Thursday 27 August 2009

27th August

Just a few thoughts on today's racing.

2:30 Southwell

Emlfield Giant will appreciate this step up to a mile and is coming into form. Not the quickest of juveniles he will be running on at the finish and must go well. Keep an eye on the betting for Banana Republic as Cole has very good statistics for his fancied two-year-olds on their second start.

BET: 1 PT EW Banana Republic (available at 9/2) (2nd)

3:10 Ayr

Soft ground is always a concern so probably more of a watching race. Smart's Happy Dubai is a decent hope here, especially if an each way price is on offer.

3:50 Lingfield

Rakaan and Adele Blanc Sec are both capable sorts but the draw is not ideal. Almadaa looks speedy enough to lead for most but may struggle to finish as tired markedly last time in the final furlong. He may have suffered from a high draw and forced to run wide for much of the way and if lasting home will have a fair each way chance. Hughes has a good strike rate when riding for Jane Chapple-hyam, so Flotate may be worth noting especally if backed.

BET: 1/2 PT EW Almadaa (av