2.55 Haydock - Sound of Iona
The 2.55 at Haydock is a fascinating five furlong handicap where plenty of these come into the race in ok form and plenty with chances as well. But we're going to focus on a couple of them, both Jim Goldie runners as well.
Global Humour last time round was a bit of an eyecatcher at Carlisle. Had to switch a bit wider on that occasion, was on the preferred part of the track so that is worth keeping in mind. Did manage to win the time before that at Ayr and was a massive eyecatcher in Musselburgh the time before that so has been running well in more recent efforts.
But, that Musselburgh race is the one we are going to focus on with the selection, Sound of Iona, who was a couple of places ahead of Global Humour on that occasion.
Yes, I know, Sound of Iona is generally a horse who does stay on and does catch the eye.
She does need everything to drop right for her, but Amy Waugh takes her for the five pounds off today and I do think Sound of Iona is poised to get her third career success if they go a fast pace, which in this contest they should do with a few front runners that I think Sound of Iona could pick them off late on in the day.
And you never know, I'm not sure what sort of price Sound of Iona might well be, but if she's above sort of five/six to one, you could even play her each-way, I think she could be a good bet in the 2.55 at Haydock.
3.05 Ascot - My Frankel
The 3.05 at Ascot is a handicap just shy of a mile and a half. A small but select field here, but a few that do come into the race after running in better contests.
The likes of Recovery Run ran behind Hukum in the Geoffrey Freer last time round. In hindsight, he didn't really have that much of a chance in that contest. Back into handicaps, he could be of interest.
Love Is Golden is also an interesting runner. Second last time around behind an unexposed rival in the Lanark Silver Bell. That came at Hamilton.
I do worry though about Silvestre De Sousa here at Ascot. He's got a horrible record at the track, not just out of the last season or two, in his entire career. This is by far his worst performing track in the country and I would be very much questioning Silvestre De Sousa round here, especially on a horse that may well go off favourite.
And we'll look elsewhere as a result, leading us to My Frankel for Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore. It was a good run back in the Old Newton Cup three start's ago, that was behind Alounak. I think that sort of form would put My Frankel right thereabouts.
The last two runs, yes they've not been exactly the best but they have been in good contests and I do think there have been a couple of excuses for My Frankel in more recent times.
So we'll forgive him those two runs and hopefully he can return more towards that Haydock form. This ground will be no sort of issue whatsoever and My Frankel can come home in front.
7.30 Pontefract - King Of Stars
The 7.30 at Pontefract is the final race on their Friday night card. The ground should be absolutely fine throughout that Pontefract card as well, no rain in the Yorkshire area until around Saturday or Sunday.
Which is perfect for us because our selection in the finale is King Of Stars, a horse who likes it absolutely rattling fast, almost broke the track record when finishing second in Newmarket three starts ago.
Subsequently, things haven't gone quite right for her. Was well beaten at the Qatar Goodwood Festival, that was on pretty disgusting ground that she very much didn't like.
And then last time around at Ascot I thought ran a really fair race on the far side of things, was probably more on the wrong side but was tracked by Tis Marvellous, a horse who's won the Beverly Bullet subsequently.
He managed to get past her on that far side and just about hold on. But I do think that was a fair effort from King Of Stars and back on faster ground from stall one, hopefully they won't see which way she went.
I do think it's a deep enough race though. There are a fair few challengers in the contest. Ginger Jam will be trying to track through King Of Stars from the outset from stall two.
I just think Ginger Jam is a horse who needs absolutely everything to go perfectly. Might be an each-way play but I don't think it can get in front today. I think King Of Stars holds that position.