A small Placepot profit for the second day in a row leaves us in a good position to attack Saturday's card at Newmarket...
Granted, Fury has disappointed on a few occasions but he has plummeted in the weights and has twice run well over C&D...
14:00- Somewhat finished behind impressive Chesham Stakes winner Berkshire at Royal Ascot but has progressed nicely since and could yet turn the tables. Berkshire is obviously feared as he looked like a colt of some potential when he scooted clear at Ascot, but the fact he hasn't been seen since gives hope to those looking to get the likely short-priced favourite unplaced. Kingfisher chased home two good prospects at Leopardstown last time and has the benefit of Ryan Moore in the saddle. He could offer a bit of value and should be included in the perm.
14:35- The fact eight are set to go to post, meaning that a top-three finish will suffice, is a big help and we are confident enough to bank on Vorda. The French-trained filly has only been beaten once in a four-race career, losing her unbeaten record to the imposing No Nay Never in the Group 1 Prix Morny. There was no shame in finding that leading juvenile too good and, back against her own sex, Vorda should take plenty of beating.
15:10- Elusive Kate enjoys a good record against her own sex and could get the run of things from the front; she can confirm Falmouth Stakes form with Sky Lantern. In a tricky seven-runner affair, though, we will also include the Charles Hills-trained Just The Judge. Behind Sky Lantern three times this season, Just The Judge would appear to have plenty to do to reverse form but she was arguably just short of peak condition in the Guineas (didn't impress in paddock), was closer to the strong pace at Ascot and returned with a damaged hoof at Goodwood. Just The Judge needs consideration in a contest that is much more than just a two-runner race.
15:50-Safe to say we will not risk a banker in a typically-competitive renewal of the Cambridgeshire. The first horse that catches the eye is the John Gosden-trained Seek Again. Beaten only by the smart Van Der Neer on turf, Seek Again has run highly creditably in defeat on the all-weather of late, twice finishing in the frame, and could yet be open to further improvement with the anticipated strong pace likely to suit. Queensberry Rules already boasts strong form in big-field handicaps (placed in the Britannia at Royal Ascot) and this has probably been the long-term target. Another William Haggas-trained horse worth considering is Fury. Granted, Fury has disappointed on a few occasions but he has plummeted in the weights and has twice run well over C&D. He can go well carrying relatively few lines. King George River's effort behind Intello earlier in the season looks good after that horse's subsequent exploits and he returned to form at York last time, finishing third in a competitive race, indicating he is ready to run a big race here.
16:25-Having been so profligate with the lines in an attempt to negotiate the Cambridgeshire we will need to take a calculated risk by banking on Remember. Yes, this looks like a competitive race but Remember was an extremely impressive winner on nursery debut at York and a 6 lb rise looks very fair. Remember could develop into a pattern-race filly and it would be disappointing were she not to go close.
17:00- Majestic Moon has improved since forcing tactics have been adopted and, back over seven furlongs, should give it a bold sight from the front. Majestic Moon ran well over one mile at York last time but the strong suspicion is that this will prove to be his optimum and he has a good chance of regaining the winning thread. Regal Dan has produced creditable efforts on four of his 5 starts this term and should once again be on the premises; he is also added to the permutation.
14:00- 2, 4
15:10- 3, 6
15:50- 14, 23, 24, 32
17:00- 9, 14
= 32 lines
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