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GEORGE.B
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Maximum Stake: 10 points win or 5 points EW

As I'll need all the help I can get, all selections will be settled at BOG.

I'd imagine most selections will be at double figure prices and some will be more speculative than others, but it's just a bit of interest and nothing to take too seriously.
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Report Lee Ho Fooks June 10, 2018 4:31 PM BST
Thanks George (Sad)

Isn't it a win though? 3rd in a 7 runner race pays the place on here
Report GEORGE.B June 10, 2018 4:39 PM BST
It was a -21 at one point, NEC, but as you say, selecting at these prices it doesn't take much to turn things around, well that's the hope any way!

Lee, standard terms are being used for the purposes of this thread unless otherwise stipulated (eg an extra place in big field handicaps)
Report GEORGE.B June 11, 2018 7:56 AM BST
Chookie Dunedin, 1pt win @ 8-1, 7.40 Pontefract

Chookie Dunedin was highly tried last season after winning on his debut over 6f at Ayr, including when finishing mid-division in the Coventry. He closed out his juvenile campaign with two poor runs in Listed company and a valuable sales race.

The two runs this season in handicap company haven't been without promise, finishing third at Musselburgh on heavy ground in a class 2 handicap over 7f having gone from the front, and last time in another class 2 handicap over a mile on good to soft ground at Sandown, racing freely and leading at a strong pace before weakening in the straight.

The drop back to 6f looks a move worth exploring given how he has shaped this season, and he's down in grade this evening to class 3 company, while he's well berthed in stall two to grab the rail.
Report PHS June 11, 2018 8:08 AM BST
You trust Dalgleish's form atm?
Report GEORGE.B June 11, 2018 9:43 AM BST
17% of his runners have either won or hit the frame in the past fortnight (4-7-62).
Report PHS June 11, 2018 10:23 AM BST
2-5-41 in handicaps, 5% win 12% pl is poor. I remember a similar period last year; when the drought ends though, I expect a glut of winners, which is what happened last year.
Report PHS June 11, 2018 10:24 AM BST
I backed one of Bell's on Sat. He's in similar relatively poor form. It ran like a drain.
Report GEORGE.B June 11, 2018 10:37 AM BST
Well maybe it could be better PHS, but it's not quite Stan Moore territory yet!
Report GEORGE.B June 12, 2018 8:31 AM BST
It was all going to plan when Chookie Dunedin grabbed the rail but he was beaten by the time they'd turned into the straight. As it turned out they were winning round the outer in the sprints for older horses on the card, not that I'd want to use that as an excuse for Chookie Dunedin, who offered nothing.
Report GEORGE.B June 12, 2018 8:32 AM BST
Running P/L: -6.07
Report GEORGE.B June 12, 2018 8:38 AM BST
Mardy Gras, 1pt EW @ 33-1, 5.15 Thirsk

Mardy Gras is perhaps on the speculative side. He had finished well held in three starts on the AW this season, but there was some  encouragement to be gleaned from his recent turf debut off a basement mark over 6f at Ayr on good to firm. For much of the race it looked like he was going to be well beaten again and he was still outpaced and well off the pace with two furlongs to run , but he picked up well inside the final furlong and was going on at the finish.

It was late headway, arguably gaining lengths cheaply as others who had been put into the race sooner were starting to weaken, and he might have been helped by being switched to the stands' rail, but on the positive side, he looks a sizeable sort  who may have needed time and perhaps will improve with racing.

He's up slightly in grade here and out of the handicap, so I wouldn't be surprised if he finishes tailed off, but there was enough in the Ayr run to think he'll have something to offer at some point.


The Jean Genie, 1pt win @ 18-1, 8.20 Lingfield

The Jean Genie had shaped nicely on her sole 2YO run in 2016 over one mile at Haydock when finishing runner-up but she seemingly didn't go on at all in three starts last season. However, she might have had an excuse on her reappearance in 2017 having reportedly finished lame, and she did catch my eye on her third run for a mark over 10f at Salisbury last June when shaping as though a longer trip may suit in due course.

Her handicap debut over 10f at Leicester last July was an absolute shocker, beaten over 50 lengths, for which she has been dropped 5lb. She hasn't been seen for 11 months since so perhaps there was an issue, but interesting that connections are persevering with her and this step up in trip to 11.5f may suit, though that said this small runner affair may not offer much of a test over the distance with seemingly only one possible front runner based on previous form.
Report GEORGE.B June 12, 2018 8:43 PM BST
I was way off the mark with Mardy Gras, beware late-headway monkeys.

The Jean Genie ran alright on her return, seemed to get a soft enough lead but she was quite keen with it and that might have told late on as she lost second well inside the final furlong.

Running P/L: -9.07
Report GEORGE.B June 13, 2018 8:41 AM BST
It's a kitchen sink job today Crazy

Sexy Secret, 1pt EW @ 14-1, 3.30 Yarmouth

Sexy Secret ran well from the front 3 starts back at Chelmsford, and following a break his latest run over 10f here might have been needed. He's now 9lb lower than winning over C/D in 2016 and 2lb lower than when second over C/D last October, so an improved showing wouldn't surprise with that recent run behind him and his stable on the scoreboard of late.


Palmerston, 1pt EW @ 14-1, 5.30 Yarmouth

Palmerston probably ran better than the  bare form suggests on his latest start at Musselburgh in a first-time visor (on again today), given he had to work to get to the lead and probably went too fast over a trip (9f) that may stretch him and on ground that wasn't ideal.

He's now 16lb below the mark he won off at Beverley last season following a further 4lb drop for that latest effort, which allows into this 0-65 grade, while a mile on fast ground are his optimum conditions.


Dodgy Bob, 1pt EW @ 16-1, 6.00 Hamilton

Dodgy Bob offered more encouragement under an inexperienced apprentice over 6f at Chepstow (soft) on his latest start, not beaten far despite finishing only 6th of the 10 runners.

He's of interest dropped back in grade and returned to a course and distance over which he has won 2 of three starts and being 5lb lower than for the latest of them. There is a concern about whether the ground will be too quick for him, but he did win on good to firm (off a 20lb higher mark) over C/D as a 3YO, so a chance is taken at the odds.


Capla Dream, 1pt EW @ 17-2, 6.40 Kempton

Capla Demon caught the eye over this C/D on his second start when from a wide draw he was quite keen without cover and caught wide on the bend but stayed on well down the outer after having lost his position, in  a race won by one who has since run well off  a mark of 90 in a Newmarket handicap. He finished behind Ad Valorem Queen, who also caught the eye, but she needs the return to Kempton to prompt an improved showing having proved disappointing on turf and has a wide draw to overcome.

Capla Dream has since finished runner-up at Thirsk in a median auction (with Ad Valorem Queen behind) and goes handicapping off a mark of 70 with cheekpieces applied. The market may prove informative given the stable also run the forecast favourite Billy Booth.


Cameo Star, 2pts EW @ 5-1, 7.30 Hamilton

Cameo Star caught my eye at Beverley against older horses in a 5f handicap that has worked out well, looking like he had running left in him but unable to secure a clear run up the rail. He ran poorly on his next start over 6f at Thirsk when weak in the betting, but there was more encouragement over 5f at Catterick on his latest start when staying on well to be nearest at the finish in a race won by the progressive Eeh Bah Gum, and the second horse Undercover Brother has since come out and won at Nottingham.

Cameo Star still has his stamina for 6f to prove, but he shapes like he's worth another try at it. He's now 6lb below what he ran off at Beverley, with cheekpieces applied for the first time.

Zylan, 1pt EW @ 10-1, 8.30 Hamilton

Zylan may be perceived as  more of a Sothwell specialist than a turf horse but he is capable on quick turf and he won off his current mark over this C/D last season. He wasn't disgraced in a competitive 5f handicap at Thirsk two starts back, and while he wasn't at his best on his latest start at Ripon, this looks more suitable eased back in grade.

The stable run two and he's not obviously first choice on jockey bookings, so the market may give some clues.
Report ProSniper June 13, 2018 9:19 AM BST
BAMOS Georg!e Excited
Report GEORGE.B June 13, 2018 9:47 AM BST
If these 6 get beat Snipey, doubt I'll be coming back tomorrow! Wink

Would help if could get the names right, * Capla Demon
Report DenzilPenberthy June 13, 2018 12:57 PM BST
ew accum
Report Lee Ho Fooks June 13, 2018 3:37 PM BST
Good start George Grin
Report GEORGE.B June 13, 2018 3:38 PM BST
cheers, but stewards Cry
Report GEORGE.B June 13, 2018 3:40 PM BST
I'd already greened up in the fota, could see he was drifting across the track.
Report GEORGE.B June 13, 2018 3:45 PM BST
can I claim this if it's reversed as most bookies pay double result? Grin
Report GEORGE.B June 13, 2018 3:47 PM BST
this is taking a while Scared
Report GEORGE.B June 13, 2018 3:48 PM BST
C'mon, me and Simon Pearce need a winner more than SDS does Plain
Report GEORGE.B June 13, 2018 3:54 PM BST
Well that was needed to take the pressure off with a crazy 14 points having been staked on the day. So a profit today whatever happens with the other 5
Report knot in wood June 13, 2018 3:55 PM BST
nice winner george Cool
Report GEORGE.B June 13, 2018 3:58 PM BST
Cheers kiw. Apparently Simon is going to be taking over the licence shortly.
Report DenzilPenberthy June 13, 2018 3:59 PM BST
WD Did you do a little accum in case?
Report GEORGE.B June 13, 2018 4:02 PM BST
Of course Denzil.

This time tomorrow Rodders Wink
Report DenzilPenberthy June 13, 2018 4:06 PM BST
GrinCool
Report Virgin June 13, 2018 4:11 PM BST
wd George Cool ...gl ....Excited
Report GEORGE.B June 13, 2018 4:17 PM BST
Ta Virgin.

Sofia's Rock bolts in. I picked him on this thread the day he was a late NR at Chelmsford, and I did give him a second look today, but hey, yer cannae back them all, six is enough Blush
Report flukes June 13, 2018 4:31 PM BST
WD George, great pick
Report Lee Ho Fooks June 13, 2018 7:33 PM BST
Whoops
Report GEORGE.B June 13, 2018 7:35 PM BST
dead heat territory Plain
Report GEORGE.B June 13, 2018 7:35 PM BST
i'll settle for that now
Report GEORGE.B June 13, 2018 7:35 PM BST
cheers flukes
Report GEORGE.B June 13, 2018 7:36 PM BST
double pointer too Scared
Report GEORGE.B June 13, 2018 7:36 PM BST
this isn't doing my ticker any good
Report GEORGE.B June 13, 2018 7:38 PM BST
dead heat and a horrible rule 4, jeez I'll be owing the bookie money Crazy
Report Lee Ho Fooks June 13, 2018 7:38 PM BST
D/H

WD/unlucky George
Report GEORGE.B June 13, 2018 7:39 PM BST
1.04 IR Cry
Report GEORGE.B June 13, 2018 7:39 PM BST
Cheers Lee
Report GEORGE.B June 13, 2018 8:46 PM BST
No excuses for Zylan there, disappointing.

18.56 pts profit on the day.

Running P/L: +9.49
Report PHS June 13, 2018 8:52 PM BST
WD GeorgeCool
Report madhatters June 13, 2018 9:01 PM BST
Nice one GB
Report GEORGE.B June 13, 2018 10:08 PM BST
Thanks PHS & madhatters. Just need to try and string a few winning days together now Scared
Report GEORGE.B June 14, 2018 8:45 AM BST
Barrington, 3.50 Nottingham, 1pt win @ 9-1

Barrington could finish only 9th of 15 (backed from 20-1 into 12-1 on course) on his debut for Michael Appleby in a competitive class 2 6f handicap (good to soft) at the Craven meeting, following a 37,000 guineas purchase out of Charles Hills' yard. However, there were reasons to think the run was better than it appeared, given he raced in the nearside group which could never get on terms with those racing more centre to far side, but he caught the eye with how he had travelled through the contest.

His latest run when sent off 4-1jt fav for a Thirsk for an 11 runner class 3 handicap was disappointing, finishing a well beaten tenth, and the obvious excuse would be the quick ground given he has now failed to place in  5 outings with 'firm' in the going description, so that would be a concern today, but no surprise if he comes good for his current handler sooner rather than later.


Little Palaver, 3.50 Nottingham, 1pt EW @ 16-1

One who won't mind quick going is Little Palaver. I thought he shaped well enough on his reappearance at Kempton (6f) in February, racing keenly from his outside draw and always being caught wider than ideal, but showing up well until fading out of it from over a furlong out. He ran well on his second start of the campaign over the same C/D when finishing 4th of 12, and although he disappointed on his return to turf at Windsor, perhaps the run was just needed following a near 2 month break, and he did give chase to a clear leader in a race where it paid to be held up.

Little Palaver is now 6lb below his last winning mark, gets first-time blinkers, and although the inexperienced 7lb claimer Amelia Glass takes over in the saddle, she was seen to good effect from the front earlier in the year when winning on Bobby Wheeler (also trained by Clive Cox) at Kempton. So on what may be a point and shoot job, hopefully Amelia can get the fractions right.


Lethal Angel, 4.00 Newbury, 1pt EW @ 17-2

Lethal Angel was returning from a break and was weak in the betting two starts back when running over 7f at Newmarket, but she shaped really well, catching the eye with her finishing effort once meeting the rising ground and going on the finish.

Her latest effort when stepped up to  a mile at Leicester and reasonably strong in the betting was disappointing, finishing a well beaten 13th of the 14 runners, but perhaps the good to soft ground wasn't ideal.

Stuart Williams has wasted no time in returning her to 7f and quicker ground, while a 2lb drop in the ratings since the Newmarket run will help, so hopefully this lightly raced filly will be a lot more competitive today.


Comporta, 4.45 Yarmouth, 1pt win @ 4-1

Comporta also caught the eye in the same Newmarket race that Lethal Angel ran in, when dropping back to 7f from 10f and having his first start on good to firm ground, being unlucky not to have finished closer having met with inteference at a crucial stage before keeping on well once meeting the rising ground.

He has since run over a mile at Yarmouth (one mile) when sent off a heavily backed 6-4 favourite, but was eased right off from around halfway when his jockey thought something might have gone amiss with the horse. The vet found nothing wrong post-race and he's out again just a week later, so hopefully all's well and he can build on that Newmarket promise.
Report DenzilPenberthy June 14, 2018 3:56 PM BST
WD GB
Report GEORGE.B June 14, 2018 3:57 PM BST
Cheers Denzil, might have been a bit lucky but I'll take it!
Report DenzilPenberthy June 14, 2018 3:58 PM BST
The second looked tricky imo.
Report GEORGE.B June 14, 2018 3:58 PM BST
Rule 4 with that 9-1 but at least not a losing day whatever happens with the other 2.
Report DenzilPenberthy June 14, 2018 4:49 PM BST
WD
Report GEORGE.B June 14, 2018 4:51 PM BST
Cheers Denzil, I was a bit worried about where he would end up on the track, but I like a jockey with a brain and good ride from DM to grab that rail and dictate.
Report DenzilPenberthy June 14, 2018 4:54 PM BST
Haven't seen it but track position usually important there used to get the odd 1 horse on the rail winner.
Report GEORGE.B June 14, 2018 5:00 PM BST
The Margarson horse had a solo up the stands rail earlier Denzil. won 33-1.
Report DenzilPenberthy June 14, 2018 5:12 PM BST
Really,far too much of it imo.
Report GEORGE.B June 14, 2018 5:29 PM BST
20p rule 4 on Barrington's price.

7.2 pts profit on the day

Running P/L: +16.69
Report Virgin June 14, 2018 5:31 PM BST
wd George Cool

Even though you beat my 5-6 shot Blush That'll teach me Laugh
Report PHS June 14, 2018 5:31 PM BST
VWD today GeorgeCool
Report Virgin June 14, 2018 5:33 PM BST
CoolCool Ohh two winners Shocked
Report GEORGE.B June 14, 2018 5:36 PM BST
Cheers.

I know Virgin, we're all in shock. Two winning days on the trot too, doubt that'll ever happen again Wink
Report Virgin June 14, 2018 5:44 PM BST
You never know Rodney .... cush-dee Wink
Report GEORGE.B June 14, 2018 11:37 PM BST
I got all excited when I saw the field for the 4.50 at Sandown, started going over in my head what I was going to write about my 25-1 selection with form figures of 0-08 at the bottom of the handicap.

Just seen the betting, Kabrit top priced 11-2, who else knew? Cry
Think I'll have to pass at them odds Plain.
Report GEORGE.B June 15, 2018 7:49 AM BST
Elysees, 1pt win @ 11-2, 5.25 Sandown

Elysees caught the eye when qualifying for a mark round Wolverhampton, very much shaping like a stayer, and he duly got off the mark on his handicap debut over 12f at Dunstall Park, needing all of the 12 furlong trip to get up and prevail from  subsequent winner Dagueneau, who he meets again today on 6lb better terms.

He's no good thing to confirm the form with the Ed Dunlop-trained runner, who is an improver, and Elysees also has to bounce back from a quiet run at Wolverhampton last time when finishing behind Eyecatcher (who also reopposes here having gone close to winning on his latest start at Haydock), but interesting to see what he can do now switched to turf and stepped up to 14f.


Vincent's Forever, 1pt win @ 13-2, 9.05 Chepstow

Vincent's Forever had some fair form off marks in the eighties when trained by John Gosden, including a win off 80 in a Kempton handicap on his final start for him. He subsequently joined David Pipe for a hurdling campaign but it doesn't look like it worked out too well and he has been switched to Ed de Giles.

Vincent's Forever has run respectably in two starts back on the level for his new yard, particularly so last time out over 10f at Redcar when his finishing position of 7th of the eight runners in no way did him justice. He travelled well and keenly through the contest under Silvestre de Sousa, but was continuously denied a clear run up the rail in the straight when looking like he had plenty to offer.

It's arguable he would have gone close to winning had he got through, so a subsequent 2lb drop makes him look well handicapped, and this is a drop in grade this evening. I'm not sure he wants the ground too quick, and Bid Adieu will be tough to beat, but the signs at Redcar were that he looks up to winning off this sort of mark for his current handler.
Report GEORGE.B June 15, 2018 7:50 AM BST
Also 1pt EW Double 11/2 and 13/2 Scared
Report Virgin June 15, 2018 5:45 PM BST
Wd George Cool gl ....Excited
Report DenzilPenberthy June 15, 2018 5:50 PM BST
Nice start
Report GEORGE.B June 15, 2018 9:28 PM BST
Cheers, shame about the last one.

VF was painfully weak in the betting close to the off, and I wouldn't mind seeing a head on, cuz Costello had clear run down the outer but he's ended up in behind horses, and although doubt he would have beaten the winner whatever, it did for his place chance.
Report GEORGE.B June 15, 2018 9:35 PM BST
The day's ended on a downer but on a positive note, a third winning day on the trot albeit with only a small profit this time.

Running P/L: 19.19
Report PHS June 15, 2018 9:45 PM BST
WD George; in the zone.
Report GEORGE.B June 15, 2018 9:56 PM BST
don't worry PHS, it won't last and the thread will soon be back in the red zone!

Just wonder if VF wants a bit more juice in the ground, think there might have been a bit more give at Redcar. Whatever, the market signals tonight were ominous.
Report GEORGE.B June 16, 2018 1:34 PM BST
Yikes, running late today, so this is a rushed write up

Youkan, 1pt EW @ 22-1, 2.05 Sandown

I don't know if Youkan is up to Listed level or not, or why they're running here, but he's a good-bodied sort who beat a couple of horses now rated in the 80s when making a winning debut over 5f at Salisbury last season. He made an encouraging reappearance when third at Bath over 5f, when he didn't do himself any favours by lugging left when in the clear having had to wait for a clear run, and he left the impression there was more there and he should have gone closer to winning.

He's been lightly raced for whatever reason and he could do with running in a straight line this time, but in what doesn't look the deepest of Listed races he's given a speculative EW vote at a price, from a potentially helpful draw.


Ice Canyon, 1pt EW @ 14-1, 4.20 Chester

Ice Canyon did himself no favours last time over 10f at Haydock by taking a ferocious hold to the point that Paul Hanagan's feet were up on the dashboard, so to speak, and in the circumstances he did well to still be in contention around the furlong marker before his earlier exertions took their toll.

His mark is easing, and a first-time hood today will hopefully help him settle better, so from a potentially helpful draw, he gets a speculative vote at a double-figure price.


Etisalat, 1pt EW @ 12-1, 7.10 Leicester

Etisalat is worringly weak in the betting given he's an unexposed 3YO running in the Sheikh Hamdan colours.

He shaped well on his reappearance over 6f at Yarmouth under a penalty, and there is plenty of encouragement in his pedigree for this step up in trip to 7f, though if the ground turns soft that would be an unknown.
Report Virgin June 16, 2018 4:25 PM BST
WD George Cool
Report PHS June 16, 2018 4:25 PM BST
Bingo George! 31.8 on here thoughSad
Report GEORGE.B June 16, 2018 4:31 PM BST
Thank you.

Just seen the SP Shocked, good job I stipulated BOG in the opening post Wink
Report PHS June 16, 2018 4:33 PM BST
Blimey, hadn't seen the SP yet. That's not bad at is it. WDCool
Report PHS June 16, 2018 4:33 PM BST
^at all
Report DenzilPenberthy June 16, 2018 4:35 PM BST
Magic hood,great price VWD
Report PHS June 16, 2018 4:35 PM BST
Only a head between the first 4, so you could argue you were right to go ewSilly.
Report GEORGE.B June 16, 2018 7:17 PM BST
Cheers Denzil.

3rd place for the last one, staying on well after losing his position
Report GEORGE.B June 16, 2018 7:32 PM BST
29.8 pts profit on the day

Running P/L: +48.99
Report DenzilPenberthy June 16, 2018 7:39 PM BST
Week before Ascot never a bad time to find some form
Report GEORGE.B June 16, 2018 7:42 PM BST
You mean get some points in the bank Denzil ready to cover the losses? Grin
Report DenzilPenberthy June 16, 2018 7:45 PM BST
Confidence to attack the big handicaps Happy
Report GEORGE.B June 16, 2018 7:48 PM BST
Scared

At the moment I think there is one 2YO I may select who's likely to be a big price, but wouldn't be surprised if most my picks next week are at the 'away' meetings Plain
Report DenzilPenberthy June 16, 2018 7:55 PM BST
I'll be sticking to Ascot all week I think just hoping for no silly day to day biases and too much overnight 'tampering' from the clerk,will probably end up with about 2 or 3 selections per race on that straight course.
Report N-east Correspondent June 16, 2018 8:12 PM BST
wd george sed you would turn it round Cool
Report GEORGE.B June 16, 2018 8:14 PM BST
Thanks NEC.

Just a little purple patch methinks. It won't last. It never does Sad
Report GEORGE.B June 16, 2018 8:15 PM BST
Good luck Denzil
Report PHS June 16, 2018 8:37 PM BST

Jun 16, 2018 -- 8:14PM, GEORGE.B wrote:


Thanks NEC.Just a little purple patch methinks. It won't last. It never does


I can see you're a born pessimist George Grin

Now you've got that nice bank, you should pack in the ew, go 1pt win on everything. I know you won't though Silly.

Report GEORGE.B June 16, 2018 8:42 PM BST
You see PHS, I suffer from this affliction whereby I view my selections through rose tinted glasses and think if they don't win they'll go close, that's the optimist in me, though I acknowledge that in reality...
Report GEORGE.B June 17, 2018 8:39 AM BST
Genuinely Crowded, 1pt EW @ 20-1, 2.55 Salisbury

Genuinely Crowded has had 6 career starts to date which have all been on Polytrack and she caught my eye on her latest of them when returning from 3 month break, over 10f at Lingfield, travelling well round the inner but once in the straight not getting the clearest of runs and shaping a bit better than the bare result.

The winner was an unexposed Sir Mark Prescott-trained filly who was out quickly under a penalty following a win at Wolverhampton, and the form received a bit of a boost when Isle Of Man, who was looking held when jinking and unseating his rider over a furlong out, came out and won at Brighton (albeit first-time headgear might have been beneficial to him).

Genuinely Crowded is stepped back up to 12f today (previous runs at the trip would suggest she stays) and has to prove her effectiveness on turf, but she looks a sizeable filly who might have needed a bit of time to mature and grow into her frame, so it's possible she may progress yet, while a drop in the ratings, first-time cheekpieces and Luke Morris taking over in the saddle, may all help.


Geoffrey's Girl, 1pt EW @ 40-1, 4.20 Cork

Geoffrey's Girl could do with the forecast rain getting into the ground and changing the going, in which case she would make a little EW appeal at the prices.

She made her debut for her current handler in a Listed race on heavy ground over C/D in April which was won by the useful Bloomfield, finishing 4th of the 5 runners and 7l off the winner having attempted to make all, but the run didn't do her handicap mark any good as she was hit with an 8lb rise.

She appeared anchored by her revised rating back in handicap company over 13f at Navan, but the ground might have been quick enough for her (wins on the continent came on going described as soft / heavy) and it did appear that she might have gone off too quickly having gone clear at halfway before coming back to the field and being headed 2f out.

Geoffrey's Girl has to prove she wasn't flattered by her run in Listed company over C/D for which she got an RPR of 88, but if the forecast rain has got into the ground, she looks worth chancing at the prices, with her mark having been eased 2lb.
Report GEORGE.B June 17, 2018 4:42 PM BST
Well wide of the mark today. They couldn't give Genuinely Crowded away in the betting, and she never went a yard.

As for Geoffrey's Girl, although don't think the ground is on quick side at Cork today, think she would have needed it to have gone soft to have stood any chance against that level of competition.

Running P/L: +44.99
Report GEORGE.B June 18, 2018 1:47 PM BST
Lomu, 1pt win @ 14-1, 3.35 Ayr

Lomu is a lightly raced 4YO who is of a little interest dropping back to 5f. He won 2 of his 3 starts at 5f when a 2YO, but has raced over 7f or a mile since turning three, winning on his reappearance in 2017 over 7f at Ayr.

The two runs this season have been over a mile at Pontefract and Newcastle, weakening quickly both times from between the 2 and 3f markers having gone from the front. It was the run last time at Newcastle that caught my eye because he raced very freely through the early stages and not surprisingly didn't get home, and I note the jockey had reported that the gelding had raced freely the previous time at Pontefract.

His mark has been dropped 3lb and he's eased back in grade today, so while he's clearly got a bit prove right now, interesting to see if the drop back to 5f prompts a better effort.


Artful Rogue, 1pt win @ 17-2, 3,35 Ayr

Artful Rogue's overall record would suggest he's a lot more likely to place than win, but his mark is easing and he hasn't been shaping too badly for his current yard, including two starts back over 12.5f at Musselburgh when perhaps making his effort prematurely before paying the price inside the final furlong, in a race that has worked out well.

He's eased back in grade today and he looks well handicapped on turf form for his previous yard, including when finishing second at Sandown over 10f last June off a mark of 80. His two wins on the AW were over 12f, but he has run OK over 2 miles at Newcastle, so hopefully 13f is within reach.

His wears cheekpieces today for the first time since 2014, and when they applied the first time he was a good second in a class 3 Goodwood handicap over 12f off a mark of 75.
Report GEORGE.B June 18, 2018 1:48 PM BST
Also 1pt EW double, 17/2 & 14/1 Scared

*Artful Rogue 4.45
Report GEORGE.B June 18, 2018 5:01 PM BST
Lomu ran well to be second but unfortunately Artful Rogue somehow found a way to finish 4th, so that was the EW double scuppered.

Running P/L: +40.99
Report GEORGE.B June 18, 2018 5:15 PM BST
Blown By Wind, 1pt EW @ 40-1, 5 PLACES, 1/5th the odds, 3.05 Ascot

Blown By Wind makes a little appeal at the prices with 5 places on offer.  He only managed to finish fourth in the Listed National Stakes over 5f at Sandown on his latest start, but he had the widest draw to contend with and was forced to race four wide from the rail and in the circumstances I thought he ran well enough.

He had won his previous start over 5f at Ascot when carrying a penalty and that form got a little boost when the fourth came out and won easily at Goodwood, albeit that colt had been making his debut at Ascot and might have needed the experience.

Blown By Wind is proven at the track, is unexposed under quick conditions, promises to be suited by the step up to 6f, and goes there battle hardened having had the four starts, so hopefully can at least challenge for a place.
Report GEORGE.B June 19, 2018 9:29 AM BST
A speculative selection for the King's Stand

Battle Of Jericho, 1pt EW @ 66-1, 4 PLACES, 1/5th the odds, 3.40 Ascot

Battle Of Jericho makes a little EW appeal at huge odds with an extra place being offered. The notebook run was when he ran in the 5f Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes at Newmarket last October, his only  start so far at the minimum distance, looking like he had plenty of running left in him but unable to secure a clear run and shaping a lot better than his finishing position of 7th would suggest.

The form of that race could have worked out better and he has plenty to find on the figures today, while he wasn't overly impressive when beating inferior rivals over 6f at Fairyhouse on his return, but he's by a sire (War Front) who has a good record on fast ground at Ascot, is unexposed at the distance, and presumably has been targeted at this.
Report GEORGE.B June 19, 2018 4:22 PM BST
Blown By Wind finished second in the stands' side group behind the impressive winner Calyx, but that was only good enough for 7th overall.

Way of the mark with Battle Of Jericho who was outclassed.

Running P/L: +36.99
Report GEORGE.B June 20, 2018 12:04 PM BST
A couple of 'rags' against the field in the Queen Mary

Snazzy, 1pt EW @ 50-1, 1/4 odds 4 PLACES, 2.30 Ascot

Snazzy comfortably won a class 2 contest over 5f at Newcastle on her debut, and she followed that up with a good run to be third in a Listed race over 5f at York, when behind both Signora Cabello and Daphinia, who reoppose here.

She has work to do to reverse the form with the two who beat her at York, never mind coming up against potentially stronger rivals today, but there is reason to think she was better than the bare result at York, given she over-raced while disputing the lead, having been drawn in the outside stall, and in the circumstances did well to finish as close as she did behind one who'd been ridden with more restraint.

Her trainer Charlie Fellowes has said the plan this time will be to try and get her some cover (as had been the case when she won at Newcastle), so hopefully that will happen and she will see her race out better ths time.


Kodyanna, 1pt EW @ 25-1, 1/4 odds 4 PLACES, 2.30 Ascot

Kodyanna impressed when winning the Hilary Needler over 5f at Beverley on her second start, just having to be shaken up to assert well inside the final furlong and looking nicely on top at the finish. It should be said that the race went her way having got a nice position on the rail whereas the filly she beat, Deia Glory (who also runs here) had to work to get to the lead from a wide draw, but no surprise if there's more to come from Kodyanna who looks like she has a bit of size about her and is bred for the job given she's a half-sister to a 2YO Listed winner, and interesting to note that her dam is Jadanna, who won the Hilary Needler herself before finishing a creditable 5th of 27 in the Queen Mary.
Report GEORGE.B June 20, 2018 2:45 PM BST
That worked out well...I wouldn't have minded Snazzy finishing 3rd to Signora Cabello today but didn't get anywhere near her this time. Right race, wrong horse Crazy

Running P/L: +32.99
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