2.05pm Wetherby – La Bague Au Roi 3pts Win (11/10)
A real standout in this field having won 7 of her 10 career starts and clear on official ratings. She ran a very respectable 6th behind Finian’s Oscar at Aintree which is a decent piece of form, quite simply I think she’s better than this lot and wins this before going on to better things.
2.45pm Ayr – Archive 1pt Each Way (10/1)
With the dead eight going to post, Archive looks like a cracking EW bet on his first run for Brian Ellison. He beat the likes of Disko and Potters Point when trained in Ireland, he also wasn’t beaten far by Identity Thief. He has lost his way a bit since but if the switch of yard sparks him back to life, he looks absolutely chucked in off a mark 128.
2.55pm Newmarket – Boynton 2pts Win (10/3)
A high class two year old, winning the Superlative Stakes on quick ground, he wasn’t seen until recently where he ran at Chelmsford. He couldn’t have been keener if he’d tried that day and still managed to only be beaten half a length. With that out of his system he should be much more settled today and if he can relax then I believe he’s the best horse in the race, I was surprised he’s as big as 10/3 to be honest!
3.15pm Wetherby – Vieux Lion Rouge 1pt Each Way (22/1)
A great looking Charlie Hall with the older horses Coneygree and Cue Card heading the market, but with those two being short prices I’m keen to take them on. At a price I think Vieux Lion Rouge can outrun his odds and be right in there! He’s won 4 from 5 when fresh and he beat Blaklion last year (who is half his price today). He definitely provides value and can shock a few of these first time up this season.
3.20pm Ayr – Mount Mews 2pts Win (6/5)
I was a big fan of Mount Mews last season believing that he can go on to being near the very top level over hurdles. He’s pitched into a handicap today and quite simply I think he’s probably a Grade 2 horse. Heavy ground isn’t an issue as he won a race by 49 lengths on it last season and he should win this today before stepping up in class.
3.30pm Newmarket – Oh This Is Us 1pt Each Way (8/1)
Lord Glitters has made a very promising start to life under the care of David O’Meara, but I’m not convinced this small field on quick ground is what he wants and at the prices, Oh This Is Us looks a good bet. He’s 2 from 4 when encountering a mile on fast ground, including 1 over course and distance. He arguably should have won a Group 3 at Epsom earlier in the year and back under these conditions, can run much better than he’s shown on recent outings.