Shufoog starts our day at Taunton; she is a spiffing dual purpose horse for her supportive Owners who needs a reasonably robust surface to be at her most effective; so the first constraint is that the ground holds up and the rain doesn't progress too far into Somerset; the race has some unusually restrictive conditions hence the small field; which, notwithstanding its size, is tightly handicapped with all five in the range of 127 to 129; if our Mare can put the modest performance of her last run over hurdles at Stratford at the beginning of August behind her the balance of her hurdle form gives her a decent chance this pm.
Born to Please goes to Nottingham for the Second Division of the Amateur Riders Handicap under Ciaran; we have put the cheekpieces back on instead of the experiment with the blinkers at Bath; since she ran so well over hurdles at Newbury in January she has not been in particularly great form but she did show some definite signs of a revival over eight furlongs at Bath a fortnight ago and we go back up in trip to 10 at Nottingham not devoid of hope.
At Wolverhampton Four Mile Bridge, who was almost certainly that well used word 'unlucky' over a furlong further here a fortnight ago, and Padura Brave both run in the nine and a half furlong Handicap. 4MB this time is much better drawn in Five and, although he is a pound higher for being 'unlucky' to be beaten half a length, he is still a well handicapped horse particularly if you allow Thomas Greatrex vfm Claim. Padura Brave has dropped another three pounds and is now more than a stone better in than in his last two excellent runs at Kempton as a Two Year Old last Autumn; but she does need to put her last modest run over seven at Kempton behind her.
Finally at Kempton Tin Fandango looks to continue running into form after his Summer break; he is three pounds higher than when winning at Lingfield in April and he probably needs to find these three pounds to be involved close home this afternoon; he will be well ridden again by Josephine Gordon and he goes to Kempton to run well and to continue to improve.
Freedom and Wheat goes to Lingfield tomorrow afternoon; and Arlecchino's Arc goes to Kempton tomorrow evening.