Ginger Joe | Saturday Racing Selections | 15.08.21

Hello Racing fans and welcome back! I have 5 selections for you to get stuck into for Saturday’s racing. A longshot and also my win Lucky 15. Just to mention firstly that there is now a weekly recap show, where I will review all of my selections from the previous week. Head over to my YouTube channel to check that out.

Below are my selections for Saturday! I advise backing these in a Lucky15, as well as having an each way single on my longshot. Thank you for all of your support so far, and don't forget to check out my socials @gingerjoeracing on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter & Facebook for daily updates!

Selection 1 (Longshot) | JOHN KIRKUP 3.10 Ripon - WIN or EW @ 14/1

J: Connor Beasley / T: Michael Dods

JOHN KIRKUP is a really interesting contender in this 20 runner handicap and is definitely overpriced at 14/1. He is a lovely 6y-o and is a multiple winner across multiple tracks and has won over 5 and 6 furlongs. He has run twice at Ripon already and finished runner up in similar conditions that are forecast here.

He was really unlucky not to win that day. He was boxed in at the back of the pack for a long way and was impeded when trying to find gaps. When a gap did eventually come he flew home but was never going to be able to get up from where he was but was the fastest finisher. He did a great job managing to finish as close as he did that day and he is really suited by this track.

Rain would be a positive but not essential as he is very versatile ground wise. He already has some big wins to his name already and I'm surprised he's as big as he is in the betting. He holds fantastic value especially if you can get 5 or 6 places.

Selection 2 (Lucky 15) | MAYFAIR STROLL 1.30 Newmarket - WIN @ 7/1

J: Kieran Shoemark / T: Charles Hills

MAYFAIR STROLL has been really progressive so far and this is the third time i've put him up as a selection now in as many runs. I put him up at 4/1 on his penultimate start where he looked crying out for the step up to 7 furlongs and justified being backed into favourite by bolting up at Lingfield.

He was really impressive that day and the race panned out just how I said it would in the episode the night before. He beat BONITA B that day by 4 lengths who opposes her, not to dissimilar terms and I think the placings will remain the same. Following this effort he ran a belter from where he was at Glorious Goodwood. He sweated up badly before the race and was in a bad position throughout but got going late and flew home to only go down by a length of the finish line.

Considering things didn't go his way that day, the form of that race stacks up really well and is overpriced here off just a mark 2lb higher. He should go real close here.

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Selection 3 (Treble) | GOOLWA 2.00 Newmarket - WIN @ 3/1

J: Martin Dwyer / T: Andrew Balding

GOOLWA gets my vote in the 2.00 and I think the 3/1 on offer is more than fair based on what he's done so far. I tipped up his main market rival MIDRAAR when he won on his last two outings but I think he has a lot more on his plate here with a 6lb penalty to carry. Now GOOLWA has run his last 4 over 1m4f. He won two of those, he got beaten by an unlucky head in one of them and then bumped into a really classy odds on type in the other. His most recent run was the most impressive one for me.

He pulled quite hard throughout after having to be steadied at the start and looked a real handful. He had to be niggled along at one point, he was outpaced early on, hung left in the straight and still won with plenty the spare. He beat the likes of Hyanna, Horsefly and Golden Bugle that day from the Gosden yard and that forms huge. I think GOOLWA deserves to be shorter in the betting and has a big big chance in this event.

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Selection 4 (Double) | MOTAWAAJED 3.00 Doncaster - WIN @ 5/2

J: Cieren Fallon / T: William Haggas

MOTAWAAJED is a fascinating horse that I Napped up when he won last time out and he comes from the formidable pair of Willie Haggas and Hamdan Al Maktoum but without Crowley this time. Cieren Fallon gets the ride and it would be a notable victory for him on the CV if he is able to get the job done for the Shadwell operation.

I think he will get the job done decisively. He has some good opposition but I don't think that they will be up to the same level as my selection and think he takes all the beating here. He made easy work of serious opposition last time and I think he comes on again for that run. He’s only 3 and looks very hard to oppose in my eyes. 5/2 is plenty of value and he could be something a bit special.

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Selection 5 (NAP) | SUNSET BAY 2.55 Newbury - WIN @ 7/2

J: Hollie Doyle / T: Ed Walker

SUNSET BAY is only one of two 3y-o’s in this race and they both are at the head of the market. The other 3y-o is ARATUS who is the current 2/1 favourite but I prefer SUNSET BAY for sure. He finished second on his seasonal debut to a good sort over 7 furlongs before finding a mile too much of a stretch on his second start.

He has since dropped back to 7 furlongs for his latest three runs and has gone from strength to strength each time and was ridden by Champ jockey Oisin Murphy each time. He has an awesome replacement this time in Hollie Doyle and she will get on just fine with him. He finished second on the drop back to 7 furlongs and was only just touched off on the line by a good type after not getting a clear run until late on. But from there he went on to win his next two in decisive fashion.

The first of these was over C&D at Newbury on the soft ground and then next time out at Sandown on the firm conditions so he's reliable regardless of conditions. He beat one that I napped up last time and he won easily that day and the form he brings into this race is huge. He’s becoming a seriously good animal and this 3y-o has plenty more to offer. Nap of the weekend!

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