Pitmans Derby

Good morning from a wet Sheffield! To be honest I'm thankful for a bit of rain the hayfever has been killing me over recent weeks so any respite is a plus. I had a cracking time at Haydock last Saturday for their evening meeting. Only had one winner and a couple of seconds, the winner Steve Prescott goes again today at Chester – he looks a decent prospect. Anyway on to todays selections and the highlight is the Pitmans Derby today, its a bloody tough race to pick the winner – good luck with it! I'm opting for GLENARD to take the race. He looked progressive last year and has form on this type of ground, will get the trip and has a good each way chance.
 
CHANCERY 1455 NEWMARKET – (NAP) (3rd – 16-1 = £10.00) this horse has been knocking on the door of late but has also run a few disappointing races when fancied. There are a few ground question marks with some of these today and I'm chancing him to run back to form on ground that should suit. He has to reverse form with BATTALION from that race at Ripon which also had SUEGIOO back in third.
 
MIDNITE ANGEL 1745 NEWMARKET – (NB) (WON – 9-2 = £14.06) I thought this girl would run better at Royal Ascot. She showed great speed as a juvenile and hasnt met the requirements of the lofty targets she has has. This is a big drop in class and I think she has a cracking chance today.
 
ROYAL RASCAL 1515 NEWCASTLE – (TREBLE) (2nd -14-1 = £8.75) this filly is another one who has some decent form in the bag. She came just short against BONDESIRE at Chester, who has since run well. Off a mark 7lbs lower than when defeating ODOOJ at York. She has been running well of late, except last time out, but I'm willing to put a line through that. The quicker ground shouldnt be a hinderance, she finished 3rd to RODSHU QUEEN on good to firm. 20-1 is a bonkers price for me as I write this.
 
GOLDREAM 1610 WINDSOR – (NR) won well for the blog at Newmarket on 1000 Guineas day and then ran creditably on easier ground the next time. This faster surface will bring out the best in him and I'm hopeful of a winning race. Should get a good toe from a few front runners and then with Jimmy Fortune powering him through it could be set up nice for him.
 
I also like the chances of BODY AND SOUL 1440 NEWCASTLE and I'm intrigued to see how BONNIE GREY 1420 NEWMARKET runs on better ground.
 
My Dad's selections are :
MUTHMIR 1405 NEWCASTLE (2nd – 9-4 = £1.40)
SAAYERR 1440 NEWCASTLE (unplaced – = -£5.00)
GABRIELS LAD 1530 NEWMARKET (unplaced – =-£5.00)
ANGEL GABRIEL 1550 NEWCASTLE (WON 4-1 = £12.50)
 
Standings
Father 8-13 Son
Profit
Father +£55.49
Son +£194.98
 
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York Day 3

The blog chucked up another winner on Thursday with Mr Fallon riding NAVAJO CHIEF (15-2) to perfection. My other runners were nowhere and really disappointed me! Oh well, on to another day.
 
MIDNITE ANGEL 1515 YORK (nap) – this horse has a very strong form line with J Wonder. They both caught my eye when romping clear of the field at Newmarket last year. We all saw what J Wonder did the other week and this horse I feel is just as good and for me is a crazy price.
 
AHZEEMAH 1445 YORK (nb) – another horse with smart form, but over slightly further. This is always feel is a good thing as you can be more assertive with them. He's only a pound higher than when defeating SIMENON here and he ran BROWN PANTHER close last year too. TAC DE BOISTRON has been so impressive but this may be one too many!
 
CHANCERY 1415 YORK (treble) – this horse has been a little disappointing but for me he's primed to run a big race tomorrow!he has won here twice and his latest run was much better and he's been kept on the same mark for this!
 
DON'T TELL ANNIE 1345 YORK – this is a cracking race and there are loads with chances. This horse won well last time and a few who were in behind have come out again and ran creditably. I think she's the value in the race!