly breeze.

2.30 1m2½f  Rose Of Lancaster Stakes (Group 3) (Class 1) (3yo+)

Numbers 4 and 9 are both out leaving 11 to post.

A competitive Group 3, in which there’s little to choose between half of the field on the best of their form.

Laraaib is the progressive performer. He takes a step up in class, having impressed when winning a handicap on latest start. His action suggests that today’s easier ground conditions shouldn’t be an issue.

Autocratic sets this seasons form standard on his performance when winning the Group 3 Brigadier Gerard at Sandown in May.

Laraaib is my marginal preference.

Difficult race to price, I would want at least 4/1 about Laraaib to get me involved.





3.35 1m Dick Hern Stakes (Listed Race) (Fillies & Mares) (Class 1) (3yo+)

Sea Of Grace takes a drop in class and sets a high standard.

Although not completely straightforward, a reproduction of either of her last two runs in Group 1 company will make her very difficult to beat.

I put Sea Of Grace in as my even money favourite and go 5/1 bar.


Sea Of Grace (right)

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Final day of Glorious Goodwood which like the York Dante meeting earlier in the summer, has been affected by the adverse weather conditions.

The going has eased towards the good side of soft, so we may have some form today that can be carried forward. Thankfully the non-runner count is way below the epidemic of past days.

There are six meetings across Britain today, we are looking at one race this afternoon at Goodwood and then one this evening from Hamilton. Overall the day can be summed up as a BFS… Bookmaker Friendly Saturday!


3.00 Goodwood: 1m4f (1m3f218y) Qatar Gordon Stakes (Group 3) (Class 1) (3yo)

Crystal Ocean and Khalidi set the form standard, although there are slight doubts concerning both.

Crystal Ocean finished behind Khalidi at Royal Ascot yet is favourite to reverse those placings.

Easier ground conditions are expected to suit Crystal Ocean and I don’t anticipate there being much between them at the finish.

Both Across Dubai and Mount Moriah impressed on their latest starts and look progressive.

I provisionally price the five runners:

Crystal Ocean  15/8

Khalidi   15/8

Across Dubai   8/1

Mount Moiah 10/1

Jake’s Hill  10/1

Khalidi wiining the Feilden Stakes at Newmarket

7.30 Hamilton 5f  British Stallion Studs EBF Soba Conditions Stakes (Class 3) (3yo+)

Glenrowan Rose is in excellent form and has a solid chance of beating the officially higher rated Alpha Delphini.

I see it as follows:

Glenrowan Rose  7/4

Alpha Delphini     2/1

10/1 bar

Glenrowan Rose


The compilers are at odds with one another with this one. For example Bet 365 go 11/8 and 6/4 in Glenrowan’s favour whereas Hill’s see quite the reverse. Unusual for the books not to be in close agreement.

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Goodwood bank

The going at Goodwood is Soft and there are again plenty of non-runners. I have provisionally looked at two races.

I will be getting a full going report later this morning from a senior contact at the course. The ground will unfortunately remain the dominant factor.

2.25 1m Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes (Group 3) (Class 1) (3yo)

Beat The Bank impressed on his latest start when winning a Listed race at Newmarket.

Has a solid chance of adding this Group 3 to his CV.

Again not proven on soft, although his action suggests it shouldn’t be an issue. 3/1 fav my provisional tissue which is in line with the books.

Beat The Bank winning at Newmarket

3.00 1m Betfred Mile Handicap (Class 2) (3yo+)

Four have come out, leaving eighteen to contest the £93,000 first prize.

Draw, ground and luck in-running will all play a significant part in the outcome of this highly competitive race.

Gm Hopkins continues to perform at a high level and if his jockey can manoeuvre a clear passage from stall 1 he is expected to go close.


Gm Hopkins

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Success from the front

Six turf meetings today with all except Lingfield (Soft) reporting Good to Soft ground.

We are going to look at the premier races of the day from the cards at Ascot and York.

3.35 Ascot 1m4f  King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored By Qipco) (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Class 1) (3yo+)

My initial thoughts were that Enable was too short in the market, and I was looking to oppose her.

After thorough analysis I have come to the conclusion she deserves her position at the head of the market. However I can’t get her as short as the 11/8 currently on general offer.

Both her wins in the Epsom and Irish Oaks were very impressive, and there could well be further improvement to come. Ground conditions aren’t expected to be an issue.

Highland Reel, Jack Hobbs and Ulysses have all achieved a similar level of form when at their best.

My tissue:

Enable               13/8

Highland Reel   9/2

Jack Hobbs        9/2

Ulysses              9/2

20/1 bar



3.15 York 1m2½f  Sky Bet York Stakes (Group 2) (Class 1) (3yo+)

Algometer has run consistently in his two Group races this season.

Success Days is a consistent front runner who is at his best on soft ground and would be my preference.

Hathal is a 5yo who is still unexposed and could improve for stepping up to 1m2f.

My original favourite Autocratic is a late non-runner and my revised market is:

Success Days 9/4

Hathal  7/2

Algometer 7/2

8/1 bar

Success Days


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The story of this summer has been the constant going changes. All six British meetings are reporting ground on the soft side for today and with only Chepstow likely to see any rain that ground will be drying throughout the day.

We are going to quickly look at two races this afternoon.

3.55 Ascot

Appeared is a previously noted horse. Softer ground isn’t expected to be an issue. Run twice this season, both at Ascot with the opening run producing a clear victory.

Unfortunately he hasn’t been missed in the market. Generally around 9/4 on offer this morning, I go 3/1.


Appeared winning at Ascot

3.05 Uttoxeter

With Cuirassier Dempire a non-runner, Deadly Move is the only runner in form.

Form of his latest run is solid and his point to point form impressive. 6/4 my tissue.


Deadly Move (left)

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Derby form pointers

Four afternoon and two evening meetings across Britain today. Five report their ground on the firm side of good, whilst the evening meeting at Carlisle bucks the trend with good to soft going.

We go to Sandown today for two races including the Eclipse.

2.25 1m Coral Challenge (Handicap) (Class 2) (3yo+)

One of our old favourites Gm Hopkins heads the weights here and runs off only a 1lb higher than his Royal Hunt Cup winning mark.

El Hayem is a noted horse. Can be forgiven disappointing run on soft ground latest start.

Worth a close look in competitive race. Current 8/1 is fair.

Gm Hopkins wins the Royal Hunt Cup

3.35 1m2f (1m1f209y) Coral-Eclipse (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Class 1) (3yo+)

Cliffs of Moher can give a boost to the Epsom Derby form.

Dropping back in trip will suit.

Doubt about Barney Roy being as effective over this distance.

I would want at least 9/4 for Cliffs Of Moher.


Cliffs of Moher


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Final chance tonight

Five turf meetings in Britain today and the going is Good to Firm at all of them. We are looking at one race each from Newton Abbot and then Haydock this evening, both courses have been watered.

 Newton Abbot 3.15

 An open long distance handicap where none of the eight competitors can be completely discounted.

Katy P can improve on her win here at the end of May.

Awaywiththegreys returned to form on latest start. Jockeys claim could prove crucial.

Amron Kali, Lillian and Our Folly are all in form.

Awaywiththegreys is just preferred.

 My tissue:

 Awaywiththegreys    9/2 jfav

Katy P                          9/2 jfav

Amron Kali                 6/1

Lillian                          6/1

Our Folly                    6/1

10/1 bar




Haydock 7.20

 Best race on the card, which isn’t saying much.

A final chance is given to noted horse Areen Heart.

He ran with great promise on his first 2 starts of this season, before disappointing on the polytrack at Chelmsford.

No excuses with conditions this evening.

7/2 my tissue, which is at the top end of the books’ prices this morning.


Areen Heart and Graham Lee after winning at Beverley


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Talking horse

Concentrating on the high quality card at the Curragh this afternoon, including the Irish Derby. The going is Good to Yielding.

4.40 6f GAIN Railway Stakes (Group 2) (2yo)

Murillo sets the  form standard after his third in Coventry at Royal Ascot.

Verbal Dexterity was noted after impressing on debut on this track over 7f.

Dropping back to 6f is a concern, but he is expected to go close. Current 4/1 looks fair.

Verbal Dexterity

5.20 1m4f Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Group 1) (Entire Colts & Fillies) (3yo)

Wings Of Eagles may be underestimated after what I considered to be an excellent performance when winning the Derby.

He came from a long way back, was hampered on a couple of occasions, yet stayed on to win going away at the finish.

Waldgeist is respected, with the French form being sound.

9/4+ about Wings Of Eagles is fair.

Wings Of Eagles


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Value at Cartmel

Five turf meetings in Britain today and not a lot of quality to be had. Although the standard does pick up tomorrow.

The going at most meetings  has switched markedly from the firm ground of a few days ago to a general Good to Soft.

During the summer I concentrate on the better quality flat and the summer jumps. Today we will be looking at the two opening races from Cartmel, both 2m 6f hurdles.  If you have never been racing at Cartmel, it is a track well worth a visit.

2.20 2m6f Jennings Cumberland Ale Maiden Hurdle (Class 5) (4yo+)

Its Pandorama’s form is suspect. Steps up in trip from the 2m 1f when finishing second here at the end of last month.  7/4 my tissue

Schlipf can improve for the step up in trip in a very weak race.

I go:

7/4 Its Pandorama

3/1 Schlipf

The books go 11/10 and 7/2, at the prices Schlipf is preferred.

Cartmel racecourse


2.50 2m6f  Cumbria Grand Hotel At Grange Handicap Hurdle (Class 4) (4yo+ 0-120)

12 runners and most have a bit to prove. Silver Shuffle is a non-runner.

Boruma sets the recent form standard and looks sure to go close.

Attention Seaker ran with some promise on the flat returning from an absence on latest start.

Munsaab is a chaser who is favourably handicapped over hurdles. His chance is respected.

My tissue:

2/1 Boruma

4/1 Attention Seaker

5/1 Munsaab

Munsaab winning at Cartmel


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Favourites upset?

Final day of Royal Ascot and it has been a thoroughly enjoyable meeting for true followers of horse racing.

We have had consistent Good to Firm going all week and it remains so today. For form students this will make the full five days a solid point of reference.

2.30 7f Chesham Stakes (Listed Race) (Class 1) (2yo)

Sixteen to post and the clear market leader is Aidan O’Brien’s filly September.

She impressed on her debut at Leopardstown on yielding ground. Races on quicker ground today.

Masar’s debut win at Goodwood is strong form.

He looks sure to figure and at the prices is my preferred.

Currently the books go 11/10 September and 6/1 Masar.



4.20 6f Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Class 1) (4yo+)


An in form Limato would set a very high standard. Winner of two Group 1’s last season.

However he has disappointed on his last two starts. It will be worth noting the level of market support.

Magical Memory’s reappearance run at York was very encouraging and he is expected to go close. Currently a general 8/1.

Magical Memory


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