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13:50 Newmarket The first race on air looks to be billed as the “Clash Of The Frankels”. Nelson and Herculean are taking the limelight and although their rivals look very good prospects I can’t see the winner falling outside of this duo. The Ballydoyle runner Nelson took a few races to shake off his maiden tag before winning a Group 3 at Leopardstown last time. He’s done well to progress but the form of his races to date doesn’t read all that well and although he represents top class connections looks open to his sibling. Herculean was on the lips of many racing fans after his success at Ascot earlier this month. He won most impressively and will undoubtedly improve for his first racecourse visit. A step up to a mile should also be of benefit and despite Ryan Moore climbing onboard his rival this horse looks to have a small touch of stardust which looks to have been passed down by his father. HERCULAN (WIN)

14:05 Haydock With three races shown live from Haydock this afternoon they don’t start with an easy one. There’s just the fourteen runners but the top six in the betting are separated by just four and a half points. It looks very open so punters should approach this race with an air of caution. The rain has been pouring down in bucket loads all week so you need to ensure you favour a horse who can go well on very soft conditions, This is why Dream Walker who might be older in age still looks worth backing. He’s never won a race that didn’t take place on softer ground so should relish today’s course. A win there starts back shows he still has the ability to find his head in front and with five pounds of weight taken off his back thanks to promising apprentice jockey Callum Rodriguez who looks set to do well at a big price. Lord Of The Rock seems to be the on most likely to pose a huge threat to our tip after a victory last time out he looks a likely improver. DREAM WALKER (E/W)

14:20 Newmarket The ladies take centre stage in the first Group 1 of the day and it looks to be a three horse race. As with our first race from Newmarket a Ballydoyle trained runner fills the spot as favourite once more. Clemmie did well to win a Group 2 last time out but how strong the form of that race is is up for debate and I prefer to side with an alternative. Heartache and Threading look top class runners with both of them winning Group races in their last races. Threading looks to continue to improve but I would argue still needs to improve much more to put it to the two main protagonists. That’s not to say she won’t improve massively but Heartache has been there and done it already. Heartache beat colts at Doncaster last time and going back to only face fellow fillies makes this an easier looking contest. She seems to have true grit and determination so should relish the course at Newmarket and is set to find the winners enclosure for their syndicate owners once again. HEARTACHE (WIN)

14:40 Haydock Poets Society looks to make it two victories in a row after his previous success. Trainer Mark Johnston have hit some decent form with six recent winners. A fan of soft going the horse won’t be put off by the ground and with promising jockey PJ McDonald booked for the ride he’s worth backing each way. Another at a big price that may be generously priced by bookmakers is Rasheeq. Another runner who represents an in-form yard who put in an eye catching effort here at Haydock in his last outing. A horse that also relishes soft ground and despite never tasting victory on turf could still go well. POETS SOCIETY (E/W)

14:55 Newmarket Unfortunately hopes to make it two from two in Group 1 races after a win at the highest level in France previously. That is by far the best form of any of the runners here in this race and has to be the one to beat. Sands Of Mali has continued to progress but despite a Group success in his last race looks to have a much more difficult task on his hands today. He currently heads the market as favourite but in my opinion doesn’t seem to deserve the slot. He will go well but doesn’t like the likeliest of winners. The biggest threat to our selection seems to be Sioux Nation who got his head in front of rival Beckford over in Ireland. This looks a tougher contest but at the odds seems a generous price. The major downside however is his form on softer ground. If the rain continues to fall it would be safe to say that his chances will continue to deminsih. UNFORTUNATELY (WIN) – NAP

15:15 Haydock Unfortunately due to the horrendous weather Ayr’s Gold Cup meeting was abandoned but Haydock stepped in to put up a very competitive six furlong handicap as a replacement here. There’s three course and distance victors entered in the race and my selection is one of them. Sainted looks the horse to beat with two victories from just three starts this season. She’s been handled with kid gloves by trainer William Haggas who holds this four year old in high regards. One who looks to fulfil a lot of the criteria set out to win this race but a huge eight pound rise in weight makes this a much tougher task than she’s had to deal with in the past. A return to six furlongs is bound to help the chances of Aeolus who put in a sterling effort at Goodwood in his penultimate race. A repeat of that run in what was a more competitive race should see him go very close. AELOUS (E/W)

15:35 Newmarket The bug handicap this afternoon is an absolute minefield. A whopping thirty five runners are set to take part in this years Cambridgeshire Stakes. Narrowing field this size is awfully tricky but using a few trends we can hopefully give punters a better idea. In the last fifteen years the following stats have emerged: . 12 out of 15 winners were aged between four and six years old. . 12 out of 15 winners carried nine stone four or less in weight. . 11 out of 15 winners were drawn in a double gore stall. . 11 out of 15 winners had placed fifth or better in their last race. . 11 out of 15 winners had five or more runs the same year. Using the statistics above we’ve been able to identify just two horses that meet the above criteria. At a big price Mulligatawny will obviously need to improve on his most recent efforts however with eight top three finishes in just eighteen starts his consistency shows that he often puts his best foot forward and with a very low weight may be over priced at around 66/1. The other horse that made the shortlist is the well fancied Brorocco. A win on ITV last weekend should stand him in good stead for a race like this. A six pound rise in weight will make this a much tougher contest but never the less the Andrew Balding runner ticks all the right boxes. Of the remainder Chelsea Lad represents a trainer who has a great success rate here at Newmarket and could go well. MULLIGATAWNY (E/W) BROROCCO (E/W)


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