15p ew Lucky 15 & 25p ew acc
Almagest 2.55 @ 8/1
Kings Fontaine 3.30 @ 9/2
Al Khan 5.00 @ 5/1
Like a Prayer 5.30 @ 6/1
Ayr – probably good to firm on this flat and galloping track
1.40 Most of these 2yos have been running on softer ground , and their programmes suggest that this is their preference, so the likes of market fancies: Guanabara Bay, Pennock and In My Place could struggle today. In Ken’s memeory won on her debut ,which is always a very good sign , and that was on good ground. She has then ha some stiff tasks and can be excused below pat runs as they were either over longer trips or soft ground. She’s a prominent racer and Mark Johnston continues to bang in the winners. This race is there for the taking
¾ pt win In Kens Memory @ 7/1
2.10 Quite a lot of pace on and a more competitive nursery. The early pacers are all drawn on the favoured stands rails and this is where the race will develop. Swanton Blue has slightly the strongest form and the stable has come a long way for this with only their 4th ever runner at the track. Danny Tudhope is a very positive jockey booking
¾ pt win Swanton Blue @ 4/1
2.45 Lydiate is the short priced fav here but her debut 4th came in a very ordinary affair at Catterick. We’ve done well this season following Anne Duffield’s 2yos and she introduces Rathvale here, who is worth a small play at long odds.
¼ pt win Rathvale @ 14/1
3.15 PREMIUM RACE
3.50 The very tough, genuine and progressive The Wee Barra goes for the hat-trick but this is the aci test for her off a 6 pound higher mark, going left handed and trying t lead this all the way from a poor draw.Oriental Tiger ran a stormer here in better class but did benefit from the srong pace in that good contest. Today;s pace is unlikelt to be strong here to get him into contention. The two 3yo fillies in the field , Belle Travers and Bright Flash are both running well enough to go close and I giove the nod to the latter who promised to be suited to this longer trip.
¼ pt ew Bright Flash @ 13/2
4.25 PREMIUM RACE
5.00 The best race of the day, an excellent Class 3 handicap and as usual it’s very tricky with so many yo-yoing in the weights. Edgar Balthazar is a grand sort and this improving 3yo won over C&D last time out with great authority. It’s much harder today massively up in the weights and in class and also from a bad draw. Al Khan ran a cracker here at the Big meeting to claim 2nd in a similar event. He’s up a few pounds for that effort , but he always runs this C&D very well and the drying ground will suit.Classy veteran Mount Ras wont appreciate the drop in trip.
¾ pt ew Al Khan @ 5/1
5.30 Irish raider Like a Prayer ran a blinder over C&D last time when just touched off by the liekable Mr Sundowner, but with a 6 pound pull in the weigths, a much better draw and Danny Tudhope in the saddle looks good not only for revenge but for the win.Opt Out stepped up last time out over C&D, but that did come a bit out of the blue and he’s not known for consistency.
¾ pt ew Like A Prayer @ 6/1
Worcester- probably good ground on this flat and galloping track
2.00 PREMIUM RACE
2,35 A pretty weak handicap chase and even though My Nosy Rosy is much higher in the weights for a recent win, she will probably have the run of the race up front and the jockey is one is the more capable riders in thus race for amateur jockeys. Ashcott Boy has great record here but he is hard to keep sound hence his irregular racing programme, while The Informant is usually kept to tiger tracks and may well find this expansive track not to his liking.
¼ pt win Ny Nosy Rosey @ 7/2
3.05 Wishful Dreaming is the odd on fav here but is only one of a number of likely improvers . These are Basilic Dalene, Bekkinsfirsth and Rushvale , also Johnjo O Neill introduces expensive newcomer All In Favour and Barry Geraghty is booked. You would be abit mad going in on the fav at odds on in this contest, even if it does win ! I’m with Northandsouth whose only run over hurdles was a respectable distance behind such talented types as Glinderburn, Relik Rock and NOviark. There is nothing of that calibre in this and worth a small play.
¼ pt ew Northandsouth @ 33/1
3.40 Bar A Mine continues to disappoint and this looks a match between Church Field and Tijori, but at the odds , it’s easy to swerve this claimer
4.15 What a Laugh is a grand sort and comes here on a 5 timer, but 4 of those wins were in points and the other in ahunter chase, so he is dropping down appreciable in trip and this is a hurdles race, so he would do exceptionally well to get the win.While You Wait did very well on his reappearance when 2nd over C&D, but is one of those I don’t like , who is very sparingly raced and can throw in bad ones without any warning. I’m with Ink Master trained by the top handler Philip Hobbs. He had some stiff tasks in decent nivice hurdles last season and ran well to a point inhis only handicap race.With the others making little appeal on form , worth a small play.
¼ pt win Ink Master @ 7/2
4.50 Fingerontheswitch looks the type to do well this season and is the short priced fav in this stayers novice hurdle. However the likes of Ballybane and Ballydine have also showed that they can be aforce this season for their big stables.
Exeter- probably good ground on this undualiting, galloping and stiff track
2.25 Milord only has short seasonal programmes nowadays and retirns to handicap company off a very good mark. This C&D shuld suit and he does go well fresh.The Kim Bailey stable remains in excellent form.
¾ pt win Milord @ 4/1
2.55 Shalianzi has turned over a new leaf after a series if disappointing efforts and returns after a 7 week break on a hat-trick. The absence is a bit is a bit of a worry but the Gary Moore stable have come some way for this at a track they have enjoyed success before. He’s up again in the weights but this longer trip and test of stamina looks sure to suit. However anither who should be well sited to today’s stamina test is Almagest. An 80 rated 2mile stayer on the flat, he has to be of great interest today off a mark of only 102, which gives him about a stone in hand on his best flat form.He’s sone well enough in only a few hurdle races to suggest that this could be his day. The drying ground us very much against Our Folly while A Hairy Koala has not been in the best of form of late.
¾ pt ew Almagest @ 8/1
3.30 A most winnable stayers chase.Kasbadali hasnlt had much racing in the last few seasons and despite the drop in weights and in class is still not finishing his races off. I’m In Charge is a a very likeable type but all of his best form is at the fkat track at Wincanton, so today;s track is a big worry. I’m with the once useful Kings Fontaine. A few seasons ago he was competing well in some of the best marathon races around, so did well to win at Fontwell last time out at this trip, Today; stiffer track is very much in his favour and he can outstay these in a very winnable contest.
1pt win Kings Fountain @ 9/2
4.05 The last time we saw ballycoe was 11 months ago , and it was a most forgettable run. It’s also worrying that the Champion Stable have taken this long to get him back on the track. All 4 of these have negatives and an easy race to avoid.
4.40 Abijdan did it well when last seen and should double up here, but doesn’y look bombproof at odds on, but there’s no e alternative
5.10 Bullerproof comes here on a gat-trick and the excellent Sean Bowen rides in this conditional jockeys handicap but his two wins at newton Abbot is hardly a good warm up for ago at Exeter off a 7 pound higher mark.Prettyasapicture won this last season but has gone considerably backwards since. Not a race to get involved in
CHelmsford City – all weather –polytrack
6.10 Probably the best race for a bet tonight. Lady Neyef stepped up considerably last time out over this C&D with a close 2nd in a very decent nursery. She led tat all the way and only just got caight by one which is competitive presently off a much higher mark. The form is rock solid and though she isn’t well drawn, there is precious little early pace in the race and she looks for an all the way win. Novantae has a decent level of form but it’s on soft turf and doesn;t have a polytrack pedigree. The only other of note is Just Fab who is entitled to improve for her Ok debut , but that was on tapeta and all she was doing was staying on late .
1pt win Lady Nayef @ 5/2
6.40 At the weigths , this weak claimer should concern Not so gentle and Royal Pearl, but on their pedigrees, Royal Pearl is a very doubtful stayer and Not so gentle may not be so good on this surface. CaptainGerals ran his best ever race here, and while he is disadvantaged by some way at the weights. There are sufficet doubts about the favs to encourage a small play
¼ pt ew Captain Gerald @ 8/1
7.10 Shifting Moon goes for the 4 timer and while she’s up a lot in the weights and in class, she has been winning easily and is respected. Front Five had been shaping very much like this longer trip will suit and is another to consider. Cotton Club is a likeable sort who has taken his form to a new level since trying this kind of trip. He looks a great re bet with the rest of the field being plenty high in the weights .
½ pt ew Cotton Club @ 7/1
7.40 A Class 3 and some decent , if out of form types take part. Both Grandisar and Fure Fighting are weighted to fight this one out , but neither are really running that well. I’m with Bin Dandy, who has a it ti fond at these weights, but she is a regulat here, has inproved since tacking this longer trip, she is likely to get the run of the race being the only regular front runner and she has SDSriding. We have witnessed many times around this Essex track. SDS riding all the way winners. The tip is a real trier and of course so is the jockey.
½ pt ew Bin Dandy @ 11/2
8.10 Tarttooe has the best chance in this maiden , but there are a few in the field who are quietly progressive and I’m swerving this
8.40 A very tough finale . Spectator looks the one to beat, but this is his first try at this track and he’s got the worst of the draw besides being bunged up the handicap. The Dukerrer finally got it right last time and that can be attributed to trying this trip. He’s up quite a lot in the weights too, but does have a good draw. He just got the better of Jersey Cream, whi is also uo in the weights. A right old puzzle .