Today’s Fortune for a fiver
15p ew Lucky 15 & 25p ew acc
Toe the Line 5.05 @ 9/2
Dark Intention 4.10 @ 11/2
Hot Hannah 2.00 @ 7/2
Medburn Cutler 4.20 @ 16/1
Selected The Curragh- soft ground on this undulating, stiff and galloping track
2.20 A Group 3 for 2o fillies and the shirt priced fav and most probable winner is Eziyra , who ran very well here over a ,longer trip giving the distinct impression that a return to shorter would suit. She is a most progressive type and has most to fear from English raider Grecian Light, who runs for Godolphin , and of course have a host of choices for this prestigious event, but her form doesn’t look as strong and this is her first try on soft. Perla de la Mer is 1 from 1 and won easily on soft ground, but would do very well to get close to the fav, who is too short for single.
2.50 A Group 3 sprint and the shirt priced fab fav is th bang in form The Happy Prince, whose rating has soared of late because of a couple of much improved runs, but Looking at those events, he could have been in the right place at the right time and there are plenty of dangers here. He’s going to try and make all today and has a pretty good make up , but I’m with English raider La Rioja, whose rating has dropped of late , but she hasn’t had her ideal conditions at all. The Henry Candy stable has been pretty active of late suggesting they are aiming for an Autumn campaign, and may just kick off here. You couldn’t rule any of the field out safely.
¼ pt ew La Rioja @ 8/1
3.25 Looks good for Capri in this 2yo Group 2, but too short for a single at odds on
3.55 The Amateur riders Derby and I’m trying to find a soft ground lover, on a decent mark, who’ll get the trip, is drawn well and has a decent jockey and the closest I can get is the lightly raced Biblioteca, who has her first try in handicap and the excellent Katie Walsh rides from a great draw.
¼ pt ew Biblioteca @ 25/1
4.30 PREMIUM RACE
5.05 A stayers listed event for fillies and mares and the very wonderful Jennies Jewel returns to the track and she is an absolute star with terrifically gutsy wins in the mud over hurdles and on the flat. She would do realy well to win today against some classy types, but certainly wont fail for effort. Forgotten Rules is the highest rated but returns after a year off and hadly had a great time of it last season. Toe the Line has a win and 2nd in this even ton her C&D and warned up for this with a good run over a trip far too short. She looks cast iron ew,
¾ pt ew Toe the Line @ 9/2
5.35 PREMIUM RACE
Selected Musselburgh- good ground on a flat and pretty quick track
2.00 A most winnable nursery and it gives the likeable Hot Hannah a very solid chance. She’s run well in all of her recent starts and was a close 4th off a slightly lowr mark at catterick from a bad draw. She is drawn well today and this is a golden chance against some modest rivals.
¾ pt win Hot Hannah @ 7/2
3.05 PREMIUM RACE
3.35 Hawatif knocked up a quick double during Summer including awin at Glorious Good wood. She has not showed the same form since, but this is much easier and is better when able to get close to the front early on , and will have no excuses today is able to take them along.
¾ p win hawatif @ 6/1
4.10 Marsh pride did well to get the better of Lincoln Rocks over C&D last time and at the revised weights it will be mighty close between this likeable pair. Both like to go with the pace and thare aren’t many with that idea today, but both have been unlucky in the draw and could easily use it too much petrol in the early stages. NInetta also likes to front run and is well drawn and well handicapped, but could still with a few more pounds off. Dark Intention is a most likeable type who sees this trip out really well but will and a strong pace to chase , which is entirely possible today. She ws foiled by Lincoln Rocks over C&D last time out and remains on the same mark and has a great draw. Sophie P storm3d home by 8 lengths last time but that was in the Ayr mud and on much better ground , she looks sure to struggle off this high mark.
½ pt ew Dark Intention
4.45 & 5.15
A couple of low grade handicaps were all the runners find winning tough and it’s very much what happens on the day. Two easy races to swerve
Epsom – probably good ground on this undulating and tricky track
2.10 A really tough opener with many of these 2yos having a chance on their best form and every runner has a few more positives than negatives and I’ll be happy to still be in the placepot with so many ifs and buts
2.40 A Class 3 for 2yos and worth taking a chance om Max Zorin, who was well backed at Chester last time out and won with a great deal of authority , and that win gives hopes that this tight track will also suit. The fav is Medieval whose rating could be mightly flattering as it came in small field in Deauville while the drying ground is no use for mud loving Star of Rory. Defoe is impossoble to assess as he is 1 from 1 which came in a weak looking maiden on the Ffos las mud.
½ pt win Max Zorin @ 15/1
3.15 A reaaly tough handicap and again you can make a case for most of thes on their best form, but I’m with Rotherwick , who is never far away off this mark and surely one of thse is going to fall his way soon
¼ pt ew Rotherwick @ 9/1
3.45 PREMIUM RACE
4.20 THE Apprentice Derby and another wide open affair. Of late it has paid to be close to the pace at Epsom which reduces the chance of the progressive Senza Un aDonna , who is areal hold up type having his first try at this track and also testimonio who is 1 from 1 and did that coming from the back and his jockey has not ridden a winner all year ! Medburn Cutler is a most reliable type and is very well drawn to take these along which he did for the jumps jockeys Derby over C&D and came 3rd, just behind Jupiter Custos, who sadly has been put up 4 pounds and that makes life very hard . Medburn Cutler has one of the better jockeys in the field in Tom Marquand and is a very lively longshot
½ pt ew Medburn Cutler @ 16/1
4.55 Cape banjo has been to the well 10 times and still has to ring the victory bell , but has come 2nd 6 times and last time out failed by only ahead off amark of 78. This surly has to be his day as the Godophin horse Aldrin is going up in trip by quite a lot.
¾ pt win Cape Banjo @ 15/8
5.25 This is highly winnable with very few having a clear chance. Black Bess has C&D winning form which is always a plus here and returns after a short break. She’swell drawn to get an ideal handy pitch and though on a challenging mark, the other factors make her the one to beat. First experience improved last time for an all the way ride, but will find that tough from a tricky draw. Alyaa is hard to catch right but is useful when things drop right and is 1 from 1 at this track and looked good that day.
¼ pt win Black Bess @ 4/1