Our tipster Karl Hedley tells you where to put your money this week
3-10 SPINAL INJURIES FILLIES CONDITIONS STAKES – 1 MILE
Evita Peron made a successful start to her career for Ralph Becket a few weeks ago at Newbury and unlike most of these rivals she will have race fitness on her side. She is bred to act on a soft surface so the underfoot conditions ought not to prove too problematic. Jim Crowley takes the reigns once again and having readily accounted for some decent types last time she can progress further.
Kind Invitation won a polytrack maiden at Kempton last November and the form was franked by both the runner up and third placed horses subsequently. If she takes to this softer ground she has to be considered a major threat to the selection.
Adhwaa was beaten a couple of lengths when she last raced on a soft surface. That run came in similar company at Newmarket last season when she was beaten by Majeyda. It is worth bearing in mind that Adhwaa was beaten twelve lengths on her racecourse debut last year and she may just need this run.
Ralph Beckett has trained the winner of the Oaks two times in the last six years so he clearly knows the time of day with his fillies. Evita Peron could well be on her way to that race if she can go in here.
Put your money on: Evita peron
4-15 BET365 PARADISE STAKES (LISTED) – 1 MILE
French Navy can make the most of a drop in class to land this race for Godolphin and Charlie Appleby. This son of Shamardal was beaten only a length on his seasonal reappearance at Newmarket on ground that would have been lively enough for him. He has run well here previously in similar company and he deserves to finally get his head in front. Mikael Barzalona has won on him before and with race fitness on their side they should go well.
Fencing took this race last year but does have to reverse recent form with French Navy. He is now racing off a career high mark and his run last time out was a bit flat.
John Gosden has his string in excellent form though and he cannot be completely dismissed. On strict form lines through Fencing, French Navy should also have the beating of Graphic, but the William Haggas trained runner is likely to improve on his first run of the campaign and he may prove the biggest threat.
The remainder of the field are talented handicappers on their day but they should be found out in this sort of company. French Navy will appreciate the going and he can go close.
Put your money on: French Navy
5-30 LADBROKES WORLD SERIES HURDLE – 3 MILES
Quevega comes here bidding for a fifth straight win in this particular contest. The form of her most recent Cheltenham success was given a timely boost at Sandown this past weekend as L’unique came out and subsequently franked the form.
The biggest danger to the selection could well be stablemate Annie Power if she receives the all clear to run. She met with defeat for the first time when upped to this trip in the World Hurdle at Cheltenham and was firmly put in her place by More Of That.
Now that she is back on home soil she may well be capable of a better showing and she commands utmost respect. At Fishers Cross has had a long hard season and is passed over on this occasion whilst Fingal Bay may just find this rise in grade a bit too hot to handle.
Ruby Walsh returned from injury to partner Un De Sceaux to success in France at the weekend and it is anticipated that he will partner Quevega for Willie Mullins here. Cheltenham should have brought Quevega on in leaps and bounds and another huge effort is expected.
Put your money on: Quevega
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Benandonner can maintain his excellent run of form despite his advancing years. In his youth he was rated some twenty pounds higher that what he is now, but this dual course and distance winner still retains plenty of ability. Shane Kelly has partnered him to his two most recent successes and it is of note that he has once again been booked to ride by Mike Murphy.
Indian Violet may be the one that gives the selection the most to think about. All five of his career wins to date have come on this polytrack surface including most recently when partnered by Jim Crowley.
Olivers Mount is still fairly lightly raced compared to some of his rivals here this afternoon and he only just got up to win over the course and distance last time out. He gives the impression that he may well be within the firm grip of the handicapper and may need to drop a few pounds before he goes in again.
Benandonner has plenty of experience in his favour and is still dangerously well handicapped. He ought to know every bend of this track by now and he looks capable of another bold display.
Put your money on: Indian Violet
|WEDNESDAY ASCOT 3-10
|WEDNESDAY ASCOT 4-15
|THURSDAY PUNCHESTOWN 5-30
|FRIDAY LINGFIELD 2-05