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We are back, it’s a new month & Autumn is on it’s way….
Rich & Jamie are joined by Neil (@WattyRacing). Hopefully Charlie will be back next week for the St Leger along with Chris, who is away with his family.

Jamie –

Ascot –

3:10 – National Racehorse Week Handicap (7F)

Selection: Tactical (E/W)

There are several likely winners in this ultra competitive Class 2 Handicap. From an each way point of view HM the Queen’s Tactical appeals to me. A strongly run 7F is what this horse ideally wants, as advertised by a strong finishing 6th over 7F in the Buckingham Palace at the royal meeting. You can upgrade that performance as he was denied a run at a crucial stage from his held up position. Since then Tactical has run twice more at the Berkshire course in the G2 Summer Mile where he found the opposition a bit too good and in a similar Class 2 Handicap on King George day, where possibly it came too soon after the Summer Mile. Tactical has the ability to go well today under Ryan Moore and if he gets the breaks then I am more than hopeful he can land us a nice each way pot. 16/1 at the time of writing… 

3:30 – Haydock Sprint Cup (G1)

Selection: Naval Crown 

This is an open looking renewal of the only Group 1 flat race held in the North West of England meaning that decent odds are on offer. Naval Crown has done little wrong this campaign and ticks enough boxes to get the nod from me today. After a respectable winter in Dubai, Naval Crown has taken his form to the next level during the domestic season. The highlight being his hard fought win in the Platinum Jubilee Stakes, where he beat several of today’s rivals. That was followed by another solid run to finish runner up in the July Cup. Last time out  the word ‘soft’ in the going description went against Naval Crown in the Prix Maurice De Gheest but Charlie Appleby’s star still performed with credit to finish a 2 1/4L fifth to Highfield Princess. I fancy Naval Crown to bounce back today on favourable quick ground. And we all know the Buick / Appleby combination is flying at the moment. I’ll also note Go Bears Go for an each way play. 

Neil –

2.20 Haydock, 1m6f Handicap, 3yo.

You could probably refer to this race as the north west equivalent of the Melrose as it features some improving staying types and with a big field it is definitely a race which has the potential for some hard luck stories in it.

One horse who catches the eye in this is the Andrew Balding trained Australian Angel who will have the assistance of Hayley Turner in the saddle.

A winner of this trip at Sandown in July he was then beaten around two and a half lenghts next time out at Newmarket but a return to a track like this which has plenty of turning from past the winning post to the home straight should garner his interest a bit more and he is a solid each way bet and has more to offer i think at this trip which he isn’t fully exposed at.

3.30, Haydock, 6f Sprint Cup, Group 1, 3yo+

For me this one of the most wide open runnings of this famous race that is the jewel in the crown of the north west flat season that there has ever been, you could literally run the same horses next weekend and you’d get a totally different result.

Starting behind the last four houses down Harvey Lane in Golborne, the runners cross Sandy Lane after half a furlong or so before joining the main track, from where it’s a mad dash for the cash.

Myself i think this is a race ripe for an upset and I’m also of the opinion that for the first time since 2006 the race will stay in the north west with the Hugo Palmer trained Flaming Rib.

Hugo has two in the race with the other being the 5yo Brad The Brief who missed an intended engagement at York to run in this but i do think Flaming Rib is overpriced and can outrun his odds.

After a poor effort at Newbury in the Greenham he bounced back to form at Chester before going down by a neck to El Caballo in the Sandy Lane Stakes over CD next time out, after that he ran a credible second in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot and hasn’t been sighted since running flat in the July Cup.

He has a big race in him and while this is a wide open renewal he would have as good a chance as any in this field and what a day it would be for the new master at Manor House to celebrate his first season at the helm. 

Rich –

I am going for a pair of William Haggas fillies’ today…
Kempton – All Weather
2.40 – Mile Series Final Handicap – Class 2 – 3yo+ – 1m
Morgan Fairy – Lope De Vega X My Fairy 3yo Filly.

2 wins from 8 starts, although only 1 wins this season so far from 5 starts.
A C&D winner on final start of her debut season. The 1 win this term came on July 16th in the 1m Class 2 Premier Fillies’ Handicap at Newbury when beating State Occasion by 1 & 1/2 lengths & has since finished 2nd on both her starts since, last time out on August 20th when 5 lengths to winner, Raise The Roof in a Lingfield Class 3 Handicap over 1m – Extra Places – 9/1 EW.

Thirsk –
4.36 – Fillies’ Handicap – Class 3 – 3yo+ – 1m…
Sea Tsarina – Sea The Stars X Tayma 3yo Filly.

2 wins from 3 starts. Her first 2 starts coming over 7fs, with a debut win at Yarmouth in a 7f Class 5 Maiden by 1 & 1/4 lengths on June 8th before finishing a 1 & 1/4 length 3rd of 5 in a 7f Newmarket Class 4 Novice Stakes to Midnight Moll ( 2nd & 4th both since won).
The Sea The Stars filly stepped up to 1m on her last start when running at Lingfield on the All Weather in a Class 5 Novice Stakes on August 9th, beating Khamsia Lady. Makes Handicap debut.

That’s everything folks, See you next weekend for the St Leger! Thanks for popping in, we really appreciate it.
Gamble Responsibly

Good Luck – The AOLR Team

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