QIPCO 1000 Guineas

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Didnt have too much to shout about on the blog yesterday but thought KINGSGATE NATIVE ran well in third and that HIGHLAND COLORI ran much better and showed the spark is still there. CELESTIAL PATH ran a cracker in the Guineas from a disadvantaged draw and was really moving in the dip. He’s certainly one to watch at Royal Ascot! On to the ladies today and I had a cracking day this time last year with both the MIGHTY YAR and then GOLDREAM (25-1) winning on the blog. I’m hoping I’ve got a few again here. Good luck with whatever you’ve selected, sit back and enjoy and then we’re off to Chester next week! Love that meeting!
He has always looked a decent horse to me and despite wins with cut in the ground I think the quicker ground today will really suit him. He ran possibly his best race at Ascot on quick ground off the same mark as today. His run at Pontefract will have sharpened him up a bit and I’m expecting a winning run from him today.
I tiiped up GOLDREAM in this last year and I’m hopeful I’ve found another decent priced winner. SECRETINTHEPARK had solid C+D form and has won this and ran well last year. Despite moving to the yard that won this last year and will the beforementioned he’s a pound higher than his 6th last year and I dont think he’ll win. BLAINE found his old form ladt year and he has a sniff but he may be handicapped to his best. My selection isn’t though and I think he can go onto bigger things. He ran really well in the group 3 Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle last year behind DANZENO and followed thst up with a 2L fourth in the Stewards Cup. That is smart form and this quicker ground and better draw will help today! There is plenty of pace around him and I can see Hughesie striking late on him.
This is a cracking race! FINTRY has decent form but couldn’t beat INTEGRAL here last time, and she folded a bit tamely for me. BELLE D’OR is interesting and she could improve lots this year and the step up should help too. I have to opt for RIZEENA though, she has the group one form to bring and despite a disappointing three year old campaign she still has class and ran well in her last outing. She has a question mark anout the trip but I think she’ll get it.
With a couple of noteful absentees this race isnt as hot as it should be! Despite the poor ride on TIGGY WIGGY last time I still can’t see her staying a mile. She’s built for speed pure and simple. OSAILA has had a fair few miles on the clock but she has a solid chance today as does JELLICLE BELL who caught the eye last time. I’m opting for LOCAL TIME, while she has to improve for her MEYDAN successes she has the potential and is bang in form. She also beat a few types here in the Oh So Sharp Stakes last season and I think she’ll like this quicker ground. James Doyle has ridden her in her last four wins and I expect a boldshow again today.
I also like the chances of SWNYMOR 1445 HAMILTON, WILLIAM OF ORANGE 1405 SALISBURY and NAMHROODAH in the Pretty Polly!

King George Day

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Well what a complete wash out yesterday’s blog was! All four I chose in the morning as they preferred quicker ground, by the off Ascot had been hit with a storm of biblical proportions and the going had changed to good to soft! Bloody annoying! I faired better at York in the evening with a few nice winners, notably CELESTIAL PATH for Sir Mark Prescott who looks a decent type. The weather at York looks pretty sound and I don’t think Ascot will get any more rain but I can only see that just getting to good by the off. Should be a cracking day of racing ahead, so sit back and enjoy and hopefully there are are a few winners here. I will try and ensure I get a blog up for every day at Goodwood next week if I can.

TAGHROODA 1550 ASCOT (nap) – (WON 7-2 – = £10.93) 3 year olds have a poor record in his race and fillies have a non existent one! So why my selection do you ask? The answer, this girl is special! She has been so impressive every race and yes its a massive task to overcome some top colts but she can do it! She is in receipt of 15lbs from TELESCOPE which will help and the fact that Hanagan has jumped off a Coral-Eclipse winner faster than you can say Hamdan Al-Maktoum further solidifies my claim. It’s going to be a cracking race and records are there to be broken!

GOLDREAM 1530 YORK (nb) – (2nd – 12-1 = £7.50) this boy gave me a great win on the blog on 1000 Guineas day and I’ve been waiting for him to get his ground again. He wasn’t really fancied on Guineas day and produced a cracker and with ground excuses the last twice his 6lb raise is fair. He has two seconds to his name here a the Knavesmire and the step back up to 6 furlongs will help too. I’m very hopeful of another big run.

TOOFI 1555 NEWMARKET (treble) – (unplaced = -£5.00) he is dropping down from Listed and Group company to contest this Class 2 handicap and sometimes it’s worth following the big boys when they drop down. He has good form at the top level behind Coulsty and then also ran well in defeat to Magnus Maximus earlier in the season. He could be too good for these and he is currently a very good price. Time will tell.

PASTORAL PLAYER 1515 ASCOT (unplaced = -£5.00) this is my heart ruling my head! This horse has dropped to a very nice mark. It is on the back of a very barren run however! The Royal meeting showed it proved sensible to stick with high numbers in these races, but with the ground being a bit softer the near side can prevail. He is drawn trap one and has the likes of Field of Dream, Don’t Bother Me and Ayaar around him. The pace should be quick and it may set it up for him to burst through late. He has won here over 7f on good ground and is alb lower than that now, I’m hopeful more than anything but he does have a bit of class.

My Dad’s selection are :

BRONZE ANGEL 15515 ASCOT (unplaced = -£5.00)

DESERT SOCIETY 1625 ASCOT (unplaced = -£5.00)

WINDHOEK 1455 YORK (unplaced = -£5.00)

SEE THE SUN 1530 YORK (unplaced = -£5.00)


Father 9 – 14 Son

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Son + £210.27

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)
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Son +£194.98

The 1000 Guineas

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Not a great day yesterday to do honest! Although good old KINGSGATE NATIVE nearly got there! On to the second classic and the girls get their chance! Should be another cracking day and we’ve got Chester to look forward to in the week too. Result! Be lucky!

IHTIMAL 1550 NEWMARKET (NAP) – (3rd 7-1) was quite impressive last year when winning over 7f at Newmarket and then over the mile at Doncaster and has since followed that up with two successes at Meydan. Really liked the way she stretched away last time over 10furlongs and I think the undulations will suit her style and this extra stamina will come in to play.

GOLDREAM 1510 NEWMARKET (NB) – (WON 25-1) this fella has some very good handicap form on offer including a narrow second to BOGART over 5f at York. He has form over 6f too including a win here. Is dropped a couple of pounds and now races off the same mark that saw a narrow defeat to ANCIENT CROSS at Doncaster. He has a good chance in my opinion at a very big price. Others to take my eye in the race are SECRETINTHEPARK, who has course and distance form here and I have always liked. ZANETTO was campaigned at the top level last year to no avail and drops back in class here after being gelded – he’s dangerous!

GIFTED GIRL 1440 NEWMARKET (TREBLE) – (3rd – 7-1) she ran some cracking races last year starting with a comfy success at Ascot and then a narrow defeat by THISTLE BIRD on softer ground despite being raise 12lbs. A win at Ponte followed be fore being the closet to Dank at Arlington in the Beverly D Stakes. This drop to Group 3 class is a good start for her and she should run a big race!

MIGHTY YAR 1405 NEWMARKET – (WON 5-1) is relatively unexposed and there should be more to come. Ignore the first outing this year as that was poor run but he had a lot to do that day on poor terms and for me the ground was unsuitable. Hoping for a better show today!


Saturday Selections

I haven't done a blog for a while but been incredibly busy with work and then had a fantastic weekend away in Leeds last weekend. With a feast of racing on offer today it was time to put that right. I hope I can find a few winners here today and have a big priced selection on offer again.
GALAXY ROCK 1550 MARKET RASEN (nap) – (FELL) this horse has a touch of class and can stay much further than this today. He hasn't won for a while now but today is the day. I hope there will be a strong pace due to the nature of the race, if not I would expect to see the Champ push him on from the front and use all of his stamina.
KRYPTON FACTOR 1515 NEWBURY (nb) – (3rd – 13-8) this one has some very solid form on offer including a good third at Royal Ascot. Nothing on paper should get near him today and he has the class to take this at a canter.
GOLDREAM 1650 NEWMARKET (treble) – (unplaced) drops down a class today after a decent effort in defeat behind Masamah last time at Ascot. He ran really well behind Ancient Cross at York earlier on and he is a course winner. Huge chance today.
WEISSE SOCKEN 1550 NEWBURY – (unplaced) this is step up for this filly, but it is for most of these. She ran well when winning last time at Chester and caught my eye as one to follow. Ralph Beckett is a master with the ladies and the booking of William Buick catches the eye too. Outstanding each way cance in my opinion at a huge price.
If you are having a flutter today, do so within your means and enjoy the racing!

Naps 42/191 = 21.9%
Wins 168/952 = 17.6%
Placed 251/952 = 26.3%

Win and Placed = 44%

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