We made it three in a row with 80p of the £844.90 dividend on Saturday, meaning a tidy return of £675.92 for those with deep enough pockets to entertain the ticket builder perm.
It’s more mundane fare today and we head to Wolverhampton, under a tighter perm.
2.15 – Leg 1: We start with an amateur riders’ selling stakes, which kind of sums up the contrast between Royal Ascot and the week that follows! It’s a mile and a half, so a slow race for slow horses ridden by part-time pilots. This could be interesting.
The favourite is Knox Overstreet, a horse with all weather form of 555 in his three career attempts. More recently he’s been running over further, and this drop back in trip is far from certain to suit even in a bad race. Waahej is the other fancied runner, and he has a more solid profile, as a three-time winner here, one over the distance. But he’s only run once since November 2011, and it’s a punt as to how much ability he retains. He’s included on the basis that he likes it here, and if he does still have ability, today’s the day to show it.
Kristallo has winning form on the all weather at Kempton, and that’s good enough for B here, as is Visions of Johanna’s course and distance form.
A – 7 (Waahej)
B – 5 (Kristallo), 6 (Visions Of Johanna)
2.45 – Leg 2: Sag Alout was beaten over a trip too far last time, and back at five furlongs on all weather, he has a strong chance. Because I’m keen to keep it tight today, I’ll make him an A, along with Balatina.
A – 2 (Sag Alout), 10 (Balatina)
3.15 – Leg 3: Archie Stevens is a mile clear on ratings and much better on all weather. Work Ethic is clear best of the rest, and ought to run well if fit after a break.
A – 1 (Work Ethic), 2 (Archie Stevens)
3.45 – Leg 4: It looks a three horse race and, while one of the three will likely fail to fire, I’ll hope it’s not Chord Chart, who is a banker here.
A – 3 (Chord Chart)
4.15 – Leg 5: A maiden, and James Tate’s Mount Tiger sets the standard. If he’s fit enough, he’ll take some beating. Those that take him on are mostly fairly exposed, but a couple to make the frame might be Misfer and Sixties Queen, both of which have bits of form here.
A – 3 (Mount Tiger)
B – 2 (Misfer), 11 (Sixties Queen)
4.45 – Leg 6: A very difficult handicap puzzle, and I’ll take a raft of options here, based on market support, course form, and recent form.
A – 1 (Tennessee), 2 (William Van Gough), 3 (Mafi)
B – 5 (Jumbo Prado), 8 (Tatting), 9 (John Potts)
Just A’s – 1 x 2 x 2 x 1 x 1 x 3 = 12 bets
All picks – 3 x 2 x 2 x 1 x 3 x 6 = 216 bets
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