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The rain coming in from the Atlantic across the north and Wales has produced softer conditions for six of the eight meetings today across Britain and Ireland. Only Newmarket and Stratford have escaped the deluge. The continued absence of consistent going has been a troubling feature of the summer season for all concerned.

Two races for us to consider today with widely contrasting conditions. At Haydock it is Soft with further rain forecast and Stratford have Good ground which has been selectively watered.

3.30 Haydock 1m4f  Betway Pinnacle Stakes (Group 3)

Ajman Princess won convincingly on latest start at Goodwood in a Listed event, although she did flash her tail when urged by the whip. Soft ground shouldn’t be an issue.

Bateel moved from David Simcock  to the Graffard yard in France at the end of April this year. She is suited by testing ground, has solid form and looks sure to go close.

5/2 joint favs my provisional tissue. Laganore now a non-runner.


7.00 Stratford 2m½f Handicap Hurdle (Class 2)

Tight handicap where most of the runners have form that ties them together.

Barman is returning from a six month break and is expected to go well.

4/1 fav my provisional tissue.

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Grey Day at Goodwood?

Good ground at all of today’s five turf meetings with the more northerly tracks reporting Good to Firm. Two races for us to quickly look at today.

Goodwood 3.30: Just the four runners contest for the £40,000 on offer. Prize Money and Algometer head the market taking up around 90% of the book. Both finished second on their seasonal debuts. However, I have a question mark over the run from Algometer. Looked to run well but the level of that form from the grey is questionable. I make him 9/4 on my private tissue, het gets a general 6/4 quote from the layers.

Midterm beating Algometer at Sandown
Midterm beating Algometer at Sandown

Stratford 8.50: Hallingham improved on latest start when winning at Plumpton earlier this month and landed something of a gamble. Has every chance of following up if staying the extra 2f. I price him at a provisional 3/1.

Back tomorrow when we have a feast of top class racing dominated by the Goodwood, Haydock, Newmarket and York cards in the afternoon.