- Chasamax – 3rd
- Highwaygrey – 3rd
- Corinthia Knight – 4th
Ugh, lots of meh. Anyway, Monday’s another day and we’re back to the proper summer racing. Never been that keen on national hunt in the summer!
Oddly, the ratings are kind of subdued today. Usually I’ll start myself with the strong selections and look for five or four-star selections, but there are none. Three-star and below are to be taken with some caution, and then statto is giving us very little in the C&D column which is also quite unusual for a day with some AW racing.
There are two in the opener at Windsor that appeal instantly, though. Woodlands Charm was a recent third at Goodwood and ranks well all round with a rankscore of 8 in a big field. That’s quite impressive, and at the very least a place could be on the cards. He’s 3/1 but you can get 5/1 against the progressive Romantic Memories who comes further down on the card admittedly but has the progressive lozenge to highlight him and bring him to your attention. As always, you’re looking for the next rating, and while they go up, down and all over the place, progression is a nice sign.
In the 5:55, you may want an additional place punt on the 20/1 shot Magellan who has been crap of late. Sorry. Mind you, his AW record is way, way better than recent form over hurdles, and with a return to the place of his 3rd place, and a mark that’s getting lower than it has been for a long time (forever), there may be a place to come out of him.
3:15 at Chepstow, and Stone Circle has just been getting better and better of late, without necessarily winning. That last 2nd is rated 76, which is another jump in progression and that’s what we’re looking for. Top speed will count in a sprint race, as well as top suitability, and while the price is short, his time has come, surely.
Picking out stallions this year has been harder because many of the top stallions were hiding away due to COVID, but a fair few got their oats, and we’ve got the 5:35 at Windsor where Sioux Nation’s Ancestral Lands gets a first start at a short price of 11/8. He takes the magic 2+ in jockey/trainer/stallion ratings, but so does Tenjin who has to wear a hood (that’s a concern), and Al Karrar has a 2.3 stallion rating – out of Dark Angel – but not supported by top jockey/trainer ratings. Odds on the latter two are better, and they should be watched.
Right. Over to you.