Selected The Curragh- good to firm on this undulating, galloping and stiff track
2.20 PREMIUM RACE
2.50 Both Aleef and Hathiq come here on the back of all the way wins, and both are heftily penalised, so something has to give here. I’m chancing Optionality, who’s very lightly raced and won comfortably over C&D last year on her comeback spin. She was then aimed at Listed company , interestingly one at Ayr. She remains in the category of could be anything and worth chancing a decent punt at the odds.
½ pt win Optionality @ 16/1
3.50 Terrific that connections have kept the very classy 122 rated filly Magical in training and this very valuable Group 1 is an absolute formality for this 1/5 shot.
4.25 The Irish 1000 Guineas and the Hermosa, the heroine of the English equivalent when making all for a surprise win, is well drawn to attempt another all the way victory.She had a few of these a few lengths behind in Qabala, who has been supplemented for this race and looked unlucky at HQ, could reverse form while Just Wonderful did very well to get as close as she did when drawn out of it in the English Guineas, and is far better drawn today.She is very closely matched with English raider East and Im with Jamie Spencer landing the Irish Guineas double.
¼ pt ew East @ 7/1
5.00 Eastern Racer is back to form and how and another good run looks on the cards, bjut could find it hard dominating from flagfall with other pacesetters in the field and the middle draw looks troublesome. Master Speaker was 2nd in this last year off a much higher mark and comes here on the back of a good run but that was 2 months ago and also today’s ground is quick enough , but with so many other boxes ticked , have to play.
¼ pt ew Master Speaker @ 10/1
5.30 Few of these have ever ventured this far before , so hard to be certain, but worth a play on the consistent and in form Kerosin , who hit the frame in his last attempt at this trip.
¼ pt ew Kerosin @ 14/1
6.00 Not a deep maiden and a good opportunity for fav backers to get their cash back with Hazran , a good second last time and this well bred colt runs in very famous colours.
½ pt win Hazran @ 13/8
Selected Kelso- good ground on this undulating and sharp track
2.00 some Day Soon should get the better of Valentino Dancer in this virtual match and not bad odds relatively.
½ pt win Some Day Soon @ 4/5
2.35 The hard to win with FelixMendellsohn got it right first time over fences , but a 9 pound hit is pretty harsh. Saying that all of his rivals carry question marks but risking the capable Lycidas, who returns after a long break and the best time to catch long time absentees , is first race back.
¼ pt win Lycidas @ 5/1
3.35 Interesting that Olly Murphy brings Beau Sancy on the 550 mile round trip, but it hasn’t paid off with five previous runners . The ground is in his favour and still looks on a workable mark. He returns after a break , which is no issue and the stable has a good record with runners after a wind-op . Not a deep race.
½ pt win Beau sancy @ 7/4
4.05 The nod goes to Fly Rory Fly who is 1 from 1 at this track and comes here on the back of another good run.
½ pt win Fly Rory Fly @ 11/4
4.40 In this Hunter Chase, the in form Mr Mercurial has a huge advantage at the weights . and is understandably odds on but there is a valid ew alternative in Cave Hunter, who’s won this race twice before and comes here in excellent from points. I’d be a bit more confident if he’d raced more frequently over regulation fences of late, and the forecast drizzle is unwelcome.
¼ pt ew Cave Hunter @ 9/1
Selected Fontwell Park- good to firm on this sharp track
2.10 Good opportunity for the consistent Demon Fou to nab a deserved win at the expense of Goldslinger.
½ pt win Demon Fou @ 11/8
3.15 Risk and Roll is a warm order and does have the best chance on the book , but has become very hard to win with and with Cervaro Mix unimpressive in victory last time , and longer trip a worry, having a dabble on the Irish raider.
¼ pt win Darkest Flyer @ 7/1
3.45 Another race where nothing comes into the race in terrific form, so again dabbling on the Irish raider .
¼ pt win Rio Gold @ 7/1
4.50 Good chance for Buster Edwards to double up his recent success over C&D despite the 6 pound hit,
½ pt win Buster Edwards @ 5/4
5.25 PREMIUM RACE
Selected Uttoxeter- good ground on this quite sharp , gently undulating track with a long galloping straight.
2.25 Sir Robbie won well over C&d last time , just ahead of Silent Encore with Glorious Boru not far away and should confirm the form under a 5 pound penalty as he’s unexposed as a stayer.
½ pt win Sirobbie @ 5/4
2.55 Looks a straight forward task for Solomon Grey and odds most fair.
½ pt win Solomon Grey @ 4/5
3.25 The nod goes to the reliable Lucca Lady .
¼ pt win Lucca Lady @ 9/4
3.55 Very hard seeing Barton Knoll doubling up with an 8 pound penalty and the consistent front running Monbeg Legend goes well here and has the ground in his favour.
½ pt win Monbeg Legend @ 9/4
4.30 Blairs Cove goes for the hat-trick but carries a big penalty and this track is very different from his beloved Warwick. You say What won well last time, but is another penalised runners and prefers softer ground . Hepijeu was a fortuitous winner if a Fakenham marathon last time and is another now on a tough mark, but likes it here and nice odds .
¼ pt win Hepijeu @ 7/1
5.05 PREMIUM RACE
5.40 Jacbequick has been a terrific servant for all connections over the years and comes here in good enough form to land this finale.
¼ pt win Jacbequick @ 7/2