50p ew Trixie & 50p ew treble
Binyon 1.00 @ 12/1
Vulcan 4.05 @ 5/1
Our Man in Havana 2.50 @ 7/1
The delicious double
£2.50 ew double
Viva Voce 1.30 @ 4/1
Pastafact 3.25 @ 11/2
Selected Haydock – soft ground on this flat and galloping track
1.00Elham Valley only won a seller last time and his new stable has a rotten record with new intakes. The fav is the lightly raced Bellatrixsta , but there’s a question mark over this longer trip and returns from a break. Binyon comes here on the back of two seconds off around this mark and looks a very nice ew play with trip and ground no issue .
½ pt ew Binyon @ 12/1
1.30 Prior to his last race ,Viva Voce has only run twice , both times on the all weather , and didn’t look to be of much interest returning from a lengthy break in a soft ground Redcar handicap , off what looked just a fair mark , but he won the race at long odds, giving the rest of the field a start and when he made his move in the final furlong, just drew away for a long looking 5 lengths win . He has a massive 9 pound penalty , but as he’s so lightly raced and so impressive at this trip in the mud last time , is taken for the double against mostly exposed rivals. There’s a few front runners so he’ll have an ideal strong pace to chase.
½ pt win Viva Voce @ 4/1
2.00 This looks very much a match between Barney’s Bay and rich Dream who both ran to a similar level of form on their debuts at this trip , but as the former is proven on the ground, gets the nod .
½ pt win Barney Bay @ 9/4
2.30 The lightly raced Tacitly runs for a top stable in the Frankel colours and despite being 3 pounds higher for his C&d win last time , is lightly raced and there is more to come, but short enough in the market. Zip is in terrific form and wont be far away with C&D and ground suiting . The front running Sermon could struggle to dominate from a wide draw and soft ground at this trip could catch him out .
¼ pt ew Zip @ 5/1
3.00 Really is wide open
4.05 The consistent Vulcan comes here on the back of two good runs at this trip , mark and ground and this could finally be his day .
½ pt ew Vulcan @ 5/1
4.40 Another race where it’s hard to find the right one with all of frozen waters, evening Spirit and Perfect Swiss ticking plenty of boxes , but no value around .
Selected Doncaster – good ground on this flat and galloping track
1.10 Logician is a career 5 from 5 , culminating in last year’s St Leger . He worried the life out of everyone during the Winter coming down with a severe illness but thankfully , that’s now over . He’s frightened off the opposition and has only one rival and is 1/10 to succeed. Would I be throwing my million on to nab an easy £100, 000, no thanks.
1.40 PREMIUM RACE
2.10 The pair which catch the eye are the fav in Zabeel Queen ,who looked very good on debut and lilac Road who broke the 2yo record over C&D last time, so has to be a player at juicy odds .
¼ pt ew Lilac Road @ 10/1
2.40 PREMIUM RACE
3.15 This is wide open but the drying ground is no use to the prolific Monica Sheriff . All of the rest will have their supporters and I’m very undecided .
3.45 PREMIUM RACE
4.15 Very tricky finale with so many capable is willing to put their best foot forward , which makes it understandable that the lightly raced Fresh is warm order .
Selected Chepstow – good ground on this undulating , galloping and quite stiff track
2.50 Our Man in Havana nailed a deserved win over C&D from the front and has his form well since off a slightly higher mark. Doesn’t have to lead to run well and a very nice ew play .
½ pt ew Our Man in Havana @ 7/1
3.25 Pastafact has been rated much higher in the past but comes here on a C&D hat-trick, both times starting slowly but coming home quick and in this modest heat , taken to land the hat-trick off just a 2 higher mark .Under Curfew has no penalty for a rare win last time but the longer trip doesn’t help .
½ pt win Pastafact @ 11/2
3.55 The drying ground wont help the likeable and capable Eye on the water, but still has good claims . The 5 pound hit wont help Handytalk while the consistent Gambon has become very hard to win with . The ultra consistent Lady Celia is only a pound higher for another good run last time but drying ground an issue , but not out of this competitive heat . Bounty Pursuit is a most likeable type and in 5 runs here has 2 wins and 2 places and as usual, has been competitive this season despite the stiff mark . The drop in trip is not a major issue and another good run likely .
¼ pt ew Bounty Pursuit @ 10/1
4.30 Not a deep nursery and the short priced fav is Vivacious Boy , who stepped up considerably last time when 2nd at Haydock first time in a handicap and just about worth a play at the odds. Holbache has run well off this mark and trip but switches from the all weather .
¼ pt win Vivacious Boy @ 9/4
5.05 Wiff Waff has found his mojo off a much reduced mark and comes here on a hat-trick , but the 5 pound could catch him out The reliable David’s Beauty is a 5 time C&d Winner and despite a tough mark, this front runner could take a bit of catching in a modest heat .
¼ pt ew David’s Beauty @ 5/1
5.40 Any number of contenders in a maiden easy to swerve
Selected Chelmsford City – all weather polytrack
6.00 Newcomer Desert Rose’s already costly price tag of £100,000 as a foal , zoomed to £200,000 as a yearling , so has to be a player at fair odds .
¼ pt win Desert Rose @ 11/4
6.30 A bigger ask for Lilkian up in the ratings and from a bad draw while recent wolver winner Pretty Lady has a bit to prove switching surface under a stiff penalty . The front running Sir rodneyredblood could have been drawn better and is on a stiff mark, but is a winnable race is preferred .
¼ pt ew Sir Rodneyredblood @ 8/1
7.00 Cehman is only on a fair mark but effective on the surface and trip and gets the nod with the good draw .
¼ pt win Cehman @ 10/3
7.30 The flying Drakefell ran well at Southwell after a long break, and is effective on this surface, but this is a quick turnaround and could bounce . The admirable veteran Watchable continues to run very well and not out of this at all off a workable mark . Benny and the Jets is on a tough mark and more potent on tapeta .
¼ pt win Watchable @ 11/2
8.00 The in form Affair will find this tougher with a penalty for not even winning while Cheng Gong returns from a break for a new stable and off a stiff mark . Lauberhorn Rocket is effective over C&D, on an Ok mark and comes here in good shape, but not renowned for consistency .
¼ pt win Lauderhorn Rocket @ 11/2
8.30 The Donny win has done Harbour Flight the world of good as he did extremely well last time at Wolver , when coming home like the clappers off this new mark He’s far more effective when racing prominently and goes very well here , but short enough at the odds and preference for the back to form Colonel Whitehead .
¼ pt win Colonel Whitehead @ 5/1
Chelmsford City placepot