Secret Gesture will take all the beating in Lingfield Oaks Trial at 2-20. Ralph Beckett’s filly won a decent Newbury maiden and there should be plenty more to come from here this year. However, she is short in the market given the undulations of the Surrey venue aren’t to everyone’s liking. On a line through Harbinger Lass, Heroine Required appears to have the beating of Whippy Cream, and that form ties in with Cheshire Oaks winner Bannoffee. William Haggas does very well with fillies and won this race last year with Vow. There could be more to come from Heroine Required and is worth backing each way at 8/1.
Aidan O’Brien is still trying to ascertain his Derby pecking order and it is likely to be made no more easy after Nevis’ performance in the Lingfield Derby Trial at 2-55. He struggled behind Dawn Approach in the Vincent O’Brien Stakes after a smooth maiden success. However, he looks just the type to benefit from the step up in trip and is clearly well regarded.
The Group Three Chartwell Stakes at 4-00 looks a very close contest and it is hard to rule any out with much confidence. Pleine Forme is interesting on his first start for Marco Botti, while Lily’s Angel is a very tough consistent sort but it could pay to side with Ultrasonic. Se represents the in form Stoute yard and can step up on last years solid form. The step up to 7f looks sure to suit this year and she is likely to get her head in front in Group company before long.
There is plenty of value to be had in big field handicaps and the Betfred Victoria Cup at 3-50 is no exception. Though Arnold Lane appears to have a mighty task under top weight he has a very good record in handicaps and has been in very good form this year. He has run well under a big weight in the past and while this is a carer high mark he looks sure to go well. The other to make appeal is Ralph Beckett’s Haaf A Sixpence who won the Spring Cup at Newbury last time out. That was a very smooth success and it would be a surprise if there wasn’t more to come.
The Swinton Hurdle is a fascinating contest with plenty in with a chance. Forgotten Voice and Mr Mole look the obvious starting point but doubts remain about the pair of them. The one that makes the most appeal is Specialagent Alfie. Nick Gifford’s southern raider was an excellent second behind the classy Court Minstrel in the Sussex Champion Hurdle. The way he travelled through that race suggests that this sort of test will suit. There is unlikely to be anything as unexposed as Court Minstrel in this field and the flat track will suit.
Ascot Selections: Finflash 1-30, Scatter Dice 2-05, Main Sequence 2-40, Westwiththenight 3-15, Arnold Lane/Haaf A Sixpence 3-50 and Italian Tom 4-25
Haydock Selections: Darley Sun 1-50, Hanseatic 2-25, Mezmaar 3-00, Specialagent Alfie 3-30, Set The Trend 4-05, Fairy Rath 4-40 and Zamoyski 5-15
Lingfield Selections: Sartori 1-45, Heroine Required 2-20, Nevis 2-55, Albasharah 3-25, Ultrasonic 4-00, Noble Citizen 4-35 and Ortac Rock 5-10
Nottingham Selections: The Dark Wizard 2-15, Another Citizen 2-45, Palazzo Bianco 3-20, Scream Blue Murder 3-55, Asgardella 4-30, Noble Gift 5-05 and Viking Warrior 5-35
Thirsk Selections: War Lord 5-45, Mon Brav 6-15, Red Cape 6-45, Roman Flight 7-15, No Dominion 7-45, Cupertino 8-15 and Eastlands Lad 8-45
Warwick Selections: Master Of Disguise 6-05, Jana 6-35, Midnite Angel 7-05, Shalambar 7-35, Shore Step 8-05 and Scottish Glen 8-35