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Thursday July 18
Meetings, first race time & likely going description
Hamilton – 1.40pm – Good to Firm (Good)
Chepstow – 2.00pm – Good to Firm (Good)
Leicester – 2.20pm – Good to Firm (Good)
Killarney – 2.25pm – Good
Leopardstown – 5.40pm – Good to Firm (Good)
Ffos Las – 5.50pm – Good
Epsom – 6.00pm – Good (Good to Firm)
Ones to watch / Daily Pointers
- Still recovering from the visit of Frankie Dettori last night, Killarney switches into jumps mode for the penultimate day of their great July Festival. The opening 2.25 is a quality mares’ hurdle worth a decent €13,275 to the winner. Look out for Henry de Bromhead’s runner Havingagoodtime, a four year old who has struck up a great rapport with jockey Rachael Blackmore. The youngest horse in the line-up still has a little bit to find at the weights but is progressing rapidly, winning three of her last four, including an extremely stylish success at Cheltenham in April.
- Upper Lambourn trainer Archie Watson has been on a blistering run of form of late and will be hoping for some more luck today as he saddles Above in the 3.00 Chepstow. The speedy colt bolted up by three lengths at Chelmsford on debut when threatening to set off the nearby speed cameras. If he wins again in similar fashion today his future Group 1 entries won’t look quite as ambitious as they originally did.
- A run of four winners and three seconds from only seven runners in the 10 day spell up to and including Wednesday this week point to the rude health and superb form currently on display from horses hailing from the Newmarket stable of trainer James Tate. Tate has just one opportunity to keep the good run going today, sending New Arrangement to the 4.10 Hamilton, an extended mile novice event in which the three year old will face just four rivals as he looks to build on his placed effort on debut.
- A beaten favourite on all four starts so far this season, might the application of first time blinkers work some magic on Roger Varian’s Dashed in the 4.20 Leicester? The winner of a Redcar novice back in November, her starting prices suggest she’s been showing plenty in her homework and not quite translating it to the track, Perhaps the headgear can eke out the bit of improvement required for her to return to the winner’s enclosure.
- Champion Hurdle-winning trainer Gavin Cromwell has his string in electric mode at present, firing in winners at a 33% strike-rate for the fortnight to the close of play on Tuesday. He’s back for more today, unearthing a seemingly great opportunity for in-form hurdler Ming Dynasty to bring up a hat-trick in the 4.25 Killarney. Victories at Kilbeggan and Bellewstown have led to a rise in the handicap totalling 17 pounds, but he may not be done yet and will have his admirers to shrug off top weight in today’s two miles and one furlong contest.
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