Sandy Lane Stakes Betting Tips (6f) 3.45 Haydock Saturday

Limito

The Sandy Lane Stakes has been elevated to Group2 level, and as a result, has attracted some of the best 3yo sprinting talent, not least Henry Candys speedster, Limato.

The Sandy Lane Stakes has been elevated to Group2 level, and as a result, has attracted some of the best 3yo sprinting talent, not least Henry Candy’s speedster, Limato. Unbeaten in his previous four races, the Tagula gelding stepped up to Group class for the first time five weeks ago, and took the challenge in his stride, scoring easily from Tendu and Adaay, in an Ascot Group3. The form was upheld with Adaay collecting a hot Newbury listed race seventeen days later, so Limato’s credentials look convincing.

Charles Hills runs his lightly raced Exceed and Excel colt, Salt Island, and it would be no surprise to see him involved at the business end. A winner of a Windsor maiden as a 2yo, He comfortably won a Newmarket handicap off a mark of 93 on his reappearance in April. Spencer found all sorts of trouble in his next race behind Adaay at Newbury, and at the very least should have finished a lot closer to the winner. Salt Islands trainer holds him in high regard, and expects a very positive performance at the weekend.

Tim Easterby’s Indesatchel colt Mattmu, ran a great race for a 3yo in the Group2 Duke of York stakes on the Knavesmire seventeen days ago, when just nabbed on the line by the 5yo Glass Office, with six year old Jack Dexter a neck behind in third. This shouldn’t have come as any great surprise as the Easterby horse had won a 6f Group2 (soft) at Maisson-Lafitte last November, but the York performance certainly showed that He has trained on and does not need a soft surface to perform to his optimum. One for the short list.

If that master trainer of sprinters Edward Lynam sends his Starspangledbanner filly Anthem Alexander across the Irish Sea for this, She would be worth considering. She beat the wonderful Tiggy Wiggy fair and square at Royal Ascot, over 5f, but had to give best in their two meetings over 6f. However there was no disgrace in that, and if at the top of her game for her reappearance, would be a threat to all.

Selection:Limato

Danger:Mattmu

Achilles Stakes Betting Tips 5f 3.10

Muthmir

William Haggas’s 5yo Invincible Spirit gelding Muthmir will be hoping for Group1 glory at Royal Ascot in the Kings Stand Stakes in three weeks time, and must have serious prospects of taking this en route.

Our E.W. Suggestion, Pretend, for last weeks Temple Stakes, didn’t make it to the start due to the forecast soft ground, and ironically the going may not have been such an issue as the winner Pearl Secret came home in a time just 1.86 seconds slower than standard. However He is entered again on Saturday, and if this very progressive horse transfers his A.W. Ability to turf, He is going to be a very potent force indeed. One for the short list if turning up.

William Haggas’s 5yo Invincible Spirit gelding Muthmir will be hoping for Group1 glory at Royal Ascot in the Kings Stand Stakes in three weeks time, and must have serious prospects of taking this en route. He was certainly most impressive in last years Portland Handicap, when despite stumbling badly, He absolutely hacked up off a mark of 100, clearly marking him out as a Group horse. He reappeared in the Group2 Duke of York Stakes over 6f, and despite running far too freely, was only 1L adrift, in 5th, at the line. Indeed He was less than 1/2L behind Jack Dexter, who ran such a fine race ( Btn nk) in last weeks Temple Stakes, so reverting to Saturday’s more suitable trip, his prospects look bright.

David O’Meara’s 6yo Exceed and Excel gelding, Out Do has finished behind Muthmir both times they’ve met, but it does appear that the O’Meara runner has improved since their last encounter. He won a Pontefract handicap off 98 in April, and put up an improved performance twenty four days later when taking a York handicap off a mark of 104. In the hands of this Superb trainer, it would be no surprise to see further progress at the weekend.

Selection:Muthmir

Danger:Pretend

Temple Stakes Betting Tips 5f Group 2 Haydock Park Saturday

Hot Streak trainer Kevin Ryan.

Hot Streak won this for top handler Kevin Ryan, last year, and a repeat would come as no surprise. He reappeared last year in the Palace House Stakes, finishing third before taking this.

Unfortunately, our 10/1 E.W. Suggestion, Toormore, in last week’s Lockinge Stakes, couldn’t quite get past his stable companion Night of Thunder, but going down by a fast diminishing neck, he covered himself in glory. He seemed to get slightly unbalanced when pressure was applied, but once straightened, ran on with great resolution, so hopefully our selection for Haydock on Saturday will enjoy a more trouble free passage.

Heading the market at 4/1 is Edward Lynam’s evergreen 8yo, Sole Power. He demonstrated his well being when winning a Group1 at Meydan on March 28th, bringing his career winnings to a staggering £1,924,956. Two reservations about his prospects at the weekend would be ground conditions, and the man doing the steering on top. While He handles most surfaces, He has never won with the word soft in the ground description, so with the weather unsettled, a waiting brief is advised. Jamie Spencer takes over riding duties from Richard Hughes, who knows the horse so well, and who has given this “hold up” animal some magnificent rides, not least last time out at Meydan. Certainly the way Hughes produced him to win last years Group1 Nunthorpe, will live long in the memory. However Spencer himself is no mug when riding a hold up horse, so given decent ground at the weekend Sole Power must have strong prospects of bringing up the £2,000,000 in winnings.

That very talented handler of sprinters, Robin Cowell, runs two, the 6yo Oasis Dream gelding, Gold Dream, and the 10yo veteran Kingsgate Native. They both ran in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket, three weeks ago, with Gold Dream winning, and Kingsgate Native finishing third. Gold Dream, if coming on for the Newmarket race, would certainly be on my shortlist but he is another who likes good ground. He may also be better suited by a stiffer track when racing over the minimum trip.

Hot Streak won this for top handler Kevin Ryan, last year, and a repeat would come as no surprise. He reappeared last year in the Palace House Stakes, finishing third before taking this. This year he reappeared in a Longchamp Group3, acquitting himself well, finishing third. Bound to improve for the run, Hot Streak who is not ground dependant, has to be on the shortlist.

Charlie Appleby’s 4yo Invincible Spirit gelding Pretend looks interesting. Campaigned almost exclusively over five and six furlongs on the all weather, He has been eye catchingly successful, .winning six of his nine races. Equally effective at five or six He took a big step forward in his last two races, where showing an impressive turn of foot easily accounted for Alben Star on both occasions. If this rapidly improving animal transfers his ability to turf, they can all look out on Saturday.

David Barron saddles last years runner up, Pearl Secret, and 8lbs better off for the 1/2L He was behind Hot Streak, you would have to fancy his chances in this years renewal. However the 8lbs was the weight for age allowance ( Hot Streak was only three) so the more pertinent piece of form is perhaps that Group3 at Longchamp two weeks ago when the Barron horse was well behind Hot Streak, who indeed will be 2lbs better off on Saturday.

If the ground does come up soft at the weekend, Evanna Mc Cutcheon’s 8yo gelding Maarek would be worth considering. Winner of the Prix de L’Abbe in 2013, He ran well in Hot Streak’s recent Longchamp race, finishing 3/4L behind the Kevin Ryan runner. However He had had the benefit of a run, so on 2lbs worse terms it may be wise to stick with Hot Streak.

Selection: Hot Streak.

E.W. Pretend.

Lockinge Stakes Betting Tips 1m Group1 Newbury Saturday

Integral

Integral is a beautifully bred 5yo mare by Dalakhani out of the Group1 winning mare, Echelon and we fancy her to go very close.

I hope you were on when Jamie Spencer, brought home the bacon on our selection, Speculative Bid, in last weeks Victoria Cup, at the very rewarding odds of 10/1. On paper at least, Saturday’s Newbury Group1 does seem a slightly easier contest to solve, so here’s hoping we can keep the ball rolling. Since the race was elevated to the top tier in 1995, some strong trends have been evident, not least that fifteen of the last nineteen winners, boasted winning form at Group1 level coming into the contest.

Four year olds have had the best of it in the same period, winning twelve times, with five five year olds, and two six year olds obliging. Considering how few females have contested the race over the past decade, their record has been outstanding. They have won three of the last ten renewals, and significantly , two of them have been trained by Sir. Michael Stoute. Perhaps even more significantly, they have all run in the same colours as Saturday’s entrant, Integral, the red white and blue of Chevely Park Stud.

Integral is a beautifully bred 5yo mare (by Dalakhani out of the Group1 winning mare, Echelon). She had already won two Group1 races against her own sex in a highly successful campaign as a four year old, when coming up short in the Group1 Queen Elizabeth II stakes against the colts. Excuses can be made, as she was unsuited by the testing ground,and may have been over the top anyway. It is very significant that Chevley Park have kept her in training as a 5yo, and considering Sir Michael’s skill with older horses this mare looks the one to beat at the weekend.

Richard Hannon’s 4yo Night of Thunder, the shock winner of last years controversial 2000gns, when coming home 1/2L in front of the brilliant miler, Kingman, failed to hit the back of the net in any of his subsequent four races, but did post some very good efforts. His last run was particularly noteworthy, finishing a slightly unlucky second to the high class Charm Spirit, in the Q.E11 stakes last October. He hasn’t been seen since, but this need not be a problem, as only three of the last ten winners had had a previous run. Top rated, and coming from a yard that has provided three of the last five winners, Night of Thunder must have every chance of getting involved on Saturday.

The highly talented David O’Meara, saddles the 6yo gelding Custom Cut, and like his sire Notnowcato, appears to be improving with age. First off,winning a modest Cork handicap three years ago from a lowly mark of 75, He was rated 117 when comfortably disposing of Here Comes When in a Group2 at Sandown on his reappearance in April. He had that good yardstick Top Notch Tonto, 4 1/2L further back at Sandown, strongly suggesting that further progress had been made over the winter, so his odds of 12/1 at the time of writing represent some value.

Whatever ailed the 4yo Oasis Dream colt, Mooharib who hung so badly when finishing third in this years Lincoln handicap, his very capable trainer Marco Botti ironed out before his next appearance. He absoloutly hosed up in a listed race at Ascot, four weeks after Doncaster, cruising up to the leaders, quickening clear, and then eased back to beat Hors de Combat with consummate ease. Another rapidly improving animal, it isn’t too difficult to see him being involved at the weekend.

One of the few winners at Group1 level in Saturday’s contest, the 4yo Toormore, the second Hannon runner, needs considering. His Group1 success came as a two year old in the 7f National stakes at the Curragh which He won easily and ended the season crowned Europe’s top two year old. His 3yo career started very promisingly with a facile win in the Craven stakes from the top class The Great Gadsby, but was subsequently most disappointing until showing signs of a revival in the Q.E.11 at the end of the season. Here,starting at 25/1, He took a fierce hold, and still fighting Kieran Fallon for his head was dropped to last two furlongs out. He ran on and despite having too much to do finished a very respectable third, beaten 1/2L and 1/2L by Charm Spirit, and his stable companion Night of Thunder. He has clearly had his problems, but coming from this yard it would be no surprise to see a reformed character on Saturday.

Selection: Integral

E.W. : Toormore

Victoria Cup Racing Tips 7f Ascot Saturday

Jamie Spencer Speculative Bid

Jamie Spencer, who is riding so well at the moment, is doing the steering on Speculative Bid and could go close.

Our suggestion for the 2000gns, Gleneagles, did us proud last week winning at the rewarding odds of 4/1, but I have to admit that Saturday’s wide open Victoria Cup, presents a much thornier problem to solve. As only two horses above the age of five have managed to win in the past decade, sticking to four or five year olds, is probably advisable.

Winning, or at least going close at the specialist distance of 7f has been essential, as has good recent form. Top weights have a particularly poor record, which enables us to leave Hughie Morrison’s Chill The Kite out of the picture.

One that catches the eye, with the evergreen Kieran Fallon in the plate, is the Michael Attwater trained 5yo entire, Professor. A course and distance winner in May 2013, He also ran a blinder at the course last June when finishing second off a mark of 108 in a Cl2 handicap over 6f. Racing on Saturday off 102 He doesn’t look badly treated, and is one for the short list.

Another course and distance winner, is the Jeremy Noseda trained Outback Traveller. He hosed up over course and distance in a 3yo handicap last October off a mark of 93, and showed what progress had been made over the winter, when just collared in the final stride by Speculative Bid, on his reappearance on the Kempton A.W over seven furlongs off a mark of 105. Just 2lbs higher, and 1lb better off with Speculative Bid at the weekend, this very progressive animal is another to consider.

Speculative Bid is himself clearly progressive and comes strongly into the argument on the Kempton form. He has now won his last two races, both over 7f, strongly suggesting that this is ideal distance, so with Jamie Spencer, who is riding so well at the moment, doing the steering, He is another to consider.

The Ed Dunlop trained 4yo Zarwaan gives the impression that Saturday’s trip might well suit. He was quietly fancied for the Lincoln, and ran a fine race to finish sixth, but didn’t seem to quite get home. He also ran well over the track in a 1ml 30 runner handicap, finishing a highly creditable fifth, only 2L behind the winner, off a mark of 101. His runs in the Lincoln, and at Ascot demonstrate his ability to cope with the demands of a large field handicap so off a mark of 102 his chance has to be respected.

Another course and distance winner is the Richard Fahey trained 5yo Heavens Guest, who showed his wellbeing when cozily taking a Thirsk conditions event three weeks ago. His course and distance win was back in 2013, but he put up another fine performance last October when finishing third, off Saturday’s mark off 105 over course and distance. With the very useful 5lb claimer Jack Garrity riding on Saturday, He is one to keep an eye on.

David O’Meara’s 5yo So Beloved ran a fine race on his reappearance in a Thirsk handicap three weeks ago, when going down by 1/2L to One Word More. As he meets the winner on a pound better terms there should be very little between them at the weekend, but it is interesting that So Beloved is stable jockey Tudhope’s selection from the yards three entries.

Peter Chapple-Hyam’s 5yo Buckstay, was backed in to favourite in a 1ml Newbury handicap last time out, but got no sort of run, and as a result gets to race off the same mark of 94 here. His previous 2nd at Doncaster was a run full of promise, and did suggest that He would not be inconvenienced by a drop back to 7f.

Selection: Speculative Bid.

E.W: Zarwaan.