Today’s horse racing preview comes from three meetings, with selections from Haydock, Newbury & Newmarket.
14.55 Haydock – Simon Landl Born To Run Handicap (0-85) (6f)
Some interesting three-year old’s line up here, none other than Robert Cowell’s Storm Over. He looked mighty impressive when landing a 0-75 handicap at Redcar when beating some useful individuals. That race is starting to work out well; the runner up Boundsy went in at Chester last week when landing a 0-80 handicap, the third Flawlessly has also won at Redcar in a 0-70 handicap, Kamra ran fourth behind Boundsy, the sixth place has also franked the form when winning a 0-75 in superb style as Venture Secret won a 0-75 handicap at Carlisle.
Storm Over has not got the pressure of any big races to get ready for, so he will no doubt go well again despite stepping up in class. One I do like though is David O’Meara’s Black Isle Boy There looked something amiss at Pontefract when tailing off, prior to that hit a treble of wins at Pontefract, Hamilton and Ayr. Danny rode him to success at Pontefract, that race has not really shown any light on how much Black Isle Boy is treated here with the only form coming out of that maiden was the fourth-place finisher Sheepscar Lad.
Scorching Heat, Merlin and Think Fashion have all tasted success this year. Scorching Heat scored at Salisbury in a 0-75, but currently running off 84, he just seems to be within the handicapper’s grasp. Think Fashion just held on in a maiden at Windsor, has already tasted pattern company when finishing ninth in the Fred Darling, however, he deserves his chances here but will probably find one or two a bit more forward. The Queen is represented here by Merlin who was denied a third win on the spin when beaten in a 0-85 handicap by a horse that was rated 12lb below him.
Won here over 7f two runs back and Martin Harley returns to ride after finishing second on him at Yarmouth as a juvenile when behind Desert Skyline who was narrowly beaten in the Bahrain Trophy last week. It’s hard to get away from Storm Over, even his time has been sub 70s, best time in the field, but not far behind him is the selection, who despite being 4lb higher he should still make his presence felt here.
BLACK ISLE BOY : 1pt each way @ SP (BOG)
15.50 Newbury – Bathwick Tyres Rose Bowl Stakes (Listed) (6f)
Some prolific sprinters have won this race in the past, the likes of Duke of Stakes winner Tasleet, Group 1 winning sprinter Limato, District One Handicap winner Master of War and Darley Stakes runner up Saigon. So, these have a bit to live up to and should be going on to pattern company from this in theory.Who has shown vast improvement? Richard Faheys Simmy’s Chopshop returns after a good second in the Prix De Caen, prior to that running midfield in the Windsor Castle Stakes at the Royal meeting.
He does have a bit to find with Another Batt though who has gone on to frank that run when winning a good Novices Stakes at Ayr. He has a Phoenix Stakes entry next month and he is very well thought of by his up and coming trainer George Scott. Roger Varian’s Madeline won well at Goodwood to go on and run a cracking fifth in the Albany Stakes. A neck behind was a horse called Actress who gave the race a big boost when landing the Group 3 Anglesey Stakes last weekend.
It’s hard when I do like two in the race. Another Batt is definitely going to run another big race, but my concern is the conditions, maybe the ground might overcome him, but never the less, I am a big fan of the trainer and he is getting the nod just ahead of Madeline who I think can improve again, with the form recently franked in pattern company, she deserves a crack at these.
ANOTHER BATT : 3pt Win @ SP ( BOG)
17.35 Newmarket – Fly London Southend Airport To Perpignan Fillies Handicap (0-75) (10f)
A very trappy affair, but all eyes will be on Trulee Scrumptious who is attempting to land this race for the second time. She was also unlucky not to follow up last year when just denied. The Peter Charalambous eight-year-old has been a part of the family being with the trainer throughout her career and has built a strong resume here at Newmarket being unbeaten (5-5). I personally feel she is going to be the bet of the day and a NAP.
Best of the rest; the bottom weight here Gleny’s The Menace whose most runs have come around below average contests on the all-weather. She has won on the turf at Lingfield when beating a horse called Tigerfish who recently won. Twenty Times & Safira Menina will have to step up on what they have to do to overturn the selection here, the latter makes more appeal after landing a 0-70 handicap at Chepstow.
TRULEE SCRUMPTIOUS: 4pt Win @ SP (BOG) (NAP)
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