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Plenty of raving today with everyone getting steaming in the paddocks & I don’t mean the trainers or stable staff! Anyway, there are lot’s of meeting’s today & we would like to express our gratitude to all the stable staff, who have travelled to courses up & down the country, deserve a BIG round of applause & plenty of cold water today, race course manager’s, please do the right thing…

Lot’s has happened this week in racing with the introduction of new whip rules ( Pro Cush), dwindling crowds ( Nothing to do with cost of course entry) & Trainers boycotting Newbury over prize money ( Same level as last few years). Just yesterday, with temperature’s due to reach record HIGH’s, the BHA, finally decided to cancel racing in the area’s within the RED ZONE, a first for the BHA doing something right lately!

All 4 of us are back today, hoping to KEEP our COOL in this heatwave

Charlie –

Newbury 3.30 Weatherbys Super Sprint Stakes Class 2 over 5f 34y

Selection – Rouge Spirit – 2 year old Gelding out of Dark Angel and Quite Sharp, has had 3 career starts winning 2 times and placing 2nd once. The wins came at Beverly on debut when beating Mersea by 3/4 of a length on the 2nd May this year. Returned to Beverly for next start on the 28th May and was beaten by a neck into 2nd place by Chateau. Was sent to Wolverhampton for latest run and won again beating Beau Roc by 3 lengths on the 20th June. If showing same attitude today could gain another victory, biggest threat to the selection comes in the shape of Maria Branwell who has 2 wins from 3 runs.


Chris –


1.50 Steventon Stakes

Grocer Jack hasn’t hit the heights of last term just yet, but he has run in 2 competitive races over middle distances. He was a previous Group 3 winner over this trip in Germany last Autumn and has also placed at the top level during his many travels across the continent. This could well be the ideal opportunity to get his head in front again compared to the level of competition he’s been facing, and receives weight from the current market rival.

Market Rasen

3.14 Summer Plate Handicap Chase

Manofthemountain has been has been an admirable performer over the past few seasons and arrives here on a very workable mark. He won off 1lb lower last year and was placed at Uttoxeter off this mark in May. Good ground seems key to him and some of his best form is over the intermediate trip. Shop around for best places as he’s a solid each-way bet at the current prices.

Jamie –

the Curragh –

2:35 – Scurry Handicap (6F)

Selection: Neo Soul 
Ger Lyons’ Neo Soul caught the eye last time out when flashing home to finish third in the Rockingham Handicap on Irish Derby weekend. This is a rock solid, consistent 3yo who’s recent form figures of 2163 read pretty well. The key to his chances today could be the step up to 6 1/2f which should suit well judging by his recent effort at this track lately. The draw hasn’t been the kindest but Colin Keane is the man for the job and if he has progressed a bit more since his last race then I think he will get involved in the finish. Good ground on all known form is going to suit as well.

Newbury –

2:56 – Hackwood Stakes (G3) 
Selection: Man Of Promise
This looks to be a good renewal of this Group 3 over 6F and I believe Man Of Promise, down in grade today from Group 1 company can take advantage. That Group 1 run was in the Kings Stand at Royal Ascot where he appeared to find everything happening just a yard too quick over 5F against the likes of Nature Strip. The step back up to 6F in a lower graded race should make Man Of Promise feel more comfortable. You don’t have to go back far to remember how he was dominating the main sprints at the Dubai Carnival during the winter. He will relish the fast ground and at 6/1 Man Of Promise makes plenty of appeal. The Appleby yard have been flying all season… 

Rich –

4.01 – Handicap – Class 4 – 3yo+ – 1m…
Reel Rosie – Highland Reel X Lady Canford 3yo filly.

1 win from 2 starts as a 2yo, making a winning debut last August over 7f at Ripon, in a Class 5 Novice Stakes before finishing a 4 length runner up at the same course in a Class 4 Novice Stakes over 7f to Spirit Catcher in October.
Made seasonal return in April, when stepping up in trip to 1m 75yds at Nottingham in a Class 5 Handicap, with an opening mark of 71. The filly finished a 2 & 3/4 length runner up. She went to Newmarket in May, running from 72, over 1m in a Class 5 Handicap & won by 4 lengths from Convection.
Another step up in trip followed on her last start in June, which was over 1m 2f at this course in a Class 4 Handicap, from a mark of 81, where the filly finished 5th of 6, some 10 lengths behind the winner, Myristica, who has won & finished 2nd on last 2 starts along with 3rd, Miss Harmony, also winning next time out.
She runs from the same mark of 81 today, drops back to 1m & has the aid of first time blinkers….

Thanks to you all for popping by, we really appreciate it. Stay cool & safe in these trying times.

All the Best – The AOLR Team

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