Today’s Fortune for a fiver
50p ew Trixie & 50p ew treble
Firewater 1.00 @ 7/1
Cold Stare 1.40 @ 4/1
Prince Imperial 4.00 @ 12/1
Selected Haydock – very soft ground on this flat and galloping track .
1.00The key factor is the very soft ground, unlikely to suit the fav, the consistent Cozone , but all of the downgraded and capable Aweedram , Molinari and Firewater will appreciate getting their toe in . I was very sweet on the chance of Firewater last time on similar ground but was withdrawn , for what reason I can’t find out , but he is certainly proven on deep ground, very consistent , goes well fresh , on a workable mark and has run well over C&D,so plenty of important boxes ticked, just this nagging doubt about his absence last time . I’ve talked myself out of good priced winners before !
½ pt ew Firewater @ 7/1
2.05 The fav is the useful Dandalla, who has a comfortable buffer at the weights and proven on thw ground but the first time tongue tie is not a positive for the stable and best runs have come on stiff tracks . The useful Last Empire ran well in this last year and her comeback spin was pretty tidy coming 2nd at Nottingham , with Ventura Diamond just behind , but should confirm form on slightly better terms . Mamba Wamba is a tough and honest type who will run another good race without probably being good enough while the lightly raced Twilight Spinner will find this much tougher than the modest maiden she won last time .
½ pt win Last Empire @ 5/2
3.50 The bookies look to have got this right making this a match between the in form pair of Arctic Emperor and Hoodwinker , both proven on the ground and the C&D should be fine, but the latter ha slightly stronger form .
¼ pt win Hoodwinker @ 13/8
4.25 The short priced fav is recent 2nd Wink of An Eye and has showed Ok form In the mud, but the 5 pound hit is harsh . Dr T J Eckleburg is a consistent soul and ran well at this trip on easy ground at Ripon , so worth an ew play .
¼ pt ew Dr T J Eckleburg @ 7/1
Selected Goodwood – good to soft on this undulating , sharp and tricky track
1.40 The fav is the luckless Dulas , after two good seconds but a nudge in the ratings and slightly up in grade wont help and enjoyed a bit of a soft lead at Chester last time , which is unlikely today . The likely strong pace is a Godsend for the capable late playing and in form Cold Stare , who has a soft ground win over C&D off a higher mark on his CV .
½ pt win Cold Stare @ 4/1
2.15 Few of these fillies are exposed in this Class 1 and the capable Nash Nasha looks overpriced for her chance as the drop in trip looks a positive .
¼ pt e w Nash Nasha @ 7/1
4.00 This looks wide open but there is a pretty short priced fav in the ex-French East asia , who sluiced in on easy ground at Newbury In his first race for Ian Williams , but is up 5 pounds and has to travel half a mile further on a tricky track , so enough concerns there. Prince Imperial ran well here last time , just behind Orin Swift and Solar Screen but the softer ground is a big positive and the longer trip should help too , as will the very likely strong pace with a clutch of prominent racers .
½ pt ew Prince Imperial @ 12/1
4.35 Batraan comes here on the back of a narrow win at Nottingham but the 3 pound hit wont help and softer ground an unknown . Virginia Plane and For adaay dead heated on the Lingfield polytrack last time , and are handicapped to reproduce that result but the former is proven on the ground and gets the nod . The reliable Hotaleena won narrowly at Thirsk last time and the 2nd horse did little for the form next time , but it did come on soft ground , so not out of it .
¼ pt win Virginia Plane @ 4/1
Selected Bath – good ground on this sharp but stiff track
1.20 Sarah’s Verse is 2 from 2 over C&d and was a easy winner for Premium Tip Members over C&d last time , coming off a strong pace and striding clear , but this may not be as straight forward in a smaller field with no assured front runner and the 5 pound hit a worry and there’s a change of jockey . The luckless Bluebell Time was only just touched off by Sarah’s Verse two starts back and is narrowly better handicapped, but she too is a late player . Victory Rose is the most likely front runner and this capable sort gets the nod .
¼ pt win Victory Rose @ 4/1
1.50 An odds on fav In Chattura , who was backed to make a winning debut but still ran well to be 4th but the quality of form is only similar to both Haymaker and Showdiemlad . Nice race to watch .
2.25 PREMIUM RACE
3.35 It looked an ordinary maiden at Thirsk when Moment of Beauty ran an encouraging 5th , but the winner has gone close in Group company, the 2nd was 2nd in the Oaks trial won by the 4th at Thirsk and the 3rd and 6th have also run well since . This stiffer test looks sure to suit and the stable has a terrific record here. Odds are relatively generous .
¾ pt win Moment of Beauty @ 2/1
4.10 PREMIUM RACE
Selected Worcester – probably good to soft on this flat and galloping track
5.40 The drop in trip is no help whatsoever for the back to form Imperial Acolyte while Go As You Please has been nudged up the weights for a 2nd in a modest race last time . That gives this race a winnable look and leads me to the well handicapped Meteorite , who hasn’t impressed with his jumping but ran pretty well last time and the drop in trip will suit .
¼ pt win Meteorite @ 4/1
6.10 On official ratings Jatiluwih is clearly the one to beat, but if he’s capable of reaching that mark is another thing . He returned from a long break with a facile win in a soft ground Open , but was pulled up next time when odds on , 2nd race back after a break . He remains very risky and is up against two useful pointers in the front running and ultra consistent Marcle Ridge who gets the nod over another useful and prolific type in Wishing and Hoping .
¼ pt win Marcle Ridge @2/1
6.40 PREMIUM RACE
Selected Catterick – very soft ground on this undulating and sharp track
5.45 Both Lucy Liu and Ellade won on debut but both have the dreaded penalty and both new to soft ground . Poppy Petal did well on her debut over C&D in the mud and that gives her an edge .
¼ pt win Poppy Petal @ 7/4
6.20 A weak selling handicap and despite a stiff 4 pound penalty for an all the way win at Beverley on fast ground, Kodimoor is well drawn for a front runner , has won here and goes on soft ground . Good chance of making all.
½ pt win Kodimoor @ 9/4
6.50 The once useful Terentum Star hadn’t been showing much but was well supported last time off a much reduced mark and made no mistake at Beverley on easy ground. The 4 pound hit is no real issue and the longer trip and softer ground both in his favour, but hasn’t shone here in the past , but this isn’t a big ask .
¼ pt win Terentum Star @ 11/2
7.50 Soul Seeker found the rise in the ratings just too much in his hat-trick bid and this easy track may well not suit . Ehrmann went down narrowly over C&D last time In the mud with a few in form types behind and off the same mark looks a solid fav .
½ pt win Ehrmann @ 5/4
8.20 The fav is the successful hurdler Floating Rocks , who’s on a very good mark but showed little recently in a Thirsk maiden , but today’s longer trip will suit but he will find the ground soft enough . Bollin Neil has a good record here in the mud and is preferred .
¼ pt win Bollin Neil @ 7/2
8.50 PREMIUM RACE