Happy with the runs of our horses today, three cracking runs and we weren’t far off.

There wasn’t much better than Global Spirit in his race, he just lost his chance at the gates. Stumbling when they opened he almost lost the rider and ended up out the back. As a front runner, in a race that the 1-2-3 stayed in the same order the whole way, that wasn’t ideal. Him and the 4th, Perfect Swiss, a lot better than the front 3, but winning was impossible for the pair. Much the same can be said for Rambuso Creek, he didnt miss the break but managed to come off the pace to finish in the money in a race that nothing else improved their positions in running. International Girl beat all bar one, hitting the front with the furlong left she looked home and hosed, just mown down in the last few strides.

4 from the Racing League that served us well last meeting.

6.30 Chepstow SNASH 25/1 0.75pt ew

7.00 Chepstow SHABAZ 11/4 1pt win

7.30 Chepstow COCO JACK 12/1 0.75pt ew

8.30 Chepstow SAXON KING 5/1 1pt win

I have a huge doubt over SNASH in the ground, but he’s largely untested on it and at 25/1 he looks grossly overpriced. It largely depends on whether he’s trying or not, and with York upcoming there is a chance this is a prep run, but at such big odds he’s impossible to leave out if not. What does give me hope is the fact that, firstly, Easterby tends to target these races given the prize money and, secondly, the horse is back in his usual headgear following two flops in different headgear the last twice. He’s 11lb lower than for his last win and he run well enough on heavy ground at Haydock last year to give me enough hope.

SHABAZ was info last time out at Yarmouth when given an absolutely awful ride by Dettori, he’d have won by a country mile otherwise. My issue today is that the cat is out the bag, the price is shorter and the headgear needs to have the same effect. However, if it does then his mark is clearly workable and the ground is clearly right.

COCO JACK will, most likely, be a non runner given that he’s been pulled on soft ground on a few occasions. However, if connections take their chance, I’m happy to take mine on this horse down in class with first time headgear on. With some excellent form as a 2yr old, he’s just found this season a little tough but has dropped in the weights as a result and beginning to look well treated. George Scott has his horses in tremendous form and if the headgear works, and he runs, he has the ability to run a huge race.

I tipped SAXON KING at Newmarket last time out, last month, and thought he was an absolute certainty, so did the market. However, having travelled like a dream to the 1f post he folded like a cheat suit over the mile trip. I don’t think it was the trip that beat him, because he’s won over it before, and I’m taking chance that it was just an off day. Happy to stick with him for the same reasons as before and, with that Newmarket form already working out, go in again.