nothing to report regarding previous selections as we didnt have a selection on Wednesday. We are all currently in Ireland to watch our new baby Havana Go run at Leopardstown tonight, so we are having to send tomorrows post out unusually early so the price information may be less accurate than normal, we do apologise for that.
Lets get down to business...
The team at Cleeve
3.50 Newbury 6f Bathwick Tyres Rose Bowl Stakes (Listed Race) (Class 1) (2yo)
Cleeve Top 3 Rated:
1) Madeline – 81
2) Another Batt – 77
3) Way Of Wisdom – 70
As you know by now we don’t normally have selections in 2yo races and although I think this is a good race to watch its not one to bet in.
Madeline is promising but Way Of Wisdom and several others of these have scope to improve and it is not worth the risk.
7.20 Hamilton 6f (6f6y) John Smith's Scottish Stewards' Cup Handicap (Class 2) (3yo+ 0-105)
Cleeve Top 4 Rated:
1) Hoof It – 136
2) Muntadab – 132
3) Naggers – 127
4) Jack Dexter – 124
Jack Dexter hasn’t won a race since November 2015 and hasn’t really looked like winning either. The stable is freezing cold and it is hard to see Jack Dexter going close unless there is a complete deluge in the next few hours.
Hoof It won the Steward’s Cup at Goodwood in 2011 and peaked at a rating of 119. He has won a few races since then and was in pretty good form last season winning the Steward’s Cup consolation race and finishing third in the Ayr Gold Cup. A repeat of that performance would see him win this, but he has been off since October and he tends to need a run or two before peaking.
Muntadab was the final one I ruled out and that was mainly due to his recent habit of finishing second rather than winning. His connections obviously think there is a concentration issue as he wore a first time visor on his last run, which didn’t help and now wears first time cheekpieces. I do think he is talented but until they sort out his finishing off races I will keep a watching brief.
Naggers has been on decent form with four wins in his last eight races, which has of course seen him go up in the ratings. He was dropped back to five furlongs last time in a better race, so returning to six on a course he likes and a lower standard should see him in the mix. His second place in the Investec Asset Management Handicap at Epsom in June is excellent form and a repeat of that should see him win this. He unlike a number of his rivals won’t mind any rain between now and off time.
7.55 Hamilton 1m3f (1m3f15y) British Stallion Studs EBF Glasgow Stakes (Listed Race) (Class 1) (3yo)
Cleeve Top 3 Rated:
1) Call To Mind – 67
2) Defoe – 65
3) Frankuus – 64
A very decent race with several promising three year olds including Defoe, which you will remember as one we like a lot. The big problem is I do not think we are going to get any value and top rated Call To Mind is a big threat dropping in class. So no selection.