Newbury and Ripon are on ITV this Sunday and I will be working at the Berkshire track.
It is a real home game for me as I only live 12 miles away. Living so close means I can have a fair idea what the ground will be like, we are having lots of thunderstorms at the minute and it can be regional where they hit.
The ground should not be desperate but the going on Saturday will reveal more. We kick off on ITV with a handicap over a mile.
Aweedram will love this trip having won at Ascot over the straight mile last year, there was a step in the right direction at Haydock and the faster they go the better for him.
Confide is the least experienced of these and was narrowly beaten at York last time, being by sire Lope de Vega whose offspring don’t mind cut in the ground, he should be okay in these conditions.
Risk Taker was very impressive at Haydock and the step up in trip looks well worth a try. RISK TAKER gets the nod as that race has worked out really well.
Danyah is the favourite here and the trainer is in red hot form operating at 44% strike rate in the last two weeks. He won nicely at Doncaster, but does have a 10lb rise to contend with.
LIGHT AND DARK must be a bit of a head scratcher for Saeed Bin Suroor as some of his form from last season would see him strongly fancied in this, he has been gelded since his last run and a market check is needed.
Silent Echo is another who has kept good company and a repeat of his fifth in the Wokingham would be more than good enough. River Nymph had the run of the race when winning at Ascot and may not be able to dominate here.
Lexington Dash is closely matched with Silent Echo on Goodwood running and preference here should be for Silent Echo, but Light And Dark is the one that is drawing me to it.
Space Walk was a good winner over a mile and six furlongs at Haydock Park on soft ground, both of his wins have been at Haydock. RHYTHMIC INTENT is fascinating as he has tried a variety of trips winning over a mile and a half at his track last year, he was placed over a mile in a maiden here back in June.
He won at York over 10 furlongs, although he was disappointing at Newmarket last time – but, that was quick ground and he looks like he is much happier on this slower surface.
Frontispiece won over a course and distance last year and had a wind operation prior to a good run at Newmarket last time, he is of interest at a track that he loves.
Chicago Doll is another who catches the eye as this daughter of Cityscape won in Wolverhampton handicap over a mile and a half last season, and ran a really nice race in a decent fillies contest at this track over course and distance last time.
I am going with Rhythmic Intent to bounce back to farm at the track he likes and on much more suitable ground though.
Caroline Dale is favourite on the back of a great run when beaten by stablemate Santosha at Ascot in a Group 3 last time over 6 furlongs. She just feels a little close home and there was no disgrace finishing third.
MISS JINGLES is getting better with each run and he narrowly got better of Country Carnival at Goodwood in a time that matched up well with Steel Bull’s winning time in the Molecomb Stakes earlier in the day.
BlackBerry is 2-2 winning at Doncaster and Hamilton. She is fast and interesting as Brian Smart sends her down here. Zoetic was second to Miss Jingles at Sandown and since won at Wolverhampton. The rags to riches story is Queen of Rio who won at Ripon having cost only £1,000 at the sales!
Fairy Dust really caught my eye at Windsor and is one for the places, but Miss Jingles gets my vote.
This is a real burn up for the Great St Wilfrid Handicap. Kimifive was chinned by Summerghand in the Stewards Cup and had Brian the Snail behind, both of these are drawn high which seems to be favoured here.
Motagally beat Chill Chill last time at Bath and that horseame out and won a big handicap at Ascot last weekend, so he is the market leader in the stall that has had a few recent winners in big field handicaps at the track.
STAXTON got up in the shadow of the post when robbing Watchable on the line here last time and is now at a really good mark. Golden Apollo is another who has been here before, notably in 2018 when beaten by Gunmetal in this race after being drawn on opposite sides of the track.
I am going to punt on Staxton improving for his last effort now he has won again and has a high draw.
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