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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Royal Ascot Day 2

Well the first day wasn't great for the blog! Not even a place other than KINGMAN. Was a cracking first day though and I must take my hat off to SOLE POWER! What a performance that was!
 
On to Day 2 and hopefully a little more luck!
 
JERSEY STAKES 1430

Another intriguing contest to get us going. The French have an interesting contender with Frankie on board in REDBROOK and he could improve even more. MUSICAL COMEDY could run a big race and give us a Royal winner but I'm opting for SUDIRMAN who has Group 1 winning form and the softer ground can be offered for the last two lesser performances.
 
QUEEN MARY STAKES 1505

ANTHEM ALEXANDER (TREBLE) has a great chance to further boost the breeding credentials of STARSPANGLEDBANNER. The way she won at Tipperary suggested greater things to come and with the owner opting for this race for here it further boosts her credentials for me. PASTORAL GIRL should like this ground and could improve on her first run at a huge price.
 
PRINCE OF WALES'S STAKES 1545

I think TREVE will win this despite the latest defeat. However I am fascinated to see who wins out of THE FUGUE and DANK for the place money. I'm opting for DANK to improve again.
 
DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE STAKES 1625

SKY LANTERN is key here, if she shows the form of her win here last year she will take some pegging back. However, fillies with a penalty to carry seem to always lose in this race! INTEGRAL has alot going for her and she ran so well for me last time. WOODLAND ARIA could also be around at the end.
 
ROYAL HUNT CUP 1700

BURANO (NAP) has the credentials for this race. He has only one win to his name but his last two runs have been very eyecatching. He had no real luck in running when in behind at Newbury and then travelled well at headquarters. A big field on this wide track should help him find the space and this race suits a late fast finisher. The draw should help too. NICEOFYOUTOTELLME travelled so well last time when winning and could be the danger.
 
SANDRINGHAM HANDICAP 1735

MAJEYDA has the class to take this. She ran well in the 1000 Guineas and in a Group 3 too and is top weight for a reason. Class is class and I think she's very good but I'm going against her and against the decisions of Hughes and Dettori and I'm opting for MIDNITE ANGEL (NB) to show her class again. If she reproduces the run behind J WONDER last year and goes up with the pace she could take some pegging back.
 

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!
 

Saturday selections

Today's blog sadly is being written back at home rather than on holiday in my caravan in lovely Cornwall. However after a pretty abysmal Glorious Goodwood I am hoping I have a turn around in form. I have been pretty poor recently on the winners front, but you have good days and bad! Today see's the pointless competition that is the Shergar Cup, a tipping minefield as the focus seems to be on the jockey's rather than the horses! I normally avoid it like the plague but have risked one selection there today. If you're having a bet today, good luck and rememeber to bet within your means.
 
GLENARD 1705 HAYDOCK (nap) – there has been a hell of a lot to like about the recent performances of this horse and I think today is the day he wins. He is 5lbs better off with his latest conqueror BIG THUNDER for that defeat and with Haydock being a tough place to go and make all I reckon my boy can reverse the form today.
 
HOLY ANGEL 1630 HAYDOCK (nb) – he has twice gone close at this trip recently and all his best runs have been over 6f. He last two runs need to be ignored for me as 5f was too quick. The return to 6f and the booking of Robert Winston for the ride warrant respect
 
CONDUCT 1500 NEWMARKET (treble) – is a talented horse but seems very fragile in nature. However, has a good record fresh and on good ground. Worth taking a chance on him to beat these today.
 
TWEETY PIE 1600 HAYDOCK – won a 5f Beverley race at 50-1 for the blog a few weeks ago and has since ran well over 6f when runner up at Thirsk. He was just caught in the final furlong that day and this return to 5f should help on this quick track, raised 2lbs for that second at Thirsk, he has a big chance today.
 
BUSHEL 1440 ASCOT – ths one comes with the Shergar Cup warning! However, a good win at Ripon on his handicap debut on Tuesday cannot be dismissed and despite a penalty he is open to further improvement.
 
EDUCATE 1420 HAYDOCK – my original pick for this race TRES CORONAS is a non runner. So I'm opting for Ismail Mohammed's horse who has been very unlucky in his last few runs and as early season runs showed, he is a capable horse. Today, it could all fall right and he has a. Added bonus of Jonny Murtagh on board!
 
MIDNITE ANGEL 1535 NEWMARKET – last week's run behind J Wonder here at Newmarket was a cracker and it showed some of the class I saw in when she was just pipped at Warwick earlier this year. I thought she looked at least a Listed class filly that day and she is entitled to a crack at Group level. The step up should suit amd Frankie will know her better after last week!
 
BLOG STATS :

Naps 42/198 = 21.2%
Wins 172/994 = 17.3%
Placed 261/994 = 26.3%

Win and Placed = 43.3%

@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£50.83

Saturday selections

Today's blog sadly is being written back at home rather than on holiday in my caravan in lovely Cornwall. However after a pretty abysmal Glorious Goodwood I am hoping I have a turn around in form. I have been pretty poor recently on the winners front, but you have good days and bad! Today see's the pointless competition that is the Shergar Cup, a tipping minefield as the focus seems to be on the jockey's rather than the horses! I normally avoid it like the plague but have risked one selection there today. If you're having a bet today, good luck and rememeber to bet within your means.
 
GLENARD 1705 HAYDOCK (nap) – (WON – 11-1) there has been a hell of a lot to like about the recent performances of this horse and I think today is the day he wins. He is 5lbs better off with his latest conqueror BIG THUNDER for that defeat and with Haydock being a tough place to go and make all I reckon my boy can reverse the form today.
 
HOLY ANGEL 1630 HAYDOCK (nb) – (3rd – 10-1) he has twice gone close at this trip recently and all his best runs have been over 6f. He last two runs need to be ignored for me as 5f was too quick. The return to 6f and the booking of Robert Winston for the ride warrant respect
 
CONDUCT 1500 NEWMARKET (treble) – (unplaced) is a talented horse but seems very fragile in nature. However, has a good record fresh and on good ground. Worth taking a chance on him to beat these today.
 
TWEETY PIE 1600 HAYDOCK – (unplaced) won a 5f Beverley race at 50-1 for the blog a few weeks ago and has since ran well over 6f when runner up at Thirsk. He was just caught in the final furlong that day and this return to 5f should help on this quick track, raised 2lbs for that second at Thirsk, he has a big chance today.
 
BUSHEL 1440 ASCOT – (2nd – 17-2) this one comes with the Shergar Cup warning! However, a good win at Ripon on his handicap debut on Tuesday cannot be dismissed and despite a penalty he is open to further improvement.
 
EDUCATE 1420 HAYDOCK – (3rd – 8-1) my original pick for this race TRES CORONAS is a non runner. So I'm opting for Ismail Mohammed's horse who has been very unlucky in his last few runs and as early season runs showed, he is a capable horse. Today, it could all fall right and he has a. Added bonus of Jonny Murtagh on board!
 
MIDNITE ANGEL 1535 NEWMARKET – (2nd – 3-1) last week's run behind J Wonder here at Newmarket was a cracker and it showed some of the class I saw in when she was just pipped at Warwick earlier this year. I thought she looked at least a Listed class filly that day and she is entitled to a crack at Group level. The step up should suit amd Frankie will know her better after last week!
 
BLOG STATS :

Naps 43/199 = 21.6%
Wins 173/1001 = 17.3%
Placed 265/1001 = 26.5%

Win and Placed = 43.8%

@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£54.83