Tuesday, August 08, 2017

7.30 Cork 1M 4F Give Thanks Stakes (G3) Tue 8th Aug






















On Tuesday evening we are back in Ireland ,for good quality group three contest at Cork .10 runners declared for the Give Thanks Stakes for fillies & mares, over 1M 4F on ground described as Good .

The three main contenders on official ratings are Flying Fairies , Glamorous Approach & Eziyra .

FLYING FAIRIES : 4-Y-0 Bay Filly,winning 4 out 17. Has shown improved form since stepping up in trip ,including winning 11.5F Listed contest at Roscommon last time .That looked decent performance beating Glamorous Approach comfortably,having suffered trouble in running .Looks open to further improvement over this trip .

GLAMOROUS APPROACH : 4-Y-0 Chestnut Filly ,winning 4 out 16.Has been in good form this season winning twice at Curragh ,including winning 10 furlong listed race .Also finished creditable second in 11.5F listed contest at Roscommon last time .Should be thereabouts,each-way claims .

EZIYRA : 3-Y-0 Chestnut Filly,winning 2 out 6 .Had some useful form as two-year-old ,including winning the 7 furlong G3 Weld Park Stakes at Curragh .Has also shown some fair form this season ,including finishing creditable 7L third in Irish Oaks,behind the useful Enable .Should go well in this easier looking G3 contest .

VERDICT : Eziyra will be popular receiving plenty of weight off her main rivals,having chased home King George  winner Enable over this trip in Irish Oaks,however was soundly beaten in listed company in June .Has to be respected ,though Odds around 7/4 look poor value . 

The progressive FLYING FAIRIES should go well,after producing a career best effort at Roscommon last time,coming from off the pace to win decisively, in decent looking listed contest. Looks open to further improvement returning to 1M 4F.Odds around 13/2 look fair each-way value . 
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FLYING FAIRIES 7.30 CORK
£30 EACH-WAY @ 13/2 BETVICTOR* 
(UNPLACED SP 7-1 LOSS £60.00 )

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

3.25 Galway 7F Corrib Fillies Listed Stakes














On Thursday we are back in Ireland for day four of the Galway festival,with the main interest the Corrib Fillies Listed Stakes at 3.25 .

16 runners go to post for competitive 7 furlong fillies listed contest .On ground described as soft .The three main contenders are Drumfad Bay , Raymonda & Music Box .

DRUMFAD BAY : 3-Y-0 Bay filly ,winning 2 out 9 .Has Shown progressive form this season ,including winning 1 mile listed race at Killarney last time ,also finished second twice in 7 furlong listed company at Naas this season .Should go well ,though possibly better over mile .

RAYMONDA : 4-Y-0 Bay filly ,winning 2 out 6 .Has shown some decent form this season ,including finishing close second in 1 mile G3 Amethyst stakes at Leopardstown in May ,also finished fair third in G3 7F Brownstown stakes last time .Obvious claims dropping down in class ,though unproven on soft ground .

MUSIC BOX : 3-Y-0 Bay filly ,winning 2 out 11 ,also finished second five times .Has shown improved form on recent starts,including finishing running on second in 6F Dark Angel Listed race at Naas last time .The return to 7 furlongs looks ideal .Solid each-way claims .

VERDICT : Raymonda is 8lb clear on official ratings and will be suited by this drop in class ,though hasn't really progressed after winning her first two starts.Odds around 3-1 look short enough, for horse unproven on soft ground .

MUSIC BOX has been knocking on the door in listed company,having finished second on her last two starts ,the return to 7 furlongs looks ideal ,having finished strongly over 6 furlongs last time .Soft ground conditions shouldn't be problem,having won 7 furlong maiden on heavy ground at Gowran Park in June .Odds around 13/2 look fair value .
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MUSIC BOX 3.25  GALWAY 
£30.00 EACH-WAY @ 13/2 BETVICTOR*
(WINNER SP 4-1JF PROFIT +£222)
( RULE 4 5P IN £ TO EARLY PRICES )

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Glorious Goodwood (Day 1) 3.00 (7F) G2) Lennox Stakes



















On Tuesday we see the start of the Glorious Goodwood meeting,with some excellent racing over the next five days .On Day One,we are going concentrate on the group 2 seven furlong Lennox Stakes at 3.00 .

15 Runners declared for G2 Lennox Stakes over 7 furlongs on ground described as good/soft (Good in places ) .This looks high class renewal of the Lennox Stakes .The three main contenders look to be Librisa Breeze ,Limato & Spirit Of Valor . 

LIBRISA BREEZE : 5-Y-0 Grey Gelding ,winning 2 out 9 on turf ,including winning competitive class two handicap at Ascot in October ,off mark 108 on soft ground .Made eyecatching reappearance in G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in June ,finishing unlucky in running fourth of 19 ,behind the Tin Man .Will be suited returning to 7 furlongs,though not the best draw in stall 14 .

LIMATO 5-Y-0 Bay Gelding ,winning 6 out 15 on turf ,including two G1 races .Hasn't looked quite as good this season ,though returned close to his best last time ,behind Harry Angel in G1 July Cup at Newmarket .The return to seven furlong's wont be problem .Obvious claims dropping down in class .

SPIRIT OF VALOR : 4-Y-0 Bay Colt ,winning 2 out 7 on turf .Has shown progressive form this season ,including finishing good second in G3 Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot in June .Returned to winning ways in G3 7 furlongs Minstrel Stakes at Curragh last time .Takes step up in class , though looks improved performer since returning to 7 furlongs .Each-way claims.

VERDICT : On drying ground LIMATO looks the one beat here .The only G1 winner in race ,will be suited by this drop in class ,having not raced in G2 company since winning Park Stakes at Doncaster in September 2015 .There was nothing wrong with his creditable second in G1 July cup last time .Odds around 7-2 look decent value, in this easier looking contest .
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LIMATO 3.00 GLORIOUS GOODWOOD LENNOX STAKES
£60.00 WIN @ 7-2 BETFRED *
(UNPLACED SP 3-1 LOSS £60.00 )

Thursday, July 27, 2017

7.55 Down Royal 1M 6F Her Majesty's Plate (Listed ) (Fri 28th July )






















On Friday evening we have interesting staying listed contest, in Northern Ireland at Down Royal .8 runners declared for Her Majesty's Plate over 1M 6F at 7.55 on ground described as good .The three main contenders look to be Twilight Payment , Savannah Storm & Grandee .

TWILIGHT PAYMENT : 4-Y-0 Bay Colt ,winning 2 out 9,including winning 2 mile listed race at Curragh last season on  heavy ground.Has been running consistently this season,finishing placed three times ,including finishing 2.5 lengh second to Order St George in 1M 6F listed race last time .Has 3lb listed penalty ,though should go well in this easier looking race .

SAVANNAH STORM : 4-Y-0 Bay Colt,winning 1 out 5.Has shown progressive form this season,since stepping up in trip ,including finishing close second in 1M 5F handicap at Navan in June,off mark 87 .Also finished creditable staying on third in 1M 3F listed race at Roscommon earlier this month .Looks open to more improvement over this longer trip .

GRANDEE : 3-Y-0 Bay Colt ,winning 2 out 8,including winning 1M 4F listed contest at Leopardstown in June on soft ground .No show in Irish Derby, finishing last of 9 ,though will be suited returning to listed company .Should be thereabouts,receiving plenty of weight .

VERDICT : Twilight Payment will be popular here,having twice chased home Ascot Gold Cup winner Order Of St George ,though odds around 15/8 look short enough,for horse that is not the most prolific winner .

 The lightly raced SAVANNAH STORM should go well,after finishing promising third in similar race at Roscommon last time ,staying on nicely at the finish .The step up to 1M 6F should be ideal .Odds around 9-2 look solid each-way value .

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SAVANNAH STORM 7.55 DOWN ROYAL 
£30.00 EACH-WAY @ 9-2 BETVICTOR* 
(UNPLACED SP 6-1 LOSS £60.00 )

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

7.30 Naas 6F Dark Angel (EBF) Listed Stakes (Wed 26th July )















On Wednesday evening we are back in Ireland, for good quality listed race at Naas .

13 runners declared for 6F Dark Angel EBF Listed Stakes at 7.30 on ground described as good/firm.( Showers forecast ) This looks wide open sprint listed race .The three main contenders look to be Only Mine , Rehana & Music Box .

ONLY MINE : 4-Y-0 Bay Filly,winning 4 out 16,including winning the G3 Lacken Stakes over C&D at Naas in 2016 .Also been in good form this season ,finishing good second in both G2 Greenlands stakes & G3 Ballyogan stakes.Returned to winning form winning  6F Listed Stakes at the Curragh last time.Should go well under 3LB penalty,though best form on good or softer.

REHANA : 3-Y-0 Bay Filly,winning 2 out 7 , including winning the G3 7F Athasi Stakes at Naas in May.No show in Irish 1000 guineas ,should find this a lot easier,though has 5lb G3 penalty. Best form over 7 furlongs,this drop back to 6 furlongs has to be question mark . 

MUSIC BOX : 3-Y-0 Bay Filly,winning 2 out 10 on turf .Has shown improved form recently ,including winning handicap over C&D at Naas earlier this month .Also finished creditable 2ND in 1 mile listed race at Killarney last week ,though appeared not to quite stay the 1 mile trip .Looks open to improvement returning to 6 furlongs  .

VERDICT : This looks competitive sprint listed contest,with A.P O'Brien running six in the race .The Dermot Weld trained Rehana is top rated on official ratings (106) ,though won't find it easy under 5LB penalty.Odds around 5-2 look too short,with doubts about this shorter trip.

The improving MUSIC BOX has bit to find on official ratings ,though should go well returning to this shorter trip,after finishing creditable second in 1 mile listed race at Killarney last time,that looked fair effort ,after appearing not to quite last home.The return to 6 furlong's will suit ,having won decent handicap over C&D three weeks ago .Odds around 15-2 look fair each-way value .

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MUSIC BOX 7.30 NAAS
£30.00 EACH-WAY @ 15-2 BET365*
(SECOND SP 8-1 PROFIT +£18.00 )