The big races keep coming at every turn and after a spectacular weekend of action we have the three-day July meeting at Newmarket to get our teeth into this week – not to mention the Dante and Musidora at York.
Naturally, there is a brief lull on Monday but there are a couple of highlights with Chesham runner-up March Law among the runners at Ayr and the Summer Cup at Uttoxeter featuring plenty of familiar staying chasers.
My main focus is at Ayr, starting with:
1.40 Ayr: Call Me Ginger at 13-2 with Betfair and Paddy Power
Jim Goldie had some great days with Orientor and I wouldn’t be surprised if Call Me Ginger, one of that horse’s offspring, landed a decent sprint for him at some stage this season.
He remains unexposed after only seven starts and ran well to be beaten under two lengths over 5f here last time when he was outpaced much of the way before finishing strongly. That form has been franked – the winner followed up at Doncaster and the runner-up has also gone one better – and Call Me Ginger should enjoy the extra furlong.
He was also an eye-catcher on his penultimate effort last season, when not beaten far in a big field over 5f on softish ground at Ascot, and he’s 4lb lower here with Kevin Stott (two winners from five rides for Goldie this year) on his back for the first time.
The early 10-1 with William Hill did not last long but the 13-2 on offfer still looks very fair. I’ll probably have a saver, too, on Fortamour, who also has more to offer.
2.45 Ayr: Jamais Assez at a general 12-1
Jamais Assez looked dangerous when throwing down a challenge two out on his return over 7f at Doncaster – reflected by the fact his in-running odds shrunk to 13-8 – but he faded when it mattered most.
It looked a case of his first run for almost eight months being needed and he should be sharper here, with Karl Burke ditching the cheekpieces and equipping him with a first-time tongue-tie.
The slower ground will be no problem and his form in maidens points to a mark of 77 being favourable. For instance, he failed narrowly to peg back Gifted Ruler on level weights on heavy ground at Haydock last summer and that horse is now operating off a mark of 94.
My one niggle is whether he will be better over 6f but he is bred to be effective over this far, and further, and in any case that is offset by his double-digit price.
3.45 Ayr: Colony Queen at a general 5-2
I’m surprised this most likeable filly is not trading shorter than the general 5-2 which is available. She’s thriving, versatile regards underfoot conditions and seems to have a terrific attitude.
The downside is that she’s almost a stone higher in the ratings than last spring, but only 3lb higher than when getting the job done again at Beverley last time.
Ten furlongs is definitely her optimum, with her past seven runs over the trip yielding form figures of 1421111.
Four-time course winner Glasses Up, who did well to score at the track last time given he was running over shorter than ideal, is the obvious one to give her most to do.
6.45 Windsor: Berkshire Savvy at 12-1 with bet365
This represents an easier assignment for Berkshire Savvy, who ran as well as could be expected in the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot last time given he was racing from out of the handicap and was held up in a race where those who raced prominently were at a distinct advantage.
There were loads of improvers in that race and, all in all, he did well to be beaten about five lengths. Moreover, he is able to race off a 3lb lower mark in a lesser race with Oisin Murphy on his back for the first time this year.
Bright Eagled Eagle, a winner on his return at Goodwood, and Vindicate, better than he showed on his Newmarket comeback, were others on my radar.Get your free Racing TV fleece - the latest in our range of high-class Racing TV merchandise! Click here for more details.
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