Our situation overnight is summed up by this classic tune - will it come tonight?
Friday could be a day for confident punting, but let's see how much water falls from the sky first. If it's anything like this evening on the south coast, I'd be surprised if we didn't move to good to soft, with rain scheduled right through to the start of racing. So the first few races are previewed, and I'll hold off on the rest until I get a clearer idea of what to study for.
Results Day 3 - Getting closer to the mark after three days! Eshaada and Sir Lamorak running second was frustrating, but action at ColossusBets was the saviour - took my stake back on my Place 6 syndicate after four legs which proved wise after we bombed out on the Britannia, while I had a small share of one of the very few successful tickets, paying £2774 (40p of £6935), well played "fiveoutsix", in what might have been his/her first syndicate!
1430 - Albany Stakes
I was keen on Eve Lodge in the Queen Mary so I'm not going to let her go here. Connections seem to prefer the 6f option and once again she looks to be drawn near the speed, likely to come from Prettiest and Oscula (although working with very small samples of racing patterns in early 2yos!), and near to the stands rail. Flotus was very impressive winning on debut at Goodwood while Elliptic beat Queen Mary winner Quick Suzy on debut, but only repeated that figure rather than progressing last time. Hoping she can kick on at a better price.
Eve Lodge, Flotus, Elliptic
1505 - King Edward VII Stakes
The progressive Tasman Bay bypassed a run in the Derby for this easier contest. He tried to make all the running in the Fairway at Newmarket but ran into John Leeper who has a big future. Stepping up to the mile and a half should suit, if he wasn't trained by a NZ Olympian instead of the big gun stables, his price would be substantially shorter. Yibir's best runs to date have been on firmer tracks, expect betting to swing wildly depending on the weather. The form behind Alenquer at Sandown has been franked with Adayar winning the Derby. On face value, that is very strong form but he was 25/1 that day and he's more like 2/1 here. No value for me.
Tasman Bay, Yibir (if track no worse than good/soft), Alenquer, Title
1540 - Commonwealth Cup
1620 - Coronation Stakes
This is one race which could be blown apart by substantial rain. Primo Bacio looked a star at York, making a handy field of fillies look mediocre in a Listed race with a tremendous turn of foot, following on from a desperately unlucky fourth in the Fred Darling. Trainer Ed Walker is concerned about softening ground and looking at her sire Awtaad's stats in the wet, that's understandable - just two wins from 30 starters in soft or heavy going vs 11/62 on good through to firm. Since stepping up to a mile, Mother Earth has run third in the G1 Fillies' Mile, second in the BC Juv Fillies Turf, won the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket then ran second in the French equivalent. That's not quite Poetic Flare's level but it sets a very high standard. Shale and Pretty Gorgeous tie into some of that form, and the former seems over-priced at 20/1 although results favour the latter only soft ground. Among others, watch out for the undefeated Potapova who has won both races by big margins and German visitor Novemba who destroyed the field in the German 1000 Guineas, leading and then bolting away in the straight to win by 7.5L.
Mother Earth, Novemba, Potapova, Pretty Gorgeous assuming the going reaches Soft.
1700 - Sandringham Stakes
10/1 the field should give you an idea of what to expect here. This is one I don't expect to get close to deciphering on a stable day of weather, let alone this week!
Back for these in the morning!
1735 - Duke of Edinburgh Stakes
1810 - Palace of Hoylroodhouse Stakes