Today’s Fortune for a fiver
3 £1 doubles & £1 ew treble
Roksana 2.45 @ 2/1
Mc gowan’s Pass 3.27 @ 2/1
Kings knight 3.50 @ 4/1
Selected Newmarket – heavy ground on this undulating , galloping and stiff track
11.50 The consistent Urban Violet could well put her experience to good use and handles both soft ground and the track but newcomer Mused has been well supported and worth a dabble.
¼ pt win Muser @ 11/4
12.20 William Haggas runs three newcomers , all with positive jockey bookings but both Copper Queen and ghumana have proven themselves at the trip and ground. The latter looked like sluicing in last time , but was found out by the extra furlong , down in trip can make his experience tell.
¼ pt win Ghumana @ 10/3
1.30 The Consistent Noble dawn ran very well in the Ponty mud so today’s test should hold no fears . He’s three pounds higher but should still be in the mix and in this contest a very nice ew play .
½ pt ew Noble Dawn @ 9/1
2.05 Alba rose has the best form but never tried deep ground so preference for the consistent mystery Angel with no issues with ground or C&D, one of only two rides here today for Dettori .
½ pt win Mystery Angel @ 10/3
2.40 Headman is clearly the one to beat at the weights but his only run this season wasn’t a great one at all and that was 4 months ago. The veteran Air Pilot is still a useful type and this former mulit group winner in the mud is still rated a lofty 104. He doesn’t race often nowadays but this is his ground and in 6 runs here has a win and 4 places !
¼ pt ew Air Pilot @ 6/1
3.15 Stormy Atlantic is the one to beat at the weights and is a mud lover , but last two runs were way below his best . There are question marks about most of these acting on the ground so worth trying the ex-French Graignes after his good 4th of 18 In the Ascot mud from a bad draw and an uninspirational ride.
¼ pt ew Graignes @ 8/1
3.50 the fav is the lightly raced Aspiration , but he only landed a modest maiden last time and looking at his profile , this could come a bit soon and also has stamina to prove . I much prefer the chance of the lightly raced kings knight only a pound higher for a good 2nd behind useful yardstick Captain whitehead at Lingfield on good ground and previously a winner at the stiff Beverley on soft ground, so conditions will suit this prominent and willing racer .
¾ pt win King’s Knight @ 4/1
Selected Ayr- heavy ground on this flat and galloping track
12.32 Preference is for Castle Rushen who ran really well in two bumpers here last season, one on heavy ground beating a very decent Irish horse .
½ pt win castle Rushen @ 11/8
1.07 A tricky small field chase and the fav Cavalry scout would do well to win down in trip, up in the weights and needed his first run back last year .The usually reliable Katalystic can be forgiven a lesser effort in higher grade last time and gets the nod.
¼ pt win Katalystic @ 10/3
1.42 Most of these are having their comeback spins and have no good record running fresh , the exception is the lightly raced of late Pougne Bobbi , an excellent 2nd on his return to racing after a long break but predictably failed to back that up next time and chances are he’ll run his race again off a very good mark .
¼ pt ew Pougne Bobbi @ 7/1
2.17 PREMIUM RACE
2.52 Quite a few prolific and reliable types here but all on testing marks and a bit to prove first time back . Ardera Cross showed a lot more last time, which was going to happen as he’s plummeted in the ratings . he won this last year off an 11 pound higher mark in the mud and then backed that up with another big run over C&D on heavy . New jockey today so just a small play .
¼ pt ew Ardera Cross @ 6/1
3.27 Mcgowan’s Pass was awesome winning over C&d on his comeback spin over C&D and held his form really well in two subsequent seconds off this mark and looks good to start he season with another win .
¾ pt win McGowan’s Pass @ 2/1
Just having the one play at Ascot – a very tricky card and hard to find the one with the edge . Most races have runners with very equal chances
My play is in the 3.40 but is for Members only
Selected Wetherby – good to soft on this flat and galloping track
12.25 Very few here make much appeal and understandable that financial outcome is the fav after a good 2nd on his comeback spin up 2 pounds but a good 7 pound claimer rides.
½ pt win financial Outcome @ 5/2
1.35 PREMIUM RACE
2.10 The classy mare Verdana Blue is certainly the one to beat at the ratings , with around a 20 pound cushion over the rest but the warning signs are there. She’s been lightly raced of late which is not a good sign and ran way below par last time and today’s softer ground not ideal so there could be a shock in this snd I’m with the tough and talented front running Rosie and millie who did little wrong last season and a very lively longshot .
½ pt ew Rosie And Millie @ 16/1
2.45A Grade 2 stayers hurdle and shock World Hurdle winner Lisnager Oscar heads the weights but this C&d is unlikely to play into his strengths and this should be the useful mare Roksana’s day .
¾ pt win Roksana @ 2/1
3.20 PREMIUM RACE
3.55 A massive field for this handicap and plenty have good claims but I’ve been watching Henrietta Bell of late and this well handicapped mare will be staying on when the rest have had enough in a race likely to be run at a strong pace.
½ pt ew Henrietta Bell @ 11/1
No advice from Down Royal
Selected Wolver – all weather – tapeta
4.30 Quite a decent nursery for starters and not easy to solve . The fav is the in form and penalised Dewey Road and unproven at the trip or the surface. Aerion Power comes here on the back of two solid runs at this trip and fairly weighted on those runs but the top stable has an awful record with juveniles here. Neptunes Wonder is interesting at a price for a top stable that does well here but is badly drawn as is Dark Company , but worth risking this one after two good runs and could be on a good mark .
¼ pt win Dark Company @ 9/2
5.00 Frow comes here on a 4 timer and aims for the C&D hat-trick . This is not a deep race but he is a very hefty 8 pounds higher for his latest win .Giant Steps has yet to ring the victory bell but ha run some solid races over C&d off this mark and maybe Oisin Murphy can nurse him home .
¼ pt win Giant steps @ 4/1
5.30 Lucifer bounced back to form with a cosy win over C&d and the 3 pound hit could have been worse , but is badly drawn and not known for consistency so at around 6/4 no appeal . Josiebond is holding her form well and is proven over C&D . Nice ew play .
¼ pt ew Josiebond @ 8/1
6.00 The veteran Misu Pete can still cut a dash and is effective over C&D. He’s better drawn than of late and would hate to miss him at long odds in a race where the majority of the field have become hard to win with . The exception is recent winner Fivehundred miles , but the penalty and surface switch makes the double tough .
¼ pt ew Misu Pete @ 25/1
6.30 Dark devil and Potters question both have good form over C&D but both find it tough to nail a race but as the latter has had far less chances , could be his day .
¼ pt win Potters Question @ 7/2
7.00 A rarity for this card , a number of runners in good form and plenty effective over C&D. The fav is the in form Fitzrovia but is trying this surface for the first time . All of Kenstone, Beatybeatybeat and the badly drawn Hurricane Ali have good recent form over C&D and Bell heather can also be given a squeak but the nod goes to the in form whatwouldyouknow , 2nd here the last twice off around this mark and longer trip could be the key .
¼ pt ew Whatwouldyouknow @ 6/1
7.30 Bayston Hill was well held over C&D off this mark recently while Enmeshing showed zilch on his recent comeback spin . kirtling is holding his form well over C&D but the form is not as strong as International Law And the gritty Lady Elisia who fought out the finish over C&d recently but the latter can get revenge at the revised weights . She is very tough in the finish .
½ pt ew Lady Elisia @ 9/2