3:50 – JLT Lockinge Stakes
Best to deal with the favourite first and I’m at a loss, as so many are, at how Declaration Of War is favourite here. Yes he has potential but he hasn’t looked a colt of Group 1 capability for me at all even in a race that probably isn’t the strongest. That of course is because the top milers Excelebration and of course Frankel are absent but CITYSCAPE has the best form coming into the race and with little question marks surrounding him, I have no reason but to go with him. I think he is a big price for one that has such form in the book, which includes winning nearly £3 million in prize money. He is seven now but looked as good as ever and was always late maturing so there is no reason why he can’t run to his best and that should be good enough to win. Farhh is his main rival on form and had a great time of it last season at the highest level, form which is really strong. However I think he may come on more for this than the selection and he will have other big days this season whereas you get the feeling Cityscape’s day in the sun could be tomorrow. He also will be better seen over 10f. Beauty Parlour had a hefty reputation in France, winning her first four starts but she was beaten both times, firstly upped to 11f but going close and then flopping on her first try with Sir Henry Cecil, also the first time she faced a sound surface. That is a worry again but she is one of the better horses in this field. Fencing won nicely at Ascot last time but has to improve a lot to play a hand in this. You just get the suspicion that he, like Trumpet Major, who also won last time, are just not Group 1 class. There’s little else in the field even of the standard of those two though Penitent would be interesting for a place if rain came. German raider Amaron is harder to gauge but Aljamaaheer and Sovereign Debt lead the rest and don’t look good enough, especially when they seem to be better over 7f too.
Advice – Cityscape 3pts win @9/2 William Hill
2:55 – coral.co.uk Sprint Trophy
Guineas meeting winner Secretinthepark should go well to continue his unbeaten record but this requires more as that looked a pretty average race and this certainly isn’t. Four others come into this with wins on their back, the pick being Rivellino who does need to transfer his form to turf though. Jubilante gets in off bottom weight but needs to improve as too Bluegrass Blues and Lewisham. Plenty more are simply in good form coming into this too, mainly the already well backed Brazen who finished second behind the favourite last time but there is plenty to like about him overturning that form. Purcell and Hasopop have good e/w chances but the verdict goes to BURNING BLAZE on his seasonal return. I really think this horse will improve a lot this season and his juvenile form entitles him to a lot of respect. He was beaten on his last run in a muddling heavy ground nursery but that was never going to be his bag and he is better judged on his maiden win where he beat the 105 rated Cour Valant. I think 6f on good ground will be fine for a stable that are in decent form and at 11/1, he is the one I would like to be on.
Advice – Burning Blaze 2pts win @11/1 William Hill
4:05 – Best Odds Guaranteed On Racing At coral.co.uk Fairway Stakes
Eyecatcher JAMMY GUEST won well the other day at Lingfield and is quickly turned out again in better grade and though he has plenty to find on figures, he is very well regarded by his trainer and I can’t ignore him in this upped to this trip for the first time which should really suit him. Tha’ir sets the standard on last year’s form and is worth a chance to prove himself at this trip while Holy Warrior has already shown to be decent by his form in France. Mister Impatience was flattered the other day at Chester but sets the pace here. Rain would really suit him while Hoarding is a lot more exposed than most and though could improve again, he was flattered by how close he got to Windhoek last time and you’d be disappointed if one wasn’t too good for him.
Advice – Jammy Guest 2pts win @7/1 generally
5:50 – Coral Mobile Three Clicks To Bet Handicap
A good little handicap where none of the five can be ruled out at all. Brass Ring is probably a little short on that basis though he did win very nicely last time out though it wasn’t the strongest of races. Love Marmalade has won twice from the front at Nottingham and between that ran into one at Kempton and there’s more to come upped to 12f especially if getting an easy way out in front. Mark Johnston has form lines everywhere in this race, including with CAFÉ SOCIETY who had two Johnston horses in behind last time. He did find Red Runaway too good but that rival has since gone in again and I’d expect improvement from David Simcock’s horse. On a strict form line with Chancery, the favourite and Renew have little to find with each other though there’s probably more maneuverability in the marks of others than Renew, while Persepolis is probably the one I least like of them all but cannot be ruled out for a stable in such good form.
Advice – Cafe Society 2pts win @4/1 Bet365
7:00 – Park Hill Hospital Handicap
Eyecatcher CAPE PERON is really interesting in this handicap and even though the runner-up didn’t run well at all in the Guineas, he was well on top in that race and I’d be disappointed if he wasn’t a lot better than his mark of 87. Saying that he is running in a pretty good little race which could work out well and though he is apparently quite a buzzy horse, his turn of foot should be good enough to take this. Goodwood Mirage won nicely on debut but is now with William Knight and is one who should improve with his racing this year, while Yourartisonfire and Art Emerald are vulnerable to the less exposed lot. The Maktoum pair Jelaa and Kerbaaj aren’t totally ruled out.
Advice – Cape Peron 3pts win @11/4 Bet365