TQ Weekend Wrap – Free Horse Racing Tips and Trends: 13th April 2019

 

  • AYR: It’s Scottish National Day North Of The Border……
  • NEWBURY: Four LIVE Races From The Berkshire Track……
  • Trainers Quotes: Fellowes On Fire……….
  • PODCAST: Listen to Charlie Fellowes and Special Guest Hayley Turner……


Hi,
so the ‘Tiger’ certainly did roar and roll at Aintree last weekend!

We all witnessed a ‘where were you’ moment in seeing Tiger Roll land his second Aintree Grand National – a run that will live long in the memory.

Yes, it was hard to tip him up at that price in a race that a lot of luck is also needed, but in hindsight his win was even more comfortable than last year’s so it’s clear he’s a hugely improved horse this season – just imagine if the original top-weight Bristol De Mai had run in the race – Tiger would have had 4lbs less in weight too!!

Anyway, full credit to the Gordon Elliott yard.

We’ll have to see if the Tiger will return in the race for a third year in 2020, but with his love affair also being at Cheltenham there is even talk of the Gold Cup now – we’ll see. His owner – Michael O’Leary – is stating he won’t run in another National and the Cross Country is his firm target again next season – but he’s changed his mind in the past!

Onto This Week We’ve more National action this Saturday as the marathon event heads north of the border for the Scottish version. A big day for Ayr, with the Scottish Champion Hurdle on their card too – the ITV cameras are there for four races.

Flat racing fans also get their fix as the turf action ramps up a few more notches with Newbury’s Greenham card – the ITV cameras are also showing four races from the Berkshire venue.

As always, we’ll be hoping to find plenty more winners for you and as always, we’ve got it all covered with free tips and all key trends for the LIVE races. Enjoy!

Enjoy!

Have a Great Weekend

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This Week At Trainers-Quotes………Fellowes On Fire During Early Season…….

Winners flying in all over the place this week for the TQ yards – so many it’s been hard keeping up!!

Dave Griffiths told us his Mystical Moon would go well again at Wolves last Friday – he was right as the horse bowled in again……this time at a tasty 14/1.

We’ve also seen a number of winners for the in-form Charlie Fellowes yard as Isango (1st 3/1), Mayfair Spirit (1st 9/2) and Pentland Lad (1st 8/11) won, while Oliver Sherwood, Gary Moore, Mark Loughnane and Tim Vaughan are other yards that have been on the scoresheet.

We also saw a couple of top winners for the Suzy Smith yard with Strike The Flint (1st 9/4) and Cracker Jak (1st 5/1) doing the business – both look horses to follow too and should easily be winning more races very soon.

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Here’s a snippet of what members were told this week…………………………

“Mayfair Spirit – Ran well last time out when third at Kempton – only beaten 1/2 a length. Step up in trip will suit and will also love the track. Varian horse to beat, but we feel he should go well again here on only this third run on the turf.”

1st 9/2 Charlie Fellowes

“Takeonefortheteam – Sixth of 9 last time out at Wolverhampton – Dropped a few pounds for that run but also didn’t get the best of runs that day so could have finished a lot closer. We feel the longer trip will help, but does need to settle a bit better. First run at Kempton, but no reason why it won’t suit, so with a bit more luck in-running looks to have an each-way chance here.”

1st 12/1 Mark Loughnane

“Pentland Lad – Delighted with his easy win over CD last time out. Has really come on for that effort and a 6lb rise for that looks fair. James Doyle rides and really based on that last effort and the expected improvement then we’d be very disappointed if he can’t go in again.”

1st 8/11 Charlie Fellowes

“Cracker Jak – Won comfortably at Newbury last time and despite an 8lb rise should still go very close today. Although 3m last time, this is a stiffer track so that will be fine and it will ride more like 3m as a result. Stays very strongly, plus any more showers is a bonus.”

1st 5/1 Suzy Smith

“Strike The Flint – Ran well enough on her first start – possibly getting a bit stuck in the ground. Very fine type of mare and the quicker surface could well bring out improvement here today.”

1st 9/4 Suzy Smith

“AGE OF WISDOM has a decent mark on the flat and certainly has the ability to win this but he is not the most straightforward of characters. Has had plenty of hurdling experience at home and at the track so I hope AGE OF WISDOM gets his act together today over hurdles. Looks to have a fair e/w chance.”

1st 4/1 Gary Moore

“IT’S GOT LEGS has failed to hit the finishing line in front in 14 starts so I hope to see him lose his maiden tag today. Usually puts on a decent show, regularly finishing placed, but he has got to come back from a poor run at Sandown last time.”

1st 3/1 Gary Moore

“Chozen – Fell last time when looking to have the race won at Newcastle. That came back in November so has had plenty of time to get over it and been well-schooled since. Softer ground is fine and has gone well fresh before so not too worried about the break. Looking for a decent run and should not be far away.”

1st 4/1 Tim Vaughan

“Cilaos won very nicely at Fontwell last time out. Cilaos had shown plenty of promise in his previous runs but due to the fact he was so keen in his races we had not been able to ride him very close to the pace, so he’d been staying on well from out of his ground. Cilaos has been a work in progress and all of that effort was repaid last time out when he looked impressive, let’s hope he can build on that. Looks to have every chance.

1st 15/8 Oliver Sherwood

“Isango – Showed a decent level of form as a 2 year-old and the handicapper looks to have been pretty reasonable. Wolverhampton will suit her running style and she is well drawn too. Extra furlong will be no problem as I think she will get further too. Should go well.”

1st 3/1 Charlie Fellowes

“Mystical Moon – Got off the mark last time at Chelmsford – won really well and looks like the penny is starting to drop now. Up 6lbs for that but another nice draw here (2) and has come out of that last race really well. Confident she can go close to following up and looks a nice each-way price.”

1st 14/1 Dave Griffiths

“Thebannerkingrebel – Won two soft ground bumpers last season but his wind gave out in last season’s Champion Bumper at the Festival. He’s since had a wind op last summer but complication came to light after the op so it’s taken a while to get him right again. He is A1 now and his work has been excellent at home. Obviously this is competitive but providing his wind holds out then he’d certainly have a chance here.”

2nd 14/1 Jamie Snowden

 

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AYR HORSE RACING TRENDS (RUK/ITV)

1.25 – Scotty Brand Handicap Chase (Listed Race) Cl1 2m ITV

15/16 – Aged 9 or younger
15/16 – Had won over at least 2m (chase) before
14/16 – Returned 7/1 or shorter in the betting
14/16 – Had won between 2-4 times (chase) before
14/16 – Had raced within the last 5 weeks
12/16 – Rated between 127-139
11/16 – Carried 10-12 or less in weight
11/16 – Finished in the top four last time out
11/16 – Aged 8 or 9 years-old
11/16 – Came from the top 3 in the betting
10/16 – French bred
10/16 – Favourites to finish in the top 3
8/16 – Had run at Ayr before
4/16 – Ran at Aintree last time out
4/16 – Winning favourites
2/16 – Won last time out
3/16 – Trained by Nicky Henderson (including last 2 years)
Theinval won the race 12 months ago
Duke Of Navan won the race in 2015
The average winning SP in the last 10 runnings is 13/2

TQ VERDICT: The 11 year-old, Duke Of Navan, won this race in 2015 and bids to follow-up four years later. He’s certainly no back number after some good runs this season, but it’s worth pointing out he’s 5lbs higher than when winning this race with younger legs. Azzuri was pulled out of it’s race at Aintree last weekend but the good ground and light weight make him very interesting too. He’s a CD winner at the track as well and is having his first run back from a wind-op. Paul Nicholls has Magic Spirit in the race but he needs to bounce back from a recent below-par run when sent off favourite for the Grand Annual Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. The good ground will be to his liking but is still 7lbs higher than his last win. Theinval enters the mix too after taking this race last year. This Nicky Henderson runner is only 2lbs higher and would have had this race as a target all season – he’s hard to rule out, especially as the yard have won the last two renewals of this race. However, he’s been running badly this season so is another that needs to bounce back. So, it might be worth taking a chance on the Colin Tizzard-trained LILLINGTON (e/w). This 7 year-old has won his last two in decent fashion and is only 5lbs higher than his last win. He’s actually won his last two and looks a horse on the up. With 11 of the last 16 winners having carried 10-12 or less then he ticks that weight trend with only 10-3. The Gordon Elliott-trained Veinard and the hat-trick seeking Monsieur Co are others to consider.

 

1.55 – J & D Pierce Handicap Chase Cl2 3m ITV

11/11 – Last race 6 weeks or less ago
11/11 – Won no more than 3 times over fences (under rules)
10/11 – Aged 6 or 7 years-old
9/11 – Favourites placed in the top 5
8/11 – Aged 7 years-old
8/11 – Placed in the top 4 last time out
7/11 – Had won over 3m (fences) in the past
6/11 – Irish-trained winners
4/11 – French bred winners
3/11 – Won last time out
2/11 – Winning favourites
No real weight trend with winners in the last 11 years ranging from 10-0 to 11-11
The average winning SP in the last 10 runnings is 8/1

TQ VERDICT: Kilfilum Cross ran a blinder in the Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival, but this 8 year-old is up another 3lbs her and with 10 of the last 11 runners aged 6 or 7 years-old then this Henry Oliver-trained runner has this stat against him. Molly The Dolly has been freshened up with a 115 day break and can go well for the Skelton yard, while the Alan King-trained Azzerti looks worth a crack over this 3m trip after getting outpaced in the Plate at the Cheltenham Festival over 2m4f. But the call here is for the Kim Bailey runner – DANDY DAN to continue his winning ways. This 6 year-old has won his last three in decent fashion and in the process risen up ranks. He’s only had 5 chase runs so should have more to come and this is his first try in a handicap. Yes, his jumping hasn’t always been the best but he’s still learning and is a proven CD winner here. He won with a bit in-hand last time to suggest he’s worth a crack in this better race. The other one of interest is the Paul Nicholls runner – IBIS DU RHEU (e/w). This 8 year-old clearly didn’t stay over 3m5f last time at Warwick but did well over this 3m trip on the two runs prior to that. He’s dropped 4lbs from that last run, but the return to a more suitable trip is the main reason he’s of interest.

 

2.25 – CPMS Scottish Champion Hurdle (A Limited Handicap) (Grade 2) Cl2 2m ITV

16/16 – Won over at least 2m (hurdles) before
14/16 – Had raced within the last 5 weeks
14/16 – Carried 10-13 or less
13/16 – Had won between 2-4 times over hurdles before
13/16 – Favourites that finished in the top 3
13/16 – Aged 7 or younger
11/16 – Returned 17/2 or shorter in the betting
11/16 – Rated 137 or higher
10/16 – Came from outside the top 3 in the betting
9/16 – Had won between 2-3 times over hurdles before
9/16 – Finished unplaced last time out
7/16 – Irish bred
5/16 – Won last time out
5/16 – Ran at Aintree last time out
3/16 – Winning favourites (joint)
3/16 – Trained by Philip Hobbs
3/16 – Ridden by Richard Johnson
1/16 – Irish-trained winners
The average winning SP in the last 10 runnings is 10/1

TQ VERDICT: Nicky Henderson clearly means business here – the Seven Barrows yard is mob-handed with Verdana Blue, Brain Power & Mister Fisher running for him and all three look to have a chance. Don’t forget, this race is actually a handicap though so the highly-rated Henderson trio do have to give a fair amount of weight away to some fair sorts. 14 of the last 16 winners also carried 10-13 or less in weight so with that in mind the top six on the card may struggle. 13 of the last 16 winners were also aged 7 or younger, so with that in mind the Paul Nicholls runner – MALAYA (e/w) – catches the eye. This 5 year-old was a good winner at Sandown last time out and despite being 6lbs higher looks on the up again. He’s been placed in the top two 9 times from 13 runs over hurdles and acts on most ground. Connections have also bypassed the big Festivals to keep his fresh for this and that can hopefully pay-off. Nube Negra, who is from the Dan Skelton yard that won this in 2016, is another that is sure to be popular and he ticks most of the main trends, but as a result also doesn’t look great value in the market. Alan King has Redicean, who has been popular in the market all week, but his DINO VELVET (e/w) looks the better value. This 6 year-old is a proven CD winner and only has 10-4 to carry here. He’s in the form of his life too with wins at Market Rasen and Stratford, plus is a horse that thrives on this good ground. Yes, jockey Wayne Hutchinson has opted for the other King runner – Redicean – but Paddy Brennan is a decent booking for Dino and these pilots don’t always get it right!

 

3.00 – Jordan Electrics Ltd Future Champion Novices´ Chase Grade 2 Cl1 2m4f110y ITV

16/16 – Priced 8/1 or shorter in the betting
16/16 – Had raced within the last 6 weeks
15/16 – Aged 8 or younger
15/16 – Had won between 1-3 times over fences before
15/16 – Priced 11/2 or shorter in the betting
14/16 – Came from the top 3 in the betting
10/16 – Placed favourites
9/16 – Finished in the top 2 last time out
8/16 – Aged 5 or 6 years-old
8/16 – Had raced within the last 2 weeks
6/16 – Raced at Aintree last time out
6/16 – Raced at Cheltenham last time out
5/16 – Had raced at Ayr before
4/16 – Won last time out
4/16 – Winning favourite (1 joint)
4/16 – Trained by Paul Nicholls
3/16 – Ridden by Ruby Walsh
2/16 – Trained by Nicky Henderson
2/16 – Trained by Nicky Richards
The average winning SP in the last 10 runnings is 10/3

TQ VERDICT: Vindication was a fine fifth in the JLT Novices Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last month and will find this a lot easier, but despite being the top-rated in the field he doesn’t look great value to me. Secret Investor bounced back to winning ways last time and gets a handy 5lbs from Vindication too so must enter the mix being from the powerful Paul Nicholls yard, but another horse that gets 5lbs is BALLYWOOD. This Alan King runner was a nice winner at Ludlow last time and that was made even better as the jockey also lost his whip in the closing stages. Prior to that he ran the useful Dynamite Dollars to around 3 lengths at Doncaster back in January – form that looks rock-solid.


3.35 –
Coral Scottish Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3) Cl1 4m110y ITV

16/16 – Last ran 57 days or less ago
14/16 – Finished in the top 6 last time out
14/16 – Aged 8 or older
13/16 – Fallen or unseated no more than once during their careers
12/16 – Carried 10-9 or less
12/16 – Returned a double-figure price in the betting
11/16 – Finished in the first three last time out
11/16 – Aged between 8-10 years-old
10/16 – Came from the first 7 in the betting market
10/16 – Had won over 3m1f or further
10/16 – Last raced between 30-57 days ago
5/16 – Had won over 3m7f or further before
5/16 – Won last time out
3/16 – Returned 15/2 in the betting
2/16 – Ran in the Grimthorpe Chase (Doncaster) last time out
2/16 – Trained by Paul Nicholls (2 of last 3 winners)
1/16 – Winning favourites
2 of the last 7 winners were won by a previous winner of the race
The average winning SP in the last 16 runnings is 21/1

TQ VERDICT: Plenty of key trends here – most notably 14 of the last 16 winners aged 8 or older. This actually knocks out the 7  year-old Dingo Dollar, who has been well supported in the build-up to this race all week. All of the last 16 winners also had run in the last 57 days but only Doing Fine, Cloth Cap and Cogry fall down on this. 12 of the last 16 carried 10-9 or less in weight though – so the top five on the card – Beware the Bear, Sizing Codelco, Vintage Clouds, who fell at the first in the Aintree Grand National last Saturday, Blue Flight and Dingo Dollar have this trend to overcome. The Irish raider – CROSSHUE BOY (e/w) – who won on this card last season looks interesting though. He is only 6lbs higher than when winning at the fixture last term, but in terms of weight only has 10-8 to carry here. A recent third at Wexford would have him spot-on for this and it’s interesting he makes the trip over again. Course winner – Big River – is another that ticks a lot of the boxes, as does the hat-trick seeking Chidswell. However, CROSSPARK (e/w) is the other runner that I’m going to side with. This 9 year-old was third in the Classic Chase at Warwick in January but built on that to win the Eider Chase at Newcastle last time out. Staying is not an issue and even though he’s rated 7lbs higher here, he’s still only got 10-8 in actual weight – he won the Eider Chase with 10-13. Harry Skelton is back riding and his record on the horse is very good 1-3-6-1-2-UR-1-1-3. Finally, of the rest, the consistent Geronimo, who is also a course winner, and Impulsive Star are others that can go well.

 

 

NEWBURY – Four Races From The Berkshire Track…………

NEWBURY HORSE RACING TRENDS (RUK/ITV)

1.40 – Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes (Registered As The John Porter Stakes) (Group 3) Cl1 1m4f5y ITV

16/16 – Aged 6 or younger
16/16 – Had won over 1m4f (or further) before
16/16 – Priced 11/1 or shorter in the betting
15/16 – Had won between 2-5 times before
14/16 – Placed in the top 5 last time out
13/16 – Having their first run of the season
13/16 – Aged 4 or 5 years-old
11/16 – Came from the top 3 in the betting
10/16 – Winning distance – ¾ lengths or less
10/16 – Had raced at Newbury before
10/16 – Had won a Listed or better class race before
8/16 – Drawn 6 or higher
7/16 – Had won a Group race before
5/16 – Raced at Newbury last time out
4/16 – Won last time out
4/16 – Trained by Sir Michael Stoute
4/16 – Winning favourites
Defoe win the race in 2018
The average winning SP in the last 10 years is 11/2
Note: The 2016 renewal was staged at Chelmsford

TQ VERDICT: The likes of Marmelo, Laraaib, Mootasadir and the proven course and distance winner – Communique – are certainly in with a shout, but the ratings suggest they’ve all a bit to find with YOUNG RASCAL and last year’s winner of this race Defoe. The former shot to fame after winning the Chester Vase last season and went onto run seventh in the Epsom Derby. He’s since won twice here at Newbury in this Group Three grade and with another winter on his back should be a stronger horse – the Haggas camp also took this prize in 2012. He’s actually unbeaten (from three runs) at the Berkshire track so despite having to give 3lbs away to Defoe that excellent track form just gives him the edge. Yes, Defoe is obviously a CD winner here too, after winning this last season, but this year’s renewal looks stronger. He’s since run well in better races so this return to Group Three level will be right up his street and he looks sure to go well too with the Roger Varian yard in good order at the moment. Of the rest, the Hughie Morrison-trained Marmelo can do best of the others. He was last seen running a blinder in the Melbourne Cup over 2m, so even though this drop in trip will probably find him out in terms of pace with some of the others, he should also be staying on well at the finish so can’t be ruled out hitting the frame.

 

2.10 – Dubai Duty Free Stakes (Registered As The Fred Darling Stakes) (Group 3) (Fillies) Cl1 7f ITV

14/16 – Had won over 6f or 7f before
14/16 – Finished in the top three last time out
14/16 – Had won between 1-2 times before
13/16 – Having their first run of the season
13/16 – Returned 7/1 or shorter in the betting
12/16 – Came from the top three in the betting
12/16 – Drawn 5 or higher
8/16 – Raced at Newmarket last time out
8/16 – Had won over 7f before
8/16 – Won last time out
6/16 – Had won at Newbury before
5/16 – Had won at Listed or Group class before
4/16 – Trained by Ralph Beckett
4/16 – Winning favourites
4/16 – Trained by Mick Channon
2/16 – Ridden by Jim Crowley
2/16 – Trained by the Hannon stable
The average winning SP in the last 10 runnings is 11/2
Note: The 2016 renewal was staged at Chelmsford

TQ VERDICT: With 12 of the last 16 winners drawn five or higher then this means So Perfect, who is well fancied from the Aidan O’Brien yard, Yourtimeisnow, Roxy Art, Queen Jo Jo and Modern Millie have this stat to overcome. DANCING VEGA has been well-touted for the race and certainly caught the eye on her only start, when winning well at Doncaster. She’s clearly held in high regards with some fancy Group One entries, including the 1,000 Guineas and Epsom Oaks. She looks sure to go well and the Beckett yard love to target race too, with successes in 2010, 2012 and 2015. Dandhu and the Gosden/Dettori runner – Muchly – are others that have shown a good level of form to suggest they can go well. However, the other that can go well is Star Terms. The Hannon yard have a fair record in this race too, with wins in 2013 and 2016, while this 3 year-old is a proven CD winner here. She was a close third in a Group One in France last October and prior to that second in the Group Two May Hill Stakes at Doncaster. This drop in grade will help, but if there is one niggle it’s that she needed a few runs last season to hit top gear.

 

2.40 – Watership Down Stud Greenham Stakes (Group 3) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 7f ITV

15/16 – Priced 8/1 or shorter in the betting
14/16 – Had won at either 6f or 7f before
14/16 – Having their first run of the season
13/16 – Won at Listed class or better before
13/16 – Came from the top 3 in the betting
13/16 – Placed favourites
12/16 – Won between 2-4 times before
11/16 – Finished in the top two last time out
11/16 – Winning distance – 1 length or more
8/16 – Won last time out
8/16 – Had won a Group race before
7/16 – Had won over 7f before
7/16 – Winning favourites
7/16 – Had won a race at Newbury before
6/16 – Raced at Newmarket last time out
5/16 – Trained by the Richard Hannon yard
2/16 – Irish-trained
2/16 – Winners from stall 1
The average winning SP in the last 10 runnings is 4/1

TQ VERDICT: With the Richard Hannon yard having won a massive 5 of the last 16 runnings of this race then it’s hard to get away from their BOITRON here. This course and distance winner was last seen running an excellent fourth in the Group One Prix Jean-Luc last October and with this race being a Group Three then the drop in grade will be a plus. He’s since had a wind-op over the winter too so even though that could be looked at both ways, there is every chance that’s improved him further. He’s also back to 7f here and is currently 2-from-2 over this trip. It will be a shock if he’s not involved. Of the rest, Mohaather is another CD winner that looks to hold a big chance for the Marcus Tregoning yard, while if pure ratings are anything to go on then the Kevin Ryan runner – Hello Youmzain – is the one to beat. He’s rated 114, which is 4lbs clear of his nearest rival – Great Scott. It’s also worth pointing out the Hannon yard, that – don’t forget – do so well in this race, also have the unbeaten Urban Icon in the contest, plus He’Zanarab. They’ve both a bit to find at the ratings but connections must feel they are worth a crack at this level. With the stable’s form in the race, it wouldn’t be a shock if they ran well at nice prices too.


3.15 – MansionBet Spring Cup (Handicap) Cl2 1m ITV

16/16 – Aged 6 or younger
16/16 – Winning distance – 2 lengths or less
16/16 – Won no more than 4 times before
14/16 – Aged 4 or 5 years-old
13/16 – Rated between 85-98
13/16 – Drawn in a double-figure stall
13/16 – Won over at least 1m before
13/16 – Won between 2-4 times before
10/16 – Carried 8-12 or less
10/16 – Unplaced last time out
9/16 – Raced within the last 4 weeks
8/16 – Unplaced favourites
7/16 – Returned a double-figure price in the betting
7/16 – Came from outside the top 3 in the betting
7/16 – Had run at Newbury before
3/16 – Trained by Richard Fahey
3/16 – Winning favourites (2 joint)
3/16 – Ridden by Frankie Dettori (2 of last 4)
2/16 – Ridden by Jamie Spencer (2 of last 5)
2/16 – Trained by Luca Cumani
1/16 – Won last time out
The average winning SP in the last 10 runnings is 12/1

TQ VERDICT: With 14 of the last 16 winners aged 4 or 5 years-old, this is a good place to start. Of the 27 runners, this rules out seven. 13 of the last 16 runners were also rated between 85 and 98 – 18 of the 27 fit the bill on this score. Trainer Richard Fahey has three wins to his name in the last 10 years, so his BORODIN (e/w) is the first one for the shortlist. This 4 year-old gets in off the same mark as when running a close third at Ayr last September and has form on a wide variety of different ground types. Draw 2 is a slight worry as 13 of the last 16 winners came from a double-figure draw, but he gets in with just 8-10 in weight and is hard to ignore with the yard’s top record in the race. Fahey also runs – Third Time Lucky – who was sixth in the race last year, but is also only a pound lower this time. South Seas is well-handicapped on old form, but needs to bounce back, while last year’s neck runner-up HUMBERT (e/w) might be worth taking a chance on at a nice price. He’s only 2lbs higher but will be fitter than most after a recent run at Donny. Since last year, he’s changed stables and is now with the David O’Meara camp, who often do well in these big-field handicaps. Ripp Orf rarely runs a bad race in races of this nature too, but doesn’t look the best value in the betting. Ibraz ticks a lot of the main trends and looks a horse that should have more to come, while CD winners Exec Chef and Red Starlight are others that are sure to be popular.

 

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