#startracking Saturday May 21st 11am

SammyJo Bell Distraught to hear that this very likeable young lady and excellent jockey was injured last night. “..she faces up to six weeks out of action after fracturing part of her pelvis when her mount reared over and fell on top of her at Carlisle on Friday.” I wish her a full and speedy recovery.

Saturday Going Updates

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Going @NewmarketRace for today’s Family Fun Day is Good to Firm (Watered) GS:8.1 on Saturday at 6:30.

Going @Yorkracecourse for the May Spring Meeting today is Good (Good to Firm in places) GS:7.5 on Saturday at 06:00

7.35am – Going @Goodwood Races is Good. Light rain overnight and chance of more through the day

Haydocks going seems a matter of conjecture! Official line7.37am. Going @HAYDOCKRACES is Good, Good to Soft in places. 7mm rain since Friday afternoon with showers forecast today

Yet Twitter asks #Haydock – 9mm of rain over Thursday night. A further 7mm since Friday afternoon. Showers forecast during the day”  “and the going stick reading has only changed from 7.3-7.1 yet it has gone from good to firm to good to soft

Saturday Runner Updates

The going change at Haydock has brought a rash of non-runners but so far none of ours! However our three bets in the 3.05 are subject to two 10p Rule 4 deductions and good old Pricewise has seen to Garcia’s price tumbling!

Money for Ballymore Castle but two main selections, Mainstream and War Story are both on the drift!

Spoke too soon, Thetis is a non-runner in the 3.40.

LAURENCE                        Newmarket 5.15 Luca Cumani’s LAURENCE is a horse I’ve been tracking for a while with a Royal Ascot 10F handicap in mind. Non Runner at Newmarket recently when the rain came. Could have ideal conditions here in 10F, good or better ground and a win here off OR90 would put him smack on for Ascot. I expect further improvement as a 4yo from this son of Dubawi, trained the “Cumani” way. Enough market interest this morning to make him a one star* win selection @ 4/1 general.

VALLEY OF FIRE          York 2.05 Lightly raced, 4yo gelded son of Firebreak. Won his 2yo maiden here at York over 6F and was 3rd in the big Sales race at the Ebor meeting. Finished his 2yo campaign off with a last of eight in the G3 Tattersalls Somerville Stakes but sent off 4/1 third favourite. Only two runs as a 3yo, both over 6F and both at Newmarket in July. Reappeared as a 4yo when unsighted in the Victoria Cup at Ascot a fortnight ago. Prior to that race trainer William Haggas had told the RP “.. are a bit short of work and will come on for the run.” Currently has an OR93 and C2/3, 6/7F probably York very much on the agenda.

Put VALLEY OF FIRE in your #startrackerOlderhorse4yo+. However today is a Watching Brief.


Saturdays Wagers

MAINSTREAM            Haydock 1.55                     She is a two star** win selection @7/4 with Coral.

WAR STORY                    Newmarket 2.20              He is a four star**** NAP win selection ‘ 5/2 general.

ANGEL GABRIAL            York 2.40                             At 8/1 with WH I think he is well worth a one star* win selection.

CHIEF WHIP                    Haydock 3.05                     One star* win selection @ 5/1 general.

ANOTHER TOUCH        Haydock 3.05                     One star* win selection @ 12/1 general.

GARCIA                              Haydock 3.05                     He is a three star*** each way selection @ 8/1 general 1,2,3,4 ¼.

STAMP HILL                     Goodwood 3.25                @ 20/1 general he is a one star* each way selection.

BALLYMORE CASTLE Haydock 4.45                     two star** each way selection @ 14/1 with WH and Lad’s 1,2,3, ¼.

DIPLOMA                          York 4.55                             a one star* win @ 9/2 with PP.

LAURENCE                  Newmarket 5.15              one star* win @ 4/1 general

GABRIAL THE TIGER    York 5.25                             a one star** each way selection @ 16/1 with WH 1,2,3,4 ¼.

(Total 25 stars)




MIDTERM “As for Midterm, it seems connections have found an excuse for his lacklustre run in fifth. Rated 112 prior to York, he’s down 3lb to 109, but a sore hamstring could be to blame for his average display and he may yet develop into the top-class colt he was bred to be. Whether that will be in the Derby, less than three weeks away now, is another matter.” Ben Linfoot Weights and Measures 18th May


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