Beverley - Good to Firm (Watered) Cartmel - Good,
Good to Firm in places (Watered)
Catterick - Good to Firm, Firm in places Haydock - Good to Firm, Firm in places
Newmarket - Good to Firm Stratford-On-Avon - Good, Good to Firm
Buachail Dona will be all
the rage in the opener at 2.05. Perceived as likely to be better at five-furlongs, he has won over six and run well at Ascot
over the distance. His time figures are good without being spectacular; he is I feel poor value. I accept he is well handicapped,
but his price owes more to his reputation than facts of form. His main problem is the lack of ability to settle throughout
his races. In a fast run race, he should be able to travel without pulling like a train. However, he still has to prove he
is fast enough at the business end. The remainder of the field all have some sort of chance. I like Sierra Vista. At the age of seven, she seems better than ever and likes it here. I also believe Stoneacre Lad
will run well. He is very fast on his day and the key to him is smaller fields. He should be at home here and could run into
I was very impressed with
Prime Defender’s (2.35) attitude when he won the Free Handicap. He failed
to stay the mile in the Guineas and this trip should be far more his scene. A likeable colt that is well regarded, he can
get the better of Hoh Mike and City Of Tribes who appears to be on an upward curve.
The Silver Bowl run at
3.40 is a real teaser. Despite top weight, I expect Tobosa to be in the thick of things at the business end. He ran a blinder
in the Free Handicap and his run in the 2,000 Guineas is best forgotten. There is just the chance he will be better suited
to seven furlongs and his weight may prove costly in a tight finish. Regal Parade is a typical Mark Johnston improver. Unbeaten, he is a tough resilient horse with plenty of scope about him. He worked impressively
at Middleham the other day and looks sure to go close. Thunder Storm Cat has run
well in both his races this season. He is a bit of a livewire and has been brought along with this race in mind. He looks
sure to run well and I give him a solid each-way shout. From the rest keep an eye on Billy Dane who is though by his trainer
to have a decent handicap him this season.
In the finale at 5.15,
I will be having a small punt on Lunces Lad. He has caught the eye on both occasions
this season in decent handicaps. My one worry is the ground. If some rain arrives, I would be more confident of a good run
as he appeared to find Newmarket's turf too lively. Check out the ground as the day progresses. Whatever his fate today he
is a plot waiting to happen.
Over at Newmarket the promising
Lucarno reappears in the 2.20. Following an excellent debut behind Diamond Tycoon,
he hacked up in a maiden at Kempton Park. A fine looking horse he will improve again and the trip should suit him admirably.
The Lingfield Derby trial looked a poor renewal to me. The winner took an age to get there and I cannot believe it was Derby
form in waiting. Hearthstead Maison detested the course yet battled on gamely up the straight. I am surprised connections
have dropped down in distance; however, the course will suit him and he looks the main danger.
Sandrey will be all the
rage in the 3.20. However, he is yet to prove himself as effective on a fast surface and I would rather watch and learn than
The 3.55 is another competitive
handicap. Fareligh House and Yaroslav have caught my eye with their efforts this season. They should go well though I feel
both may find Artimino hard to contend with. Ridden with confidence first time
out he failed to pick up as Spencer expected and he was held in the closing stages. He should come on for the run, looks fairly
handicapped and this will present a better test than Beverley’s turning track. His effort last season at Ascot reads
well with the form being advertised by several that finished behind. Tredegar who has attitude to match his ability is an
interesting runner and is the type to pop up when he is least wanted.
I the final two races both
Jaleela and Right To Play will be hard to beat. The former ran a blinder on her debut in a conditions race and takes a drop
in class. Right To Play should appreciate the step up in trip and hopefully he will be held onto as he does hang to his left.
Unfortunately, both will be short prices
The Irish Guineas at 3.45
looks another exciting race. I have reviewed the English version many times. I was able to watch an ariel view of the race,
and I have to say rarely have I seen a horse travel as well in a Group One, as Cockney Rebel did. He came over from a middle
to high draw and tacked onto the stands side group at the rear. Making up ground effortlessly, he swept through to win comfortably.
The time was nothing special, which suggests it may not have been a true test of stamina. However, the visual impression was
a mighty one. The only horse I believe can turn the form round is Duke Of Marmalade. The O’Brien horses are coming on
for a run and he was in no way knocked about in the race. Creachidor is I believe better over seven furlongs. Excellent Art,
who was on the receiving end of yet another poor Spencer ride on his reappearance, may be able to snatch a place. Not a betting race for me but I find it hard to get away from Cockney Rebel with Duke Of Marmalade the
Cheers for now, more tomorrow.