Hello Racing fans and welcome back! I have 6 selections for you to get stuck into for Thursday’s racing. 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.
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J: Sean Levey / T: Richard Hannon
CLAY is an interesting type from the Hannon yard and I think he could have a lot to offer but he is understandably hard to weigh up at the moment. This being said he is my selection to beat the short priced favourite here and there are a few reasons for this. He has only ran 4 times and comes here off the back of a nice break following his gelding op. He ran well on his second and final start as a 2y-o to finish a staying on 3rd in September before running two really good runner up efforts over Lingfield in January.
His latest effort was the best of these where he and the winner were clear of the field and the winner has gone on to win a big stakes race since. CLAY was the only one chasing down the classy winner that day and may have just improved coming into the summer. Miramichi is likely to go off a short price favourite after winning his last two however, in a small field which may turn out to be a tactical battle I am going to side with the unexposed horse that has the potential to do better over these distances. Market support would be positive.
J: Ben Curtis / T: Mark Johnston
ANNANDALE is one of two horses in this four runner event trained by Mark Johnston. He also saddles the current favourite ROSEABAD. I do think however the market has it wrong this time and think ANNANDALE holds all the aces in this contest. He has got better each time for the step up in trip and thinks the further he goes the better he gets. His latest two efforts were really good performances.
He finished just four lengths behind Dhushan on his penultimate start and was better again next time where he finished just three lengths behind Oman on his first attempt over 1m6f. He really got going late and was strong at the finish that day. I think with the benefit of that run he will come on again for his second attempt at this trip and could be hard to pass. I expect him to be ridden much more prominently this time and think the 11/4 on offer is plenty of value considering he has more to offer over this trip. A decent pair heads the market but needs to get their heads down, and ANNANDALE is going to be a tough nut to crack.
J: Pat Dobbs / T: Richard Hannon
MILLIE LOU was really disappointing as a beaten favourite last time out but did have excuses and is likely to be better this time round. Probably wasn’t suited by Epsom and that combined with softer ground probably didn’t help her cause either. Previously she had been really progressive and was unlucky not to win on her penultimate start. She made a race winning move on the outside but then hung left across the track and was still only beaten half a length.
She also hung the other way last time out but a line can be put through that performance. I think she will be much more professional this time as she has Pat Dobbs on board for the first time and could resume her progress again this time. She has shown a good turn of foot in her previous outings so the drop back to 6 furlong should suit and she should be much more switched on for this task. Expect a much better run from her this time.
J: Rossa Ryan / T: Ralph Beckett
RHEBUS ROAD is a horse markedly on the up and some of you may remember that I tipped him up for his last run where he absolutely bolted up at Beverley. He made virtually all and went clear inside the final furlong. I think at 13/8 he has to make the Lucky 63 team and I think he is likely to resume the progress he has shown here. I think he is a few classes above these in time and think he should be shorter in the betting so I think he is worth getting stuck into.
He was a really good third the time before his latest effort and the pair in front franked the form since then. He has gone up 8lbs from his latest win but he was very much in command come the finish line and clearly a big player in this small field. He could be anything and the 13/8 looks generous.
J: Henry Brooke / T: Jacqueline Coward
ROYAL CHANT is a horse that could be primed for this and looked like he was just about to stake a claim over C&D before falling four out last time. The fall wasn’t necessarily his fault and more due to others crowding him in the air. That was his handicap debut and also his first start since wind surgery and that could be what was making all the difference.
In my opinion he was going to go very close that day if not win the race and considering he hasn’t been penalised for what was looking like an improved effort, he could be well in here and I think he has a big chance. WRITE IT DOWN is likely to be popular in the betting off a low weight but needs to improve on what he showed us last time. ROYAL CHANT however jumped and travelled well throughout and I think he is going to be ahead of a few of these.
He has some good pieces of form to his name and is a multiple point winner. His last run could’ve just sparked a return to form and if everything goes to plan this time he could be a big threat off a decent mark.
J: William Buick / T: Charlie Appleby
WILD BEAUTY is a typically beautifully bred filly from the Godolphin camp and one likely to go on to better things still. This frankel filly found 5 furlongs to short on debut but has been ultra impressive in winning on her last two runs. Her second effort she stepped up to 6 furlongs and she was very impressive winning by an eased down 3 lengths and then followed this up with another impressive victory when she stepped up to 7 furlongs for the first time. She beat some classy types that day and looked a class apart.
Sticks to 7 furlongs this time and I think that it is likely she will progress again here. She for me gets the vote over INSPIRAL and ALLAYAALI having the benefit of experience to her name and she looked really professional in the way that she won. I think the inexperience of the other two leave them with a bit to find. I would put WILD BEAUTY quite high up on the fillies list and think she is the one they all need to beat here. Good rivals in a good contest but I think WILD BEAUTY is the standout option here and I think she wins this and goes onto bigger things from here.