Diary: June 30 2012

 

Chester

2.40 Rayvin Black put in a promising run at York last time on his handicap debut and may well be the answer here. Arley Hall is capable of better than he has shown this season and could be the danger.

3.10 The well bred Sun Central was third on his seasonal reappearance and should be fitter this time.

3.45 Looking for value here I would suggest a split stake between Decision by One and Zakreet.

Doncaster

6.05 The best of those that have run looks to be Bornean.

7.15 O’Gorman ran well last time out and has been dropped a couple of pounds by the assessor. He has an each way chance.

7.45 I thought about Beyond Conceit for this but he could be ground dependent

Lingfield

8.30 Autarch can follow up his win at Brighton.

Newcastle

3.20 Gulf of Naples

4.55 Party Line

Newmarket

3.35 Hoof It

4.05 Estifzaaz

5.15 Tawaasul

Windsor

3.30 Mezzotint

4.35 Pearl Ice

5.35 AlJabreiah

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Diary: June 29 2012

 

Chester

8.25 Clon Brulee is one to consider after winning on his handicap debut at Haydock. He has been raised 6 lbs for that success but is lightly raced and may have scope for further improvement. Third Half looks the danger. His only win thus far came on the all weather at Wolverhampton last season but his overall form this team warrants respect.

Doncaster

3.35 Jake’s Destiny and Chil the Kite are my main fancies here.

4.10 It might be worth taking a chance on Jonny Delta. Kieren Fallon has the ride on him for the first time.

4.45 Shada ran well on her only start as a juvenile last season.

Folkestone

5.40 Watheeq

Newmarket

8.40 Main Line

Diary: June 23 2012

 

Royal Ascot

3.05 Sea Moon is the form pick and should appreciate the ground. Aiken is a big danger. He has won his last six, is a course and distance winner, handles the ground well and comes from a stable bang in form.

3.45 The one most likely to upset the dead cert here is probably recent Longchamp winner Moonlight Cloud.

4.25 An ultra competitive sprint with loads of contenders. Desert Law is in good from as demonstrated by his second in the Epsom Dash over 5 furlongs. He has won twice over tomorrow’s trip but ideally wants fast ground. Waffle ran well at York last time but to say he has a poor strike rate would certainly be an understatement. Mac’s Power ran well in this race last season from an unfavourable draw, On his last outing he was 3rd at Newbury and he looks on a fair mark. With the help of K Fallon in the saddle he should go well. A fast pace over 6 furlongs should be ideal for Alben Star although he wouldn’t want the ground too soft. High Standing is a course and distance winner, has won on soft ground and is not badly handicapped on his best form.

In these big field sprints it makes sense to back one drawn high and one drawn low. Mac’s Power and High Standing will do for me.

5.35 Swingkeel and the evergreen Overturn are my two against the field.

Ayr selections

2.25 Vocational (ew)

3.30 Gordonsville

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Newmarket

2.05 This looks quite an open race. Cravat and Periphery have chances but my two against the field would be Amadeus Wolfe Tone and Johnno.

3.40 O’Gorman has dropped a couple of pounds since his last run and should be thereabouts but I prefer Tioman Pearl who is lightly raced and could still be progressing.

4.15 Makafeh is the subject of encouraging reports.

4.50 Keeping Time is another well regarded type ahead of his debut.

Redcar

3.55 Jwala is related to plenty of winners and could be on a handy mark.

Picture courtesy of the artist Lisa MIller.