Selected Catterick – good ground on this sharp and undulating track. Rain is forecast so ground could soften a bit
12.05 As expected , the lightly raced Airgead Suas benefitted from the stiffer test of stamina last time winning well at Exeter and the 6 pound hit could have been harsher . Today’s longer trip is no issue for this ex-pointer and the ground unlikely to be an obstacle . This is a tricky track but coped well with similar circuits at shorter trips, so should be fine when her stamina kicks in late on . It’s a race for conditional jockeys and as Charlie Hammond is struggling for winners, just a small play. Both Maison D’Or and Mamoo bring all important track form to the table.
¼ pt win Airgead Suas @ 5/2
12.30 With the winners Genever Dragon and gold Desert carrying penalties, this looks a golden opportunity for Magna moralia, 2nd in both hurdle races and bumped into a decent one last time. Looks a very solid shortie.
¾ pt win Magna Moralia @ 4/5
1.13 This will take little winning and despite the back to form Armattiekan nudged up 4 pounds for a good 2nd at Sedgefield, he should be fine over C&D and another solid fav .
½ pt win Armattiekan @ evens
1.48 The classy Birchdale is streets ahead of these and a shock if he can’t justify 1/3 quotes with ease.
2.58 Red Giant put a series of disappointing efforts behind him with a fluent win at Sedgefield last time and despite the 7 pound hit, has been rated higher in the past, but as that win came out of the blue, hard to know what to expect today . the very wonderful Ask Paddy ended the season with 4 wins, 3 of them over C&d in the mud , but he needed his first few runs back last year and unlikely he’ll have his preferred deep ground and is now very high in the ratings. Justforjames is a capable well handicapped type who has won over C&D. His record running fresh is patchy but worth a dabble at such long odds.
1/4pt win Justforjames @ 14/1
Selected Ascot- soft ground on this stiff and galloping track
12.20 Pic D’Orrhy has experience over fences and at 150 , is rated 3 pounds higher than Chantry House on hurdles form , but his main rival is the odds on fav and despite having a bit to find at the ratings Up The Straight is no mug and likely to outrun his odds without being good enough .
2.05 Espoir De Guye looks the business after landing a double and was fancied for the Cheltenham Festival, where he ran well for a long way but was eventually pulled up. Whether it was the stiff penalty or the unique track is uncertain , we’ll be wiser today , but does still look a highly promising youngster .
½ pt win Espoir Du Guye @ 7/2
2.40 Buzz is the short priced fav after his good 3rd in the Welsh Champion Hurdle but deeper ground and a stiffer track look far from ideal .En Meme Temps worryingly has long breaks between his races but tends to run his race. He’s on a workable mark, fine on the ground and the C&D should suit. Rosie and Millie is another with claims.
¼ pt ew En Meme Temps @ 10/1
3.15 It’s not a deep race and despite a further nudge up the weights, hard seeing past the ultra consistent and prolific Mr Muldoon with no issues with ground or trip .
¾ pt win Mr Muldoon @ 11/4
3.45 This looks very winnable with both Apple Rock and My Lady Grey struggling off their present marks, Silver Nickel is consistent and shapes as if this longer trip will suit . Worth a dabble.
¼ pt ew Silver Nickel @ 7/1
Selected Chepstow- heavy ground on this undulating , galloping and quite stiff track
12.30 A weak novice hurdle and the fav in Gold Link is very hard to back after a distant 3rd last time, admittedly to a pair of useful ones. Calvario ran OK in bumpers last season and ran well for a long way on his comeback spin until weakening right out of it. Has his first run for Harry Whittington who does well with new intakes and could surprise .
½ pt win Calvario @ 15/2
1.05 These are all pretty closely matched on their hurdles ratings but 4 of the 5 return from very lengthy breaks so hard to be sure how they will shape up. Antunes has experience over fences and is race fit, should be enough .
½ pt win Antunes @ 5/4
1.40 Kapga De Lily was well supported when sluicing in at Bangor In the mud , but is 9 pounds higher and has an extra half mile to travel. No No Juliet was most consistent last season and better can be expected now she’s joined the top stable of Fergal O’Brien , but did need her first run back last year. Overawed is consistent and did well on her comeback spin when 2nd . has form at the track, trip and ground and could surprise .
¼ pt ew Overawed @ 8/1
2.15 Cyclops is yet another runner to be rekindled with the move to Tom Symonds and landed a chase here last time and switches to hurdles off an even lower mark . the smaller obstacles should be no problem but form on heavy is patchy. Chloe’s Court doesn’t know how to run a bad race but remains a maiden but the first time cheekpieces is big positive for the stable . She’s been easy to back today but goes on the ground and stays the trip .
¼ pt ew Chloes Court @ 14/1
2.50 The fav is the lightly raced enzo D’Airy who returned from a lengthy break to win well last time out, so a bit of an acid test if she can back that up returning to the track quickly . this is not a deep race so I’m trying one of the longshots in the front running Knight Destroyer who is not badly weighted and handles the mud.
¼ pt ew Knight Destroyer @ 20/1
4.00 PREMIUM RACE
No advice from Dundalk today . They’ve been racing there every few days of late and the ones with solid chances are just not turning up and plenty of unlikely winners. Giving it a swerve until the track settles .
Selected Newcastle – all weather- tapeta. The track is stiff and galloping
4.15 PREMIUM RACE
4.45 PREMIUM RACE
5.45 Kratos runs for a strong Southern stable and did little wrong on his debut over C&D recently coming a good 2nd. Quest For fun and Tiny damsel also ran well here on debuts but over a longer trip and they were both long odds for their races, suggesting the form is not up to much. There’s been money for Tributo , which is surprising for a stable not known for juvenile debut winners.
¾ pt win Kratos @ 9/4
6.15 PREMIUM RACE
7.15 This is wide open and with a cluster of front runners, nothing should have any excuses. The in form Tathmeen is now on an uncomfortably high mark as is Ballyare who broke his duck in emphatic style last time and now he’s won , could progress further . It’s good to see Lord Of The Sea back to his consistent self with 3 wins and 3 places in his last 6, but is up In the ratings and in grade and would do very well to go close again . There was little between Big Lachie and Modular Magic over C&D recently when both ran well and the nod to the latter off this well workable mark.
¼ pt ew Modular Magic @ 12/1
7.45 The only one with recent winning form is avenue of The Stars , who’s done well since joining Mike Appleby but I’d rather just watch this one off a stiff mark and returning from a 4 months break . Fair Alibi is rarely far away and effective over C&D. Worth a little dabble to notch a most overdue win .
¼ pt ew Fair Alibi @ 6/1
8.15 Arcavello is sure to bounce out and try to make all over a C&D he runs well , but wins have become very elusive , but in a weak finale taken to cling on.
¼ pt win Arcavello @ 5/2