Today’s horse racing preview comes from three meetings with selections from Ayr, Ripon and Windsor.
With no selections yesterday, basically nothing caught my eye to be fair, Saturday resulted in a nice winner as Battaash oozed class to seal the race in good style, Pavilion was not given the greatest of rides being stuck on the rails, but had every chance despite hanging slightly.
13.45 Ayr – Racing UK Now In HD EBF Novices Stakes (6f)
This should be a big opportunity for Another Batt to record his second career win, George Scott’s Windsor Knot juvenile did himself justice I thought when finishing midfield in the Windsor Castle, a race that will throw up winners. The runner up Roussel has already run well again when second to a smart sprinter in Havana Grey at Sandown in the Listed Dragon Stakes weekend just gone.
Dropping back into this sphere he really should be taking this company apart; the market seems to be speaking volumes with a very eye catching booking of Danny Tudhope to help the cause. As for dangers, Richard Fahey’s Cosa Nostra ran a respectable fifth on debut at Nottingham, he is bred to get further than this and could give the selection most to do.
ANOTHER BATT : 3pt Win @ 5/4 (BOG)
15.15 Ayr – Follow @Racing_UK On Twitter Handicap (0-75) (13.1f)
It’s been a while since we have seen the likes of Guitar Pete on the level, in fact just under four years ago when trained by the great and late Dessie Hughes. Guitar Pete never won on the flat from all his starts in Ireland, however went on to great success as a hurdler when winning the Grade 1 Spring Juvenile Hurdle and 4 YR OLD Juvenile Hurdle at Aintree.
Sandra Hughes took over the reins after the passing of her father where she has managed to take Guitar Pete to chasing, earning one success. He changed stables early this year to Nicky Richards and was quickly dropped back into the hurdle ranks when beaten just a neck on debut at Wetherby, the step up in trip to 22f when competing in the Long Distance Hurdle never really showed his potential, let’s not forget he is only seven so a baby around these ranks.
He gets the capable Josh Doyle riding him this evening who has been riding well of late, two concerns though, the ground could have had a little more give under foot and obviously the time away from the flat, however, his not overly exposed around this sphere and gets the nod.
Jim Goldies Braes of Lochlash is becoming a frustrating type to follow, three seconds now which includes twice here at Ayr. His mark of 69 is feasible to win off with only being 1lb higher than when winning this back in 2015, but once more could be following home a well handicapped selection once more.
GUITAR PETE : 2pt Win @ 4/1 (BOG)
21.05 Windsor – BGC Racing £125 Membership Handicap (0-85) (11.5f)
John Gosden’s Wasatch Range was well beaten around this class last time at Newbury and you could have made excuses that they should have not run him in the conditions. Now back on firm ground, he should bring on the same form that saw him land his first success over 10f here at Windsor.
Knight Destroyer has been doing exactly that, destroying his opposition at Chepstow in a 0-70 handicap last month. The runner up dead heated last week off a mark of 66, this is a big hike up in the weights division and will have to take full advantage of his age allowance if he wants to win again, however I am happy to take both of these on with Ed Dunlop’s Amlad.
Two good wins recorded this year at Beverley and more recently at Newmarket when cruising home over 12f on quick ground. Oisin Murphy takes over this evening and there should be no reason why he cannot land the hatrick this evening under a jockey who is having a good season.
AMLAD : 3pt win @ 11/4 (BOG)
21.15 Ripon – St.Agnesgate Handicap (6f) (0-70)
it’s always worth following a trainer blind that has hit form for a few weeks, Michael Dods yard have been doing just that and I strongly fancy his entry here in Chipping. Two good runs as a juvenile saw him rewarded with a win at Redcar, but the maiden has not matched up to the win, however he has taken time to come to hand on his transition career to three and showed a liking to Ayr when finishing second in a far better race than this.
Connor Beasley gets on well with him recording a form stat of (312), back on board this evening a big plus for me and strongly fancy winning ways will resume now dropped into this class. I can’t see much troubling the selection this evening, but one at a price is James Bethall’s Haworth who actually disappointed me at Haydock when I fancied him to win the race. He is still looking for his first turf win, but off a current mark of 66, it will not be that far away.
CHIPPING : 3pt Win @ 3/1 (BOG)
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