Today's Fortune for a fiver
6 50p doubles 4 25 trebles & 50p ew acca
Miss Celestial 6.40 @ 9/1
Alterantive Fact 2.40 @ 9/2
Kilig 5.40 @ 8/1
Voi 5.20 @ 5/2
Selected Haydock- soft ground on this flat and galloping track
12.00 PREMIUM RACE
12.30 The front running Wonderwork did it well at Redcar last time and the 3 pound hit could have been far worse for this lightly raced sprinter . Previously he was beaten over this C&D on easy ground by Triple Spear , but is 3 pound better off today . Burning Hot is on a fair mark in his first handicap and has run well being second in both of his maidens, but the drop in trip will test . Royal Context ran well when 2nd over C&D last time , but it wasn’t a deep race and has more to do with a 5 pound penalty .
¼ pt win Wonderwork @ 9/2
1.00Despite the big field , few come into this with realistic hopes and it offers a good opportunity for the inform and reliable Redrosezorro, who is in a good mark and no issues with soft ground.
¼ pt win Redrosezorro @ 4/1
2.05 This has a winnable look to it and give the nod to last time winner Cruising, who was looking hard to win with but benefitted from the step up to this trip with a good win, Softer ground no issue and on a fair mark. Would have preferred a better draw .
¼ pt win Cruising @ 13/2
2.40 I was very much with Alternative Fact on his comeback spin here in the mud over a longer trip but was given a poor ride and was galloping through he field , when the race was over . He has backed that up with a brilliant effort at Royal Ascot in the Royal Hunt Cup B race when chasing the pace and keeping on really well to be 3rd of 22. Today’s softer ground is well in his favour and a deserved win looks on .
¾ pt win Alternative Fact @ 9/2
3.50 Poet’s Lady has run well in all 3 starts and is proven on soft ground and at this trip and looks a cracking ew play despite a lot of top stables having lightly raced runners wearing famous colours.
½ pt ew Poet’s Lady @ 10/1
4.25 The lightly raced First Impression has won his last two without breaking sweat and could be ahead of the game. Proven on soft ground and at he trip and could be up to the 7 pound hike .
¼ pt win First Impression @ 7/2
Epsom – good ground on this undulating, sharp and very tricky track
1.50 Difficult for the well bred newcomer Calcutta Cup against a quartet of lightly raced type all with winning form but I’m with the fav in Twassol , a winner on a speed track coming from off the pace while his rivals has been kept to either stiffer tracks or the all weather.
½ pt win Twaasol @ 7/4
2.25 An easy race to read with the much improved Jack’s point sure to try and make all. He’s looked a different horse since trying front running , but has a very stiff task at the weights and is unlikely to have his own way up front with the useful Shine So bright, who would have been my pick for this, but tends to need an uncontested lead to prevail , and we have the tough Vale Of Kent, whose only chance over this Sharp C&d is to get out and make all. The one to beat at the weights is the useful and consistent safe Voyage who is more potent on softer ground but will get away with today’s ground, but this kind of track is new to him Daarik has excelled on tapeta but flopped on turf last time and is hard to fancy . Safe Voyage looks the one but not for me at evens .
3.00 PREMIUM RACE
3.40 The Oaks and the bookies rightly make this a 3 filly war between the 1000 guineas winner Love, racing for Aidan O’brien and likely to get the trip the lightly raced and impressive Frankly darling who was always going to win at Royal Ascot and had Ennistymon a respectable distance behind . It’s hard to not be impressed by the tip and gets the nod .
½ pt win frankly Darling @ 7/4
4.15 A tricky contest as Fooraat has looked good winning both of her starts, but both were on the all weather while Love and Thunder won well on her first start for john Gosden ,but he bare form needs improving upon to land this . Onassis won a big field handicap at Royal ascot so this is a big step up. Cloak of spirits brings the best form into the race and just gets the nod. The tough and talented Rose Of Kildare could surprise at long odds .
¼ pt winCloak of Spirits @ 9/4
4.55 PREMIUM RACE
5.35 Muntadab used to be much higher rated but has responded very well of late to the drop in the ratings with 3 big front running efforts. He returned from a break to be a good 2nd in the Donny mud and I didn’t give him much of a chance next time, despite being the fav , in a field full of front runners, but he disputed the lead and then battled on most courageously to be denied by a nose ! He stays on the same mark and wont be the first horse to make all at Epsom.
¼ pt win Muntadab @ 7/1
No advice from Ireland today
Selected Chelmsford City- all weather – polytrack
4.35 PREMIUM RACE
5.10 Hard race to fathom out. Al Wayan looks to have the strongest form but has a nasty draw and new to the surface . Recovery Run ran well on this surface on debut while final Voyage is not out of this .
5.40 Kilig is massively consistent but just can’t nail one. He goes from the front and keeps on willingly and wasn’t beaten far last time and the winner has run well since. He’s well drawn to take these along and worth chancing on the surface, despite the Northern trainer having a most modest record here .
¼ pt win Kilig @ 9/1
6.10 There wont be any hanging around in this with a host of front runners which is bad news for the useful Afraid if Nothing , proven on her lofty mark of 90, but poorly drawn and wont get any peace up front. Cressida runs for top connections and won on debut at Kempton but struggled on her comeback spin on turf . Back on polytrack from a good draw and race make up for a strong finisher , gets the nod.
¼ pt win Cressida @ 3/1
6.40 A good quality Class 1 event for fillies and the one to beat clearly at the ratings is the most excellent Billesdon Brook , but this even money shot has a tricky wide draw and is up against some useful sorts. Miss Celestial is a useful , determined and reliable filly who was well beaten by the improved Mubtasimah at Newbury last time, but a 3 pound pull raises hopes of a reversal . She has the best of the draw and may well try to make all and is 1 from 1 on polytrack.
½ pt ew Miss Celestial @ 9/1
7.10 Quite an open contest but the back to form Blame Couture can exploit a slight drop in class .
¼ pt win Blame Couture @ 5/1
7.40 Most of the fancied horses are badly drawn which may give the edge to the consistent Arafi, a decent 3rd on turf at Windsor off this mark when badly drawn and is proven on the surface and nicely berthed tonight .
¼ pt win Arafi @ 5/2
8.10 Astro King won well on debut , but it came on the Wolver tapeta and over a shorter trip and not sure to relish the extra yardage on pedigree and also carries the dreaded penalty . Cityzen Surge brings better form to the table and is proven on the surface as last time he tried to make all but was run down late by an odds on shot and the 3rd horse has won well since . I expect a forceful and winning ride.
½ pt win CItyzen surge @ 5/2
Chelmsford City placepot
I’m only having the one play at Yarmouth with the majority of the races having most open looks to them
5.20 The majority of these are much more potent on the all weather, the exception being the in form Voi , who has two wins here on fast turf. She’s a late player and this should be run to suit , but despite her clear chance hasn’t won for a year as you are always taking risk with patiently ridden types .
½ pt win Voi @ 5/2