A Momentofmadness looks to maintain his unbeaten all-weather record. The Charlie Hills trained gelding put in a great performance to finish second in a very competitive race at Goodwood. Just a one pound rise in weight seems very fair and there’s no doubt this four year old should put up a very brave attempt in what looks a less competitive race.
Stepper Point, in his heyday, would’ve trounced this field but sadly those days are long gone. He still has enough left in the tank to possibly squeeze some prize money but to claim the win may be too much.
Derek Shaw’s duo (Top Boy and Dynamo Walt) love it around here with a hatful of wins between them. Based solely on course form they can give this another good crack but they tend to do better in less classier races and may run in to one in A Momentofmadness. A MOMENTOFMADNESS (WIN) – NAP
A trappy all-weather handicap awaits where El Vip takes a huge drop in class to hopefully get back to winning ways. Despite the horses clear chances it’s been a nightmare to judge and based on this seasons two outings I couldn’t be confident backing him as a short priced favourite.
Course and distance winner Prying Pandora looks to rack up a sequence of victories and can’t be easily discounted, especially with Paul Hanagan booked for the ride.
I am in fact siding with the same owners as the aforementioned Prying Pandora and opting to plump with Mulligatawny. A lightly raced four year old who’s only tackled an artificial surface on three previous starts and never finishing out of the top three on all of them. A recent third placed effort at Thirsk will stand him in good stead and should have enough to place if not more. MULLIGATAWNY (E/W)
Primanora enters handicap company for the first time after three unsuccessful attempts to shake off her maiden tag. Finishing fourth on all three of her starts she’s shown plenty of promise and with Silvestre De Sousa booked for the ride this lightly raced four year old could surprise a few.
Notable danger Wahiba has to be given the upmost respect representing a top yard and winning at Yarmouth last time out. An eight pound rise for her success however makes this a tall order.
Roman Holiday has barely put a foot wrong in her last four starts but with an absence of over 220 days to overcome a lot is taken on trust and she may need this run to dust off the cobwebs.
Another to note hails from Scott Dixon’s yard who considers Nottingham his home from home. Socialites Red is a former course and distance winner who could sneak a place. PRIMANORA (WIN) – NAP
Having only finished outside of the top four twice in their last eight starts here at Ayr Dark Crystal clearly loves the west coast of Scotland. Returning to her beloved venue this six year old has a great chance of going close once again. Now residing off a handicap mark five pounds lower than her most recent win Linda Perrett’s charge looks great value to put in another bold showing.
Fellow course and distance winner Reinforced is another runner who’s record here at Ayr reads well and can’t be readily discounted despite their odds.
Marjorie Fife’s Kensington Palace returns to action just 24 hours after his last run where he put in a very promising second placed finish at Redcar. Clearly progressing but as a maiden a lot has to be taken on trust and I couldn’t be overly confident backing him as the current market principle. DARK CRYSTAL (E/W)
K’gari Spirit has a couple of wins to her name when racing on an all-weather surface but has looked well held off her current mark the last twice, while Whitecrest has won her last three but was all out to keep her winning sequence intact and may struggle now upped in class and carrying a penalty.
Top Of The Bank has put in a couple of mediocre performances in recent months but arrives unbeaten in two over course and distance and boasts a 40% winning strike rate over six furlongs. Trainer Kristin Stubbs has won four from five here in the last twelve months and the booking of Silvestre De Sousa could prove significant so looks a decent each way bet at the forecast odds. TOP OF THE BANK (E/W if 9/2+)
Dandilion was beaten by Frangarry last time out however Dandilion re-opposes off the same mark and benefits from Callum Shepherd’s 3lbs claim, whereas Frangarry has an extra 5lbs to carry. Furthermore, Dandilion has made the frame in all three attempts over course and distance while Frangarry has only one placed effort from four. They were both well clear of the others so look the main two to concentrate on here, with preference for Dandilion given the above stats.
Mr Chuckles is yet to win in twelve on an all-weather surface but has made the frame in half of these and won on his only previous run over five furlongs. He’s been in good form in recent months and was only just denied over six furlongs so rates as the main danger. DANDILION (WIN) – NAP
Turning The Table scored here last week and did it in pretty good style under Jamie Spencer, the handicapper’s reaction was to give her six pounds for that success but it looks a fair penalty and she will surely go close in her bid for a quick double. Apres Midi looked a touch one paced when third last time, this trip looks certain to suit but she has been a beaten favourite in two of her last three runs. Lime And Lemon hails from a good yard but all things considered this looks a cracking chance for Turning The Table to go in again. TURNING THE TABLE (WIN) – NAP
This looks a fairly poor race for the grade and almost all of them have questions to answer at present, perhaps none more so than the selection Midnight Warrior who has flopped on both of his runs this term at Catterick. Quite what has been the issue with Ron Barr’s seven year old is open to debate but his charge knows what it takes here and is likely to offer good value. Percy Verence and Question Of Faith look likely types if in the mood but Midnight Warrior is something of a course specialist and he can bounce back. MIDNIGHT WARRIOR (E/W)
The 2017 renewal of the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup over 1m2f at the Curragh looks to be a select, but competitive field.
The Aidan O’Brien yard have put forward three quality candidates for the race with Somehow, Johannes Vermeer and Deauville all tasked with landing the team yet another Group 1 prize, but it is the latter of the trio and the pick of Ryan Moore which looks the one to be on here.
The four-year-old Galileo colt has looked better than ever for the most part this term and the form of his latest two starts is rock solid, so he gets the nod to land the big one here today.
Despite the presence of some talented stablemates, the biggest danger to the selection looks to be Godolphin’s Moonlight Magic, who impressed when chasing home the wonder horse Minding on his seasonal reappearance. He is entitled to come on for that run and could be a danger to all if repeating that run here today. DEAUVILLE (WIN) – NAP
The Irish 1000 Guineas could see history made as the Aidan O’Brien trained Winter aims to land the double after romping to an easy success in the English equivalent earlier in the month. Ryan Moore takes the ride for what might a profitable meeting for the Galileo offspring this weekend. She cruised to a smooth success at Newmarket last time out when comfortably accounting for stable Rhodedendron despite her being the hot favourite. Interesting to see how she copes now having the favourite tag attached to her, but I cannot see how any of this field can beat her if she runs to any where near her best, so she gets the nod.
Rehana was impressive when handing out a beating to Rose De Pierre of the Dermot Weld yard, and she has relished the step up to this trip, but has lots to find with the selection. WINTER (WIN)
A race that all punters often curse, the dreaded seven runner field.
On first glance Berkshire looked the one to be siding with for the each way money but once again we backers are left with just the two places available. A boring choice I know but Mount Logan looks the most likely winner. A horse with a course and distance victory to his name and he’s been victorious in two of his last three seasonal debuts. Trainer Roger Varian has his yard in good order and hopefully Mount Logan can add to his tally. MOUNT LOGAN (WIN) – NAP
Yorkidding has been in very consistent form this term having never finished outside of the top three in all three of his starts. That being said however he’s yet to finish with his head infront and although this looks a weaker contest than his last run he continues to climb up the weights.
Parliamentarian has a hat full of potential and after just the five races looks a likely improver but a lot has to be taken on trust and although he’s bound to give a great account of himself doesn’t provide too much in the way of value.
Moorside looks a hard horse to place but I’m praying that the step up to this sort of marathon trip is going to bring out the best in him. A recent run should aid his fitness and judged on breeding he’s had relatives win at distances up to 1m6f so it shouldn’t be too much of a concern for a trainer (Charlie Hills) who loves a winner here at Haydock. MOORSIDE (WIN)
Curbyourenthusiasm seems to have been around for a while but it came as a shock to see he’s only six years old and may still have life left to compete at this sort of level. He’ll appreciate this trip with two wins and two placed efforts from five starts at around this trip, including a second here at York. A current double figure price looks generous and a decent each-way bet may be the answer.
However we may have a future long distance handicap star in the form of four year old Frontiersman. A recent return to Newmarket saw him pull off an impressive victory and indicate a step up in trip wont be of any concern. Charlie Appleby can ready a handicapper in races like this and will have his charge ready to go.
Dal Harraild is also worth pinpointing and has the tools to run a big race but having to carry top weight may be too much of a burden. CURBYOURENTHUSIASM (E/W)
As with the first race we’ve covered at Goodwood today another curse for punters is fifteen runner fields. Now left with a huge field but just the first three places to be paid out. After letting out a sigh we’ll still endeavour to crack the code and we hope that Clive Cox has the answer in the form of Graphite Storm. He’s run very credibly in bigger runner fields previously so this sort of cavalry charge wont be an issue. He represents the same connections of group race winner Kodi Bear and although not at that sort of level could provide both owner and trainer with another televised victor.
Naval Warfare and Maths Prize are the ones I fear most but with so many runners it’s very much a race to be tentative with. GRAPHITE STORM (E/W)
The second of our duo of races from Goodwood sees a handful of apprentice jockeys given opportunities to compete with the best and in this instance I’m siding with one of the up and coming riders. Mark Johnston enters three into the race and it’s not a rarity that he wins with what is considered his second string.
Town Charter finished a very credible second behind Mubtasim when last seen and if he’s progressed for his break may surprise a few.
Horroob hasn’t put a foot wrong with two victories this season but from a wide draw and after what looked a hard fought battle last time seems worth opposing.
Of the remainder Top Score and Hyde Park are very likely to put in a good showing. TOWN CHARTER (E/W)
Once again another seven runner field and if truth be told I’d have been all over the William Haggas trained Second Thought to finish in the top three that’s IF (a very big “if”) we had a field of eight to pay out on three places. Unfortunately the betting gods don’t seem to be on the side of punters seeking any sort of value today and once again I’m left siding with a favourite despite it being likely to go off at odds on.
Harry Angel will benefit from his seasonal return and should strip fitter. He has by far the best form on offer and should have enough in his locker to demolish a field of this nature.
Take note of the Ballydoyle runner Alphabet who represents some of the best connections in the whole racing world but I still have to side with the Cox horse. HARRY ANGEL (WIN)
The minimum five furlong trip will provide an almighty charge as nineteen runners look set to battle it out in this very competitive handicap on the Knavesmire.
Both Out Do, Gamesome and Love On The Rocks were scheduled to race at last weeks meeting here at the same venue but all three were pulled out due to the soft conditions. With much better ground expected all three have fine chances.
Trainer Charlie Hills knows what he’s doing with his sprinters and has a great record here at York. Love On The Rocks is still an unknown quantity at the age of four and has been handed a low weight. If he can take a big step up in terms of opposition then he’s set to put in a decent effort.
David O’Meara who’s another trainer that loves grabbing winners here at York as can be seen by the great runs his horses put in here last week. Out Do was heavily fancied for a race last week and no doubt will be fancied once again today.
Gamesome is a horse I heavily backed when he was expected to run last week but sadly didn’t make it into the stalls. I’m still equally as confident despite the ground conditions being vastly different and looks a tad overpriced at the current odds.
It’s so tough to split the aforementioned trio that I’m going to side with all of them. With nineteen runners I’m hoping at least one, if not more, can place at least. OUT DO (E/W)
LOVE ON THE ROCKS (E/W)
Being built as a bit of a “match race” between Washington DC and Quiet Reflection some of the best sprinters line up to take on the minimum trip. I’m personally a huge fan of Quiet Reflection but she makes her comeback here after a slightly disappointing end to last term.
Washington DC has the benefit of recent races and the fitness edge should be on his side but I’m actually going to oppose both. With twelve runners I hope that Kathy can finally show the promise displayed last term and give some of the top sprinters something to seriously think about. A decent return will see him improve further and it’s easy to forget he finished just one length behind Quiet Reflection in last years Commonwealth Cup and finished ahead of Washington DC in the same race. He may be readily discounted by some but he definitely has the ability to cause a shock. KACHY (E/W)
John Gosden’s stable has started the season all guns blazing and he comes into this listed contest over 1m3f with a double handed assault.
Frankie Dettori has opted for the most experienced horse in the field in Khalidi, who has won three of his six starts to date, but he has to concede 3lbs to a field of unexposed horses for a narrow previous win at this level earlier in the season, so it is his stablemate who makes the most appeal here at the prices.
The Frankel colt Monarchs Glen was a major disappointment when beaten favourite in the Group 3 classic trial stakes last time out. The horse showed signs of inexperience, ran too freely through the race and gave away all chance early on. The trainer reaches for the blinkers today and if they have the desired effect to help Robert Tart settle him better then he could win this lower level race comfortably. If you forgive him that previous run, he would be a hot favourite here given the manner of his previous victory in handicap company, so he gets the nod to land the spoils here today. MONARCHS GLEN (WIN)
The final race of a competitive looking card at Haydock features of number of potential rising stars for this class 3 handicap over 1m2f.
The one that looks an absolute superstar in the making is the unbeaten Godolphin representative, Atty Persse, who could not have done it any easier when last seen. He was denied a clear run when making his effort, but managed to find an impressive turn of foot to make up lost ground and get up in the shadow of the post. He was only staying on further at the line suggesting the step up to this trip will be ideal and the runner up has come out and franked the form with another good run at the same level since. He should have plenty more to come and gets the confident nod to land this one today. The Owen Burrows trained Laraaib is also unbeaten and looks the biggest danger to the selection after readily winning his maiden at Chepstow over today’s trip. ATTY PERSSE (WIN) – NAP