Winner finding is what it is all about, so let’s get straight to it.
The 1.45pm at Ascot is a handicap over 5f. This is wide open, so have a few quid each-way on LINE OF REASON (20/1), who I noted running on really well at both Newcastle and York last time. He’s about to win something for Paul Midgley and is in good form.
Next at Ascot the 4.00pm, a Group 2 contest over 1m. BEAT THE BANK (9/4) comes up short – just – at Group 1 level but the Queen Anne runner-up has every chance of scoring here. He’s been in good form this season for Andrew Balding and this is very winnable.
York starts at 2.05pm with a Listed race over 5f. Copper Knight and Caspian Prince have been in great form, but I will have a few quid each-way on another Midgley runner in FINAL VENTURE (5/1) who has been consistent without winning of late.
Next at York is the 2.40pm, a Group 3 over 1m6f. WEEKENDER (6/4) is not a horse I like, as he’s not as good as we want him to be. That said, he’s got an excellent chance here for John Gosden at a course he goes well at.
The 3.15pm at York is a handicap over 1m. RISE HALL (9/4) will take some stopping for Martyn Meade as he drops in trip. A good scorer at Nottingham earlier in the season he will be hard to pass.
And finally at York another handicap at 3.50pm over an extended 1m2f. SETTING SAIL (8/1) was a cosy winner at Newmarket last time and is a good ride for Jamie Spencer. Another each-way and hard to keep out the frame.
Meanwhile, at Newmarket ITV start with the 2.20pm, a handicap over 1m. HONEST ALBERT (11/8) is unbeaten for John Gosden and can keep the winning run going. Good wins at Nottingham and Kempton have suggested he is a Group horse in the making.
Next at Newmarket the 2.55pm is a Group 2 over 7f. KING’S COMMAND (6/4) was a fine debut Newmarket winner and could be another Quorto for Charlie Appleby. I suspect he will be too good for this lot on a big day for Godolphin.
The 3.30pm at Newmarket is a handicap over 7f. KYNREN (6/1) is absolutely in the grip of the handicapper but this might be his chance to come good for David Barron. He might just outclass this bunch.
And finally at Newmarket the big Group 1 of the day, the July Cup over 6f at 4.40pm. CAPE BYRON (9/2) has done this column plenty of favours and is improving fast. He has a bit to find on ratings, but this is his chance to hit the big-time for Roger Varian and Andrea Atzeni.
So best of luck and pray for Yeeehaaas. You hear me Paddy?
*All odds correct at time of posting