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)
Father 8-13 Son
A cracking few cards on offer today at York and Haydock! This time next week we will be gearing up for the Derby, lets hope the weather picks up. Hoping for a few winners today to keep topping up the profit on the blog. Here are my selections for today :
ROYAL RASCAL 1430 CHESTER (nap) – (2nd – 3-1 = £1.87) ran in some top races last year following on from a very successful season before that beating Odooj and running Rodshu Queen close. This is more her level and should run a very big race from stall 1 off a very appealing mark.
SIRIUS PROSPECT 1350 YORK (nb) – (2nd – 3-1 = £1.87) has 3 wins here and the latest off this current mark in a class 1 listed event. Has two wins to his name on soft and 4 on good so the ground should suit. I think he is the best horse in the race and will hopefully show his true colours.
BODY AND SOUL 1450 YORK (treble) – (2nd – 17-2 = £5.31) this boy is due! He has won a this level beating Moviesta here and he also boasts the defeat of Hototo is his youth. The Duke of York Stakes was a step too far last time and this is more realisitc. Big chance
CLEVER COOKIE 1420 YORK – (WON – DEAD HEAT – 3-1 = £5.62) I'm chancing this one to improve again. He was very impressive last time beating Tres Coronas. This is another step up and he is raised 8lbs but with form on this softer ground he has another great chance.
My Dad's selection are :
GARSWOOD 1440 YORK (-£5.00)
YORK GLORY 1515 HAYDOCK (-£5.00)
MIGHTY YAR 1535 NEWMARKET (-£5.00)
SHAMSHON 1550 HAYDOCK (-£5.00)
Current standings : FATHER 7-11 SON
PROFIT – SON = £155.93 FATHER £48.81
Well the heavens have opened and York is soft. This has surely had a negative impact on the calibre of some of the races. However, we've got what we've got. The Dante gives us the next Derby clue, and to be honest I've not been impressed with anything so far! Enjoy the first day and be lucky.
ASTAIRE 1515 YORK (nap) – was a horse that really impressed me last year and just kept on improving. The Greenham was obviously too far and he drops back to sprinting now. Three year olds dont have a good record in this, but the horse is 2 from 2 here, including a soft ground Gimcrack success. I think he's top class and could bounce back big time here!
ROYAL RASCAL 1445 YORK (nb) – this horse has two wins over 6 furlongs here on soft and I was really impressed by his victory over Odooj here a couple of years ago. He ran awfully last year, but the ground was a determining factor in that. He should run a big race! I also like the chances of BLAINE who seemed to run better last time and is on a good mark judged on his Gimcrack success here. VALBCHEK also can't be discounted off top weight as he is a smart sprinter.
PASAKA BOY 1345 YORK (treble) – the horse could improve further as a 4 year old. He caught my eye when winning over this trip at Epsom last year. His comeback run wasnt great and he is now only 2lbs higher than that
Epsom victory. He should offer more this season and on his second run
MADAME CHIANG 1415 EPSOM – I'm taking a chance on this horse and she could be something special. If you judge her the way she won her debut then you can see potential and that was on soft ground too. She's worth a chance here with questions about a few.
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