I will start tonight’s preview at Ascot although from a punting point of view I suspect that the better value is to be had in the North West at Chester and Haydock.
The Ascot card kicks off with a big field mile handicap at 1.55. Sajjhaa could be the answer here. She started at 8/1 on the Oaks where she finished last but when dropped to a mile at Bath on her most recent outing she won well. Reportedly best on good ground I hope that the ground dries out for her tomorrow. She is also the right age group for the race as 3 year olds have won each of the last 9 renewals.
Frankel has looked something special and should have no trouble in winning the 2.30 while I think that White Moonstone will come out on top in the 3.05.
The 3.40 looks a difficult puzzle to solve. I have been tipping Suruor in some of the big handicaps this season and although running well he is yet to win. I am starting to think that the handicapper has his measure at the moment as he is 7 lbs higher than his highest winning mark. Side Glance on the other hand has proved a profitable horse for us to follow winning twice. He is a course winner and looks to be on the upgrade. If the ground dries out sufficiently then Wannabe King would come into the reckoning. He looked like a horse returning to form on his last outing. The other one I like is Gramercy who won at Ascot earlier in the season and looks value at around 25/1.
In the 4.50 Wake Up Call takes a step up in class but is on a winning run and could be worth a small each way interest.
In the 3.30 at Chester Ejyeyaaz at least has his favoured ground conditions while Great Charm looks value in the 5.15.
In the 3.10 at Haydock ValeryBorzov looks well handicapped and will not mind the ground. Another one I like in this is We Have a Dream who will also be suited by the recent rain.
We were successful with Cheverton up at Ayr last week andhes is not without a chance of following up in the Haydock 3.45. He is a course and distance winner and is suited by ease in the ground. Walvis Bay and Noble Storm are not without chances, the former in particular could be dropping to a handy mark. At the bottom of the weights Haajes has an each way chance.
Aquarian Spirit has a poor strike rate but did run with promise when 2nd at Thirsk recently and could break his duck in handicaps in the 4.55.
My only selection at Market Rasen is Royal Max in the 5.05 for trainer Ian Williams.
Today’s picture is by kind permission of the artist Jane Dunn.