We’ve combined Brians Blog and Calum’s Insider Knowledge this weekend, so you dont have to move from this page for all your racnig info. Check out their selections below:
CALUM’S INSIDER EXPERTISE
A terrific horse racing fixture this weekend with Ascot and Haydock boasting very strong cards and we also have the renewal of the September Stakes at Kempton.
ENABLE (8/13): 2.05 KEMPTON
Starting with that September Stakes and we see the long awaited return of last years star filly and star racehorse….Enable! She dismantled the field in many races last season and still only has 1 defeat to her name. Its a two horse race as she faces Crystal Ocean who has only suffered one defeat this term and has shown typical Sir Michael Stoute trained improvement this season and that defeat was by a head to this years star middle distance performer Poets Word.
Whilst, I don’t like showing confidence in horses after such a long break, I can’t ignore the price of Enable here (in receipt of weight) from Crystal Ocean and she also has the expeirence of having won on the All Weather. So it’s ENABLE for me.
JAMES GARFIELD (14/1): 4.15 HAYDOCK
After sitting on Enable, Frankie flies all the way across to Haydock for the Sprint Cup, the main feature race today to take his place on JAMES GARFIELD. Whilst, I have huge respect for Harry Angel and his two sutunning efforts at the track, I am concerned about the nature of the stalls incident on his last outing and he therefore is too short a price for me. I like the chances of JAMES GARFIELD who often outruns his odds and whilst he hasn’t raced on worse than Good-to-Soft he is tactically versatile and stays further and I trust in Frankie’s in-race tactics to get him in the places, and who knows, this could be the day he lands a big one.
HERE COMES WHEN (9/2): 2.25 HAYDOCK
I have 2 other fancies at Haydock in the soft ground, HERE COMES WHEN in the 2.25 as the worse the ground is the better he grinds it out. He’s not the classiest runner in the field for sure, but he has experience in the conditions and broke the Ribchester winning streak last season in similar ground. He’s one to have on your side for such conditions.
BEDROCK (4/1): 3.35 HAYDOCK
The other fancy is BEDROCK in the 3.35 Haydock. One of a few in this race likely to be suited by the going. He’s a very good dual purpose horse and I think he has room for improvement in his current flat mark and some of his flat runs have been great this season. He’s a course winner and his recent 4th in the Galway Hurdle shows he is in fine fettle over both disciplines. It was also soft going that day.
CHESSMAN (8/1): 2.45 ASCOT
My last fancy of the day is in the wide open Class 2 Handicap at Ascot in the 2.45. I have always been following the progress of Chessman, being a Chess player myself! He’s a furiously fast finisher and his 5th over C & D on his penultimate start was a breathtaking performance. Given how he was last and stayed on and only went down a length and a half. Good to Firm conditions are essential for his chances and I think their is a big handicap prize in him as he is potentially a group horse. This is his best trip and his favoured ground and a repeat of his latest C & D start should see him go very close indeed at a nice price.
BRIAN HUGHES BLOG – SATURDAY 8th sept
(5.15) Inkmaster completed a hat-trick in fine style at Sedgefield eleven days ago in a handicap chase where seven fences were omitted due to the low sun. He has been transformed by the application of a tongue tie,used initially for his successful run here in late July. He carries a six pound penalty and gives weight to all his five rivals in todays contest. I hope he achieves a four timer with the main danger Hurricane Rita in receipt of over two stone.
INKMASTER (13/8): 5.15 STRATFORD
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