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Northern Trust Company Novices’ Handicap Chase (Listed Race): Bailey Horse Has Cheltenham Aura

Northern Trust Company Novices’ Handicap Chase (Listed Race): Bailey Horse Has Cheltenham Aura

4.50 Cheltenham A very tight novices’ handicap chase with just 6lbs separating the field and there is no way in reality that they are this close to each other ability-wise. So, it’s up to us to attempt to second-guess which horses are badly off at the weights and which look set to show that extra improvement so often forthcoming with peaking novices, leaving us with this shortlist of six who can all give a good account of themselves: Earlofthecotswolds This…

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Paddy Power Handicap Chase (Fairlawne Chase – Grade 3): Ex Patriot Far Too Big in Fairlawne

Paddy Power Handicap Chase (Fairlawne Chase – Grade 3): Ex Patriot Far Too Big in Fairlawne

2.00 Cheltenham We’re looking to get 2020 off to the best possible start with a win in the Fairlawne Chase, as it was once known, and with just twelve of them declared this time our job has in theory been made easier than it should have been. Still, we needed to whittle the field down as we do and we’ve come up with what we think are better half of the declared runners, all six of the below runners standing…

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Sodexho Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Lake to Spring to Ascot Success

Sodexho Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3): Lake to Spring to Ascot Success

3.20 Ascot With a maximum field of 18 going to post and a first prize of almost £57,000 to fight for this is naturally a very competitive event, however it doesn’t look impossible to solve with one or two seemingly ahead of the handicapper. We’ve got the 18 down to a shortlist of six, with the final selection looking pretty good value. Adrien Du Pont Having had a wind operation in the summer its possible we may just see an…

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Great St Wilfrid Handicap: Great St Wilfrid Trophy Off to Lahore

Great St Wilfrid Handicap: Great St Wilfrid Trophy Off to Lahore

3.15 Ripon A full field of 20 runners go to post at Ripon on Saturday for the Great St Wilfrid, the Garden Racecourse hosting its number one event and offering a cool £46,000 to the winner. Local trainers have a terrific record in this race and we expect that trend to carry on, Yorkshire’s Mark Johnson, Phillip Makin, Tim Easterby and David O’Meara all holding serious chances while Darlington’s Michael Dods knows the time of day with sprinters.  Here’s our…

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Stewards’ Cup: Growl on the Prowl at Goodwood

Stewards’ Cup: Growl on the Prowl at Goodwood

3.40 Goodwood Looking at the results of the last three Stewards’ Cups, there is no appreciable track bias with placed horses coming from all sorts of boxes.  Instead then we must see where the pace is, not necessarily meaning where the front-runners are but where our highest rated horses are jumping from. Of the six we’ve put up below, four of them are coming from low draws so we’ve taken the view that the far side may be a little…

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Wokingham Stakes: O’Meara Filly Just Perfection

Wokingham Stakes: O’Meara Filly Just Perfection

5.00 Ascot The Wokingham Stakes is one of the toughest handicaps of the entire year to get right, but with enough information at our disposal we think we’ve been able to successfully shrink this enormous field down to six key runners: Bacchus Brian Meehan trained this horse to come out first time for the season in this race last year and score from the hugely well-supported Dreamfield, and from not the best draw either. He could potentially be a couple…

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Duke of Edinburgh Stakes: Cox to Steer Kasperenko to DoE Victory

Duke of Edinburgh Stakes: Cox to Steer Kasperenko to DoE Victory

5.35 Ascot Another day, another full handicap field at Royal Ascot and this time it’s the turn of the older mile-and-a-half horses. This is a quality line-up and while there are plenty in with chances, the key piece of recent British form comes from York and their hot recent Race to the Ebor Jorvik Handicap over this trip, but there could just be a real improver in the field ready to hit his peak at the right time. Ben Vrackie…

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Epsom Dash Handicap: Muthmir Great Value in Dash

Epsom Dash Handicap: Muthmir Great Value in Dash

3.45 Epsom Given that it’s all done downhill and there is an obvious track bias, this race is all about sheer speed and getting a good draw so with that in mind we have chosen the following six horses to make up our shortlist, with the selection hopefully proving to be great value on what is Epsom Derby day. Copper Knight Tim Easterby’s five-year-old gelding has looked in better nick this season than he ever has before and there’s no…

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London Gold Cup Handicap: Forest and Frankie to Score in London Gold Cup

London Gold Cup Handicap: Forest and Frankie to Score in London Gold Cup

3.00 Newbury A cracking renewal of this three-year-old only handicap, in fact several of the field were considered to be potential black-type performers and may yet go on to win at Group level later in the season. Whatever the result, keep a good eye on the form of this race as it’s bound to be rock solid and while there are any number in with some sort of chance, these six look like the right way to go as far…

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Chester Cup Handicap: Cleonte to Take Chester Cup Cracker

Chester Cup Handicap: Cleonte to Take Chester Cup Cracker

3.35 Chester A race established as far back as 1824, the Chester Cup carries with it so much history and prestige and is a major early-season target for a number of top yards. As a £150,000 race we can expect this to be frenetic from the beginning, but the 2m2f trip will take some getting while a good draw is essential round here and as such we’ve managed to whittle the field down to these six candidates. Austrian School Mark…

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