3 £1 doubles & £1 ew treble
Fourth Time Lucky 12.05 @ 7/2
Liberated Light 12.40 @ 6/1
De Name Evades Me 2.55 @ 5/1
Selected Redcar – soft ground on this flat and galloping track
12.05 The fav is the John Gosden trained Storm Castle who is in calmer waters today after a recent debut in a Salisbury Class 4 event , and ran well for a long way , but the basic form leaves him with a bit to find with the consistent if hard to win with Barney’s Gift , who wont mind the ground , and also with Fourth Time Lucky , who ran really well on debut here recently on easy ground , shaping very much as this longer trip would suit .
½ pt win Fourth Time lucky @ 7/2
12.40 The short priced fav is dream Show after a much improved run last time in the Leicester mud, so this more benign track could catch him out and preference is for Liberated Light, who comes here on the back of a highly promising debut run here on easy ground and very much bred for this longer trip .
½ pt ew Liberated Light @ 6/1
1.10 The in form King of Tonga is the short priced fav dropping into a seller and is the one to beat at the ratings, but it will take a savvy ride from the young 7 pound claimer from the front in the mud , and this extra furlong has caught him out before, but saying that , the opposition is modest .
1.40 PREMIUM RACE
2.10 The hat-trick seeking Barshaa has to be considered despite a 3 pound nudge up the weights and is also unproven at the trip and ground . Last Sunset was close behind and is another unproven on ground or trip . The late playing Barryshinikov’s only run in the mud was a tame effort while the admirably tough front runner Howzer Black looks handicapped out of things now. Spirit Dancer is holding his form well enough despite a stiff mark but the nod goes to Godophin’s Dubai Souq a good 2nd last time at this trip and mark and his only run in the mud resulted in a facile success .
¼ pt win Dubai Souk @ 11/4
2.40 A weak claimer and no reason why All Things Bright wont confirm form over Ralphy Boy Two for a recent C&D win in the mud at the same weights , but is odds on .
3.10 PREMIUM RACE
3.40 You could make a case for most of these but I’m still drawn to the mud loving Moxy Mares , who’s been consistent of late and remains on a workable mark . My only worry is this hold up type is drawn high and may not get into the contest, but at long odds worth chancing .
¼ pt ew Moxy Mares @ 14/1
Selected Lingfield – all weather – polytrack
12.30 Quite a bit of guesswork in this as there are a number of dark horses trying this trip and in some cases surface for the first time. You don’t see many Amanda Perrett horses rated just 48, and that is the present rating of Sir Joseph Swan , who has been much higher rated in the past .His latest effort was pretty respectable , so proven on the surface and longer trip looks the way to go .
¼ pt ew Sir Joseph Swan @ 10/1
1.03 This looks a 3 horse war but as Red Square is proven both at the trip and track, gets the nod over Kingsofthemidlands and Famous Star .
½ pt win Red Square @ 7/4
1.33 PREMIUM RACE
2.03 Not a deep race and Sovereign Slipper can double up his smart Kempton win with a workable penalty .
½ pt win Sovereign Slipper @ 2/1
2.33 PREMIUM RACE
3.05 when last seen Shamlaan was winning smartly over C&D , coming off the pace and the double looks on with just a 3 pound nudge especially switching to the upwardly mobile stable of Kevin De Froy , who has done very well with new intakes .
½ pt win Shamlaan @ 6/4
Selected Exeter – good to soft on this undulating , stiff and galloping track
1.55 The Grade 2 Haldon Gold Cup and last year’s winner , the vastly improved Greaneteen who ended last season trouncing the now retired and former superstar Altior and the useful Sceau Royale in a Sandown Grade 1 , and is now rated a very lofty 168 but had to work quite hard to land this last season off 151, when just getting the better of Moonlighter , who with a lovely pull in the weights, could surprise . Hitman is the short priced fav and this youngster has clear strong claims.
¼ pt ew Moonlighter @ 10/1
2.25 Of the 3 serious contenders, Honest Vic and Threeunderthrufive were around 10 pounds superior to the admirable Ask A Honey Bee , and that pair both ran well on their chase debuts at Chepstow, when separated only by a head and on deeper ground and a stiffer track, the tip is certainly the value play .
¼ pt win Honest Vic @ 11/4
2.55 de Name Evades Me is an admirable type with a win , 6 places and a 4th from 8 runs over fences and when last seen suffered a narrow defeat over C&D in the mud off this mark , but that was 2 years ago, but the best time to catch long time absentees is usually first time back .
½ pt win de Name Evades Me @ 5/1
No Exeter placepot
Selected Newcastle – all weather – tapeta , the track is stiff and galloping
3.00 Nothing overly concrete here as the lightly raced Sayf Al Dawya tries the surface for he first time and didn’t appear to be crying out for a drop in trip last time and off this mark when held in 3rd and despite Oz Legend having a course win on his CV , he’s failed to shine this season and resumes after a break now with a different stable, not with a good record with new intakes. Dark Company hasn’t been far away at all of late , handles the surface and arguably his best ever run came at this trip. Lovely longshot .
¼ pt ew Dark Company @ 16/1
4.00 The short list is very long with all of : Daniel Deronda, Kentuckyconnection , Perfect Swiss and Traveller ticking important boxes of being in form , proven over C&d and on workable marks, but there’s a distinct lack of early pace which gives the nod to the downgraded Old News , who can front run and could get the run of the race from the front .
¼ pt ew Old News @ 7/1
6.00 This race is just the opposite with early pace all over the shop which will help the strong finishing Sleight , a close 3rd over C&D last time off this mark .
¼ pt win Sleight @ 5/1
6.30 Absolute Dream has responded very well to the drop in the ratings and grade and is now running with a lot more zest and confidence . He’s being nudged back up the ratings again , but this wont take much winning .
¼ pt win Absolute Dream @ 3/1