3 £1 doubles & £1 ew treble
Belle Jour 7.00 @ 4/1
Justified 4.00 @ 11/4
Norley 3.45 @ 7/2
Selected Worcester – good ground on this flat and galloping track .
1.00Only two go and on official ratings, the 2nd fav , Imperial Knight is the one to be on , but this C&d winner over hurdles , recently resumed duties after a year off , with a decent effort , front running as usual, and only gave best late on . This is just his 2nd ever chase , but also you have to consider that he’s a likely bouncer , 2nd race back after a long break . The bang in form The Vollan , 3 wins and a 2nd in his last 4 , will again run his race ,but is 9 pounds higher than his recent win , but also runs this C&D very well . He is the likely winner , but I wouldn’t bet on it.
1.30 PREMIUM RACE
3.00 Pisgah Pete comes here on the back of a smart win in the valuable Market Rasen Summer Hurdle , and the 4 pound hit could have been far worse and ran to in excess of this level frequently last season . He’s one of the few prominent racers in the field and despite taking on plenty of in form types, they are all now on stiff marks. He looks the likely winner, but the Jamie Snowden stable is struggling badly .
1/4pt win Pisgah Pete @ 3/1
3.30 PREMIUM RACE
4.00 An open finale and chances given to a good handful . The Turtle Said won on his handicap debut at this trip at Uttoxeter and only 3 pound higher and in this race for conditional jockeys, is partnered by an able 10 pound claimer. Ami Des flots lost little in defeat last time out over C&D off around this mark, and the rider has a shocking record and for that reason ruled out. Rare Clouds came into his last race in good form , but took an early fall over C&d in a race where the reliable justified , again ran his race , going down narrowly . He’s up 2 pounds, but an able 3 pound claimer rider and this prominent racer will again run a willing race.
1/2pt win Justified @ 11/4
Selected Bangor – good ground on this flat and sharp track
1.45 PREMIUM RACE
2.15 The odds on fav is decent bumper horse Masked Matgil , but returns after a year off, not unusual for bumper horses, but the good stable has been quiet of late . Sweet auburn’s hurdle debut was not what you want to see, she lacked fluency , and needed plenty of encouragement and is more potent on soft ground . One Last Dance was fair on the flat and ran well for a long way from the front last time , and could surprise .
1/4pt win One Last Dance @ 7/1
3,45 After landing a front running double, Norley was caught out by the longer trip at Taunton , but comes here on the back of a highly promising effort, returning from an 8 months break, and again trying to make all , but almost fell at the last and was entitled to tire late on anyway . He won’t have the lead to himself today , but has run well when having to dispute before and his mark still looks manageable .
1/2pt win Norley @ 4/1
4.20 One Touch would do very well to double up for a recent win at this trip at Uttoxeter with a massive 8 pound hit , considering he won by only a neck . The front running Geneva Dragon only failed by a short head at Perth at this trip, and the winner has run well since, but the 4 pound hit won’t help . Bridge Road , comes into this on the back of two close 2nds , and off just a 2 pound higher mark has clear claims again . The nod goes to the ultra consistent Kalisi , holding his form well on this stiff enough mark and has given every indication that this longer trip is in his favour .
1/4pt ew Kalisi @ 13/2
Selected Fontwell – good ground on this sharp track
4.30 Another match and again not straight forward . There is nothing between them at the ratings but the free going Geronimo is likely to very much have his own way up front while the late playing Notre Pari will aim to reel him late on. The latter is significantly 2 from 2 around this tricky circuit , but both wins over further and on softer ground . If I had a free bet I’d be on Geronimo .
5.30 PREMIUM RACE
.6.30 The prolific Soul Icon , 4 wins and a 2nd in his last 5 , , is 8 pounds higher , but as his rivals are struggling badly for form , another win is on , but he is odds on .
7.00 This has a winnable look to it and can go to the course winner Belle Jour , Successful over fences at this trip quite recently , he’s held his form well off his new mark and ran a creditable race over timber last time , and the return to this trip well in his favour .
1/2pt win Belle Jour @ 4/1