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Doncaster Day One
A pear-shaped track nearly two miles in circumference with a distinct rise and fall to the mile marker. The run in from the final bend is flat and four and a half furlongs, this extends to a straight mile which reduces in width from thirty yards at the five furlong pole to 20 yards at the winning post. The round mile joins the straight course at a tangent. A galloping track it is suitable for strongly built horses; stamina and courage  are necessary qualities.
Draw bias
Five furlongs : Low to middle (72%)
Six furlongs : Middle to high (76%)
Seven furlongs : Little bias
One mile straight : Low to middle (71%)
One mile round : Middle to high (72%)
Ten furlongs : Middle to low (81%)
Twelve furlongs : Little bias
Fourteen furlongs : Small bias for low numbers in big fields
E.B.F Carrie Red Fillies' Nursery Stakes Handicap Class B 2 Year Olds
Six furlongs 110 yards
The dreaded nursery handicap. Judhoor flopped in soft ground at Newmarket having previously slooshed up at Goodwood. Her trainer likes this meeting and she will not be far away. Peripheral has not lived up to her reputation yet; she is reasonably handicapped and should go well. Zither and Convent Girl can figure at the business end. Armada Grove has run two fair races in decent company since her win on the all-weather at Lingfield; she may have got in here with a few pounds in hand and any market support from this shrewd stable should be taken notice of.
Selections: 1. Armada Grove 2. Judhoor 3. Peripheral 4. Zither 
200000 St Leger Yearling Stakes Class B 2 Year Olds
Six furlongs
Just the 84 runners to go through at this moment in time for this valuable sales race.
My four against the field in order of preference are Airwave  (highly rated at home), Never A Doubt (my form pick, Blue Patrick(shrewd trainer, excellent debut)
and Somnus ( the improver)
Tote Trifecta Portland Showcase Handicap Class B 3yo+ 0-110
 Five furlongs 140 yards
Forty six runners at I write for this annual cavalry charge. The draw shows a slight bias to the middle numbers, the first five home last year were drawn 9,16,19,14 & 18 while in 2001, 8,11,9,16 & 7 took the honours. On that occasion Compton Banker won while Smart Predator was a length and three-quarters back in third. Both look to have been laid out for the race again and Compton Banker is 8lbs well in on official rating with Smart Predator on that running. An unlucky horse in his career he has still managed to notch up some decent wins and he will be very hard to keep out of the frame again. Smart Predator was only beaten a length in last years renewal and he should be in the firing line again. The excellent Darryl Holland has partnered Smart Predator to three wins; he renews a winning partnership with Cyclone Connie who broke he duck recently. She has some good form to her name and her jockey is at the top of his game at present. Cubism disappointed at Kempton and the change of stables may not have been the wisest decision; Jamie Osborne having managed to get the horse back to his best was most unfortunate to lose him and the new regime may have unsettled the horse. Trace Clip is a lunatic, with the ability to win a race like this and if buried in the middle of the field he may well make the frame with his flying finish. The Tatling held off Kathology as Sandown, rated 106 at his best, Milton Bradley seems to have rekindled his interest and he is another who will be doing his best work at the finish. Injaaz won a competitive race at Goodwood; she has gone up 7lbs but is an in form filly at the right time of the season and is still 3lbs below her highest mark. Other have chances but I believe the race will involve those named.
Selections 1. Compton Banker 2. Cyclone Connie 3. Trace Clip 4. The Tatling
5. Smart Predator
Rothmans Royals Park Hill Stakes Class A Group 3 Fillies & Mares 3 Year Olds 
One mile six furlongs 132 yards
Alexander Three D will be a short price to follow up her York victory; clearly an autumn filly she recorded the best figures of her career there. The doubt surrounding her is stamina, and I think we will take her on with Treble Heights and Bright And Clear. Treble Heights has only run once, when successful on her debut, round the tight and tricky Chester track. She will have to improve to go close but she is bred to stay and looked a really nice type in the paddock at Chester. Bright And Clear is exposed over shorter trips, however her dam stayed fourteen furlongs and her sire gets winners over the trip so she may have more to offer; she is the selection only because of her racing experience. Frosty Welcome is a doubtful stayer on breeding, while, Robe Chinoise would be better off in a long distance handicap but is taken as the best of the rest.
Selections: 1. Bright And Clear 2. Treble Heights 3. Alexander Three D   
McKeever St. Lawrence Conditions Stakes Class C 2 Year Olds
Seven furlongs
Alkaaseed, Golden Duel, Khanjar, Kings Of Albion and Soyuz are unraced, well entered juveniles from powerful stable. Latest news is that Alkaaseed may be the one to interested in. That said this will be a hard race for an unraced juvenile to win and if one of them does he will be right up with the leading two-year-olds seen so far. .
Weavers Pride made a promising racecourse debuts, he is a rangy individual who caught the eye making good inroads into the front two close home on his debut and seems sure to give a good account of himself, just behind in fourth was Governor Brown who won well on his next outing. Maghanim is a lovely moving Nashwan colt who had the misfortune to come up against Almushahar one of the nicest colts I have seen this season. Sure to come on for the run Maghanim will win before the season ends. Magistretti and St.Pancras seem exposed. Al Turf, High Accolade, Hilbre Island and Summerland seem to have their limitations.   Of the unbeaten horses Wizard Of Noz is just preferred to Love You Always and Vials. Pinkerton if he runs will give a guide to the merit of the Muqbil form.
Selections: 1. Weavers Pride 2. Maghanim 3. Alkaaseed 4. Wizard Of Noz
 Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Maiden Stakes Class D 2 Year Olds
 One mile
A race for the future and one that should be videoed.  Zoroaster, The Persuader and the unraced Loder and Hannon horses are amongst the many dangers.
In the light of excellent home reports Risk Taker is taken to step up on his debut.
Cantor Fitzgerald Charitable Relief Fund Classified Stakes Class C 3yo + 0-85 One mile two furlongs 60 yards
Not for the fainthearted this one.
The advice is for Chivalry in his absence Robandela, Kepler and Royal Cavalier can fight out the finish.
Danelor is another promising to win a race; trainer Ed Dunlop is however
 2  from 38  for August and September with his older horses, as I write.
Doncaster Day 2
Ralph Raper Memorial Prince of Wales Cup Showcase Nursery
(Class B) (2yo) One mile
Logsdail won well at York and should improve again over this extra furlong. Raised 5lbs for that win he looks value for the rise and will be hard to keep out of the frame. Donegal Prince is another will relish the trip and has much the same chance as Logsdail on a line through New Wish. Cranshaws has a couple of wins to his name, stays the trip, looks reasonably handicapped and will be bang in there at the finish. Senor Sol had a head to spare over Mysterinch when winning his maiden; 6lbs better in, he is another who has steadily improved throughout the season and is undeniably well-handicapped.
Selections: 1. Senor Sol 2. Donegal Prince 3. Logsdail 4. Cranshaws
GNER Park Stakes
(Class A) (Group 3) (3yo+) One mile
Blatant is an improving animal coming over from Ireland. He won a Listed race by four lengths, comfortably, looking sure to improve further. John Oxx is a great thinker of the game and he would not bring a horse over here without good reason. Firebreak ran well at Goodwood after a lengthy lay off, outpaced at a crucial stage he battled away to the line, losing out by only half a length in a blanket finish; game as a pebble he will not be far away. Tough Speed has been below form this season while Desert Deer will be a danger to all if back to his best and reappearing after his rather flat effort at York. Unfortunately riding plans are unclear at this stage; it is to be hoped the winner comes from those mentioned.
Selections: 1. Blatant 2. Firebreak (if absent Atlantis Prince) 3. Desert Deer
GNER Doncaster Cup
(Class A) (Group 3) (3yo+) Two mile two furlongs
Jardine’s Lookout is a difficult horse to weigh up. Impressive in the Goodwood Cup he ran disappointingly at York behind Boreas, Cover Up and Darasim. Along with Cover Up he will enjoy the extra distance of two furlongs; the two were separated by three quarters of a length when fifth and sixth in this race last year. Bosham Mill was third last year, but along with Double Honour he has been disappointing overall this season. Fantasy Hill is surely outclassed along with Affaire D’Amour. Hatha Anna gives the impression he is not in love with racing while Darasim is talented but moody.
Travelmate seems to be just lacking the final spurt these days. Boreas may struggle with the extra distance and likely fast ground and my feeling is Cover Up may have been slightly flattered by his run last time. Persian Punch came back to form last week, this however is a bigger ask of a horse, surely past his very best. Unleash has to improve an awful lot to figure; his trainer, however, did just that, with last years winner Alleluia and Unleash will love the distance and the track.
Selections: 1. Unleash 2. Jardine’s Lookout 3. Darasim  
Rothmans Royals May Hill Stakes
(Class A) (Group 3) (Fillies) (2yo) One mile
Once again we have a clash of those with the form in the book and the maiden winners looking to have the improvement necessary to figure. The Brian Meehan pair of Sister Bluebird and Buy The Sport are just ahead of Ed Dunlop’s Nasij on official figures. Nasij has had a good break since having a good view of the awesome Russian Rhythm’s back side; sure to be suited by the step up in trip she should be in the frame. Approach and Bush Cat both stepped up on promising debuts to record wins in maiden company. Approach is a big, strong, good looking filly, who will be even better as a three-year-old; she would not be in this company, at her stage of her career, if Sir Mark did not think she was capable of a big run. Wondrous Story and High Praise may both represent John Gosden. The latter is preferred following her win in a maiden at Salisbury where she overcame came her greenness in good style. Inchberry may be better with some cut, while Summitville seems to be improving and should give a good account of herself.
Selections: 1. Approach 2. Nasij 3. High Praise
JRA London Office's 10th Anniversary Kyoto Sceptre Stakes
(Class A) (Listed Race) (Fillies & Mares) (3yo+) Seven furlongs
A range of 79 - 102 on official ratings on show here, at the five day stage. Top rated Mauri Moon needs cut to show her very best, however, her class may carry her into the frame. Torosay Spring and Curfew may bid to step up to Listed class for James Fanshawe. Curfew has to improve again to figure and may well do so, while I hope Torosay Spring is held back for the Ayr Gold Cup, also she has never run over seven furlongs. Leonica’s early season win has not worked out particularly well. Starfan would be a danger at her best; once again though, her win, was against modest opposition. Roundtree is a bit of a madam; she does have the ability to go close here and the race should be run to suit her. Goldeva popped up at the Shergar Cup meeting in the soft, while Mamounia though game will surely find this a bit too much for her and Hideaway Heroine may reverse recent Sandown placings, as she should be fitter after a long break.
Selections: 1. Roundtree 2. Mauri Moon 3. Curfew
Scarborough Stakes
(Class A) (Listed Race) (2yo+ 0-102) Five furlongs
Many of the usual suspects line up for this and looking at the field a frantic pace will be assured. Mrs. Ramsden won this race with Astonished last season; she relies on a power packed finish from Bishops Court to stage a repeat. Running his usual mix of lucky and unlucky races this season, he should again be thereabouts. Frankie had his first ride on the horse when unlucky in running at Epsom and he will put that experience to good use here. Needwood Blade bounced back to form last time, he may find this five furlongs on the sharp side. The youngsters are represented at the five-day stage by The Bonus King and Brantwood. The former reverts to five furlongs and this drop back to Listed company should enable him to figure in the finish. Brantwood is a good looking horse who will make a more than useful three-year-old. Saddad won two races and finished fifth to Rock Of Gibraltar (where he pulled too hard) in the Gimcrack. He has been the subject of good reports for some time now and appears set for a good autumn. Palace Affair is unlikely to run on the reported fast ground.
Selections: 1. Saddad 2. Bishops Court 3. The Bonus King
Queen's Own Yorkshire Dragoons Ladies Day Stakes
(Handicap) (Class C) (3yo+ 0-95) Seven furlongs
Sixty-two runners at the five-day stage make the assessment of this race a daunting proposition. Pie High is a typically game Mark Johnston performer who runs for the sixteenth time in 2002. Bouncing back from disappointing efforts, is just one of the trade marks of Johnston’s horses, and Pie High will not be disgraced over this trip which may well be her best. The filly is closely matched with Certain Justice on Ayr running earlier in the summer. That colt has gone on to win a decent race at Newmarket; with Paul Cole’s horses in such good form it is hard to see this one out of the frame in what may be, despite the numbers, a slightly weaker event. Give Back Calais is dropping down the weights and this gelding who was a more than useful two-year-old can find a race in the coming weeks, especially with Peter Makin horses turning the corner. Millennium Force will like the big field, J R Stevenson has been A.W.O.L since his convincing win two months ago, Golden Spectrum will pop up one day and it could be here while Sea Storm is a winner in waiting. The latter is approaching top form and ran an excellent race when third to Dayglow Dancer six days ago; I expect him to reverse form and go very close here. Mister Mal, Anne Tudor and Ragamuffin are others who make this a very competitive race to end the second day.  
Selections 1. Sea Storm 2. Certain Justice 3. Pie High 4. Golden Spectrum
Doncaster Day 3
Joy UK Conditions Stakes
(Class B) (3-5yo) One mile two furlongs 60 yards
Atlantis Prince, Beekeeper and Divine Task have been entered  by Godolphin. The distance is too short for Beekeeper, while Atlantis Prince’s best distance I believe is a mile. Divine Task has been very disappointing despite attracting market support on more than one occasion. Mystic Mile won well on her; this is a step up in class, she may prefer softer ground and further. Sir George Turner is pretty consistent without hitting the bullseye this season, however he is far from reliable. Arabie, Chianti and Bourganville are all within a few pounds of each other and while consistent, their winning form profile is unimpressive. Vintage Premium on the other hand has been defying the handicapper in the gamest fashion season; his chance is respected though cut in the ground would help him. Flat Spin runs well fresh and has had a six week break while Hathaal and Sundrenched are three-year-olds on the upgrade. The latter loves to get he toe in; Hathaal is still a bit of a baby and will be better in the autumn and next season. Jabaar and Tamiami Trail would be interesting participants with a view to the future. Legal Approach was disappointing last time he does however remain a horse of great potential. Mark Johnston told me at Goodwood "we think he might be a horse worth a 120 rating", if he runs up to a mark of 114 he would win this. I suggest we ignore the Windsor run completely,  Mark’s horses had a "funny" few weeks  around that time and Legal Approach can get back on track here.     
Selections 1. Legal Approach 2. Flat Spin 3. Atlantis Prince
Tote Exacta Mallard Stakes Showcase Handicap
(Class B) (3yo+ 0-105) One Mile six furlongs 132 yards
A very competitive handicap featuring the reappearance if Conquestadora who is my leading fancy for the Cesarewitch. She has won on going similar to this  and has run well fresh, however this is a hot race and when she won an her appearance the second horse had been absent for eighteen months. If you have backed her for the Ceasrewitch, I suggest a small stake to cover that bet. Dune came good last week under Kieran Fallon and if turned out again would be a live threat too all. Harlestone Gray and Mesmeric showed a glimpse of their best form in their last outings; the handicapper still has them under his control at present. I have a feeling Old California will bounce back to form here and is Michael Kinane teams up with Barathea Blazer and the combination will be hard to keep out of the frame. Total Turtle, Prairie Falcon, Dancing Bay and Mr. Ed all won last time out, I do not expect a repeat here from them.  Total Turtle had Dune and Kasthari behind at York and I expect Dune to come out in front of Kasthari on this occasion. With Windermere and Robandela in the race this will a strongly run affair and staying prowess will gain the day.
Selections 1. Dune 2. Old California 3. Kasthari 4. Conquestadora
Rothmans Royals Champagne Stakes
(Class A) (Group 2) (2yo) Seven furlongs
Almushahar made an excellent debut at Newmarket and the form was boosted by success yesterday. A lovely actioned scopey colt he has all it takes to go to the top of the tree temperament is so important in a horses make up at this level of racing so it is to be hoped  he has inherited the persona of his dam top class miler Sayyedati. He has been chosen to run in this over Dublin, who I can tell you is burning up the gallops at present! Garros is a real galloping Mark Johnston type who will ensure whoever passes him will know they have been in a war a mile however would be more up his street. Hilbre Island and Checkit are rated the same horse on official figure, preference is for Checkit  Puma is unbeaten  and talented; he just gives the impression he is below top class. Summerland has ability with  attitude problem surfacing in his profile. Salcombe ran well in defeat at York and His conqueror Bourbonnais is among the best of his generation. Sure to come on again for the run he will right in there at the finish. Wizard Of Noz made an encouraging start to his career and has been working well at home as has Weavers Pride  who will lose his maiden tag before the season ends.
Selections 1. Almushahar 2. Salcombe 3. Checkit
  Amco Corporation Troy Stakes
(Class A) (Listed Race) (3yo+) One mile four furlongs
Storming Home, The Whistling Teal  and Hatha Anna are top rated on official figures. Hatha Anna is a horse who has promised much and delivered little. Storming Home disappointed last time in the King George. He has had a nice break and this an easier task for him, while The Whistling Teal although handling this ground prefers cut. Gamut and Kayseri are closely matched on official figures. Gamut is working well at home and is just preferred. Prospects Of Glory takes a huge step up in class. Systematic is game and talented and I am of the opinion he will get to the front and try to dominate the race from start to finish without being able to hold off Storming Home.
Selections: 1. Storming Home 2. Systematic 3. Gamut
DBS St Leger Yearling Stakes
(Class B) (2yo) Six furlongs
A real puzzler and stakes should be kept to a minimum; this Cherokee Boy, Majestic Time and Leitrim Rock are nominated in that order.
CPL Industries Challenge Trophy Conditions Stakes
(Class C) (3yo) One mile
Funfair Wayne will almost certainly find this too far, Trojan Princess has something to fine while Montecassino Abbey and Tedstale are  outclassed. Mineshaft sets a fair standard and will be in the firing line all the way. I believe season debutantes Tikkun and Muklah will fight our the finish. Tikkun rally needs further and it is to be hope there is a fast pace as he needs to settle to show his best. Muklah looked promising last season; their is not a lot of her and first time may be the time to catch her, I rate her a 100 filly and she can make her own running if needed to. Watch the market for sign of strength or weakness in these final two.
Selection: 1. Muklah 2. Tikkun 3. Mineshaft
Coalite Smokeless Fuels Handicap Stakes
(Class D) (3yo+ 0-80) Five furlongs
Twenty-two runners in a rather mediocre sprint over five furlongs; it will be interesting to see if high numbers hold the sway still. With Get Stuck In, in the race those drawn round him will certainly be "on the speed".
Selections:  1. Beyond The Clouds 2. Pax 3. Rita’s Rock Ape 4. Sir Sandrovitch
Doncaster Day Four
GNER Conditions Stakes
(Class C) (2yo) Six furlongs
Camlet, Grand Halo and Richemaur are all newcomers entered at the five-day stage. All carry some decent entries later in the season; it should be noted Barry Hills won the race last year with a newcomer. Ego followed her promising debut with a convincing win at Newmarket. Geoff Wragg feels she will come on again for her second run and she will be difficult to keep out the frame. Sarayat has run three times and improved on each occasion. His latest effort when third to Dublin was a top class effort and if allowed to run here he would lake all the beating. Michael Jarvis felt the seven furlongs on that occasion stretched Sarayat and the return to six here will be right up the colts street. Richard Hannon’s horses are winning again after a mini-lull and he has four entered. One Last Time is taken as the pick of them, the colt has had a fifty eight day break and should be nicely freshened up. His second to Revenue at Royal Ascot was a good effort and he should run a big race here.
Polypipe Flying Childers Stakes
(Class A) (Group 2) (2yo) Five furlongs
Fast and furious the Flying Childers often throws up a surprise winner and looking at the field at the five-day stage it would not  be the biggest shock in the world if we had another one. To give you and idea, eleven of the twenty four entered, are officially rated 100! Never A Doubt, Membership and Fancy Lady are nominated as my three against the field.
Porcelanosa Rated Stakes
(Class B) (Handicap) (3yo+ 0-105) One mile
Twenty-nine runners to sift through here. Nashaab has been running consistently and deserves a win, best on firm, he would have a solid each-way chance if the rains stay away. Ratio and Pablo should both win races this autumn, they are soft ground lovers though. Calcutta won this race last season with Muchea four lengths behind in fourth. Muchea is 18lbs better off and this season he is the in form horse whereas, Calcutta, seems to have gone off the boil, after a good summer. True Knight may have been finally nailed by the handicapper, True Thunder should be thereabouts while Bestam is another waiting for some softer ground. Eljohar is improving but may need further; it maybe that Pulau Tioman the main threat to Mick Channon’s gallant performer Muchea.
Rothmans Royals St Leger Stakes Showcase Race
(Class A) (Group 1) (Colts & Fillies) (3yo) One mile six furlongs 132 yards
Sir Michael Stoute has three entries in his attempt to win the final classic for the first time. Balakheri has had a long break since disappointing in the Irish Derby. That may have been down to the race coming so soon after Royal Ascot. Reported to be working well under regular work rider Sally Eddery, significantly husband Pat takes the ride. Richard Hughes takes the ride on the progressive Highest while Jamie Spencer is on First Charter. Of the three, Balakheri strikes me as the more finished article whereas it may be next season Highest and First Charter reach their peak. Aiden O’Brien’s three entries are Ballingarry, Black Sam Bellamy and Sholokhov. Ballingarry finished in front of Balakheri and Nysaean in the Irish Derby when Sholokhov finished runner up. Ballingarry will be suited by the extra distance; well supported each-way by some shrewd judges that day he is my clear choice of that trio. Sholokhov has not been disgraced in his front running capacities, however, it is surely not the best preparation for a classic. Richard Quinn partners Mr. Dinos who may find this too short for his staying powers while I am of the opinion that Bollin Eric will struggle to get the trip. Nysaean is going to win a good race autumn on soft ground, he does not look as though he will get that scenario this weekend. Kazzia and Lady’s Secret represent the fairer sex. Kazzia blotted her copybook on ground too fast for her at York She looked legless at the end of that race and it must be a worry whether she can come back to her best, also she loves the soft. Kazzia has also developed a foot abscess; Simon Crisford reports "We very much hope that Kazzia will make the St Leger, but we will not make a decision until the middle of this week." Hardly the preparation for a classic. Lady’s Secret is surely outclassed, though the trip will suit. Godolphin may run Mamool; sure to stay he will be a stayer to reckoned with next season, this however, should be beyond his powers at the moment. So the last shall be first, or will it? We come to Bandari. Let us be quite clear this horse is not straight forward; for all his ability there must be a chance temperament will get the better of him. Whatever is said, his pre-race tension is not showing any sign of abating as yet and it must be taken into consideration in the final analysis. Three wins in exemplary fashion either side of that Derby flop is his record for the year. I firmly believe any horse he has beaten this season will not reverse form on Saturday. In the Great Voltigeur Bandari beat Highest, Bollin Eric and Bustan in a bunch finish; Balakheri ran away from Bollin Eric and Bustan by three and a half lengths plus at Royal Ascot. Both Bandari and Balakheri have improved and Bandari has to find three lengths on Balakheri.
Richard Hills believes he can improve Bandari as he now knows him; three lengths at this level is a lot to find. After the Irish Derby Aiden O’Brien stated "He stays very well and the St.Leger will certainly be a serious consideration"; I believe Ballingarry will take the final classic from Balakheri with Bandari third best.
ladbrokes.com Stakes
(Handicap) (Class C) (3yo+ 0-95) One mile two furlongs 60 yards
Back to handicaps and from the forty-six entered I take Chivalry, Kew Green, Lingo and Devolution in that order.
Torne Valley Handicap (Class B) (3yo+ 0-105)
One mile four furlongs
A good middle distance handicap with thirty-seven entries. Royal Cavalier has bounced back to form, Lingo also has entry here as do Saltrio, Tamiami Trail and Conquestadora, all of these have a good race in them this autumn. The selection is Peregio is improving and seems reasonable treated on a mark of 87
Battle of Britain Nursery
 (Class D) (2yo 0-85) Seven furlongs
A nursery handicap to end with.
Albany and Juste Pour L’Amour look well handicapped to my eyes with slight preference for the latter
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The 2002 Goodwood Festival
Day One
The Course: The track is right-handed and slightly undulating, with a loop for the longer races. Goodwood has a long run-in, but is primarily sharp, particularly on downhill sprint course. Two-mile races begin by racing away from the stands and turning both right and left handed. A high draw holds a considerable advantage in races over seven furlongs and a mile. Middle to high is preferred over nine and ten furlongs; this also applies to mile and a half races.  Races are often won and lost on the skill of the jockeys; paramount, is the ability to position their mount in a position, where an attack can be launched without the risk of bunching and buffeting, particularly for those challenging on the far rails. The undulating nature of the track lends itself best, to well-balanced, neat actioned horses that can race handy to the pace. Horses finishing like trains on the outside or crying out for room on the rails are all too commonplace and hard-luck stories abound in the bars during the five days.   
Trainers: Trainers to note include Saeed Bin Suroor, 40% winners to runners strike rate over the last four years, John Dunlop 32%, Henry Cecil 31% and Marcus Tregoning 29%. Trainers who also rack up the winners include Mark Johnston 19%, Paul Cole 19%, Dandy Nicholls 17%, Mick Channon 9% and Richard Hannon 8 % this, however, is tempered by their winners to run strike rate so selectivity is advised..
Jockeys: Jockeys to follow are Olivier Peslier, Frankie Dettori, Darryl Holland and Mick Kinane.
Main Races: Richmond Stakes Tuesday - 2 Year-Olds -6 Furlongs
Gordon Stakes Tuesday - 3 Year-Olds -12 Furlongs
Champagne Stakes Wednesday - 2 Year-Olds - 7 Furlongs
Sussex Stakes Wednesday – 3 Year-Olds & Upwards – One Mile
Tote Gold Trophy Wednesday – 3 Year-Olds – 12 Furlongs
Molcomb Stakes Thursday – 2 Year-Olds –5 Furlongs
Goodwood Cup Thursday – 3 Year-Olds & Upwards – 2 Miles
William Hill Handicap Thursday - 3 Year-Olds & Upwards – One Mile
melcollier.com Handicap Friday – 3 Year-Olds – Ten Furlongs
Lennox Stakes Friday - 3 Year-Olds & Upwards – Seven Furlongs
Nassau Stakes - Saturday - 3 Year-Olds  & Upwards Fillies– Ten Furlongs
Stewards Cup Saturday- 3 Year-Olds & Upwards – Six Furlongs
Day One 30th July
2:15  Littlewoods Bet Direct Summer Stakes Showcase Handicap (Class B) (4yo+)  1 mile 2 furlongs
 Parisien Star, Prairie Wolf  and Torrid Kentavr and finished 2nd, 3rd  and 4th respectively in this race last year. The latter is best off at the weights now and regular readers know he is a horse I have had my eye on for sometime. On his latest run he came wide into the straight when a creditable fourth to Heretic, this followed a decent run at Epsom. He will stay the trip and has a major chance. Parisien Star and Prairie Wolf are running well, perhaps though, not at the level of form of last season.  Bourganville and Londoner are joint top weights; the former is, I believe, a better animal over a mile and with some give in the ground, while Londoner has yet to convince on the flat or hurdles that he is in love with the game. Kirovski has come back to his best form this season, he is a horse who races best fresh and the exertions in the Magnet Cup may be too recent a memory for him. Tamiami Trail, Torcello, Jokesmith, Brilliant Red and The Glen are all seeking to regain their best form. The last named certainly has the ability and with the Hills stable on an even keel now he could be the best long-shot. Compton Commander has an attitude problem and only won an egg and spoon race last time out. Robandela has won here over twelve and sixteen furlongs and may find the trip on the sharp side. Selections1.  Torrid Kentavr2.  Jabaar3.  The Glen
2:45 Gerrard Investment Management Richmond Stakes (Class A) (Group 2) (Colts & Geldings) (2yo)   6 furlongs
 Bourbonnais, Semigold and Elusive City all made impressive winning debuts. I was particularly taken with the latter who is a fine imposing horse who has all the qualities to go a long way. Mark Johnston loves Goodwood and his stable is on fire at present. As well as Bourbonnais he has the ultra consistent The Bonus King and Royal Beacon entered. Keith Dalglish is jocked up on The Bonus King with Kevin Darley on board the stables other representative. Richard Hannon also loves this meeting and his stable is overflowing with top class two-year-olds. Royal Ascot victor  Baron’s Pit is tough and the sixth furlong should not bother him. Tacitus, Hurricane Alan and Tizzy May are the other possibilities from Hannon’s stable. Revenue also won at Royal Ascot, he will enjoy the sixth furlong  and has sold each-way claims. Fatik and Foss Way finished 3rd and 4th in the same race at Newmarket on their debuts they look outclassed here.  Selections1.  Elusive City2.  Revenue3.  Baron’s Pit
3:20 Peugeot Gordon Stakes (Class A) (Group 3) (3yo)   1 mile 4 furlongs
 "He and Love Regardless looked the potential stars at the beginning of the year, but he's still very green". Mark Johnston’s comments after Legal Approach had beaten Charley Bates on his comeback run this season. With Bandari in the field many will assume he will be the stables first choice. I suggest this animal is over rated; in fact it would not surprise me to see Systematic running the best race of the trio if all turn up. Sir Michael Stoute has First Charter and Supremacy entered; the former returned to his best at Royal Ascot and has definite each-way claims here. Bustan hampered in that race at Royal Ascot also holds place possibilities, however more of interest would be his stable companion Izdiham who beat useful older horses on his latest run. I am not a fan of Naheef and Nysaean is a bit in and out. A fast pace is ensured and any doubtful stayers will be found wanting.     Selections1.  Izdiham2.  First Charter3.  Systematic
3:50 ladbrokes.com Prestige Stakes (Handicap) (Class B) (3yo+,0-105)   1 mile 6 furlongs
 Cupboard Lover will be all the rage here; having completed his hat-trick. This once frustrating character now looks a real competitor, however, he has been on the go for a while now and may find this one race too many.  Mark Johnston has Darasim, Robandela Scott’s View and Mana D’Argent entered, slight preference is for the latter. Fifth in this race last season off a 4lbs higher mark he is solid frame material. Reviewer is in top form, he may unfortunately find this course on the sharp side. Hambleden has a 9lbs pull with Cupboard Lover and this game animal will put in his usual gutsy effort, he gets no respite from the handicapper and will probably once again find one or two too good for him. First Ballot won the race last season; he does not seem in the same form at present. Big Moment is a course and distance winner; his form has improved, as his stable has been turning the corner. A far from straight forward animal he will be weaving his way though in the final two furlongs and if the gaps open he will go very close. Harlestone Grey will a popular local choice, he is held on Goodwood running last season by Big Moment and may also prefer a longer trip. Elgria is improving and young Ryan Moore will be on board again, the pair will be hard to keep out of the shake up.      Selections1.  Big Moment2.  Mana D’Argent3.  Elgria4.  Hambleden
4:25 Oak Tree Stakes (Class A) (Listed Race) (Fillies & Mares) (3yo+)   7 furlongs
 This is a race which holds little appeal as a betting medium and perhaps its time for some refreshment.  Lipstick is a filly I like and she can take this Listed event, hopefully at a reasonable price. Selections1.  Lipstick2.  Mauri Moon3.  Roundtree
5:00 Tatler Summer Season Stakes (Handicap) (Class D) (3yo+,0-85)   1 mile  
 Forty-two entries as I write in this one mile handicap, where there will be more hard luck stories than we heard from the Italian and Spanish teams in the World Cup. True Knight and Montecassino Abbey are both quirky characters, they do however possess more than enough ability for a race such as this. I suggest a split bet on each. The reason for this thinking is that True Knight can lie up with the pace and avoid trouble while conversely  "Monte" is a hold up horse. With such a big field this will be no easy task for Micky Fenton; the gelding is however blessed with plenty of speed and is a handy type. Both horses are well handicapped and will handle the track. Dangers abound, Judge Davidson and Totem Pole are taken as the most serious ones. A word of caution a high draw is a big plus in this race Selections1.  Montecassino Abbey2.  True Knight3.  Judge Davidson4.  Totem Pole
5:35 Evening Standard Maiden Stakes (Class D) (Colts & Geldings) (2yo)   6 furlongs
 A mix of experience and newcomers in this interesting finale. Fatik and Foss Way also carry entries in the Richmond a switch by either to this race would be significant. Washeeq ran a blinder first time out and the winner, All Nines , has won again since. Entered in the Dewhurst and Racing Post Trophy he can go close here. Ocean Song represents the in form David Loder stable; he also carries Group entries and is reported useful. North Landing represents Mark Johnston, he too is apparently useful and of course the Hannon and Barry Hills stables cannot be entirely dismissed with three entries each.  Selections1.  Washeeq2.  Ocean Song3.  Fatik
Day Two Wednesday 31st July
2:15 Marriott Hotels Goodwood Stakes (Handicap) (Class C) (3yo+,0-95)   2 miles 5 furlongs
 Hugs Dancer bids to repeat last years success off a 14lbs higher mark and although improved this year he faces a stiff task. Taffrail carries topweight, he loves fast ground and improved all through the second half of last season. He is however, weighted right up to his best form and will need to improve again to take this. Ranville is another fighting the handicapper. Xellance should guarantee a sound pace and his ex-stablemate Mana D’Argent, should he take in this race, would have strong each-way claims. Arabian Moon is a horse who dislikes big fields; if the race cuts up he can run a big race. Kaluana Court bounced back to form at Sandown last time; she loves fast ground and if staying the marathon trip has sound claims. Grand Fromage and Galleon Beach have won this season, stay well and should play some part in the race. Greenhope has a second to Bangalore and, an unlucky in running, three length ninth behind Riyadh at Royal Ascot, to his name this season. The ground will not be a problem he has run well at the course and if ridden positively, has an outstanding chance of improving Nicky Henderson’s excellent strike rate on the flat this year.    Selections1.  Greenhope2.  Kaluana Court3.  Mana D’ArgentIn the absence of Mana D’ArgentArabian Moonis selected
2:45 Champagne Victor Vintage Stakes (Class A) (Group 3) (2yo)   7 furlongs
 All Nines is a tough sort who continues to improve, sure to stay this seven furlongs he will be thereabouts. Mark Johnston has Bourbonnais and Wilful entered and I hope Mark chooses this race as the target for Bourbonnais. The trip will suit and this powerful colt is sure to gallop all the way to the line. Summerland made an impressive winning debut, the form of which, has been advertised by the victory of Garros at Ascot. An extremely likeable colt he  will make a bold effort. Dublin and Silver Seeker represent David Loder, both seem on form, to be just below this grade. Norse Dancer is a colt I like very much; both his wins have come from racing off the pace and finishing strongly. My one concern is that the track maybe a little sharp and his finishing burst coming too late. Tacitus will enjoy the seven furlongs, he does however seem exposed and Newfoundland is a disappointing type. Sarayat is tough but Hilbre Island and New Wish look outclassed. Selections1.  Bourbonnais2.  Summerland3.  Norse Dancer
3:20 Sussex Stakes (Class A) (Group 1) (3yo+)   1 mile
 In going for his sixth Group 1 on the trot, Rock Of Gibraltar will be the banker of the meeting for many. His form is there for all to see and he will be extremely hard to beat. Aiden O’Brien has five other entries and the enigmatic Sophisticat maybe his next best. The main challengers from England are No Excuse Needed and Noverre. They fought out the finish last year and both should run their race again. The age record indicates that three-year-olds are far more likely to win this Group 1 race and in my mind only very firm ground would jeopardise Rock Of Gibraltar chances.  Selections1.  Rock Of Gibraltar2.  Sophisticat3.  Noverre
3:50 Tote Gold Trophy Showcase Handicap (Class C) (3yo,0-100)   1 mile 4 furlongs
 Another conundrum to unravel with some progressive in form horses entered. Stance is a nice colt who is also tough; he will be hard to keep out of the frame. Honor Rouge and Sentinel have won seven races between them this season, preference is for the latter who may act on the ground slightly better. Dune is consistent, he has had a short break after a busy start to the season. More improvement may be forthcoming and he rates each-way material. Waverley and Sharzan House are consistent  but look held here. Windermere, the subject of a gamble at Royal Ascot, hit the rails after two furlongs and never really travelled afterwards; that run must be forgiven and he holds a major chance. Distinction will appreciate the step up in trip and is another with chances.   Selections1. Windermere2.  Stance3.  Dune4.  Distinction
4:25 Weatherbys Bank Fillies' Rated Stakes (Class C) (Handicap) (3yo+,0-90)   1 mile 1 furlongs
 Helloimustbegoing disappointed badly last time out, prior to that she had won well and had been touted as a filly to follow. Stroke Of Six is consistent and should be in the shake up. Silence Is Golden may turn out again after her win at Ascot on Friday and a filly in form is always worth supporting. Portacasa is in form as is Mamounia who made all at Newmarket; although raised in the weights this race may be a little easier. Selections1.  Mamounia2.  Silence Is Golden3.  Stroke Of Six4.  Helloimustbegoing
5:00 Lady of The Month Champagne Victor Maiden Fillies' Stakes (Class D) (2yo)   6 furlongs
 Irtahal has some fancy entries and she has been pleasing her trainer. Tuscan Sky and Vision Of Dreams are reported useful, while Medeena is the best of those who have raced. The market and paddock should be studied closely before this event. Selections1. Irtahal2.  Tuscan Sky3.  Vision Of Dreams
5:35 Charlton Stakes (Handicap) (Class D) (4yo+,0-80)  5 furlongs
 A real poser of a sprint handicap. Zuhair has won the last three running of this race off marks of 79,79, and 72, he runs off 70 this year and showed distinct signs of a return to form at Yarmouth last time; he will be hard to keep out of the "four". Fly More returned to winning form on his latest run; once on song he is a horse who can rattle up quick wins in succession. Flak Jacket is another course specialist and should give his running again. Delegate is in the form of his life and with his confidence sky high he will be finishing to some effect. Rita’s Rock Ape is very fast and always likely to pop up in a race such as this and the booking of Darryl Holland for Talbot Avenue takes the eye. Selections1. Zuhair2. Fly More3.  Delegate4.  Talbot Avenue
Day Three August 1st 2002
The weather may yet play a part in proceedings and the forecast of thundery weather means we may end up with the nightmare scenario of watered ground drenched by rain. You are advised to keep a close ear on the commentators on BBC and Attheraces for up to date information.
2:15 Stanley Racing Stakes Showcase Handicap (Class C) (3yo,0-100) Please remember if the soft ground does materialise,  low numbered drawn horses will not be so inconvenienced by the normal draw bias . 7 furlongs
 Another competitive handicap to try and unravel. I have to confess that I am not a fan of Richard Hills when it comes to hold up tactics so I hope he races handily on Mubaah. This animal has run consistently well since his win at Kempton at Kempton in April. He handles all types of going and the step up to seven furlongs may well bring about more improvement. He is closely matched with Jonny Ebeneezer and Zandicular amongst others. Wixoe Express is a typical Sir Mark Prescott improver; still well in at the weights this improving colt will be hard to keep out of the frame. Freya’s Dream keeps on winning and even off a mark 4lbs higher than her last win she will be difficult to keep out of the "four". Krugerrand has the potential to win this, he does however, seem a bit quirky, with so many in form horses prepared to battle he may find it just too much. The booking of Darryl Holland for My Raggedy Man who he won on last time is interesting. He rarely rides for Hannon and with the horse having won at Epsom and Brighton the course here will hold no terrors. Pablo is considered better than his current rating he does however need juice in the ground. Paul Cole has enjoyed some good days here; Pieter Brueghel who had a nice confidence boosting win at Chester last time and may just be a bit better, than a handicapper. The booking of Michael Kinane is a bonus.   Selections1.  Pieter Brueghel2.  Mubaah3.  Wixoe Express 4.  My Raggedy ManShould the ground turn soft enough for Pablo to run he would become the second choice with  Mubaah and Wixoe Express dropping a position.
2:45 Molecomb Stakes (Class A) (Group 3) (2yo)   5 furlongs
 The Molecomb has produce some shocks over the years. Presto Vento is likely to be favourite this year; the filly has blinding speed and took advantage of a good draw at Newbury where she had Wunders Dream, Sir Edwin Landseer, New Foundation and Polar Force behind her. Sir Edwin Landseer is taken to reverse form with those he finished behind. Drawn well and then bizarrely switched to the far side, he ran an extremely  creditable race to finish third in unfortunate circumstances. Riva Royale showed good pace to lose her maiden tag at Yarmouth. She flopped over six furlongs at Ascot in similar company to here, but has chances of a place over this sharp five. Petite Histoire has been on the go on all season. She has shown a good level of form on softer ground and whether she can produce the same form on faster ground is debatable. Selections1.  Sir Edwin Landseer2.  Presto Vento3.  Riva Royale
3:20 Jpmorgan Private Bank Goodwood Cup (Class A) (Group 2) (3yo+)   2 miles
 Hatha Anna 20/1, Give Notice 10/1, Persian Punch 10/1, Jardine’s Lookout 7/1 and Bosham Mill 20/1 all clashed in the Gold Cup last time out. Hatha Anna is fancied to finish in front of his rivals again; Ascot was Hatha Anna’s first run since his excellent victory in Australia last November and close analysis of the Ascot race, reveals, he was travelling best of all turning into the straight. Narrowly beaten over the course last season he is solid each-way material. Cover Up beat Double Honour at Ascot over two and three-quarter miles by two necks. On 4lbs better terms many will fancy the Johnston horse to reverse placings; however, once again, Cover Up was travelling far the best turning into the straight, and were it for not being hampered at a crucial stage, he would have run out a ready winner. As an aside he is Golan’s work companion! And Beyond won impressively on heavy ground in Germany; he may be just below this class on good to fast ground, while the game Northumberland Plate winner  Bangalore has much the same chance as Cover Up. Charley Bates is the only three- year-old in the race and appears to have it all to do.   Selections1.  Hatha Anna2.  Cover Up3.  Bangalore
3:50 King George 200th Anniversary Stakes (Class A) (Group 3) (3yo+)   5 furlongs
 Bishops Court, an unlucky in running fourth in this race last year, will no doubt be the choice of many again. An exciting hold up horse, his style of running should carry a government health warning and while I respect his chance, he needs everything to drop right. Conversely Dominica blasts out the traps and plays catch me if you can. Interestingly her trainer reported that five furlongs and soft ground is best for her, so if the rains come, her chance will increase. Agnetha looks best of the Irish contingent and she can reach a place at least. Rudi’s Pet won this race in 1999, nothing would surprise me with Dandy Nicholls, while Repertory bounced back to his best last week. French invader Porlezza, like Dominica has a Group race penalty, she is however, a speedy and game filly. Any rain would increase Jessica’s Dreams chances. Whitbarrow is an in and out performer. Selections1.  Agnetha2.  Porlezza3.  Bishops CourtSoft ground would see Dominica as the second selection
4:25 European Breeders Fund New Ham Maiden Fillies' Stakes (Class D) (2yo)   7 furlongs
 Play That Tune ran a promising race first time out at Kempton; the third horse in that race has skated up since and the winner is reported to be one of Mick Channon’s best juveniles.. She is the clear form choice of those who have run. Joyous Greeting is the subject of positive reports and the Loder horses are in good form now. Irtahal is also reported to be working well enough to give a good account of herself. Ed and John Dunlop have entries as does Barry Hills; as always in this sort of race the paddock and market will provide the best clues. Selections1.  Joyous Greeting2.  Play That Tune3.  Irtahal
5:00 De Boer Nursery Stakes (Handicap) (Class C) (2yo)   5 furlongs
 I have to admit five-furlong nurseries are not my idea of fun and this one is no exception. Tamasuk and Fortune Bay are both trained by masters of their craft when it comes to handicapping and either horse’s presence would be significant. Platavium Princess is improving and Tim Easterby’s youngsters are bang in form. Maneater appeals as the best of the Hannon entries. Lord Of The Inn looks an improver and is also respected. Locally owned Stagnite will have been prepared for this and is the best outsider.  Selections1.  Lord Of The Inn2.  Maneater3.  3. Tamasuk4.  Fortune Bay
5:35 Drawing Room Stakes (Handicap) (Class D) (3yo+,0-80)   1 mile 1 furlong
 Junikay won this race two years ago; he runs off the same mark again today and has been performing creditably this season. Junikay finished fifth last year when Pagan Prince was third; he is 14lbs better off for a five length beating. Escalade has been on my horses to follow list for a while now and it is a close call between this fellow and Junikay. Richard Fahey is having a cracking season and Altay boasts two wins over nine-furlongs on his c.v.; he has solid each-way claims. Tropical Son is a lightly raced, improving type and trainer Alan Jarvis likes a winner here; he is taken as the best of the rest. Selections1.Junikay2.Escalade3.  Altay4. Tropical Son
Day Four August 3rd
2:15 Seabeach Handicap (Class B) (3yo,0-110)   One mile two furlongs
 Macaw, Wild Fling and Expected Bonus all clashed at Newmarket three weeks ago in what was a rough race where Macaw and Wild Fling were forced wide and possibly unlucky not to win. Wild Fling has since been slightly disappointing behind Turbo, however, that contest was run at a muddling pace and it may pay to overlook it and give Wild Fling one more chance.  Macaw has won again since and this tough competitor is sure to be in the shake up. Bonecrusher is tough and consistent and is sure to give another good account of himself. Common World has run two cracking races outside of handicap company behind Burning Sun and Century City in Ireland. This is a big ask off nine stone seven pounds and probably the last run in handicap company he will have; I believe he can make it a winning one. Legal Approach also has improvement in him, and with, as expected, the Johnston horses on fire, he can make a serious impression on the outcome. Chorist improved for the step up to ten furlongs when winning at Newmarket she may however just be too high in the weights now. Lingo 9lbs higher than when recording an easy victory at Epsom. If the ground turns really soft he will come into the reckoning. Mount Street is sure to be popular, her chances based on form achieved are slim, however trained by Sir Michael Stoute, she is bound to have come in leaps and bounds and has to be respected. The rest are all much of a muchness. Selections1.  Common World2.  Legal Approach3.  Macaw4.  Lingo5.  BonecrusherIn the event of serious easing in the ground Lingo would become second choice.
2:45 Theo Fennell Lennox Stakes (Class A) (Group 3) (3yo+)   7 furlongs
 An extremely open race where betting should be kept to a minimum. Nayyir has done nothing but improve this season; running a blinder at Royal Ascot in the Queen Anne he will find this easier and is the selection, the one negative is the trip which is a furlong short of his best. Millennium Dragon bounced back to form in the July Cup and this seven furlongs suits him well. Mister Cosmi ran as though finding his form last week and if he runs here a fast pace will be ensured. Priors Lodge bounced back to form on his last run; this grand looking colt will give a good account of himself. Atavus has the ability to make his presence felt, if getting the run of the race and Love Regardless, who came back to something like his best on his latest run,  will also figure if he has come on for his last race.   Selection1.  Nayyir2.  Millennium Dragon3.  Love Regardless
3:20 William Hill Mile Showcase Handicap (Class B) (3yo+)   1 mile
 This handicap is one of the tightest knit races I have assessed. Thirty four horses come out within four points on my ratings. As shown in the draw high numbers are a must and any conclusions reached must bear that in mind. The way to approach this race is to find a horse improving and capable of a higher rating or one who has achieved a high rating but yet to hit top form. Heretic comes into the first category. This horse win his last race, a competitive handicap at Sandown, in the manner of an improving colt., he looks capable of defying the 9lbs he has been raised. Heretic has only had eight runs in his life so he should have more improvement to come. The only "if" is the ground. Heretic is bred from a horse whose stock loves some juice in the ground and so far in his career it appears that is the case with him. Surprise Encounter on the other hand loves fast ground. The mightily impressive winner of the 2001 Hunt Cup has been struggling, along with most of Ed Dunlop’s horses, to recapture that level of form. A drop of 7lbs in the weights since the start of the season will give his supporters heart and the booking of Fallon or Dettori would be significant. A course winner he has a major chance.  Calcutta is a regular in races like this and he found a new lease of life recently. A hold up horse he has run at Goodwood four times, three unplaced (two in this race) and one second indicates the difficulty he will face coming from the back of the field. Beauchamp Pilot will have similar problems and may enjoy a little more cut in the ground. Ghannam ran another game race on Saturday and this mile will suit him admirably. Set to race off a 1lb lower mark he has a serious chance if his trainer decides he has recovered sufficiently to run. Demonstrate ran in the same race at Ascot and won the race on the far side, not given a hard time when it became obvious he was fighting a lost cause this lightly raced colt can play a leading role if he turns up here.  Ian Semple is a man to ignore at Your peril and in Judicious he has a horse with a serious amount of ability. A recent comeback win will have done his confidence no end of good and if his habit of breaking blood vessels is behind him he will not be disgraced. Atlantic Ace, Invader, Finished, Article Smirk, Bourganville, Dumaran, Irony, Morpheous and Rafferty figure high in the rating; their respective trainers are, not at present, firing on all cylinders. I had marked down Kruggerand as a possible for this race, he has been taken out; Wing Commander from the same stable still holds an entry.Just behind Ghannam in the Britannia he has a 1lb pull for a two neck deficit; progressive and tough he is solid each-way material. Wannabe Around, second last year off a 2lbs lower mark seems out of sorts this season. He does however, love this course and will no doubt try and destroy the field with his forcing tactics. Muchea continues to run well and has a squeak. While True Knight and Torrid Kentavr have engagements elsewhere and hopefully will take those up. Conclusion: With the draw unknown at this stage I put up in order of preference Wing Commander, Surprise Encounter (Fallon or Dettori a big plus), Heretic ( ground negative), Ghannam, Demonstrate and Judicious 
3:50 Lady O Memorial Glorious Rated Stakes (Class A) (Handicap) (Listed Race) (4yo+,0-110)   1 mile 4 furlongs
 Ovambo had Alunissage five lengths behind when an  unlucky second to Xtra at Newmarket. He is however 20lbs higher than his last handicap win which is a big ask. Alunissage has only won one race and that was over fourteen furlongs; he may this on the sharp side. The Whistling Teal has never run over twelve furlongs; he is 15lbs higher than his last handicap win. Chianti flopped on his only attempt at this trip and despite a creditable record in handicaps has never won one. Maniatis has the beating of Ovambo on a line through Xtra; he likes some give in the ground and the booking of Fallon would be highly significant. Darasim ran well on Tuesday and may turn out again. Stablemate Murghem won this race two years ago off a 2lbs lower mark, he acts on good ground but is a far better horse on fast. The in form Wait For The Will may struggle in this company. Prompt Payment is another improver; however, the runner up on her latest win has since been beaten in a maiden which casts a doubt on the form. Solo Flight has the ability to win this, he is however, extremely frustrating and not one to rely on.  SelectionsFast Ground1.  Murghem2.  Ovambo3.  ManiatisGood or softer ground1.  Maniatis2.  Ovambo3.  Murghem
4:25 Bexley Nursery (Handicap) (Class C) (2yo)   6 furlongs
 Nursery handicaps as previously stated are not races I enjoy analysing, and bets should be kept to a minimum if Fancy Lady is a non-runner. Locally owned Stagnite seems fairly handicapped and Mark Usher’s horses are running well. Magic Piper is reasonably handicapped and should go well. Lord Of The Inn is improving and not without a chance. Even with topweight Fancy Lady she is a strong fancy. Second to the impressive Russian Rhythm, she returned to Newmarket and hacked up on her next run. Barry Hills reported she would go into Listed company in next race, were she to turn up here, my thoughts  are that she is a blot on the handicap    Selections1.  Fancy Lady2.  Lord of the Inn3.  Magic Piper4.  Stagnite
5:00 European Breeders Fund Trundle Maiden Stakes (Class D) (Colts & Geldings) (2yo)   7 furlongs
 The paddock and market will provide the best guide here and this is not a race to get too involved in. Albareq and Wahsheeq set a fair standard with the latter just preferred. Stablemate Shuhood is well regarded and should be noted in the market and paddock. Gala Sunday is reported useful, as is Paul Cole’s Liffey and a market move for any of these would be significant. Selections1.  Wahsheeq2.  Albareq3.  Shuhood
5:35 Stewards' Sprint Stakes Showcase Handicap (Class B) (3yo+)   6 furlongs
 Difficult to assess as some of the runners may get into the Steward Cup itself So my selections are based with the current topweight James Stark and those below included. Selections1.  Flak Jacket2.  Taranaki3.  Cardinal Venture4.  Undeterred5.  College Maid
Day Five Saturday August 3rd
2:15 Vodafone Nursery Stakes (Handicap) (Class C) (2yo)   7 furlongs
 Another impossible looking nursery handicap opens proceedings on the final day. Aries appreciated the step up to this distance when winning at Folkestone. Rebate also appears reasonably treated and she can make the frame the pair appeal as a modest split stake punt. Pick of the others is Fellow Ship who is running consistently.  Selections1.  Aries2.  Rebate3.  Fellowship
2:45 Vodafone Thoroughbred Stakes (Class A) (Listed Race) (3yo)   1 mile
 Michael Stoute’s improving colt L’Oiseau D’Argent, made an impressive debut, this was followed by  a somewhat disappointing second to Imtiyaz over ten furlongs. On his next run, dropped back to a mile he had Love Regardless a head back in second. Looking to have more in reserve that day and likely to improve again, he can confirm that form. Where or When has been campaigned at the highest level and is reported to working brilliantly. His two runs over a mile have resulted in him being beaten seven lengths by Rock Of Gibraltar, any improvement on that would make him a very dangerous opponent. Common World as previously stated has been in top form all season, he may find a mile in this company to short. Selections1.  Where Or When2.  L’Oiseau D’Argent3.  Common Worldif absentLove Regardless
3:20 Vodafone Nassau Stakes (Class A) (Group 1) (Fillies & Mares) (3yo+)   1 mile 2 furlongs
 The Nassau Stakes at 3.20 looks an open affair. Choc Ice has shown good form in Group 1 company in her native France, Hong Kong and Canada. The booking of Peslier or Murtagh would be a big plus and she is taken to take the prize back over the channel. Islington and Quarter Moon represent the stables of Stoute and O’Brien respectively. The former has not run since the Oaks where she reportedly could not handle the ground, she does seem to have her limitations though; Quarter Moon second that day, has since been run out of the Irish version, after leading two furlongs from home. The O’Brien filly is not a straight forward ride and will need to be held up until the last possible moment, she does however posses plenty of ability and a turn of foot. Sophisticat also carries an entry and would be an able deputy if both run I would expect Quarter Moon to come out on top. Tarfshi should ensure a fast pace and she is a useful filly when running fresh and getting her own way out in front.  Selections1.  Choc Ice2.  Quarter Moon3.  Sophisticat4.  Tarfshi
3:50 Vodafone Stewards' Cup Showcase Handicap (Class B) (3yo+)   6 furlongs
 Border Subject and Feet So fast dispute favouritism. Both are on the verge of moving into Listed company and given the run of the race both should make the frame at least My one concern with Willie Musson’s colt is the ground. Pat Eddery made it clear in a post race interview after his latest win that he would not like to see the colt risked on fast or firm ground as he is a heavy topped horse. Border Subject ran a cracker in the Wokingham and this has been the plan ever since. The winner of that race Caprichio ran a stormer when dead heating in the Bunbury Cup where to my eyes he went slightly lame in the last one hundred yards. Brevity has had a somewhat less successful season this year due in no small part to the handicappers attentions. He has caught my eye on more than one occasion and is rated the best each-way long shot. Dandy Nicholls has his usual glut of entries and Scotty’s Future who has attracted cash in his last few races may find this fast six furlongs right up his street. Hurricane Floyd is also expected to make a bold showing. Trace Clip and Doctor Spin have the ability to go close if in the mood, however whether they will be is anyone’s guess.   Halmahera and Peruvian Chief have been quiet whispers in recent days and the latter will enjoy this cavalry charge.Conclusion: Border Subject is taken to defy his big weight and hold off Brevity, Peruvian Chief, Scotty’s Future and Feet So Fast . In the event of easing in the ground I would make Feet So Fast my second selection. 
4:25 Turf Club Rated Stakes (Class C) (Handicap) (3yo,0-95)   1 mile 6 furlongs
 Amanda Perrett is having a good week with two winners so far. Overstrand with Mick Kinane up and Kaparole with Steve Carson booked are her representatives. Both horses won maidens last time and in a close call between the pair Overstrand is just favoured. Scott’s View won comfortably over course and distance earlier in the week; it is difficult to envisage him being out of the frame. Robe Chinoise is an improving filly who will appreciate this trip, even off top weight she should not be taken lightly. Stance is being brought along steadily; he broke his duck in convincing style at Newbury and is another who will relish the trip. Seaborne is a game filly who may just find this too tough for her, at the present. Unleash has dropped 2lbs since his last run. A messy tactical race that day, he will appreciate this trip and looks to be coming to the boil at the right time. Paul Cole’s Titchfield and Starzaan are basically disappointing types, though the former who got his head in front last time, might improve a little. Sir Brasitas also got his head in front at Yarmouth, he did however, beat an unwilling sort in True Knight.    Selections1. Stance2.  Unleash3.  Robe Chinoise4.  Scott’s View A split stake on the top two is suggested if both run.
5:00 Richard Baerlein Rated Stakes (Class C) (Handicap) (3yo,0-90)   5 furlongs
 Willie Muir has resisted the temptation to run Zargus since Royal Ascot and the patience should be rewarded. A good run from Agnetha earlier in the week would frank the form and he can improve again to confirm the form with the consistent Fire Up The Band. Hufflepuff behind in the Ascot race has since won at Bath, she is another improver who should make the frame. Strathclyde sprang a surprise at Newmarket last time out, there appeared to be no fluke about it; he is rated best of the rest.  Selections1.  Zargus2.  Hufflepuff3.  Strathclyde4.  Fire Up The Band
5:35 European Breeders Fund Racegoers Club Classified Stakes (Class B) (3yo+,0-95)   7 furlongs
 If Ian Semple decides to re-route Judicious he would be the pick A shrewd thinker of the game his decision, if taken would be respected. Nemo Fugat and Northern Desert are closely matched on previous running, Northern Desert is just preferred. Royal Millennium and Vanderlin would be respected if taking this option up.  Selections1.  Judicious2.  Royal Millennium3.  Northern Desert4.  Vanderlin In the event of Pieter Brueghel taking up this option he would become the selection.

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