Today’s Fortune for a fiver
20p ew yank & 30p ew acca
Blessed to Empress @ 7/1
Sussex Girl 3.30 @ 7/1
Gambling Gamut 7.45 @ 8/1
I’ll Be Good 5.45 @ 7/1
Selected Brighton- good to firm on this undulating, sharp and tricky track
2.00 No knocking Confrerie who comes here on a hat-trick after two course wins and the 3 pound hit could have been harsher . I had reservations before his last win dropping in trip, but he came with a well timed strong challenge to land the spoils , but it was an apprentices race and quite a modest event, but in this weak field still considered. Pearl Spectre has been a fine servant to connections over the years and this all weather specialist has been campaigned recently on turf , and shaping pretty well, but today’s quick ground is against him.Blessed to Empress has a good record here on quick ground and is only 2 pounds higher than winning 2 starts back. She was fav to follow up over C&d last time, but was ridden poorly, going like the clappers front rank and inevitably dropped out .the wide draw is a nuisance but she is partnered by a very able 7 pound claimer which can only help .
½ pt ew Blessed to Empress @ 7/1
2.30 PREMIUM RACE
3.30 Sussex Girl doesn’t win many but this is so weak and as she acts over C&d on the ground and has dropped to a good mark, worth a dabble.
¼ pt ew Sussex Girl @
4.30 Not a deep contest and a grand opportunity for the in form Sonnetina to follow up on a recent C&D win. She’s 6 pounds higher but won with plenty in hand and ran really well last time when 2nd in a good race at Salisbury on ground too soft. She’s a hold up type and with Approve The Dream sure to go on, will have a good pace to come off.
1/2 pt win Sonnetina @ 11/8
Selected Hamilton- good ground on this undulating, galloping and stiff track.
2.45 There is not much early pace in this which makes the in form Zalmi angel of interest. She responded well to a drop in the weights last time at Leicester in the mud , but has run well before on good ground. Well drawn to take a prominent pitch and a nice outsider.
¼ pt ew Zalmi Angel @ 12/1
3.15 Another modest event and the in form fav juniors Fantasy is well drawn but up a harsh 3 pounds for a good 2nd at Carlisle, but it was a modest event on soft ground and the drying ground is no help . Mecca’s angel is with a good stable and has a rare try in Class 6. She shaped up Ok at Beverley two starts back but flopped next time on soft ground at Ripon. She is blinkered first time and the stable has a terrific record using the aids. Well drawn and worth a dabble .
¼ pt win Mecca’s Gift @ 6/1
4.15 Comfortably the best race on the card and a terrific opportunity for the useful and tough Victory Command who was most progressive last year when stepped up to this trip on fast turf on stiff tracks. He’s had no luck this season but was an excellent 3rd in a hot Haydock event coming off the pace to run really well and followed that up with a decent effort at Epsom. He ran most creditably at Royal Ascot on ground too soft and when badly drawn. This really should be a penalty kick with 3 of his rivals now on vey testing marks and the other three hard to fancy on current form. He’s well drawn and is also likely to take these along, Fancy he will be away and gone.
¾ pt win Victory Command @ 13/8
5.45 The veteran I’ll Be Good comes here on the back of a decent series of efforts and goes well over this C&d. He’s likely to be front rank and will give us a good run for our money.
¼ pt ew I’ll Be good @ 7/1
Selected Chepstow- good to firm on this undulating , galloping and stiff track
6.00 The very tenacious De Little engine was found out by the soft ground last time at his beloved Brighton , but previously had notched a double , one of those being a strongly run affair where he just wouldn’t be denied. He’s only a pound higher and wont mind the undulations here and could be tough to pass if electing to go all the way.
¼ pt win De Little Engine @ 6/1
7.00 PREMIUM RACE
8.00 I’ve been with So Near So Farrh the last twice but has disappointed. This looks easier and the better ground no issue .
¼ pt win So Near So Farrh @ 4/1
8.30 PREMIUM RACE
Selected Stratford- good to firm this flat and sharp track
6.15 A weak event and easily the best form is brought to the table by the ex- French Purple King, a close 2nd last time at Southwell at this trip and ground. The only danger is the once useful flat horse in Surrey Blaze , who is still rated a decent 75 , but hasn’t ben going well of late, but does have his first start for the powerful Dan Skelton stable. Purple king is 8/11 which looks about right if this is your kind of bet
7.45 The revived Dovils Date comes here on a hat-trick and has no penalty for his last win, but this longer trip has not suited in the past. Fresh New Dawn won well after a long break last time, but does have the profile of a bouncer. Gambling Gamut comes here on the back of two good efforts and as he ran well over C&D in a novice event, could take advantage of vulnerable favs.
¼ pt ew Gambling Gamut @ 8/1
8.15 Damut I’m Out has a hefty 9 pound penalty for a good win at Bangor last time, so this C&d should be fine. He remains unexposed and this is not a big ask.
¼ pt win Damut I’m Out @ 9/2