#SundaySuperSeries picks from Haydock

15:45 Haydock 07 Aug 2022

Sky Bet Sunday Apprentice Training Series Handicap

The Thin Blue Line 10/1 Win Only – Very consistent performer who had no luck whatsoever last time out and still managed to finish just a couple of lengths back in midfield. Takes a small drop in class here today and has an ideal draw in 13 to take this race by the scruff of the neck and should be on the premise once again.

16:15 Haydock 07 Aug 2022

Sky Bet Sunday Series Newcomers’ EBF Maiden Stakes

Centrestage 33/1 EW 4 places B365 – Half brother to the very smart performer Solid Stone who will probably need further in time given his breeding. He is not without speed in the bloodline however having been Sired by G2 winning Showcasing so it would be no surprise should this one grab a place late on from a near perfect draw.

16:45 Haydock 07 Aug 2022

Sky Bet Sunday Series Sprint Handicap

Showtime Mahomes 11/1 Win Only – Has come up short on his last two outings but had been pitched right in at the deep end on both occasions following what looks like a pretty strong piece of form from his win at York. Eases back down the weights slightly and has been given time to get over those runs and comes here with a decent chance of getting back on track for last years winning stable. His win at York has worked out pretty well and there could be more to come from this one.

17:15 Haydock 07 Aug 2022

Sky Bet Sunday Series Middle Distance Handicap

Lady Caroline 25/1 EW 5places B365 – Below par in two runs this term and given a break following that disappointment. Oddly stepped up in trip here which is not an obvious positive on breeding but must be showing something at home for them to take a tilt here. Yard only sends one runner today and their record here is pretty decent. Ben Curtis is a big plus in the saddle and we take a chance on this Wildcard selection. Anythingtoday 33/1 could also get back on track from a very big price.

17:45 Haydock 07 Aug 2022

Sky Bet Sunday Series Nursery

There’s The Door 9/1 Win Only – A winner over CD for the in form David Evans last time out in a race that has produced a decent handicap winner since. This opening mark looks pretty fair judged on that evidence and should give another good account here. Got up in the dying strides last time out but still looked to have plenty in hand making this mark look even more lenient today.

#ShergarCup

13:00 Ascot 06 Aug 2022 

Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Curtain Raiser Classified Stakes

Blenheim Boy 7/1 Win Only – Slightly disappointing at the Royal meeting here back in June but was on the wrong side of the draw that day so excuses can be made. Was far more encouraging last time out in a hot race at York and shaped as though this longer trip today could bring about a little improvement. Sits in good hands for one that will clearly need playing late and will no doubt get the signature Jamie Spencer ride today.

13:35 Ascot 06 Aug 2022 

Dubai Duty Free Full Of Surprises Classified Stakes

Divine Magic 9/2 Win Only – In form filly who was only narrowly denied last time out despite conceding first run. Well worth another try here over this sharp 7f over which she will be very well suited. Has gotten better with every start this term and further improvement could not be ruled out here today.

14:10 Ascot 06 Aug 2022 

Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Dash

Dubai Station 16/1 EW 4 Places – Down the field in the Wokingham here at the Royal meeting and could only manage 5th last time out at Chelmsford. He has weakened late on in both of these runs over 6f and looks of more interest now back down to this minimum trip. The yards record in this race is a good one, they have won it 3 times since 2010, each time with a 5 year old having had a run in the last 14 days so the selection rates the pick of his 3 here in this race.

14:45 Ascot 06 Aug 2022 

Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Stayers

Going Gone 10/1 Win Only – Very disappointing last time out but was a good 4th of 19 previously over the longer trip of 20f here at the Royal Meeting. That run has him ahead of many of his rivals today and a big run can be expected. Drop in trip should be no problem and has won over similar trips. Also looks to get ideal conditions here.

15:20 Ascot 06 Aug 2022 

Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Challenge

The Whipmaster 7/2 Win Only – Outstayed by a very classy looking sort when going for a five timer over CD last time out but was a massive 14 lengths clear of 3rd place. Has only gone up 1lb for that run and looks sure to be in the mix again here. In form and lost nothing in defeat.

15:55 Ascot 06 Aug 2022 

Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Mile

Shelir 14/1 EW 4 Places – Very good handicapper who looked in need of the run last time out over 7f. Often comes on for his reappearance and the step back up to a mile here will be a big plus too. Most of his best work has come over this trip and despite his last win coming on soft ground he does act on this quicker surface. Can however find one too good hence the EW stakes and today that one could come in the form of Frankie Dettori’s mount Isla Kai

16:30 Ascot 06 Aug 2022 

Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Classic

Approachability 8/1 Win Only – We have been behind this one for a win all season and he is fast becoming our cliff horse. Drops in grade here slightly and eased a little in the weights too and has to hold excellent chances of getting his head in front in the hands of Hayley Turner who is a name to be reckoned with at this unique meeting. Trainer Mark Johnston has won the last two runnings of the race and also saddles Sharp Combo. A race where we could see a 1,2,3 for the Ladies team.

17:05 Ascot 06 Aug 2022 

Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Sprint

Tolstoy 12/1 Win Only – Lightly raced and still unexposed it would appear and one who it could way pay to follow having his first run for new yard. Joined the yard from John Gosden and is a well bred sort who if coping with this fast ground today, doesn’t look harshly treated. Produced a career best last time out at Chelmsford which is often a good pointer track for Ascot and was far from disgraced in the Coventry here as a 2 year old so plenty to like.

#Galway Plate & Hurdle

Galway Festival is well and truly underway. The social event of the summer if the stories I hear are correct. Some safe to repeat, some not so!

While its safe to say that Galway and the surrounding area transcend into a nonstop party for 7 days, the racing on offer simply cannot be overlooked. Every year the top races get stronger as trainers eye the big prizes and the opportunity to win some prestigious events.

For me, the two highlights are the Galway Plate and the Galway Hurdle. Like I said before, the quality improves every year, and you only have to look at the last 5 years results to see the standard of horse that comes out on top.

Galway Plate

Starting of with Wednesdays Galway Plate. A chase over 2 miles and 6 furlongs.

2021- Royal Rendezvous

2020- Early Doors

2019- Borice

2018- Clarcam

2017- Balko Des Flos

No surprise to see Willie Mullins and Paul Townend take the race last season. Willie tends to dominate wherever he goes these days. He needs a lorry booked just for his silverware at racings festivals.

Royal Rendezvous bucked many trends by winning. He won as 5-1 favourite. Only 4 have won in the last 20 years. However, 5 from the last 6 favourites have placed at least to give fave backers some comfort to cling onto.  Also, he carried 11:05.  In doing so he became the first horse to win carrying 11 stone plus since 2005.

Onto this year’s field, which again looks stacked with quality and class. It also gives us punters a proper puzzle. We wouldn’t have it any other way would we???

The Shunter is market leader. Cheltenham festival winner in 2021 but hasn’t looked the same horse since. 4th in the race last year off same mark.

Cape Gentleman has a long layoff to come back from. A big ask.

Gabynako is talented, Arkle second but has stamina to prove.

El Barra was superb at Punchestown, raised 10lb as a result, very lightly raced so shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Hewick is a Bet 365 Gold cup winner. A dominant one at that. 2nd in May over hurdles which was a lovely prep. Recent form on decent ground is way to good to overlook. Trainer confidence seems to be sky high. Career high mark but unexposed as a chaser.

Then you have horses on winning sequences like Easy Game, Hurricane Georgie and Ash Tree Meadow. They possibly look weighted to best.

You then come down to the flashback horses of Battleoverdoyen, Notebook, Castlegrace Paddy and Samcro. Fair to say it would be a massive shock if any of these were to roll back the years. Especially Samcro (Sorry Dawn)

The way I see the race going comes the way of the 7-year-old Fire Attack. Gigginstown have a fantastic record in the race. He comes here fit and firing from a run in May. A victory at Punchestown. Will enjoy the forecast ground, possible he is well handicapped with a nice 3lb claim from Shane Fitzgerald.

 In my opinion there looks to be no excuses and I’m sure trainer Joseph O’ Brien will agree. Must have a major chance.

The other angle, each way angle so to speak comes in the form of another Joseph O’Brien horse. That is Darasso. He was 5th in the race last year. Since then, he’s been a very busy boy.

 9 runs, 8 over hurdles. Some smart form as well. While he may not scream the ideal candidate, I can see him running a big race. This is about his level, he’s tough, battle hardened and if he can get a rhythm jumping, he will clearly have the tactical pace to compete as shown in his hurdles runs.

Prediction

1.         FIRE ATTACK

2.         DARASSO

3.         HEWICK

4.         EL BARRA

Galway Hurdle

Thursdays Galway Hurdle now comes into view. While the Plate seems to provide a minefield every year that leaves us looking for those well handicapped individuals. The Galway Hurdle in recent years has seen the cream rise to the top.

2021- Saldier

2020- Aramon

2019- Tudor City

2018- Sharjah

2017- Tigris River

Willie Mullins taking 3 of the last 4 victories. So, it pays to take serious attention to the yard’s main hopes in the race. Well, you all knew that anyway. Its Willie Mullins for heaven’s sake.

Notably the last 5 winner’s all ran in June – July so it can be a major advantage arriving here with a recent prep. At the time of writing this, I don’t have the confirmed declarations, so a bit of guesswork is needed here.

The current market leader is no surprise. Adamantly Chosen. 5-year-old which is same age Sharjah was when he won here in 2018. Hasn’t quite hit the heights just yet and hasn’t been seen since April. I think he’s worth taking on personally. Probably only favourite because of who trains him.

Surprisingly Gordon Elliot has never won this race. He has Party Central potentially lining up here. Another who lacks a recent run but her form on decent ground is foot perfect. She’s a danger to all if a confirmed runner.

Its very hard to predict the best hope from Closutton.. Tax For Max is declared for Tuesday and is number 20 here so you must think if he was to try a Galway double, there is a good chance he will go close. A bit of a sandwich short of a picnic but talented none the less.

Felix Desjy is another head case who has been nothing but a pain in the butt for me punting wise. I abandoned ship at Punchestown so of course he went and won. His recent run in June at Tipperary was promising. He has unfinished business here. In 2020 he was a faller when he would have won. (I’m not bitter).

Top Bandit hasn’t been seen since a disappointing run at the Cheltenham Festival. Before this his record was ultra-consistent.  He would warrant respect. The one horse I would love to see declared is Santa Rossa. She is a brilliant mare. Winner of the Grimes hurdle In June. She’s genuine, tough and has been campaigned superbly by the yard. Annoyingly I think weight makes things hard for her, but she shouldn’t be written off. Only one horse is rated higher than her in the field. Others have the same mark as her, but she will run to the mark. Will the others?

Many others are very much so so. This comes down to the mares for me. Party Central and Santa Rossa. Hard to split them but slight preference would be for Santa Rossa. Willie could be mob handed but I’m going to brave and pass on his platoon.

Prediction

1.         SANTA ROSSA

2.         PARTY CENTRAL

3.         TOP BANDIT

4.         TAX FOR MAX

5.         FELIX DESJY Top 5 here because I don’t think all will be declared.

Sunday Selections


The latest selections

IWAC: Desert Doctor 0.5pt EW 20/1 4 places Corals (245 Chelmsford) – A return to the AW should see this one in a much better light than his last 2 runs. Rated 8lb higher on the AW and has been a fairly prolific performer on these surfaces over in Meydan as well as here at home. Won twice over CD and has fallen to a very tempting mark for this race. Race could have plenty of pace on which would be ideal for this closing sort.

NB: Poppy Carew 1pt win only 9/1 (145 Pontefract) – Had shown plenty of promise in her York debut before disappointing last time out at Newmarket. The drop back in trip here will certainly be a big positive and the quicker ground will be of no harm to her chances either. Yard do very well in this type of race.

LONGSHOT: Alsithee 0.5pt EW 40/1 (220 Pontefract) – Very hard to fancy having been tailed off in his last 2 starts but takes a big step back in trip here and given how he has not been seeing out his races that could well provide the key to an improved run today. Yard are a savvy bunch and have a decent and profitable record here at Ponte so its always noteworthy seeing one from the yard. Still very lightly raced and an interesting outsider here.

NAP: Marselan 0.5pt EW 20/1 (515 Pontefract) – Unexposed over this minimum trip and will be suited by the emphasis on stamina here at Pontefract with the stiff uphill finish. Yard has won this race twice in the last 3 years including last year so clearly a race they have in mind and they enter two today. The selection fits the profile well for this race and a big run at a big price can be expected.

Multiple

0.25pt Trixie NAP/NB/IWAC – 1Pt

0.5pt EW 4 Fold on above 4 selections – 1pt

Free Bet

Specials/Offer

Running total – +£10.00

Bets with no stake returned – 14

Bets Placed – 29


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Saturdays Selections


The latest selections

Rhoscolyn 0.5pt Ew 28/1 7 places Will Hill (300 Ascot) – Completely bombed out last time out at Newmarket but had previously run a big race here in the Buckingham Palace back in June. Was third that day and closing well having been denied a clear run and if able to put that latest disaster behind him should go well once more from a decent draw.

Thank The Lord 1pt win only 16/1 (630 Salisbury) – Flopped on last two outings but was running well when stumbling on reappearance at this track back in June. Drop back to 5f looks a positive on breeding and could get back on track returning here at a big price.

Music Society 0.5pt Ew 16/1 (240 York) – Placed 2nd in this race last year from a 6lb higher mark for shrewd local trainer T Easterby who runs 4 in the race today. Will need to bounce back from a few lesser runs since winning at Catterick back in June but that would come as no surprise from this yard.

Tessa 1pt win only 10/1 (350 York) – Ran with plenty of promise on all 4 starts to date and is worth a chance here on handicap debut. Opening mark not overly harsh and the drop back down to 6f here will be a huge positive as will the long straight here at York.

Multiple

0.25pt EW Yankee on above 4 runners

Free Bet

Kind Gesture £5 win only @13/2 Bet365 free £5 bet on any race at Ascot (225 Ascot) – Very progressive looking sort who was a hard held 10 lengths winner last time out. Steps up markedly in grade here but warrants plenty of respect with conditions looking very favourable. Unexposed and should be capable of making her mark at this level.

Specials/Offer

Minnietonka £10 win only @10/1 Skybet money back if 2nd or 3rd offer. (150 Ascot) Very impressive at Salisbury on debut but was not seen at her best last time out at Newmarket. Had excuses that day and didn’t really act on the tacky ground so better can be expected here with ideal conditions. Open to plenty of improvement and is one that trainer Richard Hannon holds in very high regard.

Running total – +£20.00

Bets with no stake returned – 13

Bets Placed – 28


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3 selections and 1 from the tracker


The latest selections

Nap: Safran 1pt win only 10/1 (715 Ripon) – Largely inconsistent since joining this yard but on a going day certainly has enough to get involved from this mark. Couple of very decent runs from a much higher mark last summer over CD offers plenty of encouragement. Has to overcome the wide stall of 10 but is versatile as to how he can be ridden so hopefully that will be no issue. Yard have won 2 of the last 3 running’s of the race and have to be taken seriously again here.

NB: Circolocco 0.5pt EW 16/1 4 Places Skybet (845 Ripon) – Lightly raced and still very much learning her trade. Shaped encouragingly well last time out at Doncaster in behind the short priced favourite Golden Duke and will be open to plenty of improvement re opposing here from a 3lb better mark.

IWAC: Abel Handy 1pt win only 11/1 (225 Ayr) – Last of 9 when last seen and has plenty to prove coming in here. Had previously made a decent return to action which offers something to work with here having been freshened up. Mark has fallen to an all time low and this once Group 3 winning 2yo now sits 23lb below his last winning mark albeit 14 runs ago.

Monty’s Award 0.5pt EW 33/1 (505 Worcester) – One from the tracker who looked to benefit for a return to these smaller obstacles last time out and should give a good account once more. Eased a couple of pounds and very dangerous from a big price if able to build on that run.

Multiple

0.25PT Trixie on NAP/NB/IWAC – 1PT

Free Bet

Specials/Offer

Running total – +£20.00

Bets with no stake returned – 13

Bets Placed – 28


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Saturday Selections from #Beverley #Carlisle #Haydock #Sandown


The latest selections

Nibras Again 0.5pt EW 25/1 (328 Beverley) – Not really threatened in two runs this term but will come here fitter for those runs and will come here sitting on a very attractive mark. Yard have 3 in the race and all are drawn well, so you could say they play a very strong hand. The selection has gone well here previously over CD and will not get many better opportunities at to get back on track. Soul Seeker 40/1 the other big outsider also holds excellent claims on best form from todays weight.

Where,s Jeff 1pt win only 15/2 (440 Beverley) – 2 from 2 over CD and comes here today some 4lb lower than the latest of those wins at around this time last year. Will need to bounce back from a lesser run last time out but this looks easier. Yard do well here and a big run can be expected. Zihaam could not be ruled out for a return to form from his current mark back over CD for in form trainer Roger Fell.

Gorgeous General 0.5pt EW 22/1 (650 Carlisle) – Can be forgiven latest run over a slightly longer trip that did not suit when poorly drawn at Thirsk last time out and should fare much better here today. Previously ran a very creditable race under today’s pilot over CD who takes off 7lb on their return. Could well outrun these huge odds for a yard going well at present.

Multiple

Free Bet

On To Victory £2.50 Ew 22/1 Bet365 free £5 bet on any race at Haydock. (315 Haydock) – Blew the start last time out and was unable to get back on terms, ran on well enough to suggest however that with a better start here he could get much closer to the William Haggas trained favourite. Has a 10lb pull in the weights here with that rival today and has to be respected.

Specials/Offer

Darkness £10 win only 12/1 Skybet money back as cash if 2nd or 3rd (225 Sandown) – Needs to improve on recent efforts but shaped very well at Epsom and Ascot this season and looks to have something to offer. Looks exactly the sort that this yard excel with and will be sure to pop up in the winners enclosure in this sort of event soon from his falling mark

Running total – +£30.00

Bets with no stake returned – 12

Bets Placed – 27


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Saturday’s Selections from #Chester #Newmarket #Newcastle


The latest selections

Mancini 0.5pt EW 18/1 4 places Skybet – Back down in grade to a class 4 for the first time since last summer when he was narrowly denied here at Chester over the longer trip of 2 miles. That run was from a mark of 87 and he goes today from 76 some 11lb lower. He has won over this shorter trip before and cannot be dismissed given his connections and the fact that they won this race last year. He will face stiff competition from a couple of the 3yo’s today but none of them look quite as well treated as the selection should he bounce back today.

Jack The Truth 1pt win only 12/1 (445 Chester) – Has gone well fresh in the past and has now dropped to a very interesting mark returning from a stint overseas. Well drawn for one that likes to track the pace and has to hold excellent chances here today. Possibly better on the AW but today’s ground looks ideal for a run on turf.

Indigo Times 0.5pt EW 25/1 (520 Chester) – Can bounce back from a poor run on yard debut last time out, was in need of the run that day and the shorter 12f trip was not one that suited either. Headgear that was applied has been quickly discarded and a better run can be expected. Selection is 3 wins and 2 placed from 7 runs at todays trip, gets pretty much ideal conditions and takes a decent drop in grade from a falling mark. Lots to like about one from a shrewd yard.

Ghost Rider 1pt win only 6/1 (115 Newcastle) – Course winner who holds plenty of potential upped in trip here today. Often slow to start and finishes his races off well and could well be crying out for this longer trip. Has been gelded and wears a visor for the first time and does not look fully exposed yet for a top new yard.

Multiple

0.5pt EW 5 fold on all 5 selections – 1pt

0.25pt Trixie on all 3 win selections – 1pt

Free Bet

Specials/Offer

Believing £10 win only 7/1 SkyBet money back as cash if 2nd, 3rd or 4th (205 Newmarket) – Its very hard to look beyond Richard Hannons record in this race and we were very taken with his selection at Salisbury when in attendance that day. Won out of sight and didn’t really get into top gear that day so likely there is much more to come. Very difficult to say what she beat that day and this looks to be a much tougher assignment so at the prices we are willing to take her on with one who won in decent style last time out despite having a nightmare getting out of the stalls and giving away 10 lengths at the start. Again didn’t appear to beat much that day but showed a good attitude to get her head in front and has another decent looking piece of form on offer from her debut run.

Running total – +£30.00

Bets with no stake returned – 12

Bets Placed – 26


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Thursday’s Selections


The latest selections

Streamline 1pt win only 33/1 (830 Hamilton) – Had a quiet first run for the yard back in September and has been off the track since. Returns having been gelded and had a wind op in what looks a winnable race on last years form. Has been running in better races and this looks a fair drop in grade here from a very enticing mark. Gets an extra 5lb taken off by Zac Wheatley who is no mug in the saddle.

Madame BonBon 1pt win only 11/1 (645 Leicester) – Markedly down in trip here following a disappointing run last time out and is becoming frustrating. Interesting jockey booking in Hollie Doyle who hops off Nikkis Girl in favour of one from Mark Johnston who won this race last term. Eased a further 3lb for this and is sitting on an attractive looking mark if able to get back on track.

Multiple

0.5PT EW Double on above 2 selections – 1pt

Free Bet

Specials/Offer

Running total – +£30.00

Bets with no stake returned – 12

Bets Placed – 26


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