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Hands up from me for my performance over the course of Royal Ascot. I came into Ascot in decent enough form and was confident coming into each individual day, but it didn't pan out how I expected and wanted it to. It's been a while since I bombed out at a big festival and I can only apologise. I thoroughly enjoyed the racing this week despite not doing well, hopefully, you enjoyed it and picked some nice winners along the way.

Chantilly 3:00

Runner Jacket Trainer: A Fabre

Jockey: Tom Marquand

Form: 221-24

Though I didn't tip anything up in the 1000 Guineas due to my selection be a NR, I did say ZELLIE would probably be my fancy in that race. I had a few quid on her that day and wasn't disappointed with her run back in fourth.

This is the French Oaks and is an 18-runner race full of exciting fillies who will go on to win many Group races between them, so the fact it's 9/4 the field shows the strength in this race. That might sound daft as the favourite is Nashwa, who is trained by John & Thady Gosden and is clear by around 3 points in the market, but I don't think it's that clear. Nashwa is the correct favourite based on her run in the Epsom Oaks but at the prices, I think she has to be taken on. That run was only 16 days ago, and this looks like a second option for her, whereas if she came into this race on the back of her Newbury win I think I'd be more on her side. That race at Epsom wasn't an easy race and could've taken a fair chunk out of her. I think the drop back to 10f will suit as she travels nicely through her races and I don't think she stayed the 12f as well as the first and second and that is what might've cost her.

I'm giving a chance to Andre Fabre's filly who should be suited by this step up to 10f based on how she has run in the past and from what her pedigree suggests. She looked outpaced over 8f at Newmarket and didn't look happy entering the dip, but when she met the rising ground she stayed on very nicely. The form of 1000 Guineas is up for debate but based on what we've seen so far it doesn't seem all that bad. Cachet has run with credit on a couple of occasions since, including finishing 2nd in the French 1000 and 5th at Royal Ascot. Tuesday was the eventual Epsom Oaks winner and looks like a really nice horse over middle-distance races for the rest of the season.

The ground is a slight concern as it is currently being described as Good To Soft (Saturday midday) and even though they are expecting showers on Sunday, it's around 30 degrees at Chantilly so the ground will be drying up very quickly, and I imagine the ground will probably be Good come the time of racing. She has been seen to best effect with juice in the ground but did seem to handle the faster surface at Newmarket. I think she might get away with the ground being quick over this longer distance as she does seem a strong stayer over shorter. I think she is a good EW player in this race, but I wouldn't put anyone off from backing anything in this race.

Pontefract 4:00

Runner Jacket

 Trainer: William Haggas

Jockey: Daniel Tudhope

Form: 131-1

With Tom Marquand riding over in France, Daniel Tudhope takes the reigns on BARTZELLA in the feature event at Pontefract for their Sunday Series Meeting. Having Tudhope on board is not a negative in the slightest, as you'll struggle to find a jockey in better form in recent weeks with him doing extremely well at Royal Ascot, riding with bags of confidence.

I think this filly just wins. Sometimes you can get bogged down and overcomplicate races by trying to get the favourite beat, and I'm a big culprit of that, but sometimes you just have to admit that the favourite has the best chance of winning. If Bartzella repeats the form of last time out from her Goodwood race, she wins this. She didn't beat Lady Hayes by much that day, but I think she had more in the tank than what the finishing margin suggests. She is a four-raced filly so improvement is still extremely likely, and with William Haggas being in the form he is in, it's hard to look past her chances.

You'll struggle to find a bigger fan of Glenartney in horse racing than myself. I really think this filly has a Class 1 win lurking around for her at some point during her career, but I think it will be over slightly longer than today's trip. She is a lovely filly who keeps hitting the crossbar and getting placed in good races, but I don't think today is the day for her.

I don't think this race will be run at a great tempo, and chances are that The Flying Ginger might try and set a slow pace on the front end before kicking around the bend. That filly is 17lbs inferior to my selection, but in a race like this, it's a decent opportunity for connections to get that Black Type on her CV, which is massive for breeding in the future. With that being said, with the pace likely not to be great, if the race pans out how I think it will, having a filly with a good cruising speed is needed and I think Bartzella fills that bill better than most in this race.

Pontefract 5:15

Runner Jacket Trainer: Paul Nicholls

Jockey: Megan Nicholls

Form: 7/117/1

If Paul Nicholls can get OLEG winning this race it would be some training performance to do so after he has been off the track for 589 days.

Despite the time off the track I think Oleg's chances are clear as day. He won at this track a couple of years ago and did it in the style of a horse who appreciates a stiff track and a mammoth trip on the flat. He won here over 2m 1f and the winning margin of a neck was value for a bit more as he was staying stoutly and with an extra half-furlong, he would've won by a couple of lengths. That win came off a mark of 79, which is the same handicap mark which he runs off today, so effectively is handicapped to win again.

With Paul Nicholls sending him up to Pontefract from his base in Ditcheat, I think you can assume that he is fit and ready to go. This is a long way to send a horse and when Paul sends them North, he doesn't miss all too often, on the flat or the jumps. He is 2/2 at Pontefract in the last five years, so that backs up my statement.

The booking of his daughter, Megan, is a good booking. I think she rides this track extremely well and was a winning riding for us when I tipped up Dereham to win at this track a month or so ago. The weight he has to carry is a slight concern, but is a jumps horse so is used to carrying big lumps of weight around, so it shouldn't be that much of an inconvenience.

Pontefract 6:15

Runner Jacket Trainer: Kevin Ryan

Jockey: Kevin Stott

Form: 23-14

A mark of 82 looks workable for MILLION THANKS based on the form he has shown on the last two starts. He was gambled on strongly to win on season reappearance at Musselburgh, that win burnt my fingers as I tipped up Western Stars who finished third that day. I think he wasn't 100% fit that day and once again, the winning margin was probably flattering to the horse who finished second. He looked in need of experience that day as he wandered around slightly and had a quite high head carriage, but he got the job done and I thought he looked like a nice handicapper to follow.

I didn't realise he ran late in May after his run at Musselburgh, but he ran well in a hot looking Class 4 event at Haydock. He finished fourth that day, but the form has worked out nicely. The winner was well-handicapped that day off a mark of 83 and he ran a belter to finish 3rd in the Britannia Stakes Handicap at Royal Ascot earlier this week. The runner-up from Haydock ran a decent race to finish 2nd again the time after and the third horse finished runner-up to an inform horse in a Class 2 race at Chester. Million Thanks didn't get a clear run in the final furlong, even though it wasn't a huge interference, it didn't help his chances and he would've finished closer to the winner if that didn't happen.

I think this stiff uphill track will suit him. With it being a decent prize pot for a Class 4 due to the Sunday Series it will be a competitive race and I think he is an EW player, and I can see the form working out quite well from this race.

Pontefract 6:45

Runner Jacket Trainer: Archie Watson

Jockey: Harry Davies (5)

Form: 696851

With Hollie Doyle attempting to win a French Classic on Nashwa, Harry Davies take the ride on CORINTHIA KNIGHT. Some of you would have probably predicted this horse being put up by me for Sunday's racing if you looked through the cards, as he has been a selection for the thread on two occasions this year, being a winning tip on his most recent run.

There's no surprise seeing him turn up at Pontefract for the Sunday Series where the prize pot is generous for low-level handicaps as he is probably known to be a course specialist these days. I was very impressed with his win last time out off weight in the 10st's and the battling ability he retains at the age of 7. Though he probably didn't beat great horses that day, it was some performance to do it from such a big weight, which is completely different to today's scenario as he will be carrying 8st 4lbs with the claimer's 5lb taken into consideration, and I think that it a huge help, but also a huge confidence booster that they really fancy his chances. To get Harry Davies booked shows real intent as he is probably the best apprentice around in the UK and the fact he can claim 5lbs is daylight robbery. This race is tougher than his recent assignments but he comes into this race still very well handicapped and at a track that he loves. He'll need luck in running if they decide not to take a lead from Stall 2 as you can struggle to find gaps when pegged in on the rail at Pontefract, so hopefully, he gets a handy position and can pounce late on where he seemingly has the stamina up the hill where the others might not.

43 Comments
  1. dazzman1979 2 weeks ago

    8:30 Lingfield- ocean ruler 9/1 💰💰💥

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  2. recoba 2 weeks ago

    Trixie…

    Hawthorne-R6 ..Wild City Girl 3/1.
    R9…Ahead O Game. 5/2
    Gulfstream-T12…Fear The Deer. 4/1

    If Hawthorne-R6 to close to the off 2x singles a double

    Well done the winners today

    • recoba 2 weeks ago

      10/15 behind at Hawthorne so probably go off 11.20 or later but just don’t know with US.

    • recoba 2 weeks ago

      Màird!

      Sant Anita- R8…Lady Mystify. 9/2. Good 3rd to might Malathaat last run. .

  3. uncle pom 2 weeks ago

    -6.6
    Pontefract
    16:15 restorer 12/1 1pt win
    17:45 fishable 4/1 1pt win
    18:15 exminster 2/1 2pt win

    Hexham
    13:45 floating rock 6/5 2pt win

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  4. edgeman 2 weeks ago

    Was coming on here to tip Zellie, but Rizz has already done it I see. I’m on it EW for 4 places with PP at 8/1. GL 👍

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  5. Sore point 2 weeks ago

    Hexham 2.45 MELBURNIAN 3/1

    Hexham 5.00 FENNAS LOSS 11/4

    Good luck everyone

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    • mint 2 weeks ago

      Sore Point,

      Fennas Loss just to easy! Well done 👌

      Mint…

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    • dazzman1979 2 weeks ago

      Well done with fennas loss gutted you never had the double I needed it for a 4 fold but that’s how it goes always one hey 😂 cheers anyway

  6. elvis parsley 2 weeks ago

    1-40 Chantilly lova 10-1 ew 4 places SKYBET.

    3-00 Chantilly (french oaks) 🇫🇷
    Rosacea 10-1 ew 5 places WILLIAM HILLS.
    Babala 25-1 ew 5 places WILLIAM HILLS.

    4-20 Chantilly dilawar 2-1

    4-55 Chantilly Martel 6-4

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  7. elvis parsley 2 weeks ago

    Templehills 2-00 Worcester 25-1 ew 3 places at SKYBET 🏇

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    • elvis parsley 2 weeks ago

      Solo saxophone 3-35 Worcester.
      15-2 bet365 ew extra paying on 1st 2 finishers (just 4 run)

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  8. recoba 2 weeks ago

    🇫🇷. Exxtra…1.40 8/1. 13/4 a top 3 finish

    • elvis parsley 2 weeks ago

      Exxtra 5-1 and 11-10 top 3 recoba ???

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    • recoba 2 weeks ago

      Elvis it was 7/1! It was a mistake , as in didn’t proof read before I posted cause it was close to the off and 13/8 of course NOT 13/4 Bet365 …can you see a pattern? Mistakes typing quickly and it was 7/1 and 13/8 when I bet it then posted and it went 11/2 basically straight after with 11/2 available for a while then money came . $hite anyway!

      Ended up a good 17 mins plus before the off and I was just trying to get it posted so stop quizzing me like I made that up,go check the odds at the time.
      I know there’s a way to so I’ve heard and I’m sure you can then you can take you “recoba??” back

      GL rest of day

    • elvis parsley 2 weeks ago

      Recoba.
      You posted 4 minutes before the off, I replied 3 minutes later.
      Best prices I saw in those 3 minutes were 5-1 and 11-10.
      Was wondering were your prices came from as that was my 2nd choice in that race and maybe would have backed exxtra at over 3-1 to place top 3 🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️.

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    • recoba 2 weeks ago

      It was a 1.33 when I put the bet on then immediately posted so say yer closer to being correct with the times but it was 9mins late going off so 4 add 9 is? 13 so my 17 is closer than your 4?

      No matter I’ll just leave it next time but your wrong about the prices I can’t do anything if it changes when I’m typing Elvis?

    • recoba 2 weeks ago

      Oh sorry 8 minute s late.
      My bad ….your still wrong with 4 and prices,going in like I’m trying to grab credit for a bigger price winner IF it had won

  9. double carpet 2 weeks ago

    Highwaygrey 5/2 4.15 ponte

    Form over C&D reads 111122.
    Last run at the track was off 86 last Sept and runs off 76 today.

    BOL

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  10. azzthewigan 2 weeks ago

    treasured company 2.45 ew

  11. dazzman1979 2 weeks ago

    2:35 Worcester- millbank flyer 15/2 💰

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  12. azzthewigan 2 weeks ago

    jamacho 3.05 ew

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    • elvis parsley 2 weeks ago

      jamacho 3.05 ew

    • elvis parsley 2 weeks ago

      Well done azz

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    • azzthewigan 2 weeks ago

      cheers Elvis

  13. elvis parsley 2 weeks ago

    Solo saxophone 🎷🤣🏇

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    • dazzman1979 2 weeks ago

      Well done young un 💰👍✅

    • elvis parsley 2 weeks ago

      About time dazz, any returns I’ve had since Tuesday have been because of ew extra picks.
      Hard going this racing lark isn’t it.

      DE NIRO probably the only poster seeing overall profit recently which shows how tough it is to get ahead of the enemy.
      Well done that man 👍

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    • dazzman1979 2 weeks ago

      Glad I never put diliwar up now I was going to post that myself . I did do dalkingstown and planned paridise mixed with sore points 2 sadly now it will be on 3 out of 4 in a lucky 15 at best but yeah it’s tough my trouble is self control haha 😂

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  14. azzthewigan 2 weeks ago

    the Rutland rebel 5.15 ew well done all winners today

  15. elvis parsley 2 weeks ago

    Montauk daddy 7-03 Belmont 🇺🇲
    9-2 at bet365, 3-1 or less elsewhere.
    A rare bet on the Yankee nags this 🧟‍♀️.

    I’ve just gone 6-4 top 2 finish at bet365 and and loose change on the win at 9-2 ,see how this goes.
    Maybe I should leave the yank stuff to those who watch it but hey ho 🇺🇲

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    • recoba 2 weeks ago

      Not if that’s what you fancy Elvis , get it posted as bar Dazzman an 1 maybe 2 others there’s no USA tips to chat about?

      Looks open race to me when I looked earlier with Nova Rags catching the eye but off nearly a year so something has went a miss but at 4/1 I didn’t think it was worth a chance .

      GL

    • elvis parsley 2 weeks ago

      Nova Rags been backed 5-1 to 7-2 .
      Mine 7-2 also now 🇺🇲

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    • recoba 2 weeks ago

      Easy this auld US of A racing Elvis! ;)

      Took the R/Fc and thought I had it there with best outcome for us, very game Montauk Daddy there.
      Nova Rags goes in the tracker as he was in about G3 before it’s gap year after it’s studies.

      Stewards enquiry as per usual? 🙄
      i think your horse farted in the straight other jockeys claiming but Bet365 pay both if it’s changed so your in according to them . 💰

  16. recoba 2 weeks ago

    🇺🇸

    Yankee and 2x singles …

    Belmont- R4…Dakota Gold. EVS. ** Bet365
    Lay off to overcome from 2l 5th to Modern Games in Breeder Cup Juvenile in November and if good to go EVS shouldn’t last long and trainers record with horses from a lay off is decent but h wouldn’t need to be 100% to win this.
    Belmont-R8…Copper Town 15/8. **
    Ortiz Jnr goes on both rides and think he will be fired up after his nightmare at Ascot. Older horse but not many miles for his age.
    Woodbine-R8. …Srcret Resetve. 9/4.
    Well supported and was 7/2 about 5 minutes ago? Dang! But fine for Yankee
    Santa Anita-R11…Hong King Harry. 4/1 (just keeps improving and winning so stick with him in slightly better event)

    GL yoll and well done the winners today

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    • recoba 2 weeks ago

      Late one,friendless but in my notes.

      Santa Anita-R7 the greatly named ‘San Juan Capistrano Stakes’ we’re the salmon instinctively flock”

      Modus Operandi…9/2. Bet 365
      7th but only by 3l last run in a G3 and lightly raced compared to market leaders that have the back form but seem to be regressing.

      Cheeky R/fc 7-4. Wouldn’t put anyone of NO:4 either at 11/1 . This on with Skybet

  17. recoba 2 weeks ago

    Forgot to mention Cooper Town is Wesley Ward horse and Kazuka Kimura is on fine form for the ride of Secret Reserve who drops in class.

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  18. azzthewigan 2 weeks ago

    manigardo 6.45 ew

  19. elvis parsley 2 weeks ago

    Montauk is the daddy 🤣
    Yee ha, ride em cowboy 🇺🇲

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    • recoba 2 weeks ago

      What you on next? 😋 👍

    • dazzman1979 2 weeks ago

      Well done 👍 🇺🇸

  20. elvis parsley 2 weeks ago

    I’ve retired from us racing now.
    I’ll leave to you pair of banditos yankees

  21. dazzman1979 2 weeks ago

    Race 7 gulfstream- wandering 13/2 💰👍🇺🇸🤑

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