Today’s Fortune for a fiver
50p ew Trixie & 50p ew treble
Delegate The lady 3.10 @ 6/1
Rhubarb Bikini 2.00 @ 11/1
Turquoise Kingdom 5.15 @ 3/1
Selected Catterick – good ground on this undulating and sharp track
1.00The long odds on fav is Sweeping who aims to break his duck after some highly creditable runs in much higher grade and is clearly the form horse , but despite Archie Watson having a good record here , the fav doesn’t all strike as one being well suited to this tricky track and I’m happy to have an ew on longshot Moonbi , a running on 4th over C&D last time .
½ pt ew Moonbi @ 20/1
1.35 The lightly raced Entwistle ran to a level in excess of his opening handicap mark when a clear winner over C&d last time and only drying ground can prevent the double in a modest field .
½ pt win Entwhistle @ 2/1
2.10 Hard to get excited about the prospects of many here and question marks surround recent Wolver winner Signore Piccollo with a stiff penalty and up in trip . sfumato runs this C&d really well and comes here on the back of another C&D win , when as usual was played late and effectively with Alsvinder and The Grey Bay a few lengths back. The 5 pound hit will test , but did win cosily and the double looks on .
¼Th pt win Sfumato @ 11/4
2.45 Only 3 go but Berry Street goes up significantly in trip and his recent win came on soft ground on a stiff track ,but as he’s so lightly raced , can’t rule out entirely . Eclispse de Lunar is struggling to get a win on the board and is a very unlikely stayer . Fandabidozi is consistent , if frustrating but is proven on the ground and trip off around this mark and is likely to make all, and could well go all the way .
½ pt win Fandabidozi @ 9/4
3.20 Morty has a stiff 5 pound penalty for landing an uncompetitive selling handicap yesterday while recent winner Fossos has been unlucky in the draw. Veteran Lucky Beggar is rarely far away and runs this C&D well and could nick this having a rare run in a 0-55.
¼ pt win Lucky Beggar @ 5/1
3.55 There was plenty of money for True Romance ( One of my favourite films ever ) , on his first try for Neil Mulholland , just doing enough at Bath and the 3rd horse has sluiced in since . Up 3 pounds but this C&d winner looks a very solid fav .
½ pt True Romance @ 2/1
Selected Chelmsford City – all weather – polytrack
1,25 Despite Noonie bringing the best form to the table , the short priced fav is the Godolphin filly With The Moonlight , a beaten fav on debut at Newmarket , but still ran well and is very much bred for this surface .
½ pt win With The Moonlight @ evens
2.00 The consistent Strawberry Jack doesn’t win that many and recent sorties over C&D need improving upon considerably . This has a most winnable look to it and a chance is taken on the very well handicapped Rhubarb Bikini, who started the season really well with two big runs over C&D but the wheels since then have dropped off, but he has been racing on turf over longer trips and this front runner is worth play considering his excellent record here and his very generous mark .
½ pt win Rhubarb Bikini @ 11/1
3.10 This has a very winnable look to it and a chance can be given to dual C&D winner Delegate The Lady , who’s a few pounds higher than her last win , just 3 races ago and shouldn’t be far away in this company .
½ pt ew Delegate The Lady @ 6/1
3.45 The unexposed Nibras Gold was an easy winner first time at this trip at Wolver , so a bit to prove switching surfaces , up in grade and the ratings , but against mostly exposed rivals , is preferred .
¼ pt win Nibras Gold @ 11/4
4.18 The useful Raaeb drops in trip but does have plenty of early pace and has the plot draw in stall 1 . He is proven at the track and is holding his form very well . The trip is of course the issue, but if he led these up, can’t see him being caught . The admirable live In The moment only ran 7 times last season and after needing his first run back , put together a terrific run of 5 wins and a 2nd , taking his winning mark from an OK 70 to a useful 89. He’s a minimum trip specialist and whatever happens today , is one to keep an eye on for the rest of the season .
½ pt win Raaeb @ 6/4
4.50 This will take little winning and the consistent Almadrina is the one to beat , but goes up in trip and new to the surface .
¼ pt win Almadrina @ 9/4
Chelmsford City placepot
Selected Ffos Las – good to firm on this flat and galloping track
1.50 A vey weak opener and the front running Good Impression ran really well at Bath last time splitting a pair if very reliable yardsticks and this C&d winner should make short work of these with Oisin Murphy in the saddle .
½ pt wijn Good impression @ 11/10
2.25 You could make a good case for all 4 .
3.00 Affwonn won on debut for Roger Varian last season on the all weather but has been sold on to a much smaller stable , so only can be watched . The clear form horse is Nottingham winner Zuhair , but that run came after a lengthy break so may not be that hardy so at evens I can pass, despite those odds being relatively generous in a modest heat.
3.35 Only four go and the likely pacemaker is triple C&d winner Sweet Pursuit, who’s in very good form but is now on a stiff enough mark , but negatives surround all 3 rivals .
½ pt win Sweet Pursuit @ 11/4
4.10 PREMIUM RACE
4.45 Another very uncompetitive heat and the short priced fav is recent easy C&d winner Beowulf , who has a hefty 9 pound penalty for his trouble , but could get away with it in this field.
¼ pt win Beowulf @ 6/4
5.15 I was with Turquoise Kingdom last time when an easy winner at Lingfield and with just a 3 pound penalty and against modest opposition , the double looks on .
1/ pt win Turqouise Kingdom @ 3/1
Ffos Las placepot
Selected Nottingham – good ground on this flat and galloping track
5.20 A stiff task for recent winner Helvetique carrying the dreaded penalty and a bit to prove switching to a speed track , as too has recent Newmarket 4th Golden Warrior . Skittlebombz comes here on the back of a smart second at Haydock , trying to make all , running to a good enough level to land this and this C&D should be fine .
½ pt win Skittlebombz @7/4
6.20 Far from a Ruby has been hit with a hefty 6 pound fine for a win on the al weather , and from the worst of the draw is unlikely to double up. The consistent Fashion Free is a slow starter but comes home well and ran well enough over C&D recently to get the nod in a modest heat .
¼ pt win Fashion Free @ 4/1
6.50 This looks a match but drying ground will be no help which opens the door for Neptune Seas , who’s ran well in both tries and very much gives the impression this drop in trip will suit .
1/ 2 pt win Neptune Seas @ 5/4
7.20 PREMIUM RACE
7.50 Jewel In The Crown lost absolutely nothing in her hat-trick bid last time chasing home Portfolio , who was placed in a Listed race last time . She stays on the same mark and is certainly the one to beat . She’s a hold up type and there’s not much early pace in the contest , but has coped well with steadily run races before . Proven over C&D .
¾ pt win Jewel In The crown @13/8
8.20 Boogie Time improved considerably upped to this trip and on better ground beating a decent field at Haydock and the 6 pound hit looks well manageable as he pulled clear in the final stages . Tough tasks for Impeller and Silent Flame up in the ratings and grade, especially the former on this speed track while Asadjumeirah had his limitations exposed last time off this mark .
½ pt win Boogie Time @ 2/1
Selected Lingfield – all weather – polytrack .
5.30 The decent hurdler Givepeaceachance finally broke his duck on the flat in a modest Nottingham handicap , but previously couldn’t win over C&d off lower marks . This will take little winning so I’m chancing the well bred Midfield, who runs in famous colours and for a shrewd stable who usually make hay with their 3yos , but no so this one, as yet , and maybe the longer trip and visor will help
¼ pt win Midfield @ 9/2
6.30 Kondratiev Wave was a very determined winner over C&d a few starts back when given a hard time up front but wouldn’t relent and battled on resolutely and backed that up with a respectable effort at Windsor on quick turf , just a length behind the bang in form MR Tyrell and has a 5 pound pull but today his rival is partnered by a 7 pound claimer, who’s ridden him the last twice , so this could be close and Mr Tyrell has run well here before . The tip comes here after a longer break than usual but can still make all.
¼ pt win Kondratiev Wave @ 10/3
7.30 Profound Alexander brings the best form to the race , but is inconsistent and looking hard to win with . Adaay in Asia is far more straightforward , a winner over C&D and preferred despite carrying the penalty .
¼ pt win Adaay In Asia @ 7/4