Friday 21st August

WIND FIRE – Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (Group 1)

Wind Fire is one of two in this group one sprint for Qatar Racing and although wearing the first colours, is probably the second choice. She was unlucky at Sandown in a group 3 on her start before last. Last time out she was behind a couple of these but wasn’t beaten far in a group two at the Curragh. She wouldn’t be without a chance here but has a bit to find with most, including the other Qatar horse Pearl Secret.

PEARL SECRET – Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (Group 1)

Pearl Secret is the main hope here after proving he can mix it with top group one sprinters when finishing fourth in the Kings Stand at Royal Ascot. Prior to that he won a group two at Haydock and has been better than ever this year. His last run can be forgiven as it came just a few days after his good fourth in the Kings Stand and was over six furlongs. He was ninth in this race a couple of years ago but is a much better horse now and I’d give him an each way chance here at a big price.

CLICK AND ROLL – British Stallion Studs EBF Convivial Maiden Stakes (Class 2)

It’s a big ask to expect Click and Roll to take this decent looking maiden on debut. Many of these in the race have had previous experience and have also ran well. She cost $350,000 as a yearling and is by Smart Strike out of a once raced dam. She is a half sister to very smart grade one winner Hootenanny and is well entered up. She is definitely one to watch here going forward and hopefully she is able to run a race full of promise.

MASTER OF IRONY – Nationwide Accident Repair Services Stakes (Class 2)

Master of Irony is clearly progressive and won comfortably last time out at Doncaster off a mark of 78. Raised 8lbs for that win he should progress further and go close here. Off of a light weight under Oisin I expect him to run very well and should at least grab a place in what looks a very competitive three year old handicap.

KEMSING – Bathwick Tyres Maiden Auction Stakes (Class 5)

Not shown much in his two maidens so far and looks one that will fare better when in nurseries.

FLYING EMPRESS – British Stallion Studs EBF Stonehenge Stakes (Listed)

Flying Empress takes her place in this listed contest and is definitely the number two for Qatar here. She won on debut but was then fourth in a listed race at Sandown. On that form she is probably not good enough but having only had the two runs is still unexposed. There are plenty of other unexposed sorts in this though and she will do well to win this against some smart colts.

OPAL TIARA – British Stallion Studs EBF Stonehenge Stakes (Listed)

Opal Tiara ran well last time out in a group three at Newmarket, finishing fourth but not beaten very far. Although she is more exposed than most in here, she clearly has ability and dropped into listed class should run well. The extra furlong should help her and I can see here getting placed at worst here.

Thursday 20th August 2015

CONTINENTAL LADY – Pinsent Masons Lowther Stakes (Group 2)

Continental Lady heads to York for just her second start after winning her debut at Leicester by a comfortable two lengths. She will clearly need to step up on that form but she is at least proven on the ground which she is likely to encounter at York. Oisin takes the ride and although quite a big price, she could well outrun those odds. Fingers crossed for a big run.

QUEEN CATRINE – Event Masters 30 Years of Hospitality Expertise EBF Stallions Stakes (Class 2)

Queen Catrine was obviously a high class filly as a two year old but since then has been slightly dissapointing. She got her head back in front in June in a small field conditions race at Leicester, but has since been dissapointing in listed events at both Haydock and Pontefract. She is dropped into handicap company here off a mark of 95 and if back to anything like her juvenile form she would be very hard to beat but that is a big if, and she’s not one to be putting to much trust into to run a big race.

Wednesday 19th August 2015

LIGHTSOME – British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (Class 5)

Lightsome heads to Ffos Las to make her debut under Oisin Murphy. She is by top sire Makfi out of five furlong two year old winning mare, Aunty Mary. She is a full sister to two year old winner Mary Mcphee and a half sister to five other winners.

She is entitled to come on for her first run and the Luca Cumani trained Sharja Queen sets a decent standard after finishing runner up in a Newmarket maiden. Hopefully Lightsome can show some promise and put in a decent debut run.

LAT HAWILL – Vincent O’Brien Ruby Stakes (Listed)

Lat Hawill is one of two from Qatar Racing and Ger Lyons running in this competitive listed race at Killarney. Lat Hawill is a smart four year old but I think he may struggle here, especially giving weight away to some decent three year olds in the line up.

Sacrificial – Vincent O’Brien Ruby Stakes (Listed)

Sacrificial carries the first colours here and is clearly the best hope for Qatar Racing. He is three from five this year and won a twelve runner handicap at Galway last time out carrying top weight. Prior to that he was a very good third to War Envoy at Royal Ascot beaten just over a length. As a three year old he is clearly still improving with every start and on official ratings he is the second highest rated. The main danger may be Jim Bolgers Devonshire who brings decent classic form into this but has to bounce back from last time out.

I expect Sacrificial to go very close here and will be disappointed if he isn’t at least placed in this contest.

Monday 17th August 2015

TEEPEE TIME – Download The Betdaq App Nursery Handicap (Class 6)

Teepee Time goes to Kempton for this class six nursery over a mile on the polytrack. Jamie Spencer takes the ride for trainer Ann Duffield. She hasn’t show a great deal yet in her three starts to date but the step up to a mile could help her after three runs over six furlongs.

Starting off of a mark of 59 you would like to think she is better than that but is one to watch for now until she shows something on the track.

Sunday 16th August 2015

LIGHTNING SPEAR – Prix Du Haras De Fresnay Le Buffard Jacque Le Marois (Group 1)

Lightning Spear heads over to Deauville for this group one contest over a mile. The Olly Stevens trained four year old was a good second last time out behind Arod in the group two summer mile at Ascot when possibly slightly unlucky not to get a clear run and possibly closer to the subsequent Sussex stakes runner up.

He will be encountering soft ground for the first time in his short career, although he has won on good to soft ground when making his return to action at Nottingham late last year. Being by Pivotal soft ground should prove no problem and may hinder the chances of some of his opposition including the likely favourite Territories.

He may have a bit to find against some of these established group one performers but having only ran five times to date, he could still find more improvement and will hopefully run a good race under Oisin Murphy.

Advice- Lightning Spear E/W 8/1