We start today’s Channel Four racing with a Group 3 fillies Stakes over seven furlongs.
Mick Channon has won this race twice in the last three years and has every opportunity to make it three from four with Epsom Icon today; she comes here seeking a hat-trick after two good wins this year and if she continues to progress she has every opportunity to go in again.
Favourites have a tendency to win this race and the Mark Johnston’s horse Fireglow will probably give another good account today after she impressed when finishing second in a Group 3 at Newmarket three weeks ago and she may be still fairly treated.
Belvoir Bay takes to this trip for the first time but she was impressive over six furlongs last month where she came from the back of the pack to win well and could be another on the up.
Dutch Heiress failed to complete a hat-trick last time out but she could be a diamond in the ruff and could be a nice side bet for some each way money.
Epsom Icon (WIN)
Dutch Heiress (E/W)
We head to Beverley for our second race of the day a five furlong listed Stakes.
One favourite has won this race in the last six years but Maarek could be the next favourite to do so if he is the favourite today; he’s been impressive over in Ireland for the last ten months and has competed in better company than this and could be the one to beat.
Northgate Lad won over course and distance back in June but faded badly last time out at Ascot there may of been something amiss that day and with the return of De Sousa he looks very overpriced and looks good value.
Alben Star has a long absence to deal with but he seems to do all his winning these days on the all-weather but looks fairly treated back on turf.
Ridge Ranger and Red Pike both have solid claims as well, the former won over this distance at Goodwood last time out and could still be on the upgrade, the latter also won last time out but may now be in the handicappers grip.
Line Of Reason is a hard one to predict and could be anything on the day so it’s a surprise to see him so favoured in the market.
Ridge Ranger (E/W)
Northgate Lad (E/W)
We return to Goodwood for our third race of the day with a huge field of twenty going to post for a seven furlong handicap but with ground being as soft as it is I’m sure the field will deplete before the race starts.
Enlace beat Fox Trotter over course and distance when they met at the beginning of the month but that was the latter’s first race after a long absence but I don’t see the latter getting the better here today.
Magic City gas done well in this race in the last two years having won this in 2013 and finishing third last year; he should make his presence felt again today and has possible each way claims again today.
Czech It Out won over course and distance back in May and was second here over course and distance last time, he seems to love it around here and could be a real player.
Tatlisu can never be ignored in these type of races and could be a possibility with a good draw.
With two good results this month Farlow looks a real danger of the four Fahey horses entered into this and is another who has strong each way claims.
Czech It Out (E/W)
Our first visit to Newmarket is a thirteen furlong handicap.
Only one of this field of fifteen has a previous win under their belt and he comes here seeking a hat-trick, Royal Signaller kept on well on both his last starts to be in with a shout of a hat-trick but could now be slightly high in the weights.
Something was definitely amiss when Wadi Al Hattawi was pulled up at York last time out and the fact he is here today must mean it wasn’t anything to bad if producing the race he did before that he could be a real player.
Farquhar hasn’t won since October last year but showed great improvement when finishing second at Newmarket last time out and could still be on the upgrade and is another who could be a real player.
Magic Dancer has been very inconsistent after his win at Windsor back in October but isn’t out of this yet.
Wadi Al Hattawi (E/W)
We head back to Goodwood for our fifth race on Channel Four with a fourteen furlong listed Stakes.
Fun Mac is upped in class after a good second at Ascot last time out but with the penalty he has to negotiate with today he may just struggle for now at this level.
John Gosden won this card last year but has entry today Mazocco has looked all out of sorts since his win at Chelmsford back in March and with both his wins to date coming on the all-weather he has too many questions marks to give a real possibility for this.
Rawaki looks the safest bet as he’s won over this distance in the past and looked like he needed the extra furlongs he had today to catch the winner of that race and should be the one to beat.
We head back to Newmarket for our punatilmate race of the day a six furlong listed Stakes.
Wet Sail and Portamento went head to head last time out with the former just getting the better but the latter didn’t seem to get a good run on that occasion and could easily reverse that form today.
I think a lot of people look at Lucky Kristsle’s second last time out as a come back in a Group 3 race that she’s back to the level she was when winning two group 2’s two years ago but I personally don’t see it.
Cape Factor looks very highly priced especially if the rain comes in overnight as she enjoys a bit of cut in the ground and if the rain does comes she’ll be worth every penny of each way money.
Our final race on Channel Four sees a small field of six linen up for a Group 2 race over a mile.
Kodi Bear look to go off as the odds on favourite after he destroyed the field in a Group 3 at Salisbury just over two weeks ago; he has a five pound penalty to deal with on this occasion. On that form he has the beating of most of these when you look back in recent head to head with the others in the field.
Gabrial is probably the expection to this as he’s been there abouts in this company and can probably be forgiven for his last run at York last time out in Group 3 company as he was all over the place that day and didn’t look like he was interested at all but if he’s back to his best he could give this odds on favourite a run for his money.