Former Talksport man Charlie McCann marks your card with seven to follow on Saturday at Doncaster, Newbury, Cheltenham and Kelso. View selections below
The Racing Post Trophy is the final Group 1 of the British flat season and the race has been very kind to punters in recent years with the favourite winning the juvenile contest for the last six years.
The unbeaten Foundation is 12/1 antepost favourite for the Derby and 5/6 with BetVictor to make it four out of four this season and make it a magnificent seven for favourite backers in the race. The John Gosden/Frankie Dettori combination have lit up the summer and it would be fitting if they ended the season in style, but there is rain forecast and Gosden is not convinced his charge would be suited by genuinely soft ground.
The each way vote goes to Mengli Khan (3.45) who is a top price at 10/1 with BetVictor . Trained in Newmarket by Hugo Palmer, the colt made an eye-catching debut when third in a hot Newmarket maiden before easily landing the odds at Nottingham on soft ground earlier in the month.
You have to go back to 2006 for the last double-figure price winner of the race when Peter Chapple-Hyam saddled subsequent Derby winner Authorized to land the prize at 25/1. The Baggies fan has Marcel (50/1) in this afternoon’s line-up and he and Tony Curtis (10/1) are other runners at a big price to consider in a cracking end to the flat season.
Dettori rides Dhahmaan (2.00) in the opening listed contest and the form of the selection’s second at York last time has been franked by the winners’ subsequent Group 2 success in France. A repeat of that effort would make him hard to beat with further rain unlikely to be a concern.
Newbury’s last flat card of the season and I hope Start Time (1.50) can make a successful transition from a Windsor nursery to Group class performer in the Horris Hill Stakes. The Godolphin runner has already been gelded and could be called the winner from some way out on soft ground last time over a mile. The drop back in trip is a slight concern but it is sure to be a thorough test of stamina.
Zonderland is out of a Pivotal mare and should go in the ground and he and the once-raced Crazy Horse are big dangers in an excellent contest.
Her Majesty the Queen has two chances of listed success in the Radley Stakes and the vote goes to her Light Music (3.35) who easily landed the odds at Leicester earlier in the month having shaped with such promise on debut behind Fillies’ Mile runner up Nathra.
A great card at Cheltenham and Philip Hobbs has saddled the winner of the 3m Handicap Chase for the last four years including with Roalco De Farges (3.20) last year and the grey is only 4lbs higher this afternoon. The selection clearly goes well fresh and a tissue price of 12/1 would be worth an each way interest.
Nigel Twiston-Davies saddles Mont Choisy (3.55) only ten days after his Warwick handicap success when he suggested a return to today’s 3m trip would see him in an even better light. The selection hasn’t been out of the first two since joining the yard in June and can make it four wins from six since joining the yard.
There is rain forecast at Kelso and the hope is that Blakemount (2.30) can make up for lost time having been off the track since finishing runner up at Wetherby on his chase debut last November. The selection is still only a 7-year-old and this 3m Irish point winner remains a horse of huge potential as a staying chaser.