Hi Racing fans - welcome back! I hope you're all well. As I have written and recorded these before Wednesday’s selections have run, I am unable to review them yet. However, we were very unlucky on Tuesday with lots of placed finishes.
I hope you got on each way as advised and you would’ve picked up a nice number. I have some really interesting selections for Thursday’s racing so let’s get straight into it!
ORBAAN is one that could just be coming back into form. He had gone off the boil a little bit but was then gelded and given a healthy break to give him a chance to recover. He then came out last time and finished fifth in the Lincoln only finishing 4 lengths behind winner Haqeeqy. This form stacks up well and the form has been franked since.
This was a big step back in the right direction and even though he is top weight here, this is a slight drop back in class so I expect him to be primed for this and ready to put his best foot forward. Won this time last year and the year before so he could just be coming good and ready to strike. Way overpriced at 7/1 and well worth a go in this sphere!
BOLLIN NEIL is a 5y-o rapidly on the up and comes here seeking a hat trick of victories on the bounce. He was very good both times and beat some seriously good horses in Selsey Sizzler and Glan Y Gors on his latest run. They finished out in a fighting finish but my selection BOLLIN NEIL to me always looked like the one who was going to finish in front. I think there was more left in the tank and could still be improving.
His two wins have come on heavy ground and good to soft so yet to contest on this sort of ground yet. However, I think the class element he is showing is what will put him in front come the line, and makes me think he’s good enough to handle these conditions also. Way overpriced on the form and is probably the price he is due to the untested ground. Unfair to judge him on that as he hasn't had a chance to run on ground this good yet and could actually bring out some more improvement in him. He definitely stays which is a big plus and Charlie O'Dwyer takes off a valuable 5lbs giving him quite a low weight in this contest.
LETMELIVEMYLIFE made an impressive seasonal debut where he beat Numoor comfortably over 7 furlongs at Wolverhampton in March. He travelled best of them all and was cruising 2 out. He then got nudged along to make his challenge and picked off the field one by one coming home a ready winner at the end of the race. He showed a lot of pace and made a switch to the turf this time around which gives him a big opportunity to show how good he can be and if he warrants a step up in class.
I believe he does, I think there was enough evidence in his reappearance to suggest there is much more to come and I think the drop back to 6 furlongs on the turf will suit him perfectly. He is just getting used to the game and could have a lot more to come. 7/1 could look a very big price when the race has finished because it's unlikely we've seen the best of him yet.
ARAIFJAN ran very well over C&D in May but finished a short head behind benefit street who re-opposes this time around. My selection however hit traffic problems and still managed to fly close home to only go down on the nod. He followed this up with another cracking effort in runner up last time and is much better off in the weights compared to their last meeting so I can see the placings being reversed here. He has been running well since their meeting whereas Benefit Street has gone the wrong way.
ARAIFJAN has mainly been running over 6 furlongs but i think he will much prefer the drop back to 5 furlongs and trainer Robert Cowell is a specialist at the minimum trip. He could have more to offer here and will be hard to beat with Ryan Moore on board for the first time. Ticks a lot of boxes this time around and will be hard to stop. Just to mention what was even more impressive about the defeat to Benefit Street was the fact the vet noted after the race that my selection had lost a shoe but still managed to finish with a burst of speed. Says a lot about this sort and must go close here.
ALABAMA BOY has been rapidly progressive this term and is unbeaten 2 for 2 this campaign. He stepped up on an impressive seasonal debut to win here at Newmarket just 19 days later. Since then he has been given a nice deserved break to put him primed for today’s step up in class. He could well be up to this though as the times backed up both performances and he has only been put up 3lbs for those wins.
Oisin Murphy booked in for the ride is always a positive and he is likely to get the best out of my selection here. Won easy on his reappearance this season but won in a battling finish last time. I think he actually won a shade more cosily than the winning distance suggested and was always doing enough. Could be a real good horse in the making and has a decent weight for this step up in class. There is definitely more to come from this 3y-o and it will take a good thing to stop him here. He is against the older horses however he deserves to take his chance here and has a lot to offer. Big player!
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