The Racing TV tipster remains in good form having tipped two winners, including a 6-1 chance, from three bets on Friday and has four selections around the tracks, including a couple at double-figure prices, on Saturday.
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The St Leger seems to come around more quickly every year and it is good to see it has a strong, competitive field today. It is tough to see Hurricane Lane getting beaten. He was clearly unbalanced at Epsom, stayed on well to get the job done at the Curragh and was then mightily impressive in Paris. Stamina is his strong suit and he could be even better on the galloping Town Moor.
My bets come in other races and hopefully the Portland, a race in which I have had some fortune, will be good to me again. Best of luck with whatever you are cheering home.
Rain is due to arrive during racing on Friday and could well be heavy so prices for this handicap may be changing as a few of the fancied horses really are better on quick ground.
This one won’t be inconvenienced however if things change, but he does need forgiving for a well-below-par run when we were on last time. I'm not aware of any obvious excuses but I was so impressed with him at Goodwood on his previous win, I am prepared to give him another chance.
Dave can't get this Goodwood victory out of his mind for Whenthedealinsdone
Roger Teal won this with his subsequent July Cup winner Oxted a couple of years back so knows what is required and I really believe Whenthedealinsdone could be a very good sprinter one, even if he is not a Group One horse. There is tons of pace inside him and a midde to high draw looks perfect. I will be saving on Jawwaal, who runs this course particularly well.
In good form since joining Roger Fell, I fancy him to win for the second time over course and distance here. He got beaten last time but I felt that was a good effort against in-form rivals.
Being drawn in eight of eight in this field of prominent racers should not be a hindrance - in fact it could help him sit just off the pace and challenge as rivals weaken inside him. There do not seem to be many in opposition who might be on the improve here and though Oso Rapido is 5lb higher than when he won two starts ago, he has run well off this mark in the past and might still have more improvement in him, having been quite lightly-raced to now.
Twice a winner last season, he has been running in 0-100 handicaps recently and perhaps shaping a little better than his form figures suggest, so should appreciate this big step down in class to 0-80 level here.
His final win last season came in a 0-95 and he has a prominent running style that suggests he may be able to get himself into a good position to boss these lesser rivals. He has won on soft if things get wet and certainly has an opportunity to run a very big race for his in form trainer/jockey combo.
Found racing in top class handicap company a bit of a baptism of fire last time and lost his unbeaten record at the Ebor meeting, but he was going on nicely at the end of that race and I am hopeful he will have learned plenty from the experience.
This race proved too much for Royal Fleet, but he stayed on nicely close home
He has already shown a straight mile is perfect for him and if the ground changes his dam won on her debut on soft and Dubawi's progeny generally go on it so I am not concerned on that front. He can pick up the winning thread here.
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