Yesterday’s results:

  • Tangled – 2nd (placeable I think)
  • Mazyuna – rubbish
  • Big Time Maybe – 4th
  • Spanish Mane – 1st

OK, where are we today then? Eponina may be 8 but in the obvious race of the day, the Last Horse Standing Loves Hooters Restaurant Fillies Handicapat 7:20 this evening at Nottingham, she’s head and shoulders above the rest in terms of form and statistics. That’s been a good combo for us the last two days, and with a mark that’s workable, she’s 11/2 for the win and most likely going to help with some place money. Definitely more at home on turf than AW, she’s now 9 wins from 30 starts, but crucially 3 from 6 here. Lots to like.

8:10 at Ripon, and 4/1 shot Carrighilly is hard to spell, but may provide the answer in a tantalising little race. Yeah I’m over-egging this. Anyway, likely some place money alongside Where’s Jeff who has improved and had some bad luck along the way, but the former does well on turf and wins one in three over the distance, and comes into this race with a couple of good performances despite a regressive LR score.

The 1:00 at Uttoxeter is one of those tiny fields you get quite a lot in the national hunt, but it gives you a straight-up choice between two favourites, the better of whom is perhaps the better value. Could be Trouble rates five stars on the strong selections page, and is better than evens here. His odds-on opponent beat one horse recently, and frankly I could have beaten that horse, and with some extra weight compared to Could be Trouble’s claimer, I’d be inclined to go with our strong selection.

Finally, a look at the stallion ratings shows you that Havana Grey was getting his end away quite a lot two years ago. I guess the pandemic had an effect on breeding and certain stallions decided they weren’t going to take the risk, but Havana Grey, James Garfield and Tasleet certainly didn’t let COVID get in the way of a few stud sessions. No Frankel, I notice, certainly not in this year’s crop. Anyway, their offspring all meet up in a total crapshoot at Ascot and if you’re betting on anything today at Ascot, then good luck to you. Reward Smile, however, gets sent to Hamilton in the 2:55 – another Havana Grey horse but a 77 on debut (4th at York) is better than the field, and odds of 3/1 are quite tasty considering the favourite ranked in the 60s.

Right – over to you now.