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  1. Newmarket 1.50 The first of four races covered by the ITV cameras is the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes for two year old colts and geldings. Nine go to post with Aidan O’Brien’s Capulet looking the one they all have to beat. He stepped forward from a debut victory at Dundalk to run stable mate Diego Velazquez to half a length in the Group 2 KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes with the fourth, 3 1/2L behind, being Deepone who went on to take the Group 2 Beresford Stakes last weekend, giving the form an almighty boost. He sets the standard and may have too many guns for the likes of the Godolphin runner Aablan and Roger Varian’s Al Musmak. CAPULET 1 point win @ 2/1 William Hill Chester 2.05 ITV are showing just the one from the Roodeye in this 2M 2 1/2F class 2 handicap with nine doughty stayers in the line up. Declan Carroll’s six year old Emiyn has a great record here which reads 14242171 including when plundering a handicap here in July over half a mile shorter than todays. He showed he stays this far when winning this very race last year off of a 7lb lower mark. He looks sure to be thereabouts with his usual front running tactics. Brian Ellison’s mud loving top weight Tashkhan should also be thereabouts and looks a threat. ERMIYN 1 point each way @ 5/1 bet365 1/5th 123 Newmarket 2.25 A decent field of thirteen race for the Group 1 Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes run over 6F. William Haggas’s Relief Rally sets the standard and should run well although is priced accordingly and it maybe worth looking for some each way value with the Charlie Johnston trained Sacred Angel. The grey daughter of Dark Angel looked a smart filly when winning at Newmarket and Ascot on fast ground in July, including in Group 3 company and may have got bogged down in the mud in the Group 1 Prix Morny last time when only finishing 4 3/4L fourth behind Vandeek. Back on a sounder surface she can outrun her odds. SACRED ANGEL 1 point each way @ 10/1 bet365 1/5th 1234 Haydock 2.40 The sole race covered by ITV at Haydock today is the class 2 5F handicap which has attracted a field of nine with a strong fancy in the shape of the Tim Easterby trained Manila Scouse who will relish the soft ground. His form figures when encountering soft or heavy ground read 22212251 and he showed last time out when third (beaten 1/2L) in a similar grade handicap at York last weekend that he’s in fine form when chasing home Vintage Clarets. A reproduction of that effort on ground he loves should see him go very close. MANILA SCOUSE 1 points each way @ 9/2 Paddy Power 1/5th 123 Newmarket 3.00 Nine two year old colts line up for the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes run over 6F. The race may be fought out by Simon & Ed Crisford’s Vandeek and the Aidan O’Brien trained River Tiber. The pair met in the Prix Morny at Deauville in August on very soft ground with Vandeek winning with River Tiber 2 1/4L back in third. That doesn’t tell the whole story mind as O’Brien was very vocal before the race that his Coventry Stakes winner had missed plenty of work ad would improve plenty. If that’s the case I expect the placings to be reversed here and he can take a race that he’s been successful in on three of the last six seasons. RIVER TIBER 2 points win 9/4 Coral Newmarket 3.40 The feature race of the meeting is the Cambridgeshire Handicap which has attracted a maximum field of thirty five. The one that stands out is the Harry & Roger Charlton trained Greek Order who has so much going for him (bar his price) that he will be hard to beat. A lightly raced son of Kingman he’s won handicaps at Sandown and Newbury in fine style this year with his latest win already been boosted by the subsequent easy success of the runner up Maximilian Caesar. A high draw is very advantageous and in stall 25 he’s got that. He could easily be a blot on the handicap. I’ve every respect for Dual Identity, who did us a favour last time at Sandown and was an unlucky third in this race from a poor draw last year and is also worth backing each way with additional places. GREEK ORDER 2 points win @ 4/1 William Hill DUAL IDENTITY 1 point each way @ 12/1 William Hill 1/5th 123456
  2. Newmarket 1.50 A dozen fillies or mares aged three years or older line up for the listed Rosemary Stakes over 1M. One of the three officially best in here is the John & Thady Gosden trained Queen For You who was back in form last time at Sandown in the 1M Group 3 Atalanta Stakes in first time cheek pieces when runner up to the progressive Heredia. She holds both Potapova and Coppice on that run (although the latter’s saddle did slip that day) and should be highly competitive here under Rab Havlin. QUEEN FOR YOU 1 point each way @ 6/1 bet365 1/5th 1234 Newmarket 2.25 Eleven fillies and mares aged three and upwards have declared for this 1M 4F Group 3 Dubai Stakes. Several hold claims with the progressive three year old Sea Theme trained by William Haggas the pick. She’s one of the most lightly raced in the field and impressed when taking the Galtres Stakes at York’s Ebor meeting last month by a head from One Evening who’s gone on to run well in defeat in a Group 2 at Doncaster. With further improvement likely she can take this en route to a tilt at the Group 1 Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot next month. SEA THEME 1 point each way @ 8/1 bet365 1/5th 1234 QUEEN FOR YOU (1.50) 6/1 & SEA THEME (2.25) 8/1 1 point each way double with bet365 (1/5th odds both 1234) Newmarket 3.00 The Group 2 Rockfel Stakes is a 7F contest for two year old fillies and has attracted a field of eight this year. Aidan O’Brien’s Moyglare Stud Stakes flop Ylang Ylang is an intriguing runner but she may have to play second fiddle to Ollie Sangster’s Shuwari. Sangster, in his first season as a trainer, has a smart looking sort in this chestnut New Bay filly who’s listed win at Sandown in July has been boosted serval times since with the horse he beat into second Fallen Angel having won twice since in Group 3 and Group 1 company. That was gained on soft ground but she had previously won on fast ground and her jockey Oisin Murphy said afterwards that he felt she would be better on a sounder surface. SHUWARI 2 points win @ 2/1 Paddy Power Newmarket 3.35 A competitive renewal of the Group 2 Joel Stakes with all six having a chance of sorts. The two I like though are Chindit who has conditions to suit and comes here in a rich vein of form and Charlie Hills’s Mutasaabeq who despite a 3lb penalty is the pick. He took this last year in first time blinkers and impressed under a penalty when running away with the Group 2 bet365 Mile over course and distance back in May. That took his Rowley Mile form figures to 11711 and as he obviously loves this track so much can strike again under Jim Crowley. MUTASAABEQ 1 point win @ 7/2 BetVictor
  3. Nine races covered by ITV today and here’s my preview of the nine. Ayr 1.15 Richard Spencer’s seven year old Revich has a good record in this race having won it in 2021 from a 3lb lower handicap and was third last year off of the same mark as he races off of today. He comes here in good form having run well at Chester earlier this month despite being drawn poorly. Hollie Doyle comes in for the ride in this ten runner 1M class handicap and looks poised to run a big race. REVICH 1 point each way @ 11/2 William Hill 1/5th 123 Newbury 1.30 Just the five sprinters line up for this Group 3 Dubai International Airport World Trophy Stakes run over 5F. The current favourite is the William Haggas trained Sense Of Duty who is returning from an absence of 455 days and has never raced on ground this testing. He has to be taken on and maybe today’s the day for Andrew Balding’s Nymphadora who seems to relish the mud. Oisin Murphy is on board for his old guvnor and can take the opener at Newbury today. NYMPHADORA 1 point win @ 5/1 William Hill Ayr 1.50 With My Prospero an eleventh hour defection only seven line up for the Doonside Cup. Amy Murthy’s Pride Of America has conditions to suit and the genuine front runner can make all and see off his biggest danger in Royal Rhyme who like the selection will love the cut in the ground. PRIDE OF AMERICA 1 point win @ 10/3 BetVictor 1/5th 123 Newbury 2.05 A tricky seven runner class 2 handicap which may fall to Ian Williams’s Oneforthegutter who put up a career best last week in the Mallard Handicap at Doncaster on the softest ground that he’s ever encountered when going down by a short head to Imaginary Day. This race looks no better and off of just a one pound higher mark can go one better under Richard Kingscote. Look for the firms who are paying three places. ONEFORTHEGUTTER 1 point each way @ 7/1 Coral 1/5th 123 Ayr 2.25 The first of the two big sprint handicaps is the Ayr Silver Cup run over 6F with a maximum field of 25. The two that stand out from a point of handicapping are Michael Herrington’s Rathbone and Iain Jardine’s Jump The Gun. They actually met in an apprentice handicap at Doncaster last week and with Conor Planas now able to claim his 3lb its the former that makes the most appeal and can be backed each way with additional places. RATHBONE 1 point each way @ 15/2 Betfred 1/5th 123456 Newbury 2.40 The testing ground will be very much a factor here with the likes of Totnes and Le Mans unproven on such a slow surface. Balance Play may have found the fast ground at York against him and is worth another chance to bounce back to form on this much slower surface. Course winner Mustazeed can also run well and looks one of the dangers to the selection. BALANCE PLAY 1 point win @ 7/2 BetVictor Ayr 3.00 Nine have declared for the Group 3 Fifth Of Clyde Stakes for two year old fillies run over 6F and although short enough in the betting it’s hard to oppose the Owen Burrows trained Shadwell Stud owned Raqiya. She’s looked useful in winning at Salisbury and Haydock this autumn and can take this step up in class in her stride with the owners retained jockey Jim Crowley up here to ride. RAQIYA 1 point win @ 11/8 William Hill Newbury 3.15 Eight two year olds line up for the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes with the officially highest rated being George Scott’s Seven Questions who has already shown his liking for soft ground when winning at Ripon in August. Just touched off in the Sirenia Stakes at Kempton last time he can go one better now back on easy ground with Callum Shepherd doing the steering. SEVEN QUESTIONS 1 point win @ 7/2 bet365 Ayr 3.35 The meeting’s feature race is the 6F Ayr Gold Cup run over 6F with a maximum field of 25. Julie Camacho has had a terrific season with her top sprinter Shaquille and appears to have a decent chance here with her five year old Significantly who went down in a bobbing finish by a short head to Annaf last Saturday at Doncaster in the Portland Handicap and reappears off of the same handicap mark. Drawn in the middle he will be ridden by Joe Fanning and a big run is expected in this famous old sprint handicap. SIGNIFICANTLY 1 point each way @ 10/1 bet365 1/5th 123456
  4. Best Odds Guaranteed is a great tool for the punter although the only firm I can get BOG with is Betfred who are BOG after 8 am each morning of the race (though not if it’s one of their extra place races). It does prompt me to give my business to them for that reason alone tbh. The days of getting BOG with bet365 for me are long gone I’m afraid (even with friends and families accounts 😉) I personally think that it’s a dying concession with more abs more likely to be cut in the foreseeable future so if you are able to use it then thank yourself lucky.
  5. A bumper afternoon’s racing with ITV showing ten races. I’m quite keen on First View (2.10 kempton) and Caius Chorister (3.00 Haydock) and recommend an each way double. I’m away for the next week so I’m afraid there will be no analysis for Doncaster. Good luck this afternoon everyone. Kempton 1.35 A decent renewal on the cards here for the 1M 4F Group 3 September Stakes. Israr has to shoulder a 5lb penalty for his latest win and has never raced on a synthetic surface on the racecourse and this may fall to the Sir Michael Stoute trained Bay Bridge who is the best in here by 11lb and more. The only issue with him is the trip as he’s never raced at 12F. If he stays he wins it’s as simple as that in my opinion and expect Richard Kingscote to hold on to him for a late dash in the Kempton straight. BAY BRIDGE 1 point win @ 5/4 William Hill Haydock 1.50 Eight go to post for this Group 3 Superior Mile Stakes and with the ground likely to be riding on the fast side looks ideal for the Richard Hannon trained Chindit. One mile on fast ground are his optimum conditions as he showed when chasing home Modern Games in the Lockinge at Newwe bury back in May when he tried to take a chunk out of William Buick’s arm when the winner came past! 7F on easy ground at Newbury last time was never going to suit and back with ideal conditions he looks the pick with current favourite Light Infantry preferring some juice in the ground. CHINDIT 1 point win @ 9/2 bet365 Kempton 2.10 The series final of the London Mile Handicap features a full field of fourteen and although the race has an open look about it I feel theres a decent each way bet here in last year’s victor First View. He loves this track with form figures of 12112 and actually races here off of a 2lb lower mark than when winning this last year under useful apprentice Christian Howarth who’s back in the plate today. He teed up for this with a slightly unlucky runner up over course and distance to Baltimore Boy 17 days ago. He’s drawn out in stall 11 which hopefully will give young Howarth a chance to take a nice position behind the leaders before striking inside the final furlong. FIRST VIEW 2 points each way @ 6/1 Coral 1/5th 1234 Haydock 2.25 A valuable 1M 6F three year old handicap features five horses that contested the Melrose Handicap at York’s Ebor meeting a fortnight ago and despite the turnaround in the weight’s it’s the Irish challenger Denmark that catches the eye. Still holding St Leger, Arc De Triomphe and even Melbourne Cup entries this Aiden O’Brien trained son of Camelot ran a screamer to chase home the smart winner Middle Earth, finishing just 1 3/4L behind the Gosden winner. He’s up 5lb for that effort but can go one one better here with the Haggas runner Naqeeb the big danger. DENMARK 1 point win @ 3/1 bet365 Ascot 2.35 A valuable 7F class 2 handicap has an open look about it although interestingly the stalls are to be positioned on the stands side which may give the higher drawn horses an advantage on the near side rail. James Fanshawe’s lightly raced five year old Hickory ran a blinder in a first time visor in the International Stakes when runner up to Baradar in a first time visor under Saffie Osborne. Hopefully well drawn on the rail in fourteen and with Osborne in the saddle again he can go one better today. HICKORY 1 point each way @ 7/1 Coral 1/5th 1234 Leopardstown 2.45 An excellent renewal of the Group 1 Matron Stakes with thirteen fillies and mares attending. The favourite and the one they all have to beat is Dermot Weld’s Tahiyra who’s only defeat in her five run career came when just touched off by Mawj in the English 1000 Guineas first time out this season on soft ground. She’s gone on from there to take the Irish 1000 Guineas and the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot and will be hard to beat today. TAHIYRA 2 points win @ Evens William Hill Haydock 3.00 A bumper field for the valuable 1M 6F handicap Old Borough Cup with fifteen lining up. A tricky race but anyone that saw David Menuisier’s Caius Chorister run an eye-catching sixth in the Ebor will want to be with him today. He found trouble in running but finished to some effect affect to be nearest at the finish. Off of the same handicap mark and with conditions today ideal he looks sure to run a big race for the likeable Frenchman Menuisier. Aztec Empire is dropped in trip and is the one I fear the most. CAIUS CHORISTER 2 points each way @ 6/1 bet365 1/5th 1234 Ascot 3.10 An interesting valuable 12F three year old only handicap that features nine promising types where the Charlie Appleby trained top weight Victory Dance may be too classy for his rivals. Thought to be a classic contender last season he’s not made that grade but in his first handicap he can take this off off of a mark of 102 now stepping up in trip in first time blinkers with William Buick doing the steering . Outsider Perfect Play can outrun his odds and chase him home. VICTORY DANCE 1 point each way @ 9/2 bet365 1/5th 123 Leopardstown 3.20 A cracking renewal of the Group 1 Royal Bahrain Irish Champion Stakes features the enigmatic Auguste Rodin who flopped badly at Ascot and last year’s one-two in Luxembourg and French traveller Onesto. They all have chances but it’s the Roger Varian trained King Of Steel that catches my eye. Runner up in the Epsom Derby prior to an emphatic victory at Royal Ascot he ran well in third place in the King George at Ascot when last seen. This is only his sixth career start and he is the selection with the drop to 10F looking to suit as he is not short of speed. KING OF STEEL 1 point win @ 11/4 bet365 Haydock 3.35 Shaquille will be hard to beat here in this Group 1 Betfair Sprint Cup run over 6F but has been priced accordingly and a bit of each way value may lie with Karl Burke’s Showalong, who has conditions to suit and may well be very well drawn in stall 18 of 18. With the stalls in the centre it’s quite possible that Clifford Lee may drift over to the near side fence which was so beneficial in the Sandy Lane Stakes earlier in the year when Little Big Bear bagged the rail. He was only a couple of lengths behind Shaquille in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot and has shown his well being with a win at York since. SHOWALONG 1 point each way @ 25/1 William Hill 1/5th 1234
  6. Hi @Amberleigh66, Great to have you on board. 'At The Races' Forum is the place to be. Not long now till Chepstow in October 😉 The Brigadier
  7. Not a very inspiring day's racing to be honest but a strong fancy in the 3.00 Sandown (if only the trainer was in better form). Still there's winners to be found and here's my thoughts on the day's ITV races. Good luck everyone. Sandown 1.50 A tricky enough eleven runner 7F handicap kicks things off today for terrestrial viewers. A big eye-catcher last time out was Alice Haynes’s four year old gelding Indemnify when failing to get a run when running on to finish fourth over a mile in a similar handicap here. The grey has a big weight to carry but has shown his liking for this track when winning over a mile here in May and may actually appreciate stepping back to 7F under Kieran O’Neill. INDEMNIFY 1 point each way @ 11/2 bet365 1/5th 1234 Beverley 2.05 A winnable eight runner 1M 4F class 2 handicap for the money. Roger Varian’s Aimeric maybe the answer if we can overlook his latest poor effort at Newmarket when tailing off last. Conditions look ideal and the word from Newmarket is he’s ready to run a big race following some good work outs with the likes of Postileo (recent Hamilton winner). Pulled out at Goodwood recently when the ground went soft he’ll prefer any rain to stay away. AIMERIC 1 points each way @ 6/1 William Hill 1/5th 123 Sandown 2.25 The Group 3 Atalanta Stakes is run over 1M and is for 3yo+ fillies and mares. Richard Hannon’s Heredia is unbeaten in two runs over a mile, the Sandringham Handicap at Royal Ascot last year and last time out in a listed race at Haydock when taking her field apart coming home 3 3/4L ahead of the re-opposing Purplepay. Shes joint top rated in the race alongside last year’s winner Potapova and this year’s Sandringham winner Coppice and looks sure to be thereabouts. HEREDIA 1 point each way @ 5/1 William Hill 1/5th 123 Beverley 2.40 The Beverley Bullet Sprint is a listed race run over the minimum trip of 5F and this year we have a small but select field of seven. The winner of this race for the last two years Tis Marvellous is back but he’s shown nothing this season beating only 3 of his 48 rivals! Apollo One is the form horse having finished runner up in the Wokingham and Stewards Cup this season and although he’s dropping a furlong today can come late and take a prize he thoroughly deserves. APOLLO ONE 1 point win @ 7/2 BetVictor Sandown 3.00 A competitive 10F class 2 handicap can go the way of last year’s runner up Dual Identity who looks great each way value to go one better this year around from a mark only one pound higher. He’s had excuses for his last runs (drawn out wide at Goodwood and on wrong side in Royal Hunt Cup previously). The only negative is that his trainer William Knight has now gone 57 runs and 57 days without a winner but if anywhere near his best will surely go close. DUAL IDENTITY 2 points each way @ 8/1 Boyles 1/5th 1234 Chester 3.20 This six runner listed Caa Stellar Chester Stakes may well end up being fought out by Ralph Beckett’s Lone Eagle and the Godolphin three year old Military Order. Preference is for the latter who we haven’t seen since disappointing on fast ground finishing plum last in the Epsom Derby in June. The fast ground may well have been the reason for that moderate effort and back on an easier surface stepped up in trip can take this under William Buick en route to a tilt at the St Leger in a fortnights time. MILITARY ORDER 3 points win @ 4/6 Ladbrokes Sandown 3.38 Only six go to post for this Group 3 Solario Stakes that has been won by some smart sorts over the years. I’m still not sure about the Sir Michael Stoute yard despite a winner at Windsor last Saturday night and his Starlore is overlooked for that reason alone. The pick is the Ralph Beckett trained Mortlake who showed his debut run on soft ground was all wrong when bolting up at Leicester, coasting home to win by 5L and with his trainer in such fine form is the selection with Rossa Ryan doing the steering. MORTLAKE 1 point win @ 11/4 William Hill
  8. York 1.50 Nostrum will be very hard to beat here in this 9F Group 3 Strensall Stakes but I really couldn’t back one of Sir Michael Stoute’s at the moment as the stable have gone 21 runs and 29 days since their last winner. I’ll take him on with the Ralph Beckett trained four year old Jimi Hendrix who is only rated 3lb inferior to Nostrum on official ratings. He was an ultra impressive winner of the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot in June and wasn’t disgraced since when third in Group company at Ascot behind Master Of The Seas. He looks the value bet here under Rossa Ryan. JIMI HENDRIX 1 point win @ 5/1 bet365 Goodwood 2.05 Ten two year old fillies turn up for the Group 3 William Hill Prestige Fillies’ Stakes run over 7F. With the most likely winner Shuwari a last minute defection due to injury this open looking contest may go to the Northern challenger Darnation who stepped forward from her debut run to run out an impressive 10L winner at Thirsk a month ago. The runner up that day has won since and Karl Burke's juvenile looks set to run a big race with Sam James in the saddle. DARNATION 1 point each way @ 6/1 William Hill 1/5th 123 York 2.25 A competitive ‘three year old’s Ebor’ is up next in the shape of the 1M 6F Melrose Stakes which has attracted thirteen runners. William Haggas has won two of the last four renewals of this famous handicap and is double handed today with Alhambra Palace and Lordship with preference for the latter who’s chasing a four timer following victories at Chepstow, Yarmouth and Haydock rising some 20lb in the weights. With Tom Marquand taking over from Adam Farragher he looks sure to run a big race and is the pick here. LORDSHIP 1 point each way @ 5/1 Bet Victor 1/5th 1234 Goodwood 2.40 The William Hill Celebration Mile is a Group 2 contest run over a mile and with drying ground against the likes of Aldaary, Angel Bleu, Charyn and Knight may well fall to the John & Thady Gosden trained Epictetus who had Galeron ad Knight behind when beating the smart Nostrum over course and distance three weeks ago on soft ground. Unpenalised for that win and seemingly at home on any type of terrain he can follow up under Kieran Shoemark who can initiate a big race double at Goodwood today. EPICTETUS 1 point win @ 3/1 William Hill York 3.00 The Group 2 Sky Bet City Of York Stakes is run over the specialist trip of 7F and features eleven runners , six of whom ran in this last year and it can be last year’s victor Kinross who comes out on top once more with Frankie Dettori on top. He was a cosy winner last year on similar ground as today’s and even though Ralph Beckett’s six year old would prefer to get his toe in obviously handles fast ground. He was last seen at Goodwood 25 days ago when just touching off Brian Meehan’s Isaac Shelby and with that one preferring easier ground can confirm that form and win again. KINROSS 2 points win @ 7/4 William Hill York 3.35 The day’s/meeting’s feature race is the Sky Bet Ebor Handicap run over 1M 6F and has a maximum field of twenty two lining up. A warm favourite and one that has to be part of the staking plan is the 4lb well in Gosden runner Sweet William who is chasing a four timer following three cosy wins. He looks sure to go close though has ben priced accordingly. Top weight Live Your Dream has plenty going for him with ground, jockey (Oisin Murphy) and draw looking fine and he maybe the one to back each way with additional places. Saeed Bin Suroor knows what it takes to win this having won it twice before in 2012 with Willing Foe and 2008 with All The Good and he can a reward an each way wager with a stake saver bet on Sweet William. SWEET WILLIAM 1 point win @ 7/2 William Hill LIVE YOUR DREAM 1 point each way @ 9/1 bet365 1/5th 123456 York 4.10 A wide open 6F Heritage Handicap is up next with twenty speedsters spread across the straight track of the Knavesmire. The likes of Great St Wilfrid runner up and last year’s winner Summerghand, Stewards Cup winner Aberama Gold and beaten favourite in that race Orazio all have solid enough claims but the one that catches my eye is the track specialist Game Force Mayo who’s form figures here read 313113 and has dropped down to a winning mark. Drawn on the possibly favoured far side in stall six, Michael Dods’s seven year old was a bit disappointing last weekend in a listed race at Pontefract finishing fourth of 11 beaten 5 1/4L. She’s better than that and back on a mark 2lb lower than when winning here a year ago can run a big race each way with additional places. GALE FORCE MAYO 1 point each way @ 10/1 bet365 1/5th 12345
  9. York 1.50 Todays fayre kicks off with a fifteen runner 1m 4F Heritage Handicap run over 1M 4F. Ralph Beckett is having a stellar season and his three year old Balance Play can complete a hat trick of victories following success’s at Chester and Goodwood rising some 12lb in the weights. He still looks some way ahead of his mark and stepping up a furlong today looks sure to suit. Hector Crouch has ridden the chestnut on both of his wins and retains the ride today in which the Fahey horse Wootton’Sun can also run well. BALANCE PLAY 1 point win @ 4/1 Betfred York 2.25 Just seven line up for the 2M 56 yard Group 2 Lonsdale Cup which features five that ran in the Goodwood Cup where Hughie Morrison’s stable star Quickthorn ran them ragged. He did the same in this race last year winning by 14 lengths but you would think that the other jockeys will be very much on alert this time around not to give him too much rope. Andrew Balding’s Coltrane is ultra consistent having finished runner up in the Ascot Gold Cup over half a mile further to the re-opposing Courage Mon Ami, beaten just 3/4L and is today 4lb better off. He looks sure to run his race and he’s a tentative pick. COLTRANE 1 point win @ 11/4 William Hill York 3.00 The Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes for two year old colts and geldings features ten promising sprinting juveniles with no stand out pick. There is question marks against a few of the leading ones in the market here and it maybe worth taking a chance on the once raced maiden winner King’s Gamble trained by the very much in form Ralph Beckett. A son of Kingman he ran out a cosy winner of a Newmarket novice stakes on his debut earlier this month and although this is a big step up he can repay an each way wager by hitting the frame at least. KING’S GAMBLE 1 point each way @ 9/1 BetVictor 1/5th 123 York 3.35 A great renewal of the Group One Coolmore Wootton Bassett Nunthorpe Stakes, run over the minimum trip of 5F. The two year old Big Evs is a very interesting runner getting so much weight from all and it will be no shock were he to run a big race here. The pick though has to be John Quinn’s super mare Highfield Princess who took this field apart last year coming home 2 1/2L to the good from last year’s two year old The Platinum Queen. She looked as good as ever when blitzing her field in the King George Stakes at Goodwood and will be very hard to beat here. HIGHFIELD PRINCESS 3 points win @ 6/4 bet365 York 4.10 A valuable 12 1/2F fillies handicap is next up with last year’s runner up Amanzoe heading the weights although she hasn’t been seen since but is not without claims. Owen Burrows is having an excellent season and can take this tricky contest with his three year old Rowayeh who takes a step up two furlongs to a mile and a quarter today for the first time. She’s very much a Shadwell horse on breeding and there’s no reason to think she won’t stay this far on that score. A dual winner earlier in the season she wasn’t disgraced when third in a valuable Goodwood handicap at the beginning of the month, form which has already been boosted by the runner up Novus winning since. ROWAYEH 1 point win @ 11/4 bet365 York 4.45 The most valuable maiden run this year is the Convivial maiden which sees fifteen promising two year old’s assemble over 7F. Six of the fifteen are debutants and worth monitoring in the market but the pick here is Ollie Sangster’s Kings Valley who showed up really well on his racecourse debut when third to the subsequent listed winner Arabian Crown, beaten 3L at Sandown. The son of Territories was very green that day and with that run under his belt can go close today as long as his draw on the wing in stall 14 is not an inconvenience. KINGS VALLEY 1 point win @ 7/2 bet365 York 5.15 Day three’s card finishes with a twelve runner 1M three year old handicap featuring a dozen horses. The most unexposed horse and one that’s worth giving a chance to is the Roger Varian trained Enfjaar. He looked another Shadwell owned horse of immense potential when bolting up at Chelmsford on the all-weather back in May, coming home 6L to the good from his ten rivals. He took a step up in grade a month later when running in the Group 3 Jersey Stakes dropping in trip to 7F. that may have been his undoing when only finishing a slightly disappointing eleventh of 15 (beaten 9 1/4L). Back to a mile and in a handicap for the first time, this Lope De Vega colt can get himself back into the winners enclosure under David Egan who replaces the suspended Jim Crowley. ENFJAAR 1 point win @ 4/1 bet365
  10. York 1.50 The Skybet Lowther may be fought out by William Haggas’s Relief Rally and Aiden O’Brien’s Cherry Blossom. Preference is for the latter who looked a smart filly when winning a 6f Curragh maiden twelve days ago. This is a step up in grade but she can prove up to it with her main rival Relief Rally stepping up to 6F for the first time and maybe preferring some more ease in the ground. CHERRY BLOSSOM 2 points win @ 5/2 bet365 York 2.25 A big field for the Goffs Harry Beeby Yearling Stakes over 6F. This year’s renewal has a very open look about it and although the Richard Hannon four runners have to be taken seriously as he’s won this race five out of the last 7 years its the Archie Watson runner Ambushed that may be the each way value in the contest at a big price each way with additional places. He showed much improved form at Newcastle in June in first time cheek pieces when beating Ballymount Boy a neck at level weights. That one has gone on to chase home Vandeek at Goodwood in the Group 2 Richmond and runs in the Group 3 Acomb Stakes on Wednesday afternoon. Taking that run at face value puts Ambushed in with every chance though the draw of 20 is a bit concerning. AMBUSHED 1 point each way @ 20/1 bet365 1/5th 12345 York 3.00 A maximum turnout of twenty here for the Clipper Handicap, a Heritage Handicap run over 1M. Roger Varian holds an excellent chance with his 2.7 million guineas yearling Akhu Najla who is a half brother to 2000 Guineas winner Galileo Gold. His re-appearance run after 308 days off was an eye-catching one when finishing strongly in fourth to Ghaly at Ascot on King George day. With that run behind him now and a decent draw in four he looks worthy of a good each way bet with David Egan on board. AKHU NAJLA 2 points each way @ 11/2 William Hill 1/5th 123456 York 3.35 The 1m 4F Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks is the feature race of the afternoon and with the ground tightening up I want to be against the likely favourite Savethelastdance who needed all of the 12F last time in the Irish Oaks to wear down Bluestocking who re-opposes here and could turn the tables. The better value however may well be Al Husn who is already a Group one winner and is stepping up in trip today. Her dam stayed 10F and her half sister’s best run was actually over 14F so there are clues in the breeding that she can see out the trip and if this was over 10F I feel she would be pushing for favouritism. In the hope she sees out the trip she’s the selection each way. AL HUSN 1 point each way @ 7/1 bet365 1/5th 123 York 4.10 The 1m 4F listed Galtres Stakes features thirteen fillies and mares and has an open look about it. William Haggas saddles a brace in the William Buick ridden Market Value and the Tom Marquand ridden Sea Theme who looks the pick each way. The lightest raced of the thirteen she impressed when winning a 1M 4F novice stakes at Doncaster on soft ground four weeks ago by 3L from Cherry. It’ll be different ground today but her breeding line suggests that shouldn’t be an issue and with further improvement likely can score here. SEA THEME 1 point each way @ 9/2 bet365 1/5th 1234 York 4.45 A twenty runner 7F nursery is up next and one again the race has an open look about it. The one that catches my eye here however is the Richard Hannon trained, Andrea Atzeni ridden Blue Collar who enters handicaps off of a mark of 77, which looks lenient to my eyes. He was an eye-catcher at Newmarket last time over an inadequate 6F trip when staying on well to finish fourth of 14 in a maiden that is likely to work out well. In a wide open handicap he looks a spot of value each way. BLUE COLLAR 1 point each way @ 12/1 Coral 1/5th 12345 York 5.20 Three year old’s have won seven out of the last ten renewals of this 7F class 2 fillies handicap and this year’s renewal can once again go to the classic generation in the shape of William Haggas’s improving Unequal Love. She’s won her last three starts including when in handicap company for the first time at Haydock 13 days ago when always looking in control when defeating her two rivals by 1 3/4L. A rise of just 5lb looks fair enough and with Tom Marquand on board and a decent draw in stall 3 can take this valuable contest. UNEQUAL LOVE 2 points win @ 4/1 BetVictor
  11. York 1.50 He may be eight years old but surprisingly this is only the second handicap of his 37 run career that Charlie Hills’s smart sprinter has run in, with the previous run coming at Meydan in February 2021 when winning by half a length off of the same mark as he races off today. The slow ground was against him last time at Goodwood but a reproduction of any of previous three starts this season in pattern company could be good enough to win this valuable 5 1/2F class 2 handicap with Jamie Spencer riding him for the first time. Stall 12 may not be ideal but his class may tell. EQUILATERAL 1 point each way @ 10/1 BetVictor 1/5th 12345 York 2.25 Adrian Paul Keatley is not renowned for training decent juveniles but he may have one on his hands here in the shape of his Camacho colt who’s stand out piece of form came in the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood earlier this month when pushing the subsequent Prix Morny winner Vandeek to a length in the mud. He had won his maiden on a less taxing surface previously at Hamilton and can fend off the maiden winners Cogitate and Edwardian. BALLYMOUNT BOY 1 point win @ 9/4 bet365 York 3.00 The unbeaten John & Thady Gosden trained Gregory can cement his position at the head of the St Leger with victory in the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes despite a 3lb penalty for his Group 2 Queen’s Vase success at Royal Ascot in June. The Wathnan Racing owned Golden Horn colt is unbeaten in three starts and may have most to fear from the Aiden O’Brien trained Continuous. Frankie Dettori rode him at Ascot and retains the ride today. GREGORY 1 point win @ 11/8 William Hill York 3.35 Only four line up for the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes with Aiden O’Brien’s Paddington a warm favourite. A winner of his last seven races including the Group one’s Irish 2000 Guineas, St James Palace Stakes, Coral-Eclipse and Sussex Stakes. He appears to have an iron resolution and acts on any ground. He’ll be hard to beat even if the Gosden runner Mostahdaf will be no pushover if reproducing his Prince Of Wales’ Stakes win at Royal Ascot. An intriguing contest with Paddington the one to be with. YORK 4.10 An Intriguing 2M class two handicap where it may well be worth taking a chance on the Tony Martin trained ex- French performer Zanndabad with the eye catching jockey booking of Ryan Moore. A four time winner for his previous trainer F-H Graffard, he’s had just the one run for Martin on the flat when down the field in a 14F handicap in May when easy to back. He’s yet to race on good fast ground but his four half brothers all won on fast ground in good company so we may even see an improved horse on today’s better ground. ZANNDABAD 1 point each way 6/1 Ladbrokes 1/5th 1234 York 4.45 John Butler’s four year old chestnut filly won this very race quite comfortably last year by 2 1/2L and is back to try to win it again off of a 5lb higher handicap mark. He was a big eye-catcher last time out when failing to get any sort of run between the two and one furlong marker at Goodwood eventually finishing fourth of 12 looking like he’s ready to strike soon. William Buick gets the call up today and looks to have an excellent chance as long as he can cope with his wing draw of fourteen of 14. DESIGNER 2 points win @ 9/2 William Hill York 5.20 Day one of York’s Ebor meeting concludes with a twenty runner nursery. Ryan Moore could, hopefully, be in for a good day and can take the finale with the in form Ralph Beckett trained Starlust who beat Saturday’s easy Newmarket winner Array at Newbury prior to an excellent second of 12 in a valuable Goodwood nursery beaten 1 1/2L by Serried Ranks, a neck ahead of Dapper Valley who re-opposes on 1lb better terms today. The colt holds a Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes next month and can reward each way backers today. STARLUST 1 point each way @ 11/2 bet365 1/5th 12345
  12. Hi @Henry2828 and welcome to the forum. 17.20 the time for Magical Effect btw - blueing up nicely, good luck 🤞
  13. Newbury 1.50 Eight line up for the Group 3 BetVictor Geoffrey Freer Stakes. As long as the ground doesn’t dry up too much this looks a good opportunity for the John & Thady Gosden trained Arrest who was very impressive when bolting up in the Chester Vase Stakes at Chester in May on soft ground, for which he carries a 3lb penalty here. He has flopped twice since in the Derby and King Edward VI at Royal Ascot but they both came on lightning fast ground and is worth another chance to prove he can have a fruitful autumn campaign. Frankie Dettori is here just for the one ride which is a tip in itself. Any rain will obviously suit him. ARREST 1 point win @ 7/2 bet365 Newmarket 2.05 This unique 6F class 4 handicap is only eligible for horses registered as grey and has a wide open look about it this year. We have four three year olds in the field of 16 and its one of them, the Andrew Balding trained Celtic Champion that catches my eye. Quite highly regarded as a two year old when winning at Salisbury, he impressed when winning at Lingfield on the all-weather in February but has not been seen since, an absence of 189 days. In the hope that the David Probert ridden son of Adaay is straight enough he looks the pick her each way with additional places. CELTIC CHAMPION 1 point each way @ 6/1 William Hill 1/5th 12345 Newbury 2.25 A competitive eleven runner 5F handicap is up next and it’s the top weight Whenthedealisdone that catches my eye. His last success came at around this time last year when an easy 3L winner at Ascot off of a handicap mark of 90. He’s shown bits and pieces of form this season dropping 11lb to a mark of 87 and his shrewd trainer Roger Teal has booked champion jockey William Buick to ride him today. Jack Channon’s three year old Desperate Hero is another with claims as his latest run at Goodwood can be marked up as he was badly drawn but I’ll give Whenthedealisdone another chance at a track where he’s won before. WHENTHEDEALISDONE 1 point each way @ 14/1 bet365 1/5th 1234 Ripon 2.40 A highly competitive 6F handicap which may give us some clues as to where you want to be drawn for the Great St Wilfrid in 35 minutes time. Adrian Nicholls’s Thornaby Pearl has a good record here of two wins from three starts and may be the one to be with each way with Barry McHugh in the saddle. He was an easy winner by 4 1/4L over course and distance on soft ground last month and got bogged down on even softer ground twelve days later at Nottingham. Back at a track that obviously suits he can reward an each way bet with additional places. THORNABY PEARL 1 point each way @ 10/1 William Hill 1/5th 1234 Newbury 3.00 Only four three year old’s take on their elders in this fourteen runner class 2 7F handicap and it’s one of them, the Richard Hannon trained Classic that stands out to me here. His recent win at Sandown has been boosted since by the runner up Novus running an unlucky second and then winning at Goodwood and with that one now 6lb higher it’s Classic who may now be well in following just a 2lb rise. The lightly raced son of Dubawi will be ridden by Pat Dobbs again and looks good each way value with additional places. CLASSIC 1 point each way @ 8/1 Paddy Power 1/5th 1234 Ripon 3.15 A competitive renewal of the 6F Great St Wilfrid Handicap which has over the years favoured those drawn high (though last year the field was smaller than usual and the front three were drawn low). The horse I like here is the very much in form Kevin Philippart De Foy trained Cairn Gorm who’s nicely berthed in stall 14. A Group 3 winner as a juvenile for Mick Channon he’s been rated as high 103 in the past and is favourably weighted off of 84 here. A York winner by 1/2L from Asadjumeirah with the subsequent dual winner Manila Scouse a length and three quarters back in fourth, he will be ridden today by the more than capable Laura Pearson. He can be backed each way with additional places. CAIRN GORM 1 point each way @ 16/1 bet365 1/5th 123456 Newbury 3.35 The 7F Class 2 Hungerford Stakes doesn’t have the same quality as previous year’s with ten going to post. Bar the two outsiders the remaining eight are separated officially by only 9lb with the current front pair in the betting Chindit and Jumby not likely to be suited by the current soft ground conditions it maybe worth chancing the John & Thady Gosden runner Mostabshir, who is dropped in trip and sports first time blinkers today. He’s yet to race on an easy surface although his half brothers Mostahdaf and Nayef have both won on soft so is worth chancing with William Buick on board. MOSTABSHIR 1 point each way @ 7/1 BetVictor 1/5th 123 A tough day with no real stand out bet.
  14. Hi @Bruce Mercer, Welcome to the forum. He's suspended between 19th-25th August so not sure why he wasn't around for the Racing League tbh
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