6 50p doubles 4 25p trebles & 50p ew acca
Teatro 1.30 @ 4/1
Ikebana 2.15 @ 6/1
Society lion 2.50 @ 7/2
Zephyrina 4.30 @ 11/2
Selected Haydock – soft ground on this flat and galloping track
12.30 PREMIUM RACE
1.00Not a deep Class 2 and looks at the mercy of the highest rated runner in Snazzy Jazzy , who has no issues with trip or ground , but can turn the odd bad one in. Sands Of mali was ultra smart a few seasons back , but recent runs have been a tale of woe. Interesting that connections keep him going as he is an entire and could be packed off to stud , but has to show more before supporting .
½ pt win Snazzy Jazzy @ 6/4
1.30 Despite the big field not that many catch the eye and you can understand why Nuits St Georges is quite a short priced fav ,but despite the good draw and being proven at the trip and ground, he is now on a testing mark, Preference is for the very consistent Teatro ,who did well on his comeback spin when a close 3rd at Ponty over a trip too short and on ground quick enough . He’s run well over C&d before and the ground is fine. The wide draw is a concern but plenty ran well from high draws here yesterday .
¾ pt win Teatro @ 4/1
2.40 Manuela De vega got back on the scoresheet over C&d last time when gifted an easy lead and got first run on the very useful Fanny Logan . She’s unlikely to get a soft lead today with other pacesetters in the field, but she can run her race when ridden with more restraint and should be beating these.
½ pt win Manuela De Vega @ evens
3.15 Ranch Hand is a useful type in the mud and just gets the nod at the weights .
¼ pt win Ranch Hand @ 7/2
3.50 PREMIUM RACE
Selected sandown – good ground on this stiff and galloping track
1.15 An interesting Class 1 sprint for 2yos and the short priced fav is Risk Of thunder who looked good winning in the Thirsk mud, but the placed horses have done little for the form and this is much deeper. I really like the chance of Macho Pride , successful on debut at Newcastle and backed that up with an excellent effort at Royal Ascot when 5th of 12, not beaten very far . He is well drawn today, will be suited to the stiff track and Oisin Murphy takes over . Looks a good play at the odds.
½ p tew Macho Pride @ 10/1
1.50 A crackerjack of a Group 3 sprint and the pace to the race will be set by the very wonderful Caspian Prince, who has been one of my favourite horses for some years , 20 times a winner and I’ve been with him on the majority of times, but I’ve missed a few long priced wins when he looked to have too much on his plate, such as last time when winning well at Newcastle at 28/1 !! You can never write him off and has a cracking draw today , but does have a lot to find with plenty of these at the weights. Lazuli switched to front running tactics and did it very well winning over C&D last time, but you wonder how he’ll cope at this trip unable to dominate . Maid In India is a cracking mare who has a good chance at the weights. She always runs her race and wont be far away again . Youngster Liberty Beach has strong claims from a decent draw and brings good form into the contest.
¼ p tew Maid in India @ 8/1
3.00 dark Vision won the Royal Hunt Cup at ascot as he wanted beating Monatham, who you would expect to turn the tables with the 6 pound pull, but this looks a very different kind of race with no proven front runner and this could get tactical. Happy to swerve as the Hunt Cup 1-2 are both late players .
3.35 The Group 1 Eclipse Stakes and a cracking field headed by dual Arc Heroine Enable, who suffered a rare defeat when 2nd in the Arc , but still ran a cracker . It’s great that connections keep her in racing and again will be aimed at the Arc.She won this last year but this is deeper and could be found out by the very classy Godolphin horse in Ghaiyyath , who is an incredible front runner, who goes an end to end gallop and is rated a lofty 126 , compared to Enable’s 128. He’s won from 7 from 10 , all from the front and is the probable front runner today . William Buick is 6 from 6 aboard and I expect him to go 7 from 7 as John Gosden has expressed that enable may need the run .
¾ pt win Ghaiyyath @ 9/4
Selected Doncaster – good to soft on this flat and galloping track
2.15 This is not a deep race and a big ask for recent Yarmouth winner Capla Berry with a hefty 9 pound hit, but she is lightly raced , so not impossible. Ikebana runs in famous colours for a top stable and was expected to do much better on his comeback spin , but couldn’t get close enough on the fast turf and was given a lot to do anyway . The slower ground should help and I Like her chance.
½ pt win ikebana @ 6/1
2.50 Society Lion was the fav on his comeback spin and didn’t do badly at Newbury in quite a deep heat and better expected today down in trip .
½ pt win Society Lion @ 7/2
3.25 This has a winnable look to it with the prolific Rose Hip now on a testing mark and would prefer an extra furlong. The reliable Free Love ran well last time but the nod goes to the well treated Seen The lyte who could just outstay these with the likely strong pace a positive .
¼ pt win Seen The Lyte @ 13/2
4.00 Things haven’t dropped right for Broken Spear for a while but has still hinted there are races in him . He’s dropped to a good mark and is effective on the ground and this kind of C&D. Could well shock.
¼ pt ew Broken Spear @ 16/1
4.30 Despite the big field hard to get excited about the prospects of many in this and I’m with the lightly raced Zephyrina , successful on just her 2nd start last year and didn’t get any luck in running last time.
½ pt win Zephrynia @ 11/2
5.35 PREMIUM RACE
I’m just having a few plays in Ireland today , all in good races
3.40 Cork . a listed sprint for filiies and I’m firmly with recent winner Lady Penelope who only had to be pushed out to land a similar event at Naas beating the useful You’resobeautiful, who has a 3 pound pull and the longer trip will help, but lady Penelope is FAB.
½ pt win Lady Penelope @ 5/2
5.15 Cork. The group 3 Munster Oaks and the one to beat at the weights is the useful Search for A song who will be much better served by a return to this trip after her comeback spin , but it was a tame effort and connections feel the need to reach for a hood . true Self is a useful and tough mare who boasts good form over C&D and is not out of this . Loveisinthehigherlaw landed her first two starts impressively and then lost nothing in defeat when 4th in listed company on desperate ground . She resumed duties with a brave effort at Leopardstown and every chance this stiffer track and softer ground sees her running a big race . Both Snow and Vaxeni are lightly raced young stayers with the potential to do well , and not out of this .
½ pt ew Loveisinthehigherlaw @ 12/1
5.30 Fairyhouse – Another group 3 event and the fav is the useful Speak in Colours , a winner last time and a good chance at the ratings but is 0 from 2 at this longer trip so easy to look elsewhere. Soul Search looks much flattered by her lofty mark and didn’t impress last time landing just an Ok maiden.Smash Williams comes into this in good form and has a very decent chance at the weights. He’s more of a 6 furlong horse but this trip is OK and looks a very nice ew play.
½ pt ew Smash Williams @ 7/1