We warm up for Royal Ascot on Monday with a session of Late Mail coverage for UK horse racing taking in action from Carlisle during the day and evening meetings from Windsor and Nottingham planned to follow.
Carlisle 2.30 #5 World Power 2.50 – small field of 5 horses lines up here and it does look a race in 2 between the 2 market leaders with the clearly beat exposed race form, we have a clear leaning towards World Power here, go on very good 2nd to Muscika at Thirsk 2 starts ago, 3rd home came out and won its next 2 on end and 4th and 5th also add good depth to the form coming out of the race, well up to winning a weak maiden like this, exposed form references put it clearly on top and has plenty of scope for more with the addition of 1st time head gear, goes around as a 2.50 chance, we have it rated as a 2.10 chance, very hard to beat and qualifies as a NAP to kick off the action on Monday.
Carlisle 3.00 #5 Portland Street 7.00 / 2.60 & #1 Danish Duke 26.00 / 7.50 – very good value betting affair here where we can back 2 runners with a decent degree of confidence for a big result across the race, Portland Street is the top elect here and the 4yo gelding is well bred by Dream Ahead out of the Danehill mare Danaskaya making this one a half relation to G1 Dewhurst winner Belardo (Lope De Vega), at peak fitness now having 4th run this season, showed above average ability winning 2 on end last season including over this track and distance, performed up to that level 2 starts ago when a close up 2nd to Zylan at Hamilton, that form is the best exposed form here, on a repeat will prove hard to hold out as the major elect and solid each way pick at 7.00 / 2.60, also worth backing Danish Duke the Duke Of Marmalade 6yo at the big odds of 26.00 / 7.20 on an each way basis in support of the top elect, Danish Duke can be forgiven for its last start mild effort in a clearly stronger race than this, was very good 1st up 2 starts ago 2l 3rd to The Armed Man, well up to this level on a consistent basis and ready to do something near its peak now 3rd up, very good overs. Back both of these 2 for a result across the race.
Nottingham 6.30 #1 Dyllan 3.50 (major elect) & #6 Candelaria 9.00 / 2.60 – these 2 get a serious chance to put a win on the board here in what shapes as a fairly weak race for the purse on offer, Dyllan is the clear top elect and is 1st up from a spell into this race, deceivingly good speed pedigree by Zabedee out of a One Cool Cat mare and as a fairly lightly raced commodity still has good scope for more coming into its 4yo season on the back of hitting its straps tail end of last season, if it brings that level here 1st up it will prove very hard to hold out, around the right price as a 3.50 chance, back with good confidence as the top elect, if one can surprise in this field it is Candelara the 4yo Kyllachy gelding who is 1st up into this off only 3 runs last season, 2nd to Nora Batt suggests it still has a bit to offer after coming over from Ireland, now with the astute Jonjo O’Neill yard, back each way at 9.00 / 2.60 in support of the top elect.
Windsor 7.15 #4 King Of Spin 5.50 / 1.85 (major elect) & #1 Lawmaking 51.00 / 10.00 (speck each way) – good confidence exists about the clear top elect King Of Spin here, prepared to forgive it 2nd up from a spell last time out, may have been flat (very one paced in deep stretch, didn’t pick up), very good the start prior winning 1st up from a spell at Windsor in fine style, form references out of that race stack up big time suggesting it is above the level required to win here and still infront of the handicapper, given a 21 day break since last start failure, ready to atone now, excellent value at 5.50 as the clear top elect, we have it rated 3.50, also worth nibbling at Lawmaking at the massive odds of 51.00 / 10.00 on an each way basis, having 2nd start this term and 3rd start for new yard, French 2yo form and 3yo form is well up to the level required to win here, deserves one more chance at the massive odds, back both horses as per their confidence level for a result across the race.