I gave the crossbar a bit of a pounding last week and was especially frustrated when two well-backed William Haggas horses, Nkosikazi and Solar Gold, were denied by rivals racing on the opposite side of the track to them.
Both fillies should soon be winning and are worth following, particularly if they run against their own sex.
I swerved the Darley July Cup from a punting standpoint and am so glad I did as a brick would have gone through the TV had I backed against Ten Sovereigns and seen him win in exactly the way I expected him to at Ascot.
I am looking at more modest far at Beverley on Tuesday but a winner pays just the same. Mark Johnston is probably even better at this track than he is on the July course at Newmarket and I expect him to bag at least one winner.
This one came up against a Sir Michael Stoute-trained improver last time out at Doncaster and I suspect trying to give 7lb away to Calculation will always prove beyond this honest young stayer.
However, he is the only three-year-old against a small field of exposed older horses and I expect him to win despite the fact he has been beaten four times off his present rating.
This looks un competitive, with only Flower Power looking as though he may be running into form.
Mango Chutney might not have pleased everybody with the way he carried his head last time out but he showed enough to warrant an each-way punt at a price here. That was his first run of the season in the consolation for the Carlisle Bell and it was a competitive heat.
He has been dropped 1lb and as a consequence has slipped back to his last winning mark and this is the lowest grade handicap he has contested since he last won. His yard could do with a winner but some of them have run quite well at big prices recently.
Looks certain to bag the lead here from his plum draw in stall one and if he is in the same form of his last two runs should be able to back up his recent course and distance win.
He is up 7lb but that would not have stopped him last time and Paul Hanagan keeps the ride here. He beat a good yardstick in One to Go last time and nothing else arrives here in the same sort of form.
Is presumably named after some insurance company but I must confess I will be tearing up my policy if he can’t win this one.
He has loyal backers at Pontefract and I was on him there last time but, as on his previous start, he was denied a clear passage at a crucial time.
Quoteline Direct has not raced in lower than a 0-70 for almost two years and, when he did, won under Becky Smith, who is again on board. Quoteline Direct deserves to win this.
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