Teaplanter previews Wednesday's racing and has selections of All For The Best at Bath and two selections on Kempton's all weather card.
Sir Mark Prescott has had a relatively quiet season so far, although 17 winners coming towards the end of June for a stable that always gets going in mid summer is not too bad. However he does seem to be cranking things up a bit now and has had 4 winners in the past fortnight, including an impressive win for the very frustrating Light Breaks. He has an abundance of entries over the next week and he looks like he will be worth following with many of these unexposed horses.
All for the Best is certainly one of those and although he lacks the multiple entries that we like to see with these Prescott horses, he looks to be a gelding that is potentially very well treated off a mark of 66. He made his debut as recently as the end of April and had three quick runs before the end of May, all around the trip of 1 mile. He showed little in those 3 outings, but it was a different matter last time when he was stepped up to 11 furlongs at Kempton on 10 June. In that contest he was a relatively unconsidered 9/1 shot and was held up towards the rear of the field. However he made sustained progress in the final 2 furlongs and almost ran down the winner Magical Thomas. He has been raised 3lb for that effort, but the step up in trip to 13 furlongs here is a definite positive. He is out of a mare that won the Doncaster Cup and who has thrown some smart stayers already and he very much like he will excel over staying trips.
His trainer has had 14 winners from 40 runners at this venue in the past 5 years and this looks a weak 0-70 contest. If All For The Best makes the progress that we think he will then he could win this with quite a bit to spare and is worth an interest at 5/6 with Bet365, although bigger may become available.
This was a race that we were going to leave alone, but the price of our selection is quite a bit bigger than expected, so we will have to act.
Gold Sands has looked a progressive filly on all her starts and she ran a very solid race last time when second to Journey at Newbury. While on the face of it, a 90 rated filly being beaten by a 79 rated filly may be disappointing, there is little doubt that the winner is rapidly improving and she was opening her account after being beaten on her previous outing by subsequent listed winner Speedy Boarding.
Gold Sands was outpaced in that contest before running on well at the end and this step up in trip should hold no fears for her, even if there appears to be quite a bit of speed in her pedigree.
The field that opposes her looks weak, with Tutti Frutti disappointing last time and while there was encouragement to be gleaned from the Ctyptonym debut on Salisbury on soft ground, where she looked to get tired, she will have to come on a lot for that debut run to upset our selection.
This looks a very competitive 2 mile handicap and there should be plenty of winners to come from it, irrespective of what happens in this contest.
Aussie Andre was quite an impressive winner at this venue on his penultimate run over 12 furlongs, when he shaped like a horse that would appreciate further. He was disappointing last time on his handicap debut, but may well have found the ground against him there. He remains on a mark of 80 and could be well handicapped.
Gavlar finally delivered for supporters last time, but he was far from impressive and while we had him down as a horse to follow before that win, he may well be in the grip of the handicapper now and the likely tempo of this contest may not play to his strengths.
High Secret is surely better than last time, but the horse we like here is the Andrew Balding trained Haines. This son of Shirrocco has already won twice at this venue and was successful off a 6lb lower mark in April. He was beaten last time at Wolverhampton, but that might have come a little quick for him and it is possible that his amateur rider kicked too early. Even on the bare form he should take beating here as Arty Campbell, who nailed him close home last time, ran a blinder off a 6lb higher mark next time at Ascot and is now performing with credit off an 11lb higher mark than he raced off at Wolverhampton.
Haines has been given plenty of time off since that defeat and his trainer has had 55 winners at this venue in the past 5 years. We would be hopeful that he has improved again since his last run and off bottom weight here, he looks to have a live each way chance at 9/2.
Majeed looks a horse with a very big future when following up his Chelmsford win in March with an impressive victory off a mark of 82 at this venue in May. He was held up at the back of the field that day and came with a very strong challenge on the outside of the field to run down his field and win with quite a bit to spare in the end.
That was over 11 furlongs and the manner of the victory suggested that he would be well suited by a step to 1.5 miles. With this in mind, he was very disappointing in quite a good handicap last time at Newmarket, when he never got competitive and was beaten over 8 lengths into 5th by Watersmeet. It is possible that the Rowley Mile course did not suit him however and given that his impressive win came on this surface, it is worth forgiving him that last time out effort. He was raised 8lb for the Kempton win, but has been dropped 1lb for that Newmarlet defeat and with Jamie Spencer taking over, we can expect the hold up tactics that worked so effectively previously, to be employed once more. As a big horse that is surely still strengthening, there should be scope for more improvement and it will be disappointing if he cannot resume his upward curve under these conditions.