Wednesday 21th June
2:10 Hamilton -
Looks a tough nut to crack with the Irish raider Verhoyen venturing to sunny Hamilton. This colt has been a narrow loser at Listed class. Villa Tora is a durable, speedy filly who comes here with a penalty. She is a lean-looking daughter of Excelebration. She is fast and not the type to give up without a fight. She was entered for the Hilary Needler but didn't take that engagement. Haveoneyerself hails from an unfashionable stable and one time earmarked for the Lily Agnes. He isn't a bad-looking colt and wasn't disgraced on debut and ran ok the second start behind easy winner Dahik. Looks to have his work cut out unless improving again.
Summary: Not the easiest race to assess with the Irish raider who looks a fair type. Villa Tora is very fast and even with a penalty may hold respectable each way claims especially if stealing an easy lead. Admiral Rooke ran ok last time out and the form of that race is not bad. Also, Curzon was well backed on debut for David O'Meara but ruined his chance by pulling much too hard. The only potential bet for me would be Villa Tora each-way but in truth, I would take a watching brief.
7:20 Ripon -
Seen The Lyte was given a Listed race entry after a promising debut. She isn't very big. Quinn must be a touch frustrated by this daughter of Zodiak. Without a doubt this bay filly has ability but keeps ruining her chance by pulling too hard. It is a habit which makes life very difficult. She was similarly keen on debut but seemed to get away with it at Thirsk. Bookmakers and layers see her as an easy target and reason why she is priced at 16/1. You will need to get lucky to catch her on a good day to win. If betting you would be wise to try and lay your stake in-running at much shorter odds. The problem is that connections may try different tactics which would finish your bets in a flash if she pulls like a train. I wonder if they may just let her get on with it and try and gain a lead and hang on for grim death. Everything says to leave this horse well alone. If betting, you will be hoping she leads, doesn't pull too hard, giving time to lay your bet in-running, cross your fingers, and hope she hangs on. A lot of hope needed although not impossible. Personally, I would lay this horse at very short odds in-running and hope she scoots clear and folds.
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