Neil Morrice brings us his best bets and tips from Haydock Park, Redcar, Fakenham, Uttoxeter and Newcastle.
Race 3 No4 CHAIRMANOFTHEBOARD (Nap)
Trainer: Mick Channon – Jockey: William Buick
Buick can put one on the board in a crucial day of his title bid on CHAIRMANOFTHEBOARD. Everything seems right for the so far unlucky five-year-old to notch an overdue first success of the season. Not only has the ground eased in his favour, but he has a good draw and rates a winner without a penalty after getting stopped a couple of times en route to his short-head defeat at York last month. Granted room for manoeuvre this time, he can take the spoils.
Race 5 No5 KING OF YORK
Trainer: Kevin Ryan – Jockey: Andrea Atzeni
Ryan likes to bring his better juveniles to Haydock, and his runner KING OF YORK rates the value play in this second division of the novice. The Kingman gelding could have an experience edge on his foes, having been denied by a whisker on third career start at Carlisle before running respectfully in a warm nursery at Ayr last time.
Race 6 No4 TWISTED REALITY (Each Way)
Trainer: Ralph Beckett – Jockey: Oisin Murphy
TWISTED REALITY could be the joker in the pack on only her second run in a handicap. Her early season second to Eshaada at Newbury reads particularly well, while though disappointing in the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot, her very presence in that Group 2 tells you how highly she’s regarded be her astute handler. She might well have needed her latest outing, which came after a three month absence, and if so can give reigning champ Murphy a handy winner in his bid to make it three championships on the bounce.
Race 8 No1 WHITEHAVEN
Trainer: Hughie Morrison – Jockey: Oisin Murphy
A step up to this stayers’ trip should be a bonus to top weight WHITEHAVEN, who looks to avenge a paper-thin defeat when a well backed favourite at Salisbury on the final day of September. Interestingly, theLe Havre gelding completed a fine hat-trick in the soft and heavy at this time last year, and though much higher in the weights could still have more progression to come.
Race 1 No8 FLASH BETTY
Trainer: Mick Channon – Jockey: David Egan
FLASH BETTY has remained in good order throughout a long season and based on her excellent effort to place in a Pontefract nursery last time has leading claims to take advantage of this drop into claiming company.
Race 5 No3 DIVINE JEWEL (Nap)
Trainer: Roger Varian – Jockey: David Egan
Frankel filly DIVINE JEWEL made a pleasing start when narrowly denied at Nottingham. Granted normal progression she will be hard to beat in this interesting heat.
Race 3 No2 GO MILLIE GO (Nap)
Trainer: Stuart Edmunds – Jockey: Ciaran Gethings
The best of GO MILLIE GO was always likely to be seen as a chaser, and on a first visit to this Norfolk track she can show that fences bring out the best in her. She’s been well prepared for the switch and should outclass her opponents.
Race 4 No4 MIDNIGHT JEWEL
Trainer: Charlie Longsdon – Jockey: Tom Buckley
Since his move to Longsdon MIDNIGHT JEWEL has been a captain of industry, winning three handicap hurdles and placing in five more. Under a 7lb penalty for a clear cut Huntingdon win he can complete a fine hat-trick.
Race 3 No6 TRINCOMALEE (Nap)
Trainer: Lucy Wadham – Jockey: Bryony Frost
TRINCOMALEE has shown he operates on return from a break, was in good order when last seen in May and could be a well-handicapped horse to follow in the final months of the year. All his wins have happened on left-handed tracks, and he should be happy on this first visit to Uttoxeter.
Race 5 No11 SIXCOR (Each Way)
Trainer: Linda Perrett – Jockey: James Sullivan
SIXCOR has earned in five of his nine outings for Perrett and could have more to offer on this first all-weather outing for her. He got himself handicapped in three races on sand with his former handler, and while away from it since the early spring, he’s trained encouragingly on it at home.
Place Accumulator Perm (Races 2-8)
4, 8, 2 x 8 x 4, 1 x 11, 14, 9 x 8, 11, 1 x 3, 13 x 5, 2