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We start ITV coverage on Saturday with this Listed even over 1m 2f. SOLID STONE has to give weight away all round, but with drying ground that task will be made easier for Sir Michael Stoute and Richard Kingscote. The five-year-old mixes racing over a mile and 10 furlongs, but he did well over this trip when third at Royal Ascot behind Juan Elcano in the Wolferton Stakes and has each-way claims at least.
It always seems strange having jumps racing this time of year, but we’ve got some good stuff at Market Rasen and this is a handicap hurdle over an extended 2m. RED FORCE ONE brings some back class into this and is 2lbs lower than when a fine sixth at Aintree in a big race back in April.
The Phil Kirby runner gets the help of Thomas Dawson and should be ready as a horse who doesn’t run that often. He could just outclass a few of these at big odds, so have a few quid each-way.
This is a handicap over an extended 2m. ZEEBAND did this column a favour at Newcastle last time and despite going up 8lbs and back on turf, can follow that up. The Roger Varian entrant is lightly raced and open to more improvement. What he has is a turn of foot for a stayer, and he appears to be very promising for Andrea Atzeni.
Now we have the Summer Plate Handicap Chase over an extended 2m 5f. FRANCKY DU BERLAIS is high in the weights now, but remains in fine form for Peter Bowen and James Bowen. A defeat at Cartmel last time was not a disgrace and he was staying on well at the end, suggesting he’s still in a good place. The win at Uttoxeter the time before was a very decent one and he has each-way chance in this one.
Now, the Group 3 Hackwood Stakes over 6 furlongs. KING’S LYNN was twice unlucky at Royal Ascot and went home with little despite running two huge races. Now he has the chance of a big prize for The Queen and the in-form Andrew Balding.
The improver was never able to challenge in the King’s Stand Stake when seventh after being hampered, and was then third behind Rohaan in the Wokingham Stakes. Balding has always thought the world of this sprinter, and we’ve got Oisin Murphy back on top for this one.
This is another handicap hurdle over 2m 7f. TASTE THE FEAR is probably in the grip of the handicapper right now, but can still play a part for Dr Richard Newland and Sam Twiston-Davies. My hope was beaten at Worcester last time, however he had won well at Uttoxeter the time before. He’s up to 123 now having lost off 120m but it’s not such a rise that his well-being can’t overcome.
This race is arguably the feature anywhere, with the Group 1 Irish Oaks over 1m 4f down for decision. This will not take long, but it is impossible to oppose SNOWFALL, who was good in the Musidora and then blistering in the Epsom equivalent of this race. She looks totally different class to this field and should absolutely hack up for Ryan Moore and Aidan O’Brien.
This is the Super Sprint over 5 furlongs for juveniles and have fun sorting this contest out. GUBASS might be yet another in this event for Richard Hannon. The lightly raced colt has only had one outing when scoring at Leicester over 5 furlongs.
The form is hard to work out, but the third has done plenty since and, of course, Richard Hannon knows the time of day in this race. Giving 1lb to Vintage Clarets and only getting 2lbs from Chipotle will be hard – but Gubass might be the one with much more to offer.
So best of luck and pray for Yeeehaaas. You hear me Paddy?
13:50 Newbury – Solid Stone
14:05 Market Rasen – Red Force One
14:25 Newbury – Zeeband
14:40 Market Rasen – Francky Du Berlais
15:00 Newbury – King’s Lynn
15:10 Market Rasen – Taste The Fear
15:25 Curragh – Snowfall
15:40 Newbury – Gubbass
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