I’m off this weekend but there is plenty going on with ITV3 showing seven races from Newbury, Newmarket and over jumps at Market Rasen.
Let’s get straight to it, and the 1.50pm at Newbury is a Listed event over 1m 2f. FOX CHAIRMAN was a fine second in the Hampton Court at Royal Ascot and should take a bit of beating. He’s still improving for Andrew Balding and has the champion jockey on top.
Next at Newbury is a handicap over an extended 2m at 2.25pm. PROSCHEMA stepped up in distance at Newcastle last time and appeared to stay will in the Northumberland Plate. Has strong each-way claims here for Tom Dascombe and Richard Kingscote.
The 3.00pm at Newbury is the Group 3 Hackwood Stakes over 6f. THE TIN MAN was only sixth in the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot but is a fine sprinter for James Fanshawe and should be too good for this lot. And finally at Newbury the Super Sprint over 5f at 3.40pm.
This is usually wide open, but the Norfolk Stakes runner-up VENTURA REBEL is surely going to take all the beating. That was a fine effort at Ascot after a previous fine success at the track.
Meanwhile, at Newmarket ITV3 show the 2.40pm, a Listed contest over 1m 4f. I’m not sure whether she is as good as her mark suggests, but Ribbleadale third SPARKLE ROLL does have strong claims on ratings. The only worry is Oisin Murphy ditches her to go to Newbury.
Over the jumps, there is the 2.10pm, a Listed Handicap Hurdle over an extended 2m. ST GALLEN looks seriously progressive for Olly Murphy and was impressive at Kelso last time. I spoke to Richard Johnson at Chepstow on Thursday and he had.positive words to say.
ITV 3 also show the 3.20pm from Market Rasen, the Listed Summer Plate over an extended 2m 5f. Peter Bowen often does well in this event and HENRYVILLE has a decent each-way chance. He won well at Newton Abbot last time and while this is obviously tougher, he has every chance of hitting the frame.
You hear me Paddy?
*Prices correct at Friday’s publication