1.10pm – British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes (1m)
I’m keeping my powder dry here. Latest Generation produced a promising debut and has been well supported in the market. But only two of the runners have experience and I’ll wait until the second race to get my punting underway.
1.40pm – bet365 Nursery Handicap (7f)
An open looking nursery and at the prices, I’m siding with Al Watan. His trainer, Saeed bin Suroor, has a seriously impressive 34% strike rate at Doncaster in the past five seasons. Al Watan produced a promising debut when second at Newbury, but ran no race at Chelmsford subsequently. He was wide the whole way and was never travelling. He’s clearly better than that. If kicking on from his initial effort, he should be able to land a blow in a nursery.
2.10pm – bet365 Scarbrough Stakes (Listed) (5f)
A fascinating contest with the two year old, Acklam Express, pitched in here. He receives plenty of weight but I think it’ll be a tough ask. Dakota Gold has really come to himself recently, winning the Beverley Bullet then second behind a really progressive three year old last time. The former effort was a joint career-best RPR. I don’t envisage much challenging him for the lead here and I’m banking on him not seeing another rival.
2.40pm – Mondialiste Leger Legends Classified Stakes (1m)
Not quite the same this year with no ex-jockeys able to participate. It’s a close knit affair ratings wise and I’m not having a bet.
3.15pm – bet365 Sceptre Fillies’ Stakes (Group 3) (7f)
I was keen on Invitational at Goodwood and despite missing the kick she still ran well. Her front running blitz would have worked well there, but I just feel it won’t have the same effect on this straight track. I hope she runs well, but she got worked up at Goodwood too, so that’s another concern.
Jubiloso is a much more respectable price today, having been 9/2 (in a Group 1), 1/1, 4/5 and 3/1 in her last four starts. She wasn’t herself at Royal Ascot – it was her first run of the season and she was keen. A return to 7f will help her, as she’s never won over a mile. The ability is there and Sir Michael Stoute must believe she’s got more left to give to have her still in training.
3.45pm – Each Way Extra At bet365 Handicap (1m2f)
The three year olds all appear as though they could have more to offer, and the biggest price of those is for Gosden and Dettori. Hypothetical cost a whopping 550,000 Guineas and made a sparkling start to his career in winning by 5 lengths at Chelmsford. His fourth at Kempton behind Berlin Tango and Pyledriver is rock solid form. Subsequently well fancied at Royal Ascot, he ran no race in the soft ground and it was too bad to be true. He remains a horse with potential and is worth another chance at a fair price today.
4.15pm – Parkes Bros Roofing Contractors Handicap (5f)
Many of these are past their best, but on a going day could be on a fair mark, which makes it tricky to judge. However, one that is going forward at the moment is Shoot To Kill. George Scott has recently dropped him down to 5f, where his form figures read 2172 (excuse the blip in the middle). That’s clearly his trip and even though this is a tricker race, he’s the only one that jumps out as being able to really improve.