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.
Five furlongs : Low to middle (72%)
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
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
£200000 St Leger Yearling Stakes Class B 2 Year Olds
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)
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.
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
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
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
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
(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
(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
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.
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.
1. Roundtree 2. Mauri Moon 3. Curfew
(Class A) (Listed Race) (2yo+ 0-102) Five furlongs
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
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
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
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
(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
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.
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
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
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.
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)
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.
(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
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
A nursery handicap to end with.
Albany and Juste Pour L’Amour look well handicapped to my eyes with
slight preference for the latter.
The 2002 Goodwood Festival
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
Gordon Stakes Tuesday - 3 Year-Olds -12 Furlongs
Champagne Stakes Wednesday - 2 Year-Olds - 7 Furlongs
Stakes Wednesday – 3 Year-Olds & Upwards – One Mile
Tote Gold Trophy Wednesday – 3 Year-Olds –
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
Handicap Friday – 3 Year-Olds – Ten Furlongs
Lennox Stakes Friday - 3 Year-Olds & Upwards – Seven
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
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
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.
5:35 Evening Standard Maiden Stakes (Class D) (Colts & Geldings) (2yo) 6 furlongs
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
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
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
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.
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
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)
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.
5:35 Drawing Room Stakes (Handicap) (Class D) (3yo+,0-80) 1 mile 1 furlong
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
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.
3:20 William Hill Mile Showcase Handicap (Class B) (3yo+) 1 mile
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
O Memorial Glorious Rated Stakes (Class A) (Handicap) (Listed Race) (4yo+,0-110) 1 mile 4 furlongs
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
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.
5:35 Stewards' Sprint Stakes Showcase Handicap (Class B) (3yo+) 6 furlongs
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
3:20 Vodafone Nassau Stakes (Class A) (Group 1) (Fillies & Mares) (3yo+) 1 mile 2 furlongs
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.
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
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.