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White Lavender was a very big waste of a journey for the Irish raider, as she was very poor, and didn't continue her progression that she had been doing back in Ireland. I'm sure she will bounce back to form when running in Ireland, and if she is reasonable odds, I think I will follow her again, as that run today was too bad to be true. Prince Imperial won quite comfortably today, but the returns was reduced by a 25p Rule 4.
There are a couple in this race who come into this on the back of a win, but I'm siding with one who will appreciate a return to this track.
MY STYLE is a horse who runs his best races at Newmarket, whether that's the Rowley track or the July course, he just seems to enjoy his time at this venue. His last two runs can be overlooked as the ground was far too soft at Chepstow, and he didn't seem to handle the track at Lingfield. If you can look past those two runs, his run at Newmarket was a good effort, where he finished 4th behind Mitrosonfire. The form of that race has worked out well, with the 2nd and 5th placed horses winning next time out.
This horse has dropped down to a career low mark of 70, which is effectively 67 when you take Georgia Dobie's 3lb claim into consideration, and that definitely brings him into this race, and is definitely dangerous to overlook.
I'm going to give INDIGO TIMES another go after putting him up for his last race where he looked like he needed further than the 2m trip he contested at Goodwood.
He was behind Themaxwecan that day, but he was staying on strongly, and I think this stiffer track and extra couple of furlongs should help reverse the form with that horse.
Indigo Times won at Newmarket the time before Goodwood, but that was over the July course. They're slightly different courses, but they're similar in the way there is an uphill finish, and that will bring out the strong staying abilities I think this lad had. He beat Live Your Dream when they met on the July course, and although conditions for this race are different and he is slightly better off at the weights with the selection, I can't see a reverse in that form.
The interesting runner in this race is the Irish raider, Turnpike Trip. This horse is a very capable horse over obstacles, and also looks well-handicapped to run a big race in this. He finished runner-up in a Cesarewitch handicap in Ireland, but that was a big run off 10st. This is a tougher race, but he should be noted, as horses like this can be ridiculously ‘well in', like Arcadian Sunrise was at York.
IVATHEENGINE ran well last time at Sandown in a race which was quite muddling and was won by a horse who got an easy lead of things and was 8 lengths clear when they turned for home. Ivatheengine fared 2nd best of the horses in behind the winner, and I think he would be better off on a flatter track like Newbury, as he didn't stay on as strong as I would've wanted at Sandown. That was his first attempt over 7f, and based on the fact that connections thought he was a sprinter, the stiff track at Sandown probably wouldn't have been his ideal track.
He has been running consistent of late in some of the big prize handicaps in the Racing League which were always well contested due to the money which was on offer, and he was never disgraced in any of those, and finished 2nd, 3rd, 8th and 3rd. He won some decent money for connection in the process, and his handicap mark only went up by 1lb. His rating tomorrow will 79 as Mohammed Tabti takes the ride and will take off 7lbs. Mohammed hasn't had many rides this year, but has had 3 wins and 6 placed efforts from 26 rides (12% SR). A mark of 79 puts him well below him last winning mark of 89, so based on that, he should be running a big race.
To add to this, Paul & Oliver Cole have hit top form in the last 14 days. They are operating at a 44% SR from 9 runners in the last fortnight, and have a RTF (running to form) of 100%.