Race 1 (0-25)

Not a lot to choose from in this opening contest and perhaps the pick lies with #5 BLUE JEANS. He ran on quite well to take 4th place on Barbe Cup day, finishing 2.2 lengths behind class dropper Saracen King and clocking the best chronos over the final 600 metres. He has drawn very well and he is capable of going very far. #4 Klopp did well to land 3rd place last Saturday. It won’t be a surprise if he justifies his yard’s decision to enter him once again. #2 Dark Liability has performed well so far in 2018. In this contest, he is entitled to have a big say on proceedings. #7 The Judicator has not been seen since his eye-catching debut in the Duchess Of York Cup meeting. He has worked well though and is worth a thought, particularly with Daniel Stackhouse on board. #3 Midnight Man is down a category and is rated as a decent outsider.

Top Tip: #5 BLUE JEANS

Dangers: #4 Klopp, #2 Dark Liability, #7 The Judicator


Race 2 (B.36)

Preference is for #4 MAMBO ROCK in this. He comes into this race on the back of two consecutive wins, and as he remains in excellent form, he should complete his hat-trick, even from his wide draw. #3 Eight Cities did what he could in his latest. This Vincent Allet-trained horse has improved in training and based on that, he can give the favourite something to think about. #7 Asyouplease is a newcomer at Patrick Merven’s yard. He performed honourably back in his homeland and he has shown up well in his trials here. He is not prevented from striking at the first time of asking. #5 Ouzo did not disgrace himself in the second leg of the Three-year old championship. In this field, he should be competitive. For the lower placings, #10 Shreya’s Star and #2 Duke The Duke are good contenders.

Top Tip: #4 MAMBO ROCK

Dangers: #3 Eight Cities, #7 Asyouplease, #5 Ouzo


Race 3 (B.41)

#1 MISTY ROLLER produced an excellent showing in a Group 2 contest in the 13th meeting, landing the final podium spot. A reproduction of that run can see him do even better in this category. #2 Top Of The Rock had to settle for second best behind Declarator in his last run. He hails from an in-form yard and can rattle the selection here.  #3 Castle performed averagely in his latest. Usually thereabouts in his races, he is entitled to show up. #9 Imperial Dancer showed bags of improvement in his previous attempt. His chances here must be respected. #4 Chester’s Wish renewed with success in the 12th meeting. He is up a Benchmark and has been given a bad draw but nevertheless, he is not prevented from making the frame. #10 Kimberley won from start-to-finish in his recent showing. He is another horse that is competing in a higher division and it could be a big ask for him to confirm. However, if he can dictate his own terms once again, he will be hard to run down.


Dangers: #2 Top Of The Rock #3 Castle, #9 Imperial Dancer


Race 4 (B.46)

With the presence of #1 Gimme Green and #3 Ice Run in the sole 1450 metre contest of the day, events of the 11th meeting come into mind, when the latter just about did enough to hold off the former. Both remain in good form and they are rated as good chances here. The vote however is given to #4 PRIDE ROCK, who quite simply is in the form of his life. Unbeaten so far in 2018, he is rated as the best shot of the day for Cesar Passerat. #6 West Coast Warrior makes his debut for Rameshwar Gujadhur’s yard. He performed well in South Africa, visiting the winner’s enclosure on four occasions. Well-trained and jumping from pole position, he has a chance of striking at the first time of asking. #8 Elysian Park struck decisively in his latest, although it came at a cost as he bled. Having fully recovered, he has shown nothing wrong at track work and from a good-looking barrier, he is not prevented from confirming. #9 Yankeedoodledandy is a newcomer at Gujadhur stable. He looks to have some potential and having showed promise in his gallops, he makes plenty of appeal.

Top Tip: #4 PRIDE ROCK

Dangers: #6 West Coast Warrior, #1 Gimme Green, #3 Ice Run


Race 5 (B.61)

#4 Brilliant Crimson caught the eye on Barbe Cup day. He finished 5th, but was only 2.4 lengths behind St Tropez and he clocked the best chronos over the final 600 metres. He will relish the longer trip and a big run is forthcoming. #5 Seven Fountains scored a last-gasp win in his last attempt. He is always thereabouts and having been drawn perfectly, he can confirm. #6 TANJIRO was beaten only by Yankee Captain in his last attempt. He is another horse that will relish the long trip and he can go one better this time round. #1 Do Be Snappy runs for the first time since changing yards. He has worked splendidly and he should be bang in the shake up. #8 Talbec has benefited from a very long break and his recent workouts suggest that he is very close to his optimal form. Even in this higher class, he should be thereabouts.

Top Tip: #6 TANJIRO

Dangers: #4 Brilliant Crimson, #5 Seven Fountains, #1 Do Be Snappy


Race 6 – The Lightning Cup (Group 2)

This is a wide open Group race, with the majority of the field all capable of striking. #4 NOTTINGHAMSHIRE is unbeaten so far this season. Freshened up, he remains in top order and he can complete his hat-trick here. #1 Ernie will be attempting to repeat his win in last year’s race. Compared to his last start, he is in better shape and form, and a bold bid is forthcoming from him. #7 Step To Fame returns following a very long break. He has shown up well at track work and can make it all the way. #6 Yankee Captain comes into this race having won two on the bounce. He looks to have a hard task in this field and over the trip but based on his current form, he should go very close. #2 Budapest has finished in 4th in both of his last two races. He has continued to progress and is not prevented from showing up, even over this short trip. #5 Reim has not confirmed his strong showing in his seasonal debut. He appears to be in good nick and having been drawn perfectly, he must be respected, particularly with Daniel Stackhouse steering him.  #10 Zud Wes is definitely a horse that will relish this short trip, and he should not be very far away, while debutant #9 Rodney is a specialist over this trip and must be watched very closely here. In truth though, this race can fall into anyone’s hands.


Dangers: #7 Step To Fame, #1 Ernie, #5 Reim


Race 7 (B.31)

#3 FINAL CUP gave it a good fist of it in the MTC Bicentenary Trophy meeting. He finished 3rd, 2.9 lengths behind Zodiac Jack and that was in Benchmark 36. In this field, he sets the standard. #7 Brachetto is a horse that blows hot and cold. He showed up well in his latest when he landed 3rd. If he can repeat that showing, he can make it. #6 Raheeb failed to turn up in his last start. He is expected to improve and can make the frame in this. Debutants #1 Risky Rambo and #5 Royal Resolution, both trained by Patrick Merven, must be watched closely here.

Top Tip: #3 FINAL CUP

Dangers: #7 Brachetto, #6 Raheeb, #1 Risky Rambo


Race 8 (0-20)

#3 ANTON RUSKIN ran on improvement on Barbe Cup day, finishing runner-up to Man From Seattle. Drawn in the ace, he is taken to go one better here. #6 The Third Man produced an eye-catching showing in his latest, completing the quartet. He will appreciate the additional 100 metres and he can do even better here. #7 Vintage Angel has raced quite well so far in 2018, finishing second in his last two attempts. He merits respect in this contest. #5 Charles My Boy has done nothing wrong so far this season and he should go close once again, while #4 Bridegroom Bertie and #1 Spin A Coin are two good place bets.


Dangers: #6 The Third Man, #7 Vintage Angel, #5 Charles My Boy