DONNACHA DE­LIV­ERS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR

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Don­caster 1.45 – BREATH OF AIR was im­pres­sive last time out and the book­ing of Donnacha O’Brien to­day is eye catch­ing.

He clearly came for­ward from his de­but run where he was quite dis­ap­point­ing to then beat a next time out win­ner by three lengths at New­bury.

Chel­tenham 2.00 – I’m drawn to the bot­tom half of the field here be­cause I think car­ry­ing a low weight could be key to­day.

I’m glad Paul Ni­cholls gave BRAQUER D’OR a break through­out the sum­mer as it is the first time in a long time that he had a sus­tained pe­riod off the track. It would have been tempt­ing for Ni­cholls to pick up a few sum­mer chases with him but his pa­tience can be re­warded to­day as this race looks made for him.

New­bury 2.20 – I’m very much look­ing for­ward to see­ing YOUNG RAS­CAL run again to­day. William Hag­gas rates this horse very highly and deemed him good enough to run in a Derby. It was too much for him on the day but he bounced back af­ter a good break last time out. He should come on plenty for that and should take this be­fore go­ing onto bet­ter things next year.

Chel­tenham 2.25 – With the omis­sion of We Have A Dream this race could well be at the mercy of REDICEAN (NAP). Alan King won this two years ago with a smart horse and he has laid the se­lec­tion out for to­day. It has long been the plan and the good ground should see him in a much bet­ter light rather than the soft ground he en­coun­tered in the Tri­umph.

New­bury 2.50 – This is wide open and I’m not con­vinced the book­ies have got it right putting the Chan­non horse in as a short price favourite. He won very well on de­but but that was pretty soft ground and much softer than what he will en­counter to­day. I was im­pressed with AL­MUFTI’s re­turn at Kempton and is a de­cent horse in his own right. Ja­son Wat­son takes the ride and at 11/1 he rates a se­ri­ous each way bet.

Chel­tenham 3.10– This is a tight lit­tle race where all run­ners are closely matched. I’m tak­ing a punt on TOMMY SIL­VER who per­haps shown his best yet over fences. Harry Cob­den is rid­ing well at the mo­ment and I think he might hunt them around be­fore pro­duc­ing him late.

Don­caster 3.25 –I could make a case for a few here but I can’t ig­nore EAST STREET RE­VUE at 28/1. Tim Easterby’s charge will vir­tu­ally be run­ning loose with 7’10 on his back as Robert Dodsworth takes a handy 7lbs off. He has been in fine fet­tle this year and seems to en­joy a big field.

Chel­tenham 3.45 – It doesn’t get any eas­ier as this Pertemps qual­i­fier presents the book­ies with an­other op­por­tu­nity to take our cash. I’m stick­ing with my low weight game plan and plump­ing for REEJAH. Nigel Hawke’s mare won very well here in April. She’s in a bit deeper here but she could be pro­gres­sive and of­fers value at 20/1.

Don­caster 4.05 – The fi­nal Group 1 of the year and the move on Aidan O’Brien’s well fan­cied favourite has al­ready be­gan.

How­ever, Mr O’Brien hasn’t quite had the rub of the green this year and I’m look­ing else­where. Tur­genev looks a smart horse and will cap a won­der­ful sea­son for John Gos­den but he too is plenty short enough.

I was very im­pressed with RAAKIB AL­HAWA’s de­but run where he dis­patched of a good field with the min­i­mum of fuss.

These prog­e­nies of Kingman are ca­pa­ble of any­thing and al­though An­drea Atzeni may have to pick up his whip to­day, I do ex­pect an­other big run.

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