13:45 Newbury This probably hinges on whether King George third and Group 2 Hardwicke winner Dartmouth handles the forecast ground. Extremely progressive, he must concede weight all round but his form is extremely difficult to knock in the context of this. Duke Of Navan stands out as a clear danger and has won on very soft ground before. Excellent at 2 he has already proven he retains plenty of ability and will likely go close, he was beaten by a stablemate of the favourites at Kempton last time however and faces serious competition for the lead today. Algometer is the potential fly in the ointment and hails from a yard firing, already a Listed winner he wasn’t disgraced in the Derby and has plenty of potential for improvement. Ayrad has plenty to prove at this level but could force the pace and has the potential to ruin the chances of Duke Of Navan in doing so, all of which points the way forward to Dartmouth who is taken to defy the penalty and the ground. Dartmouth (WIN)
14:00 Ayr Bletcley caused quite an upset when make a winning start to her career at Nottingham (25/1) and then followed that up with an outstanding effort when 2nd in the Group 3 Albany at Royal Ascot. Connections were keen to blame the ground when she bombed at Newmarket the next time but it should be remembered it was good to firm on her debut. Whatever you make of her she is clearly the one to beat but there are reasons to be worried and a stab at one at bigger odds looks safer. Partitia has improved with racing and represents top connections, she will likely prove popular though she is already shorter in the betting than she ought to be. Drumfad Bay is an intriguing Irish challenger, already proven on this surface she is entitled to go close and should find this easier than some of her recent assignments. Stormy Clouds would be a big player if she reproduced the effort that saw her win a valuable sales race at York, she fluffled her lines last time however and looks a hit or miss type. Bryan Smart has won 2 of the last 10 renewals of this and immediately suggested this would be the target for Delectation who won impressively on debut at Thirsk. Rosebridge and Shamsaya have claims in an open contest but a chance will be taken on Delectation improving her trainers fine recent record in this. Delectation (E/W)
14:15 Newbury Legendary Lunch arrives here on the back of a cracking effort when 2nd at Doncaster last time and could arguably be called unlucky as the winner received a peach and he had the worse of the draw. Todays step up in trip should suit the Hannon inmate and given he handles the ground he is handed the vote to gain compensation. Harry Angel only just failed to nail a Godolphin hotpot on his debut and is firmly in the ‘could be anything’ category. A strong favourite to make amends the next time at Goodwood failed to materialise as he was unruly in the stalls and withdrawn, as already stated though he has plenty of potential and needs respecting despite having to improve. Sutter County failed to land the hat-trick when finishing a slightly disappointing 4th at York the last day. his jockey later repoted he wasn’t in love with the ground which is worrying given its likely to be similar today. Global Applause is another who may not like the ground, his form entitles him to does entitle him to respect however. The rest have plenty on to beat the fancied ones in this but Perfect Angel is unexposed and does handle the ground. Legendary Lunch (WIN)
14:35 Ayr (Silver Cup) This looks a bit of a nightmare to decipher and plenty have something to be recommended on. Intisaab is a model of consistency and hasn’t failed to finish in the top 2 in his last 6 starts. Desperately unlucky in the run when just failing to catch one at Ripon race was followed up with another heart-breaking 2nd from a poor at the Curragh last week. Fairly drawn today he has every chance of landing this and is taken to do just that, though he will no doubt need luck in the run. Louis The Pious is a former winner of the Gold Cup here, disappointing for the most part ever since he has plummeted down the weights and has plenty enough to prove. His yard (Stablemate of Intisaab) have a knack of resurrecting similar however and this mark makes such appeal that he is handed a slice of the vote at fancy odds. Shipyard has been heavily backed a few times of late yet has disappointed in the races, should he fire he would have plenty in his favour but its worrying that he’s missed so often with the money down. Flying Pursuit is only three and hails from a yard amongst the winners here this week, any give will suit him and the first time blinkers could eke out the required improvement. Handsome Dude dotted up last time having shown almost nothing all season, should the mood take he would have to be respected but this ground is a big concern. George Bowen came 2nd in this last season for the Fahey yard, 2lbs lower today gives him every chance though he has been out of form. Kickboxer is another who has plenty to prove on his recent form, he is fairly useful on his day though and makes some appeal at big odds. Eccleston, Ninjago, Stamp Hill and Blaine has chances if on song, though pretty much any result wouldn’t shock. Intisaab (WIN) Louis The Pious (E/W)
14:50 Newbury What About Carlo is one of two runners in this for Eve Johnson Houghton and he took last seasons renewal off slightly lower mark. Generally disappointing this term he is hard to be confident about but the recent rain enhances his chance and at the odds he makes plenty of appeal. Stablemate Scarlet Dragon has had a totally different season and has improved out of all recognition. Very impressive when landing a big field handicap at York last time has resulted in him receiving a 7lbs penalty, he could prove up to it however and is difficult to dismiss. Baydar is another improver having won his last three, closely matched with Goodwood Mirage the pair should go well again though separating them is difficult. Autocratic is improving with racing and represents the Stoute yard, up 5lbs after a decent effort in defeat the last day looks fair and his chance looks even stronger on the softer ground. Muzdawaj failed to reel in the re-opposing Lord Ben Stack at Haydock the last day though the handicapper has given him every chance of overturning the form today. From the red hot Haggas yard he was very difficult to oppose but there will be much easier races than this. What About Carlo (E/W)
15:10 Ayr Morando made such an impression when sluicing up on his handicap debut that the handicapper reacted by slapping down a heavy handed looking 10lbs penalty. Thoroughly unexposed it would be no surprise if the Varian challenger proved up to that but this requires a fair amount of improvement and these are tough handicappers he faces today. Two For Two loves it here and has finished 4th and 3rd in the last two renewals of this contest. Fairly consistent and a type who goes on any ground he lacks the scope of the market leaders but his chance at placing is clear and on that premise he is handed an each way vote. Garcia probably disappointed when only a moderate 16th in the Britannia at Ascot though he had previously looked a useful tool and will appreciate any juice in the ground today. A strong type over this trip probably hints at more to come over further but that is down the road and its likely Fahey has had this in mind for a while. Another Touch also represents Fahey and he too has probably been aimed at this, 5th from an unfavourable draw at York last time will have put him spot on and he is a big player. Highland Colori probably isn’t the same horse as when winning the Gold Cup here but he is still capable of decent form and is respected as a course winner. One More Word is an extremely frustrating sort with a modest strike rate (3-32) he could go well at decent odds but he needs everything to fall right and wouldn’t be one for the faint heaerted. Al Khan and Fort Bastion are others who hold some sort of chance though both have disappointed on numerous occasions and both would be rather disappointing winners. Two For Two (E/W)
15:25 Newbury The ground has already ensured this field has cut up and those that do want cut in this have plenty to prove on the book. Lord Of The Land has a victory to his name on heavy ground in France and wont mind how soft it gets. Proven over a variety of trips he doesn’t stand out as a 5f horse but there will likely be a fast pace in this and he is taken to mow down enough of these late on to place, on his debut at the trip. Boom The Groom is a grand type who arrives here in the form of his life having won his last two in hot handicaps, this ground poses a serious question of him but he has to be respected and could burn them off. Alpha Delphini is another in tremendous form and his gutsy showing in a Listed race at Beverly last time screams at further improvement to come. Once again, the ground is most unlikely to suit as he has never even placed with soft in the going description. Ridge Ranger is another who wouldn’t want the ground to get too soft though she has shown she handles a little cut and she did run a fine 2nd in this last season. Cotai Glory ideally wants better ground but ran a belter behind Profitable on good-soft in the Kings Stand, he is by far the one to beat on that run but he has failed to win on his last 13 runs now. Spirit Quartz will probably be suited by the ground but he too has disappointed on too many occasions and the rest would be very disappointing winners. Lord Of The Land (E/W)
15:45 Ayr (Gold Cup) G Force won a Group1 in 2014 and looked a sure thing to develop into a regular player at the highest level. Only promising a few times afterwards, disaster struck when he was nearly brought down at Haydock in the 2015 Temple Stakes and he has never appeared the same horse since. Jack Dexter would be as popular a winner of this as there ever has been and he has a very good chance off his mark, any overnight rain would further enhance his already solid chance though he has flopped a few times in this already. Absolutely So hails from a yard with a decent record in this and has probably been aimed at this for a while. A top draw handicapper he would be an apt winner but it would take an awesome weight carrying display, even so he is very much respected. Ascription has been off since last October and makes his debut for Keith Dalgleish and at the 6f trip. Hugely promising he has had his fair share of problems but he likes cut and is a very interesting type despite having plenty to prove. Orions Bow, Hillbilly Boy and Nameitwhatyoulike are serious players who are at the top of their games, solid runs from all three are expected but you have to think there are better handicapped. Growl has shown himself to be a highly progressive handicapper already this terms and looks to be well handicapped off his current mark. He seemed to be given an awful lot to do the last day and has almost certainly been trained with this in mind, Graham Lee will have to have his wits about him but the Fahey horses tend to run well here and as such he is handed the vote. Brano, Aelous and Perfect Pasture are selected others who can play a part but of the ones at fancier odds G Force stands out the most. G Force (E/W) Growl (WIN)
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