Diary: September 26 2010

I had Golden Blaze in my notebook as one to back next time. His entry in the 2.25 at Ascot seems quite a strange one though as I expected him to appear at a Northern track and in a race over further. The trainer must believe the horse has a chance in this though and I am tempted to have a little 10p each way.

Andrew Balding is double handed in the 3.00 with Chiberta King and Final Victory. The former started his campaign really well with a win at Newmarket but his three subsequent runs have been disappointing. Final Victory has gone up in the weights for a win at Goodwood in May but has not come down again despite a couple of defeats. He does handle ease on the ground though and at 14/1 is probably each way value.

Monitor Closely is yet to recapture his form of 2009 but if he can find that level of form he would be in with a major chance in the 4.10.

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I had a short list of 3 for the 4.45. Lady of the Desert and last year’s winner Sayif would probably be better suited by a sound surface so I will go for Dalghar for my selection.

Brick Red is my selection in the 5.20.

At Musselburgh Hamloola may be able to bounce back from a defeat at Kempton where she was badly drawn. She runs in the 4.00. In the 4.35 Red Jade will act on the ground and has title chasing Paul Hannigan in the saddle.

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