CHUBBY CHANDLER PREVIEWS THE USPGA CHAMPIONSHIP

The MyClubBetting Golf Ambassador analyses the fourth and final major championship of 2016.

Before I begin discussing this week’s event, I would like to pass on my sincerest congratulations to Henrik Stenson after his recent Open Championship victory at Troon.

On the Monday before the tournament, his close friend Mike Gerbich sadly passed away after losing his battle with cancer. I thought it was a real touch of class when Henrik dedicated his victory to Mike during his winner’s speech on the eighteenth green.

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In all honesty, I can’t ever remember seeing a more impressive round of golf during a major championship and to see the Swede do it in the final group on the final day was nothing short of remarkable.

Henrik is a lovely guy, and I was made up to see him lifting the Claret Jug at Troon.

Now onto this week’s USPGA Championship at Baltusrol, which takes place just a fortnight after the Open Championship.

A lot has been made about the timing of the tournament, but in all honesty, the players have known about the Olympic competition for a fairly long period so I don’t feel as though anyone can make any excuses ahead of this event.

There is no doubting that the guys who were contractually obliged to play in Canada last week may be slightly more fatigued than the rest of the field but, personally, I don’t see it being too much of an issue.

The Lower Course at Baltusrol is the type of track that has become synonymous with recent USPGA Championships.

While it is far from easy, the Lower Course will provide the players with regular birdie chances and the opportunity to go low – unlike many of the modern US Open layouts.

In terms of guys from within my ISM stable, I see Danny Willett and Ben An (Byeong-Hun An) being the best suited to Baltusrol’s layout.

Danny made the cut at Troon by draining a really tricky fifteen-foot putt on the eighteenth green and that felt like a turning point to me. He played some really solid stuff during the weekend that followed and, if he can take that into this championship, then I see no reason why he can’t go well.

Ben also had a fairly decent Open Championship and he will fancy his chances this week after some fine recent showings on American soil. The South Korean has managed to record five top-25 finishes on the PGA Tour in 2016, missing just three cuts along the way.

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Ben is one of longest hitters in the field this week, and I really feel as though his distance from the tee could be a massive advantage at Baltusrol.

The USPGA is known to produce first time major winners, and so many people have been asking me who I fancy as an outsider this week.

Justin Thomas has had a wonderful season, and should there be a first time major winner this week – it wouldn’t surprise me if it was him.

I have attended every single major championship since 1996 so naturally I was at Baltusrol the last time it hosted the USPGA Championship, back in 2005.

I remember being so impressed with Phil Mickelson during that week. He won the tournament by a single stroke after bad weather caused a Monday finish.

Phil’s tapping of Jack Nicklaus’s plaque before playing his approach to the 18th hole is one that sticks in the memory, almost as much as the wonderful flop shot that followed!

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Tuesday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will provide you with a preview of the day’s racing, offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

Yesterday’s winning NAP made it four successful best bets out of the last five. Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British and Irish meetings on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

HOME OF THE BRAVE (Goodwood 3.10) has plenty going for him in attempting to land on of the feature races on the first day of Glorious Goodwood, the Group 2 Lennox Stakes. Trained by Hugo Palmer, the four-year-old bids for a hat-trick, having won a Listed event at Leicester in good to soft ground and following up with success in the Group 3 John of Gaunt Stakes at Haydock on good ground. Both races were run over the same 7f trip he goes over today. He has plenty of speed and could prove hard to catch if left alone in front. He was thought good enough to hold a Group 1 Sussex Stakes entry, so connections obviously feel he will take this step up in class in his stride.

FOUR POETS (Yarmouth 4.05) also takes a step up in grade, albeit into a Class 4 handicap. David Simcock’s representative won a 7f Catterick maiden in May and has subsequently been touched off on his last two runs in handicap company, both over a mile here and latterly at Chepstow. The three-year-old goes up 2lb to a mark of 72 and drops back in trip to 7f this afternoon, having not quite got home last time.

BEST OF TIMES (Goodwood 2.00) had caught the eye when finding trouble in running at Chester on his penultimate start and subsequently was made favourite for the Wolferton Handicap at Royal Ascot. However, he raced keenly on the pace, with very little cover and did not have much left at the finish in a 1m2f race won by Sir Isaac Newton. Saeed bin Suroor’s representative takes a drop back a furlong today trip and that will surely help him as has the speed for a stiff mile. He may well over-turn the form with fellow Godolphin runner Second Wave (second at in the Wolferton) and Revolutionist (third) who re-oppose.

RELIGHT MY FIRE (Beverley 5.05) has been running with plenty of credit in defeat recently and deserves to get his head in front sooner rather than later. It could be today. Tim Easterby, whose runners have been in fine form, sticks with very capable 3lb claimer Rachel Richardson, following their decent run when forth over the extended 7f course and distance last week. This is a slightly easier race, too, and the six-year-old races off the same mark of 68.

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OTHER SELECTIONS

BEVERLEY: 2.10 Impeccability, 2.45 Quiet Moment, 3.20 Bond Bombshell, 3.55 Dawn Mirage, 4.30 Melesina, 5.05 Relight My Fire, 5.35 Lean On Pete

GOODWOOD: 2.00 Best Of Times, 2.35 War Decree, 3.10 HOME OF THE BRAVE (NAP), 3.45 Elidor, 4.20 Blithe Spirit, 4.55 Mazyoun, 5.30 Pure Art

PERTH: 6.00 Dove Mountain, 6.30 Impulsive American, 7.00 Knocklayde Sno Cat, 7.30 Dr Moloney, 8.00 Sweet Holly, 8.30 Son Of My Heart, 9.00 Western Home

WORCESTER: 5.40 The Kvilleken, 6.10  Net Work Rouge, 6.40 Casino Markets, 7.10 The Outlaw, 7.40 Hold Court, 8.10 Washed Ashore, 8.40 Northern Meeting

YARMOUTH: 1.50 Apple Scuffs, 2.20 What A Party, 2.55 Captain Gerard, 3.30 Showtime Star, 4.05 Four Poets (nb), 4.40 Honey Badger, 5.10 Archimedes

GALWAY: 5.15 Master Of Verse, 5.45 Air Command, 6.15 Hydrangea, 6.50 Sikandarabad, 7.20 Lily’s Rainbow, 7.50 Could Should Would, 8.20 Automated

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2016 USPGA CHAMPIONSHIP: OUR BETTING GUIDE

By Calum Chinchen

This year’s final major championship gets underway on Thursday, with Baltusrol Golf Club hosting the 98th edition of the USPGA Championship.

To accommodate the 2016 Summer Olympics, this year’s tournament has been moved forward by a fortnight, meaning it takes place just two weeks after the Open Championship.

Come Thursday, the world’s best will test themselves on the Lower Course at Baltusrol, which measures close to 7400 yards.

Interestingly, members of Baltusrol play the Lower Course as a par 72, however when a major championship is played at the venue, the course is reduced to a rather tricky par 70.

Phil Mickelson (22/1) won the last USPGA Championship to be held at Baltusrol. The man affectionately known as ‘lefty’ claimed the famous Wanamaker Trophy in 2005, winning by a single shot in a tournament that required a Monday finish due to poor weather conditions.

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Despite having a rather quiet 2016 season, Mickelson (above) really turned on the style in the Open Championship at Royal Troon just two weeks ago.

The American enjoyed a scintillating weekend battle with Henrik Stenson. Despite eventually losing out to the Swede, Mickelson’s play was so impressive that he finished a staggering 11 shots ahead of third place.

There is no doubting that Lefty’s performance at Troon will do wonders for his confidence, and if Mickelson can draw on his positive memories from 2005, then we see him being in contention at Baltusrol.

As mentioned, Henrik Stenson (14/1) claimed his first major at the Open Championship two weeks ago.

The Swede was nothing short of phenomenal at Royal Troon, finishing three shots clear of second place and a remarkable 14 ahead of third.

Much of this was down to his pin-point precision from the teeing ground. While Stenson (below) usually favours his trusty fairway wood from the tee, that wasn’t strictly the case at Troon. The world number five switched between a low stinging driver, his usual fairway wood shot and a piercing long iron from the tee at The Open – using all three shots to great effect.

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While length is always crucial at USPGA Championships, finding the fairway is undoubtedly an advantage. Stenson has the ability combine distance and length from the tee using a number of different clubs and ball flights, which may just be useful this week.

The major championship burden is no longer weighing Stenson down, and we see him benefitting from that this week. A top ten at Baltusrol is looking like a formality for the Swede, and in all honesty, we wouldn’t be shocked to see him win back-to-back majors.

Dustin Johnson (8/1) is the market leader coming into this event.

The man from South Carolina is in fine form, finishing inside the top 10 in all of his last six events.

Johnson has certainly matured as a golfer in 2016, showing a far greater level of course management than in previous years.

If form is anything to go by, the man from South Carolina will undoubtedly be in contention at Baltusrol this week.

Jason Day (9/1) is the defending USPGA Champion after his win at Whistling Straights twelve months ago.

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In truth, the Australian has gone from strength-to-strength since that victory. Day (above) has won three PGA Tour tournaments in 2016, rising to world number one in the process.

However, despite performing solidly in the three majors since his win at Whistling Straights, Day has failed to truly contend, finishing outside the top five on each occasion.

Much of this has been down to Day’s recent lack of consistency when scrambling from within ten yards. Surprisingly, from his 51 attempts, Day has only managed to successfully get up and down from inside 10 yards on just 40 occasions – ranking way down in 187th on the 2016 PGA Tour standings in that category.

Despite the rest of his game being near perfect, Rory McIlroy (9/1) is really struggling on the greens.

The two-time USPGA Champion managed a top five finish at Troon, despite ranking outside the top 50 in the putts per round category for the tournament.

Naturally, this is causing the Northern Irishman a great deal of frustration. His lack of trust with the putter is creating an obvious eagerness to get the ball close during approach play, which in turn, is leading to an increased amount of mistakes.

If he can somehow find his touch on the greens then there is no reason why McIlroy can’t lift the Wanamaker Trophy for a third time, however, in our minds, there is no way he can contend if he carries his current form on the greens to Baltusrol.

Sergio Garcia (28/1) is arguably the best active touring professional never to win a major.

Despite never winning one, Garcia (below) has a phenomenal record at major championships, notching-up a staggering 22 top ten finishes during his career, with 12 top five finishes coming within that period.

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Even the Spaniard would struggle to deny that problems with the flat stick have held him back during his career. To say that the Spaniard is a bad putter would be harsh, he just seems to struggle over important putts at crucial vital times during tournaments.

This was particularly evident in the 2007 Open Championship and 2008 PGA Championships – which were arguably his best chances of major championship glory.

Tee to green, Garcia is one of, if not the best player in the world at present. If he can find crucial putts at crucial times this week, then there is absolutely no reason why he can’t be in contention come Sunday.

JB Holmes (66/1) is one of the few players in the field who has the length to overpower Baltusrol this week.

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Holmes (above) is among the longest players on the PGA Tour, averaging a staggering 312.7 yards from the tee in 2016.

However, as he showed at the Open Championship recently, the American is no one trick pony. On route to a third place finish at Troon, Holmes showed fantastic versatility when playing approach shots and also showed great scrambling skills whenever he missed the greens.

While Holmes doesn’t have the greatest record at major championships, he is in good form. The man from Kentucky is our outsider this week.

OUR SELECTIONS

HENRIK STENSON @ 14/1

PHIL MICKELSON @ 22/1

SERGIO GARCIA @ 28/1

JB HOLMES @ 66/1

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Monday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will provide you with a preview of the day’s racing, offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British and Irish meetings on Monday, July 25, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

SEPTEMBER STARS (Windsor 7.30) has had four starts for Ralph Beckett and has yet to get off the mark, but there is every chance she will tonight in the 1m handicap. Beaten a length on her first two runs over a mile and 1m2f at Doncaster and Nottingham respectively, she found Listed company too hot at Goodwood next time. Pitched back into maiden company for her all-weather debut last time, she was not beaten far at Wolverhampton where the pace of the race did not suit. She tackles handicap company for the first time off a mark of 80 and while this looks a competitive 1m small-field event, with Jim Crowley doing the steering for a stable in flying form, the three-year-old holds every chance.

TOFFEE APPLE (Ayr 5.10) failed narrowly to land the hat-trick here last time, going down just over 2l to The Lynch Man in a modest 1m handicap. She was effectively 9lb higher than when scoring at Beverley on her penultimate over 1m2f, although it was her fourth run in the space of as many weeks, so she had a viable excuse. Trainer Keith Dalgleish has placed her well and she goes today in a 1m apprentices’ handicap off a mark of just 55. For a filly in form, the handicapper is playing with fire.

ROTHERWICK (Windsor 8.00) should have won at Windsor last time. Tom Marquand gave the Paul Cole-trained colt plenty to do and he went down by half a length to Prendergast Hill, having been held up a shade too long. On a losing streak of 13, he had started to drop down the weights but two runner-up placings in his last two means he is back up a 1lb to a mark of 85. Luke Morris, who was aboard when second to Fallen For A Star at Newcastle on his penultimate run, renews acquaintance with the four-year-old who should be able to turn the tables on Prendergast Hill in this 1m2f handicap.

GOODWOOD CRUSADER (Wolverhampton 6.10) had very little chance of beating Windsor Castle Stakes fourth Pretty Vacant on his second start at Lingfield and despite being easy to back, was not beaten too far. The third home in that 5f novices’ event has won since, while the winner was a close-up fourth in hot Sandown Listed race last time, so the form looks solid enough. The Richard Hughes-trained two-year-old son of Sir Prancealot comes up against one or two interesting rivals in a 5f maiden tonight, but he learned plenty last time and may put that experience to good use.

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OTHER SELECTIONS

AYR: 2.00 Alfie’s Angel, 2.30 Cymraeg Bounty, 3.05 Dark Command, 3.40 Testa Rossa, 4.10 Buonarroti, 4.40 Moonlightnavigator, 5.10 Toffee Apple

NEWTON ABBOT: 2.15 Beau Phil, 2.45 That’s Yer Man, 3.20 Miss Crick, 3.55 Myroundorurs, 4.25 Mexican Border, 4.55 Present Accepted, 5.30 Overtoujay

WINDSOR: 5.55 Sheila’s Place, 6.25 Evergate, 7.00 Pretty Bubbles, 7.30 SEPTEMBER STARS (NAP), 8.00 Rotherwick, 8.30 Chantelcler

WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.40 Affordability, 6.10 Goodwood Crusader, 6.40 Birkdale, 7.10 Veeraya, 7.40 Diletta Tommasa, 8.10 Berlusca, 8.40 Bonhomie

GALWAY: 5.15 St Lawrence Gap, 5.45 Shake The Bucket, 6.15 Buffalo Blues, 6.50 Flowerhill Nova, 7.20 Weather Watch, 7.50 Restive, 8.20 Robin De Foret

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Sunday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will provide you with a preview of the day’s racing, offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

After three successive winning NAP selections in the last three days, we’re hotter than Kate Beckinsale.

Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Sunday, July 24, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

SAVANNAH’S DREAM (Pontefract 2.20) may be able to get off the mark at the third attempt in the opening 5f juvenile maiden. David O’Meara’s Showcasing filly, who cost 42,000 guineas earlier this year, hails from a yard who is doing well with its youngsters lately. She was a little green when third on her Ripon debut and subsequently went to the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot as an unbacked 100/1 shot. However, she had clearly learned plenty in the interim as she was a fine second to runaway winner Ardad, having taken advantage of her good draw in favourable soft ground. The faster ground may be against her today, but she takes a drop in class to maiden company and it looks a very winnable 5f opener.

CONVEY (Pontefract 4.00) has won just one of his eight races and that is a tally that was probably not anticipated by connections of the well-bred Dansili four-year-old. Soft ground was against him in the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot but he ran well for a long way in the Group 2 Summer Mile at the same venue earlier this month before fading late. The drop in class to Listed company for the Pomfret Stakes should be just what Sir Michael Stoute’s representative needs against weaker opposition.

BARABOY (Uttoxeter 3.00) can follow up his 2m course and distance win last time in a competitive handicap hurdle, although he will have to overcome an 11lb hike in the weights to do so. To be fair, he is still 3lb below his peak rating and the fitting of cheekpieces on his last two runs seem to have had the desired effect. There does not appear to be a great deal of strength in depth in division one of this race and Barry Murtagh’s representative looks the one to beat again.

TOP OF THE GLAS (Carlisle 3.15) is on a run of 25 races without a win since scoring at Chester in August 2014 off a mark of 80. His consistency in defeat means he is still running off the same mark today in a competitive 1m3f handicap. Brian Ellison’s representative was a close-up fourth to Sindarban here on his penultimate start before touched off when favourite at Newcastle over an extended 1m4f on the Newcastle all-weather surface last month. Fresh from a four-week break and wit 7lb claimer Ben Robinson aboard, that might just be enough to end the barren spell for the tough as teak five-year-old.

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OTHER SELECTIONS

CARLISLE: 2.10 Bale d’Amour, 2.40 Coolfitch, 3.15 Top Of The Glas, 3.50 Page Of Wands, 4.25 La Contessa, 5.00 Knight Of The Air, 5.30 Cliff

PONTEFRACT: 2.20 SAVANNAH’S DREAM (NAP), 2.50 Stoneboat Bill, 3.25 Street Duel, 4.00 Convey (nb), 4.35 Gran Canaria Queen, 5.10 Khairaat, 5.40 Groundworker

UTTOXETER: 2.00 Ivor’s Queen, 2.30 Diable De Sivola, 3.00 Baraboy, 3.35 One For The Guv’nr, 4.10 Lowcarr Motion, 4.45 Sharp Rise, 5.20 Pena Dorada, 5.50 Ablazing

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The Jim Crowley column: Poet sounds good

Having ridden 15 winners in the last 14 days, there is no jockey hotter than Bet4Causes Brand Ambassador Jim Crowley.

In his exclusive Racing Plus newspaper column, Jim gives the insight for his Saturday rides and looks ahead to Glorious Goodwood…

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By JIM CROWLEY

WHILE four of the five Classics have been run, when you are lucky enough to ride good horses, sometimes you can dare to dream.

On Wednesday evening I rode a colt who could be anything. Best Of Days, who made his debut in the seven-furlong maiden at Sandown Park and scored by six lengths, is trained by Hugo Palmer.

By Azamour and out of a High Chaparral mare who was a Listed 1m winner, he should develop into a decent middle-distance performer. He has a good stride on him, showed a lovely change of gear to pick them up and if he had run over a mile he could probably have won by 20 lengths.

Hugo won the 2000 Guineas with Galileo Gold and while it is too early to say if Best Of Days will develop into a Classic contender, he is by far the best two-year-old I have sat on so far this season and is certainly one for the notebook.

These really are the best of days at the moment, as I’ve been fortunate to be riding for some in-form stables and having a few winners over the last couple of weeks.

Today I will be at both Ascot and Salisbury and start the day aboard Poet’s Princess (2.45) in the Group Three Princess Margaret Stakes.

I rode her first time out and liked her a lot. She didn’t have a hard time because she was quite nervous and Adam Kirby won on her at Newbury next time when I had to be elsewhere. It is a competitive race today against a few who look quite smart. She deserves her chance to run and hopefully she will run well.

It will be good to get back on my old mate Manson (3.20) in the mile handicap. He was beaten by Von Blucher at Newmarket last time when drawn away from him and didn’t get enough cover.

If he could have followed Von Blucher, he might have run a bit closer. Manson is also 7lb better off for that two-and-a-half-length defeat by that rival today, so I’m hopeful he can win.

His trainer, Dominic Ffrench Davis, still has designs on going to the Secretariat Stakes at Arlington next month and this stiff mile on a hold-up track should play to his strengths. I just hope the rain stays away and we get nice ground.

While this is a competitive handicap run over a mile, the Secretariat, for which you have to receive an invitation, is over 1m2f but there is every evidence to suggest he would get that trip. He ticks plenty of boxes and hopefully we can keep the dream alive.

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Balty Boys (3.55), who has a string of duck eggs to his name, runs in the International Stakes. However, he is a fairly decent animal and has been dropping down the weights.

Balty Boys (above, right) was fourth in the Royal Hunt Cup last year and in these cavalry charges, you need to be drawn in the right place and around the right horses. It is an open race but it will be nice if he runs well.

It is off to Salisbury after that. Attest (5.50), trained by Amanda Perrett, is a big horse whom I really like. Owned by Prince Khalid Abdullah, I rode his first time out here when third to Wave Reviews. He ran a lovely race and has been working really well at home. I’m hopeful of a big run in the 1m2f maiden.

As I have not sat on him, I don’t know much about Eolian (6.50), who will hopefully show a bit more than he as in his first two starts.

Catchment (7.20) is a nice little filly who has been second on her last two starts and she has been working well at home. Amanda’s horses are in good order and it doesn’t look a strong maiden. I would like think she has a decent chance of getting off the mark.

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Algometer in Goodwood test

IT WAS not a great surprise to see Derby winner Harzand not entered for the St Leger. Owned by the Aga Khan, he will likely take his chance in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe instead.

It is rare that Derby winners take their chance at Doncaster. Horses are bred more for speed than stamina these days and winning the final British Classic is seen, sometimes incorrectly, as doing little to increase their value at stud.

Could that leave the door open for Algometer (below, centre), who was seventh at Epsom? I hope so. I’ve always thought a lot of the David Simcock-trained colt, who is likely to head to Glorious Goodwood next week.

Close to home, it is a track where I’ve been lucky enough to have ridden some good winners in races such as the Goodwood Cup, the Lillie Langtree and the Glorious Stakes.

Hopefully, I can add the Gordon Stakes to that list on Wednesday with Algometer (3.25) and there are a few potentially nice rides on Thursday, including York winner Pamona (3.45) in the Lillie Langtree, who must have a fair chance if replicating her last run.

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Before that, at Windsor on Monday, I ride the Hugo Palmer-trained Evergate (6.25), who drops back to six furlongs having run a bit too free at Newmarket last time. He obviously thought that was what was required of him as he had previously jumped out and tried to make all at Leicester.

At Newmarket, there were only two horses who’d had previous experience, so all the debutants were either slowly away or didn’t want to lead, so he ended up running with the choke out and got no cover as he was drawn on the outside.

He will be a better horse when he gets a bit of cover and is held up.

Ed de Giles’ horses are on fire at the moment and Prendergast Hill (8.00) bids to follow up his win here last week in a slightly stronger handicap. There is no reason why he shouldn’t follow up.

I have not yet sat on the Ralph Beckett-trained September Stars (7.30), who was runner-up in an extended 1m1f Wolverhampton maiden last time, so don’t know much about him other than what the bare form states. However, if Ralph ran the stable cat, it would probably give you a good run for your money, such is his string’s form.

The five-day Glorious Goodwood festival starts on Tuesday (below). I ride Pleaseletmewin (2.35) for Ralph Beckett in the 7f Group Two Qatar Vintage Stakes. I haven’t ridden him before but he won at Newmarket under Ryan Moore last time and he has had just the four runs, so hopefully he is still learning and will improve again.

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Arch Villain (3.45) goes in the 1m6f Summer Stakes. I got too far back on him at Newcastle in the Northumberland Plate when he was bidding for a hat-trick. He has won previously at Goodwood and with Amanda Perrett’s horses in great order, he should go well.

Musical Comedy (4.20) will have to improve a little on his first two runs of the season if he is to have a chance in the 5f handicap. He may just have needed those runs after a long lay-off and to be fair, he was not beaten far by Bashiba at Windsor last time.

Sea Shack (4.55) will hopefully have learned from his debut at Ascot behind Seven Heavens but I don’t know much about him, having not ridden him before.

I would hope that Desert Haze (5.30), a winner at Carlisle and Sandown earlier this season, would have a squeak in the mile fillies’ handicap. She has only had six previous starts and still looks on the upgrade.

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As well as Algometer on Wednesday, Hugo Palmer runs a nice filly called Bithynia (4.20) who was made favourite for her debut when third at Sandown under James Doyle. The daughter of Kodiac cost 210,000 guineas earlier this year and while the 6f fillies’ maiden will no doubt be competitive, she would hold a fair chance.

I am at Sandown Wednesday night where I ride Pensax Boy (7.35) for Ian Williams. He won at Newcastle then was fourth at Newmarket last time, but was not beaten far and he still seems to be improving.

Crowning Glory (8.10) is a tough filly. Trained by Ralph Beckett, she was suited by a strong gallop at Windsor when I won on her last week. She steps up to 1m1f this time and that should be fine for her in what looks a competitive fillies’ handicap.

Readers of this column will know I hold the Lucy Wadham-trained Pumblechoock (8.40) in high regard and he is down to run in a 1m6f handicap. However, he needs some cut in the ground and will not run unless he gets that.

I hope that has given you a little insight into my rides this week. The good run will have to come to an end at some point, but I intend to enjoy it while it lasts.

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Horse racing Lucky 15 – Saturday’s top selections

Each day Bet4Causes will provide you with a preview of the day’s racing, offering what the experts feel will be the value bets of the day.

Take a look at our Lucky 15 selections (four singles, six doubles, four trebles and a four-fold) for the British meetings on Saturday, July 23, 2016.

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LUCKY 15 SELECTIONS

D’BAI (Newmarket 2.00) looks set for a bright future following his smart staying-on second to Dubai Hero in what looked a hot juvenile maiden at the July meeting. The winner looks set to tackle Group company later next week, but the selection was the one to take out of the race. Very green early on, once the penny dropped he really grabbed the fast ground up the final climb. His trainer Charlie Appleby holds him high in the juvenile pecking order and it would be no surprise to see this Dubawi colt go on to much better things. This 7f maiden should provide clues as to just how good he is.

MANSON (Ascot 3.20) could earn a trip to the Secretariat Stakes at Arlington should he land the competitive mile handicap. The Dominic Ffrench Davis-trained three-year-old has run his best races on quicker ground and did not get enough cover under Ryan Moore when very well backed at Newmarket last time. He was ultimately beaten two-and-a-half-lengths by the re-opposing Von Blucher, who is 7lb worse off today. Providing the rain stays away, the selection should be able to pick them off on this stiff mile, which looks the minimum he requires now.

WINGS OF DESIRE (Ascot 4.30) has a great opportunity to land the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes for John Gosden and jockey Frankie Dettori. Winner of the Dante Stakes at York, he then finished fourth in the Derby behind Harzand in ground softer than ideal. It was a fine run in the circumstances and he may well have found the undulating track against him that time. A return to a more conventional track and better ground should give him every opportunity to stick it to his elders.

WOWCHA (Newcastle 2.20) ran well here on her penultimate start to get within three and a half lengths of Awesome Quality, who, in truth, did little to frank the form next time. The selection could have done with a slightly easier surface than she got at Doncaster last time when second to Bint Arcano. More forceful tactics did not seem to help and she appears best coming from slightly off the pace, as she has a good turn of foot. Beaten favourite on three of her last four outings, John Quinn’s runner is getting expensive to follow, but her odds are likely to be far less restrictive tonight and she rates a value play in the 6f handicap off a 1lb higher mark.

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OTHER SELECTIONS

ASCOT: 2.10 Frankuus, 2.45 Fair Eva, 3.20 Manson (nb), 3.55 Mutawathea, 4.30 Wings Of Desire, 5.00 Flying Fantasy, 5.35 Wave Reviews

YORK: 1.55 Hersigh, 2.25 Gabrial’s King, 3.00 Swift Approval, 3.35 Time Test, 4.10 Judicial, 4.45 Sightline, 5.20 Orewa

CHESTER: 2.15 Boundsy, 2.50 Sunnua, 3.25 Worlds His Oyster, 4.00 Classy Anne, 4.35 Pernickety, 5.05 Medina Sidonia

NEWMARKET (JULY): 2.00 D’BAI (NAP), 2.35 Arrowzone, 3.15 Sharaakah, 3.45 Priceless, 4.20 Van Der Decken, 4.50 Marbooh, 5.25 Rasmiya

NEWCASTLE: 1.50 Jive Talking, 2.20 Wowcha, 2.55 Northgate Lad, 3.30 Salford Dream, 4.05 Graceland, 4.40 Indastar, 5.10 Grandest

LINGFIELD PARK: 5.40 Perfect Quest, 6.10 Scarpeta, 6.40 Tempuran, 7.10 Marquee Club, 7.40 Spinners Ball, 8.10 Caledonia Laird, 8.40 Indigo

SALISBURY: 5.15 Wordismybond, 5.50 Desert Way, 6.20 Lucky Clover, 6.50 Texas Katie, 7.20 Catchment, 7.50 Zanjabeel, 8.20 Kyllukey

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