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I have a thing for William Haggas runners at the moment, especially when he has a 25% strike rate with three-year-olds at Newcastle and sends just one runner 244 miles. Qoya 4.57/2 is surely better than she was able to show at Windsor last time and is bred to be better than this grade in the 15:00.
Trainer Karl Burke has had a fruitful time with his two-year-olds this season, and his Colnago 1.0 is likely to prove popular in the 14:50 at Pontefract. Still, his sire Sioux Nation is 0-11 with debutants over six furlongs. It may pay to look at Storm Venture 3.55/2 for Richard Fahey, who has a 21% strike rate with two-year-olds here, and he was a big eye-catcher at Chester on debut.
Backing jockey Hollie Doyle when riding for trainer Roger Fell would have produced a £9 profit from a £1 level stake over the last five years. She is in action for the trainer for just the second time this season in the 15:50 at Pontefract on Global Spirit 3.7511/4.
Trainer John Gosden likes to target this Yarmouth card today, and he has sent just one entry for the meeting in the 17:40 Chamber Choir 9.517/2. Gosden has an excellent 31% strike rate with first-time out two-year-olds at Yarmouth, scoring with 14 of his 45 runners for a 71% ROI.
Two races to keep a very close eye on!
Owner outfit Godolphin won both divisions of the 17:50 at Kempton in 2021, with Charlie Appleby and William Buick finishing runner-up in one contest with Valliant Prince, who went on to be rated 112. Appleby and Buick look to go one better this time around with Border Force 1.0.
The division two, at 18:20, sees Jim Crowley head to Kempton for his only ride of the day on debutant Maghlaak 1.0, a half-brother to Mutasaabeq and Wafy. He is bred to be very smart indeed.
Horses for courses
This section highlights the best bets from horses that have won twice or more at today's tracks.
14:40 Brighton - Confrerie - Has won here three times (27%)
15:40 Brighton - De Vegas Kid - Has won here five times (38%)
20:50 Kempton - Diamond Bay - Has won here twice (40%)
Weighted to go well
"Weighted to go well" highlights horses running that are more than 10lbs below their last winning handicap mark.
13:30 Newcastle - Channel Packet - Has won off 62 runs off 47
14:30 Newcastle - Tathmeen - Has won off 71 runs off 56
17:15 Kempton - Dewey Road - Has won off 74 runs off 57
Today's furthest traveller is trainers Charlie and Mark Johnston, who have made the 296-mile journey to Brighton with five runners on the card. They are regularly the furthest travellers on a midweek day.
Race of the day
Our feature race of the day is Pontefract's 17:20 Keith Hammill Memorial Handicap, where a field of ten head to post and an old favourite and course lover heads the market.
Corinthia Knight continues to thrive here at Pontefract and now has a record of five wins from seven starts - all those victories coming in June or July. He remains well handicapped on old form and has the services of Hollie Doyle to seek out yet another course victory. His record outside of Class 3 company over six furlongs reads 2 and 1, and Hollie Doyle has scored on him five times.
With a good draw in stall three to attack, there are stacks to like about his chances of back-to-back victories. Still, according to the history books, he is zero for three when turned out within ten days, and he usually needs at least three weeks between races, so there is a glimmer of hope for punters attempting to take him on.
The improving Commandment has left the impression there is more to come when undone by a slow pace at Yarmouth last time, and with a strong finishing effort, a return to this stiff track where she scored on her penultimate start is a big positive.
This contest should prove a more suitable stamina test for her, and there will be few finishing as strongly as her. She is on the upgrade and looks the most likely to put it up to the favourite if she can keep tabs through the opening few furlongs of the contest.
Big race verdict
This is a good contest, but much of it relies on whether Corinthia Knight handles this quicker than usual turnaround. He could be a class above, but I want to take a chance on the improvement in Commandment, who will finally get a stiff test of stamina over this six-furlong trip with stacks of pace in the race. Providing she can sit prominently from her draw in stall four, it's hard to see anything finishing stronger.
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For the third month, Britain recorded numerous contests over jumps that attracted fewer than six runners. Reports suggest that more than a quarter of jumps races in June featured less than six runners. In July, the average number of runners per race was 6.94, while chase races saw field sizes slip to 5.85.
There is now a call from a handful of trainers for the summer jumps season to take a more extended break in the hope that more runners will fill the races when the jumps season returns.
This comes on the back of a BHA proposal to take 300 races out of the calendar - a move that was recently rejected by racing leaders, who decided against a change to the 2023 race programme.
I am unsure how much more evidence is needed for someone to scrap the jumps programme - both summer and winter - and re-start. The prize money is woeful, the runners non-existent, and the competition with our counterparts in Ireland laughable.
What is racing set to lose by revamping the calendar? It indeed is at an all-time low - the figures tell you that by the lack of runners and prize money while Britain falls further and further behind the Irish.
You only need to look at the lack of competitive nature in the National Hunt season proper to see just how far behind we have fallen, and less competitive fields throughout the season must have contributed to that fact.
There were 40 Grade 1's in the UK last year - Ireland won 17 of them, but only 32 of those races had an Irish runner, meaning they won 54%.
The UK did well at Aintree, winning seven of the 11 Grade 1 races, but you will get shocked when you look at the official ratings of the winners in those Merseyside races - they are glorified Grade 2's at best in the good old days.
The UK are simply inferior horses to the Irish by at least seven pounds, and the uncompetitive season where horses can easily duck and dive each other certainly doesn't help. Competition breeds excellence. Perhaps the racing leaders ought to reconsider.
Until tomorrow, be lucky.
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