Today’s Fortune for a fiver
20p ew yank & 30p ew acca
Wait for Me 5.15 @ 4/1
Diable De Sivola 4.40 @ 7/1
Rolling Dylan 3.35 @ 18/1
Gurkha Friend 4.50 @ 18/1
No Irish coverage today
Selected Haydock – good to firm on this flat and galloping track, but plenty of rain is forecast, so watch out for going changes
2.05 Masham Star has disappointed on his last two runs but has dropped to a very good mark, is well drawn and any rain , no problem.
¼ pt ew Masham Star @ 18/1
2.40 A tricky big field handicap full of unexposed 3yos. Happy to play with Ventura glory, who has been going OK off this mark and goes well on soft, if the rains do come. A useful 5 pound claimer rides. Lively longshot
¼ pt ew Ventura Glory @ 28/1
4.20 PREMIUM RACE
4.50 Gurkha friend is terrific racehorse who always runs with plenty of determination. He comes here on the back of a good effort on the all weather and last year went very close over C&D off around this mark. He’s well drawn, but soft ground would not be ideal, but at long odds, worth a decent play.
½ pt ew Gurkha Friend @ 16/1
Selected Leicester- good to firm on this stiff and galloping track
1.40 I really fancied Big Lachie last time at Windsor, but a combination of the quick track and lack of room during the race, resulted in a below par effort. He’s been well backed today and will appreciate the ground and the stiff finish. Slight concern he could be drawn on the wrong side of the track.
½ pt win Big Lachie @ 5/1
3.55 Despite the big field few make much appeal and most of these are better on the al weather. Mullarkey has been going well on the all weather of late and has some good fast turf form off higher marks.
½ pt win Mullarkey @ 7/1
4.30 A similar contest and the consistent Molten Lava has been going well on the all weather and has bits of form on quick turf giving him a squeak .
¼ pt ew Molten Lava @ 11/1
No Leicester placepot
Selected Ripon- good ground on this undulating and quite quick track
2.20 Fayez nabbed a rare win on the all weather recently, which will help his confidence and there was promise in his turf run last time. Lively longshot in a race where it’s hard fancying many.
¼ pt ew Fayez @ 25/1
2.55 I’ve been backing Terentum Star of late but disappointed once too often and I let him go last time , especially down in trip and on ground quick enough, and what happened, he sluiced in. This return to top form gives him every chance of the double despite the 6 pound penalty as he’s gone close off this mark before. He’s likely to be front rank, is well drawn and likes the track.
½ pt win Terentum Star @ 7/1
4.00 No stopping the ex-French kings advice who is 4 from 4 for Mark Johnston, but had to work hard last time and the 5 pound hit could catch him out . the useful Crowned Eagle has a rare run in a handicap and could make it pay.
½ pt Win crowned Eagle @7/2
5.05 A stack of early pace in this and going for a late player in On The stage, who was consistent last year and the stable switch may bring about the required improvement.
¼ pt ew On the stage @ 8/1
No Ripon placepot
Good to firm ground on this stiff and galloping track
1.50 PREMIUM RACE
3.35 A wide open stayers chase , but the key factor is the quick turf. Rolling Dylan is ultra consistent and has held his form well of late off around this mark. He ran well in quick turf at Cheltenham when beaten in a 3 way photo , staying on well, not the first time he has hinted this trip will be right up his street.
½ pt ew Rolling Dylan @ 18/1
4.10 Black Op hasn’t progressed as much as was likely, but he does race in hot company. This is easier and quicker ground no issue.
½ pt win Black Op @ 3/1
4.40 Diable De Sivola is massively consistent but just can’t nail one, and the handicapper keeps on nudging him up, making it tougher and tougher. Saying hat he come out the best at the weights today on the ground and trip and a deserved win could be his.
½ pr ew Diable De Sivola @ 7/1
5.15 A big field but most of these are likely to struggle on the fast ground. Wait for Me is consistent and has dropped to a good mark. He comes here on the back of a good 3rd and is fine over C&d and ground . He doesn’t win many but with Dicky Johnson back In the saddle , could put that right.
½ pt win wait For Me @ 4/1
Selected Doncaster- good ground on this flat and galloping track. Rain is forecast so keep an eye out for going changes.
5.10 Nietzsche comes here on the back of two good runs over hurdles and while a bit in and out on the flat, any rain will help land a winnable contest.
¼ pt ew Nietzsche @ 7/1
6.45 PREMIUM RACE
7.15 Palldium is one of the few proven at the trip and ran well on soft turf last year and brings the strongest credentials to the table.
¼ pt win Palladium @ 11/4
8.15 Epona was consistent last year and ran well first time out, so the absence should not be an issue and has been given a chance by the handicapper. Wont mind any rain.
¼ pt ew Epona @ 9/1
Selected Wolver –
5.30 Dotted Swiss is running better since being given a chance by the handicapper. He’s effective over C&D and not badly drawn for a late thrust and ridden by the best jockey in this apprentice handicap.
¼ pt win Dotted Swiss @ 10/3
6.30 This is very weak and should be an overdue return to the winner’s circle after a good 2nd over C&D last time.
½ pt win Casina Di Notte @ 2/1
7.00 Not a strong heat and a solid chance for C&d winner Colony Girl to nail another win off a workable mark and a good draw.
¼ pt win Colony Girl @ 9/2
7.30 I’m not that taken by the short priced fav in Crystal king who ended last season with a much improved run when winning in the Nottingham mud and now races off an 8 pound higher mark , but this is not a deep contest and Inn The Bull, who is 2 from 2 over C&d ran a fair race on his comeback and could well surprise at long odds.
½ pt ew Inn The Bull @ 16/1
8.00 Tough ask for hat-trick seeking Contingency Fee off a testing mark and the marvellously consistent Harry Callahan has to have big claims after a most solid 2nd here last time, and the drop in trip in his favour. Odds of 6/4 look skinny enough and a nice ew alternative is Apex Predator, who has run many a solid race over C&D off around this mark.
¼ pt ew Apex Predator @ 16/1
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