2:00 – Tidal Wave won a maiden which is working out quite well. King’s Pavilion is the most likely pacesetter and it is a track where it is difficult to make all. RISK ADJUSTED would be the value for me and was unlucky when second at Sandown after coming with a strong run down the outside, only beaten by a neck by Time Warp, who made all. 8/1 in placed E/W
2:30 – This is more of a watching race for potential. Venturous won very nicely on his second start appreciating the drop back to 6f. There is likely more to come from him but he does look a bit short. ELRONAQ has been running in Group races behind the likes of Shalaa. In the July Stakes ELRONAQ finished ahead of Orvar, who won a Listed race over in Turkey at the weekend. I’d rather side with this Charlie Hills runner in a weaker contest. 15/8
3:00 – See blog on Horse Racing page for main selection. Monsieur Joe would be the each-way play at around 7/1.
3:35 – The Legends Race, so keep stakes small as anything can happen. The two picks would be COMMISSAR with Johnny Murtagh on board. This horse won a big-field handicap over 1m1f at Goodwood, so will stay and has stamina if they go a good gallop (7/1). The other pick would be BIG STORM COMING this is a more tentative vote but he looks well-handicapped and has previously won off this mark (25/1).
4:10 – AKEED CHAMPION and Mister Brightside looks the pair to split but the Fahey runner has finally shown the promise he suggested on debut and can complete the hat-trick here. 7/2.
4:45 – A competitive 5f sprint and two against the field for me. SEARCHLIGHT looks well-handicapped after slipping down the weights. He has won off a higher mark in the past and this race could be one ran to suit (12/1). The other would be BASHIBA, who has ran well since winning despite the rise of the handicapper. A career best is needed but back on a better surface over a suitable trip looks fair value at 8/1. Does have course form too.
5:15 – Not the most exciting race to finish the card with only the three runners. It is a watching brief at best. Nafaqa has been running in races against some high quality opposition while Elhaame is the one in form with two wins in his last three, including a valuable handicap at York last time. Red Galileo drops in trip and grade, he may find it easier to what he’s been running in, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see a shock.