WE'VE been spoiled with some top-class racing over the last couple of weeks.

And this weekend's offering is no exception, with stunning action at Newmarket and Ascot before Arc day on Sunday.


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I'm in the rare position that all my antepost fancies from earlier in the week have actually declared!

Having said that, there is more rain in the forecast than I hoping for one or two of them, so we could yet have some late heartache.

If the wet stuff continues to fall, it mightn't be ideal for NAZEEF (2.45 Newmarket) in the Sun Chariot.

She is as tough as old boots and won the Falmouth Stakes on soft ground, but if it turns heavy that would be a slight unknown.

I still like her chances and think she is slightly underrated. After all, she is unbeaten over a mile and has not been seen to best effect over further the last twice. 

The odds about RIVER NYMPH (3.05 Ascot) have also contracted from earlier in the week. That wasn't unexpected as he has loads in his favour.

He is my main pick in the race but I'll probably have a saver on GREENSIDE.

He has his ideal conditions here – seven furlongs, a big field and cut underfoot, while talented claimer Marco Ghiani, who knows the horse well, takes of a valuable 5lb.

The nine-year-old has plenty of form in these sorts of races and should be bang there at the death.

Weekend selections and advised odds


2.45 Newmarket – Nazeef 1pt win (already advised)

3.05 Ascot– River Nymph 1pt EW (already advised); Greenside 0.5pts EW @ 12-1


3.05 Longchamp – In Swoop 1pt EW (already advised)

4.55 Longchamp– Safe Voyage 2pts win @ 4-1

  • (Started August 6) rolling P&L: +6.5pts

Looking ahead to Sunday, I've had a few quid each-way on IN SWOOP (3.05 Longchamp, Sunday) in the Arc.

But there are some superb supporting races at Longchamp and I strongly fancy SAFE VOYAGE (4.55 Longchamp, Sunday) in the Foret.

John Quinn's stable star might be a seven-year-old, but he has been better than ever this season.

He thumped One Master in the City Of York Stakes and finally broke his duck over a mile when an ultra-game winner of the Boomerang Mile at Leopardstown.

That victory showed he isn't a one-trick pony and he doesn't have to lead. Conditions will be fine (he was a fine third in the QEII on bottomless last year) and while he was fourth to One Master in this 12 months ago, that filly looks to have regressed a touch.

Earthlight is the hot favourite, but he has been treated with kid gloves this season and I think he will prove vulnerable to a horse as game and as talented as Safe Voyage.


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