3 £1 doubles & £1 ew treble
Lady Celia 3.30 @ 5/1
Autumn Festival 4.10 @ 7/2
May Punch 4.40 @ 10/3
Selected Uttoxeter – good ground on this quite sharp, undulating track with a long galloping straight.
3.20 The short priced fav is the prolific Soul Icon , 3 wins and a 2nd in his last 4 , one of those wins coming over C&D . He’s now in a stiff grade and the handicapper has taken no chances bumping him up a further 7 pounds . Preference is for the in form Marajman , who was with Willie Mullins until quite recently and has done well in his last two runs , coming off the pace to win well at Southwell at long odds and backed that up with a good 2nd at Market Rasen behind the back to form Ask Paddington, who went on to overcome a stiff penalty in a competitive race , and had some in form types behind . Brian Hughes obviously gets on well with him and very nice odds to go in again .
1/2pt win Marajman @ 11/1
4.00 No No Mastro showed bucketfuls of temperament issues last time , so it’s no no from me , despite him having a chance on his best form. Daranova comes here on a hat-trick and unlucky not to be going for the 4 timer , but only had a length to spare , so the 4 pound hit could be too much . Premier D’Troice hasn’t won for a while but has responded to the drop in the ratings with some solid efforts and will appreciate this extended distance .
1/4pt win Premier D’Troice @ 7/2
4.33 Champion trainer Nicky Henderson is not likely to have bad horses , but the bookies didn’t rate the chance of the stable’s Hana Collanges , in her first handicap and she showed great determination to win at around this trip at Southwell , beating a couple of useful yardsticks and under just a 4 pound penalty , can land the double .
1/2pt win Hana Collanges @ 5/1
Selected Hamilton- good to firm on this undulating, stiff and galloping track
3.30 Kats Bob has won his last two over C&D and has to be respected despite the 5 pound hit but preference is for the well handicapped Lady Celia , 2 wins , 2 seconds from 5 tries here and a promising effort last time .
1/2pt win Lady Celia @ 5/1
4.10 It’s very hard to knock the front running Autumn Festival since going turf handicapping , 2 wins and 3 seconds and an 8th in 6 runs , and the unplaced effort was at Haydock when the jockey lost control and went very wide throughout . He comes here on the back of another big run when a close 2nd at Ponty and this front runner should relish this C&D .
1/2pt win autumn Festival @ 7/2
4.40 May punch has taken off of late with two big runs at Ripon , the latest off this mark and the way she stuck on , this stiffer circuit should be fine .
1/2pt win May Punch @ 10/3
Selected Royal Ascot – good to firm on this stiff and galloping track
2.30 PREMIUM RACE
3.05 A difficult race to work out as many of these progressive youngsters have yet to race over this trip and some on quick ground. It was interesting that Nahanni was considered good enough to take his chance in The Epsom Derby for Godolphin , and was all at sea around this track , but did plenty of good work late on , suggesting this C&D would be a far more appropriate test .
1/2pt win Nahanni @ 4/1
3.40 Only 5 go and you can throw a blanket over them in terms of their chance at the ratings . This is likely to be tactical with no front runner but with Japanese challenger Shahryar known for racing prominently and with Irish raider State Of Rest similar , I’m with this pair to get the run of the race and battle out the finish . Bay bridge has won his last 5 and disposed of the useful Mostahdaf with ease in The Brigadier Gerard , but this race unlikely to be run to his advantage .
1/4pt rev fc State Of Rest – Shahryar
4.20 PREMIUM RACE
5.00 PREMIUM RACE
5.35 Crystal Ball time with so many already useful juveniles and impossible to know who’s get a bit extra up their sleeve . Bolt Action’s value rocketed to £160,000 from yearling to 2yo and looked the real deal when winning on debut for his top stable and worth a dabble .
1/4pt ew Bolt Action @ 8/1
6.10 PREMIUM RACE
Selected Nottingham – good to firm on this flat and galloping track – speed track
5.10 A tricky opener as the consistent Tele red hasn’t even been placed in three tries at this trip and likely to find it all happening too quick on this speed track , but it still likely to put the pace to the race , along with Intercessor , who went close off a 3 pound lower mark at Haydock , but that wasn’t the deepest of races. Good Regal was a close 2nd at Yarmouth last time off this mark so seriously enters calculations but the nod goes to the well handicapped Knowwhentorun , after a closing close 5th at Goodwood last time off a slightly higher mark and in this apprentice race will be well handled by Ryan Sexton .
1/4pt win Knowwhentorun @ 11/2
6.20 The short priced fav is Mostly Cloudy after his romp at Sandown last time , but the 6 pound hit will test and so will a switch to a speed track , as he was found wanting at Wetherby at this trip off a much lower mark . Chances to all of the others can be givem but the nod goes to the well handicapped Pons Aelius , just a pound above his last winning mark .
1/4pt win Pons Aelius @ 11/2
7.20 This is very much there for the taking and despite Eponina’s recent win coming a bit out of the blue , there was no fluke attached and is only a pound higher back over a C&d she’s won over 3 times .
1/4pt win Eponina @ 11/2
8.20 The switch to a speed track and a penalty could well harm Devon envoy’s prospects of a double while similar reservations apply to recent Carlisle winner Hurt You Never . Keep Me Happy has been knocking on the door and hasn’t had the greatest of fortune in running . Could be her night .
1/4pt win Keep Me Happy @ 11/2
No Nottingham placepot
Selected Ripon – good ground on this undulating and sharp track
7.10 Myristica ran a cracker last time at Redcar when 2nd at this trip and has a lot less to prove than her rivals all going up in trip and some on testing marks .
1/4pt win Myristica @ 2/1
8.10 The prominent racing C&d winner Carrigilliy is holding his form very well and is certainly more reliable than his rivals .
1/4pt win Carrigilliy @ 7/2
No Ripon placepot