1st Race (0-20)
#8 VALERIN finished very strongly last time out, popping up on the final podium. This veteran remains in good order and as his yard has got going, he is the one to side with here. #9 Doyles gave everything he got in his last run. He represents an in-form yard and with Rye Joorawon on board, he merits a lot of respect. #4 Daredevil Aviator completed the quartet not so long ago. If he can reproduce this showing, he can be thereabouts once again. Similar comments apply to #7 Phoenix Rising, while #1 Redwood Valley and #2 Sir Capers are good contenders for the lower placings.
Top Tip: #8 VALERIN
Danger: #9 Doyles
Dark Horse: #4 Daredevil Aviator

 

2nd Race (0-25)
Not much to choose from in the first 1850 metre contest of the season, although the vote goes in the direction of #4 DESERT THIEF, who is running again following his 3rd place last Saturday. His recent form does make good reading and he looks cherry ripened to strike. #1 Midnight Oracle did not run to expectations in his previous showing. He is expected to improve, and is reunited with Swapneel Rama, who rode him to two wins in 2018. There is not much beyond those two, although #6 Biometric produced an eye-catching showing last Saturday, and if he can reproduce this effort, he won’t be far away. #7 Spun Out will appreciate running over longer, and can complete the quartet.
Top Tip: #4 DESERT THIEF
Danger: #1 Midnight Oracle
Dark Horse: #6 Biometric

 

3rd Race (B.31)
#4 DEER PARK justified his status as favourite in his last start. He remains very well and is taken to confirm. #7 Jullidar has made a consistent start to the season, beaten only by the irresistible pair of Marauding and Kamadeva. A class dropper, he will also relish running over longer, and is a big runner in this contest. #3 All Aboard will appreciate the longer trip and should be competitive from the outset, while #6 Glitterrock is a class dropper and can make his presence felt, if he follows within striking range.
Top Tip: #4 DEER PARK
Danger: #7 Jullidar
Dark Horse: #6 Glitterrock

 

4th Race (B.36 – 1365m)

#4 WATCH ME DAD overcame his wide draw to score a gutsy win on Duchess Of York Cup day. That win has added value, as the horse he beat – Romanus – went one better last Saturday. This Gilbert Rousset-trained horse remains very well, and is taken to confirm. #8 Dark Force comes into this race knocking hard on the door. Runner-up and 3rd in his first two races, he can make it third time lucky. #3 Arctic Flyer has winning form in this class. He merits a lot of respect. #7 Zodiac Jack has been well-prepared for his seasonal debut, while #2 Keiko is a promising newcomer and must be watched closely.
Top Tip: #4 WATCH ME DAD
Danger: #8 Dark Force
Dark Horse: #3 Arctic Flyer

 

5th Race (B.41)
A field of six runners, where all of them are capable of taking the honours. #4 CONSUL OF WAR is one of them and he landed 3rd place on his seasonal debut. This Preetam Daby-trained gelding will appreciate running in this lower class, and can run a cracker. #1 Driven Force showed bags of improvement in his second start, beaten only by Northern Spy. He can go one better. #5 Why Wouldn’t Yew is two for two this season, and is more than capable of sealing his hat-trick, even in a higher class. #3 Charleston Hero finished strongly in his last start, completing the quartet in the process. If he can get it right at the start, he will be right up there. #2 The Grey Crusader and #6 Wordbuster are not prevented from showing up in this.
Top Tip: #4 CONSUL OF WAR
Danger: #1 Driven Force
Dark Horse: #3 Charleston Hero

 

6th Race (B.51)
#1 IDITAROD TRAIL did not put a foot wrong on Duchess Of York Cup day. This four-year old remains in top order and sets the standard here. #2 Protea Paradise has benefited from his debut run. In vastly improved condition, he will relish the longer trip, and can frighten the selection. #5 Moonrise Sensation was not very far behind the winner in the 4th meeting. He is not prevented from making his presence felt. #4 Spring Man and #7 Yankeedoodledandy can fight it out to complete the quartet.
Top Tip: #1 IDITAROD TRAIL
Danger: #2 Protea Paradise
Dark Horse: #5 Moonrise Sensation

 

7th Race – The Winter Stakes (Group 3)
#4 PERPLEXING is in far better shape and form following his 3rd place in the 5th meeting. He can earn his yard and Rye Joorawon yet another feature race win. #3 Alshibaa is his biggest threat. He has come out well from his own seasonal debut, and as he always performs genuinely, he should go well. #2 Made To Conquer is in far better condition following his debut. He will appreciate the longer trip and can make his presence felt. Similar comments apply to #1 Opera Royal, who is much better than what he served up on his seasonal debut.
Top Tip: #4 PERPLEXING
Danger: #3 Alshibaa
Dark Horse: #2 Made To Conquer

 

8th Race (B.36 – 1850m)
#8 CONFESSIONAL may have been beaten late on by Why Wouldn’t Yew, but it was still a genuine debut showing. Well-trained, he is tipped to go one better. #1 Black Indy struck from the ace in the 3rd meeting. He will appreciate the longer trip and is capable of doubling the score. #3 One Direction should be at ease in this lower class and even if he is winless, he warrants a lot of respect. #9 Moschino scored a brilliant win last time out, thanks to a determined Jeanot Bardottier. His chances of confirming must be taken seriously. #4 Overdose showed improvement in the 4th meeting. He is close to his best form and can be thereabouts. #2 Cyber Special and #6 West Coast Warrior are two interesting outsiders.
Top Tip: #8 CONFESSIONAL
Danger: #1 Black Indy
Dark Horse: #6 West Coast Warrior

 

9th Race (0-26)
#6 KING OF TARA gets the nod in the final contest of the weekend. This Vincent Allet-trained horse very nearly made it on his debut and is tipped to bounce back. #1 Amandla also showed up strongly on his own debut, finishing on the third step of the podium. If he can reproduce this showing over the longer trip, he won’t be very far away. #4 Newsman should be competitive in this lower class if he behaves himself, while #2 Emaar and #7 Icebreaker are two decent outsiders.
Top Tip: #6 KING OF TARA
Danger: #1 Amandla
Dark Horse: #2 Emaar