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Jul 19, 2013

RACING PREVIEW SUNDAY 21ST JULY

RACE 1 – 2.20

A trappy handicap to start proceedings. Dreamsoftheatre doesn’t have a great deal of form to his name, but his latest effort was a step in the right direction and today’s longer trip could easily bring about the required improvement. Changing Lanes is more consistent than most and is another to consider, but a chance is taken with NO WOMAN NO CRY who is on a handy mark and takes a slight drop in grade here. Millie O’Brien is another to consider, but the stable’s good run of form has dropped away slightly in recent weeks.

RACE 2 – 2.50

Somchine sets the standard, but his run of placed efforts has proved slightly frustrating and with the step up in trip an unknown today, he’s passed over in favour of KILBREE KID. The selection went very close on his hurdle debut and has the scope for further improvement. Danandy would figure if retaining the ability he showed earlier in his career and it will be interesting to see what the market makes of his chance on this return from a break.

RACE 3 -3.20

Highway Code sets a fair standard, but he’s had more chances than most of today’s rivals and might not be able to cope with the progression expected from CHANGING THE GUARD who made a winning start to his chasing campaign and promises to offer even more in this sphere. The third bolted up last weekend, suggesting the penalty is unlikely to cause too much of a hindrance. Featherintheattic is the other that makes some interest, on his second try over birch today.

RACE 4 – 3.50

Castlemorris King has shown improved form in recent starts and is well worth considering, although he was readily brushed aside by BRIGHT ABBEY earlier in the year and is now worse off with that rival at the weights. The selection remains relatively unexposed and can continue his progression on ground which suits. Rum And Butter isn’t without his quirks, but is another with claims in a race in which few can be ruled out, at their best.

RACE 5 – 4.20

It’s feasible that Mission Complete could return to form in the first time visor but he’s very difficult to recommend after two woeful efforts this year and this might be best left to SANDYNOW and Always Bold. The former has to be forgiven a poor run when last seen, but has joined a yard in terrific form and isn’t badly treated on his best hurdle form. Always Bold is getting his act together over fences and, if none the worse for last Wednesday’s exertions, should go close once more.

RACE 6 – 4.50

State Department made his debut in a Ludlow bumper behind some fair types and that level of form would be enough to give him the verdict in this contest, had he not been absent from the racecourse for so long. It’s impossible to know how much ability remains and for that reason DARDANELLA is selected ahead of him. Richard Lee’s mare has shown good recent form and the yard have a decent record in these events.

RACE 7 – 5.20

It’s very difficult to get away from the chance of Chilbury Hill who comes here in great heart. However, there doesn’t appear to be a lot of pace on and that might give HAZELDENE a chance to gain an uncontested lead and put some pressure on the favourite’s jumping. The Fox’s Decree and last year’s winner Escardo, are others to consider.