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Friday 10 June 2011

Friday Night Update !

There are a couple of decent sprints on tomorrow, I myself may be off to the Chester races if its decent weather !

At York there are two races on the card that look on paper wide open handicaps, but there didnt look to be much in the draw today with middle to lower numbers being favoured at the last meeting and the winner today coming up the stands side. I'm going to give this 3yo handicap a miss although Jamesway ran well in the Epsom Dash and he's drawn in the middle so he has the option of going where the pace is and Fahey had this to say about him "I  thought Jamesway ran a blinder the other day in the Dash, he was only beaten about half-a-length and in another four or five strides would have got there. This would be a downgrade from Epsom and Jimmy Quinn was desperate to ride him again but has to go to Sandown".
In the 5.30 Class 4 Feeling Fresh gets the assistance of Jamie Spencer who has a good record for the stable and he will no doubt be leaving it late on the selection. The way he won last time suggests that he will be able to win again off his revised mark and the 3rd and 4th from that race have both won since, however there are 20 runners and there several other in form horses to contend with such as Collect Art and Steelcut. The former has managed to win 6 races this year and only go up 15lbs which as a feet in itself, however he has never won a race of more than 12 runners so may feel a bit swamped here. The one who could be the major stumbling block is Entitled who has the potential to be a lot better than she has shown, related to dual Group 1 winner Peeress who was rated 118 at her best she has her first run over a sprint trip off a mark of 79. However I'm going to go with Feeling Fresh as there should be a decent pace and the stable have not felt the need to stick with a claimer so they must be confident he can defy the mark with Spencer booked. Entitled wins at 9/2

At Sandown there is the Listed Scurry Stakes at 3.30 over 5f and the going there is Soft on the sprint track. Night Carnation gave 8lb to Ahtoug here in April and won by 2 lengths, whereas tomorrow she is in receipt of 5lb, so there shouldnt be a problem for her in that battle, she doesnt have the best of draws in stall 9 but she does have a turn of foot. Margot Did (13/2 Betfred)gets the best of the draw here and she didnt get the clearest of runs last time when she was unlucky to finish 4th beaten a length behind Night Carnation on levels and she may be able to get the better of her this time. Margot Did wins easily at 4/1.

The 5f Class 4 Handicap at 4.05 sees 15 runners line up and the draw may well have a big effect on this race although the only fancied runner drawn low is Sharpened Edge who made all last time and wont mind the bit of cut she gets here and she may well have come on for her first run of the season. Of the others Ajjaadd has looked a little unlucky on occasions and was only 3 lengths behind Taurus Twins (winner on wednesday night at Haydock) on levels at Windsor when the course record was broken and meets that rival on 12lb better terms here although Taurus Twins has 5lb taken off with the claimer and Ajjaadd looks the value. Ajjaadd Non Runner, Taurus Twins 2nd at 13/2.

At Chester the 5.05 could be another win for the progressive Barkston Ash although Lord Avon is a speedy sort who could take advatage of the number 1 draw. Lord Avon wins at 9/2, backed in from 7/1.

Good luck everybody and lets hope the day goes well.

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