The first day of the racing extravaganza on the Sussex downs is the hunting ground in the search for today's placepot...
" He is one pound lower than when he recorded a win at this meeting last season and if the first time blinkers have the desired effect he should shrug off the mediocre form of his season thus far..."
13:55 - A competitive contest to open up proceedings, and the locally trained Blue Surf and improving Clon Brulee provide the two best opportunities to hit the mark early. The former is drawn attractively in stall six, and he was better than his seventh in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes at Royal Ascot suggested. He has proven course form and the trainer/jockey combination of Amanda Perrett and Pat Dobbs is one to keep on side here. The latter was a creditable fifth to Danchai in the John Smith's Cup on the back of two useful handicap wins at Redcar and Ripon, and should go well again.
14:30 - The Group 3 Molecomb Stakes looks just as open a contest and Ambiance gets the first nod. He has run creditable efforts in defeat behind No Nay Never at Ascot and more recently Vorda at Masions-Laffite, recording a decisive victory in a listed race at Sandown in between. Anticipated is the second selection, and once again has run creditably in defeat after recording wins at Windsor and Ascot early in the season. A neck third to Extoritionist in the Windsor Castle at Ascot and fifth behind Vorda in France more recently suggests he is in form to run another big race in what is a less competitive event.
15:05 - The Richard Hannon duo Professor and Producer are both worthy of respect, but Richard Fahey's Garswood should figure at the business end of proceedings. Richard Fahey has long held this colt in high esteem and his run in the Guineas is best overlooked; his win at the Craven meeting in April confirmed he is a horse of some promise and his fourth in the Jersey Stakes at Ascot last time was a good run. This is likely to have been the target for some time and his handler is in red hot form of late.
15:40 - Oriental Fox should go close after his agonising defeat in the Northumberland Plate last time out, and it would be no surprise given the form trainer Mark Johnston is in if he were to gain compensation for that here. His second over C&D here also means he makes most appeal; another Middleham trained contender in the shape of Sir Graham Wade is the second selection. He is one pound lower than when he recorded a win at this meeting last season and if the first time blinkers have the desired effect he should shrug off the mediocre form of his season thus far.
16:15 - The Clive Brittain trained Brazos has been unlucky not to shed his maiden tag in two starts so far this season, and he is certainly open to improvement. His plum draw on the stand side rail should put him in the best possible position to get off the mark at the third attempt, although the pair of Sacha Park and Lyn Valley could spoil the party.
16:50 - The first three home in last year's renewal of the closing contest for today's placepot clash again, but overall preference goes to Ascription for the Hugo Palmer team. He has been gelded since his disappointing sixth at Newmarket last time, and if the hood/tongue strap combination bring about further improvement he could end the day on a high for us.
13:55 - 4,8
14:30 - 1,2
3:05 - 11
3:40 - 4,6
16:15 - 2
16:50 - 12
= 8 Lines
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