Sandown Selection

Morning all,

What a difference 7-days makes to the British weather. This time last week I was writing this column and it was sunny and 26 °C. Today it’s raining and 12 °C.  

Ok, so the racing this weekend isn’t as brilliant as it was last week. However, there’s plenty of competitive races for punters to get stuck into.

The Virgin Bet Ayr Gold Cup (3.40) is the big betting race of the week and the ante-post favourite is the Ed Walker trained Great Ambassador who won a Listed race at York earlier this month.

There’s a good supporting card of races including Virgin Bet Silver Cup (2:30). The Group 3 Virgin Bet Firth Of Clyde Fillies' Stakes (3:05) and the Listed Virgin Bet Doonside Cup (1:55).

ITV are covering five races from Ayr and four from Newbury. There are three Group races at Newbury the Group 2 Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes (2.50) and the Dubai International Airport World Trophy Stakes (2.15) and Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup (4.00) both Group 3 contests.

There’s also an afternoon fixture at Newmarket, where the feature race is the Close Brothers Cesarewitch Trial Handicap (3:15).  Catterick, Gowran Park and Wolverhampton complete Saturday’s action.

Inside today’s main piece I look at Saturday’s Ayr Gold Cup. Plus, I put today’s two Listed races under the microscope. 

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Tracker Tuesday & Punchestown Selection

Morning all,

Inside today’s main piece. I conclude my look at Irish Champions Weekend by focusing on the two juvenile Group 1 races held at the Curragh on Sunday. Both races were personal triumph for me as I tipped up both winners for Victor Value subscribers. You’ll also find three horses from last weeks Doncaster St Leger Festival. Hopefully all three can win races in the final weeks of the flat season. Plus, I have a selection from this afternoon's meeting at Punchestown.

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Kempton Selection & Weekend Review

Morning all,

What a fantastic weekend of racing. If you didn’t get excited by all the great action, then you never will. Granted if I hadn’t had two profitable days, shared with Victor Value subscriber, then perhaps I wouldn’t be so effusive in praise for what I saw over the weekend.

On Saturday the St Leger was won by the favourite Hurricane Lane. Meanwhile across the Irish Sea dramatic and exciting finishes were the order of the day on day one of Irish Champions Day at Leopardstown. The most notable of them was the performance of St Mark’s Basilica in winning the Irish Champions Stakes at Leopardstown.

Inside today’s main piece you can read my thoughts on Saturday’s St Leger, the Irish Champion Stakes and also the defeat of The Queen’s Reach For The Moon in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster.

In Tuesday column’s I will look back at the two big juvenile Group 1’s run at the Curragh on Sunday.

Its back to moderate fare on Monday but I have a selection from this evening’s meeting at Kempton.

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St Leger Day

Good morning all,

Final day of the St Leger Festival, and after the heavy rain that did indeed fall at Doncaster yesterday, the ground is just on the easy side of good now. 

Here’s my thoughts on the four ITV races, including the ever-competitive Portland Handicap, which kicks things off at 1.45.

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