2.15 – Brighton – Louphole and Ridgeway Sapphire are interesting being previous course and distance winners, but Mick Channon’s MAJESTIC SOUTH, with just three career runs, could have the most improvement of this lot. A recent fourth of fifth here at the track has given her experience of the tricky course, but this drop in trip and a return to quicker conditions will see her in a better light.
BET NOW – MAJESTIC SOUTH
2.45 – Brighton – Milton Bradley is just 1 from 96 with his older horses here, so based on that his runner Trade Centre can be overlooked. Whiteoak Lady often runs well at here and is respected, but I’ll take a chance on RAIN DANCE. From the Eve Johnson-Houghton team, she’s been very disappointing in her six runs to date, but it’s interesting that connections drop her back to 5f after running over 1m2f last time out! She’s also got the first-time blinkers on to help her concentrate, while the quicker ground will also help her cause.
BET NOW – RAIN DANCE (E/W)
3.15 – Brighton – Jim Boyle has his team in fine fettle of late and his course and distance winner, Esprit Danseur, is one for the shortlist. However, trainer Mark Johnston has a stonking 30% record with his 3 year-olds at the track and with that in mind GHOST TRAIN is the pick. He’s back to 6f which will suit as his sole career win came over this trip, while racing off the same mark as a recent Beverley third suggests the handicapper has given him every chance too. Mr Fickle is another that’s respected.
BET NOW – GHOST TRAIN
3.45 – Brighton – Sir Michael Stoute doesn’t have many runners down at Brighton, so the fact he’s sending SCOTTISH VESPERS to the southern venue stands out. With William Buick booked to ride and a couple of fair efforts already then this well bred 3 year-old looks to have the perfect opportunity to get off the mark.
BET NOW – SCOTTISH VESPERS
4.15 – Brighton – Arguably the hardest race on the card to unravel, so plenty of caution is advised here. Trainer Mark Brisbourne has had a few winners in the last couple of week and he’s booked Kieren Fallon to ride his Market Puzzle. But, for me, DIDDUMS, who has run well at this tricky course before, is the tentative pick. He was bell beaten here last week, but is dropped a pound, and is now 4lbs lower than when winning here last season – the yard are also 5 from 19 (26%) with their older horses at the track.
BET NOW – DIDDUMS (E/W)
4.45 – Brighton – Four of the last six runnings of this race have gone to a 3 year-old and based on that HAYMARKET looks interesting. From the Mark Johnston team, who I’ve already mentioned have a great record at the track, and with just six career starts there should be plenty more to come from this Singspiel colt who comes here fresh (last raced May 28th). Shouda looks the main danger.
BET NOW – HAYMARKET
5.15 – Brighton – TOGA TIGER, who is chasing a four-timer, looks the obvious call here. He’s improving at a rate of knots and although he’ll need to come on again after being raised another 9lbs his latest 3 length win here at the track suggested he can cope with the extra burden.
BET NOW – TOGA TIGER
5.45 – Brighton – I’ve already said that Milton Bradley doesn’t have the best of records at the track with his older horses, but he’s targeted this race with success three times since 2003 and runs the veteran CAPE ROYAL and Roodee Queen here. The first-named is clearly not as good has he once was (rated in the 90’s), but was a close third at the track last week and in his 177th race this old-timer can show he’s no back number just yet. It might also be worth knowing that John Bridger’s Welsh Inlet took this race 12 months ago and lines up again.
BET NOW – CAPE ROYAL (E/W)
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