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Horse Racing: BANKABLE IS SOLID GOLD FOR CUMANI; Silver Touch can land one today.


ONE selection, one nap, without even flinching, today's banker is BANKABLE (3.35) at Goodwood.

The weights came out this week for the Hunt Cup and Bankable heads of the betting. With a maximum field of 30 he loiters in 37th place but a win today would incur a 5lb penalty slotting him into 30th position.

A winner of three of his four races, Luca Cumani's colt relishes the soft ground. This is a big step up in class so he needs the improvement to keep coming.

Lady Gloria ran in Listed company in her last two races. She was second over course and distance to Enforce, pulling away from Sweet Lily in third. Prior to that she won over nine furlongs in France and proved she acts on soft going.

Ordnance Row won a listed race at Windsor on May 12 and holds Final Verse on that run. Laa Rayb was a major fancy for the Victoria Cup but his jockey was unseated as the stalls opened. He soon gained compensation when subsequently winning afair race at Ripon. Soft going could be a problem.

Whitcombe Minister showed promise at Newbury last time and could snatch a place at huge value.

If you think Bankable is going to win the Hunt Cup, he ought to win today as there will be plenty of better handicapped horses at Royal Ascot, he's the nap today.

On a tough card at Goodwood AINAMA (3.00) ran too badly to be true at York when backed as if defeat was out of the question. Jamie Spencer looked down as if something was amiss then eased him down. He was unlucky at Chester and if there is any semblance of support I would be tempted to join in.

Haydock kick-starts the Channel 4 Racing coverage and Victorian Bounty is likely to set the pace in the opener. Prohibit won at Newmarket then ran a good third behind Sir Gerry and Tajdeef. Third to Ancien Regime in the Coral Sprint at Newmarket he is a tremendous yardstick but not the winner.

Fat Boy was just denied by Stimulation in the European Free Handicap then overhauled Tajdeef.

Selection is SWISS FRANC (2.10), who has outstanding form. Second to Henrythenavigator in the Coventry Stakes, he followed up with a third to Winker Watson in the July Stakes the filled the same berth behind Sir Gerry in the Gimcrack. One of last year's best two-year-olds, if he has trained on it is just a matter of how far he'll win by.

Another with good two-year-old form is Perfect Polly who runs in the Cecil Frail. Fourth to Natagora in the Cheveley Park last year she made all to win on her seasonal debut at Hamilton. Tommy Stack sends over Aine, unbeaten in two races and showing improvement each time.

Crystany's fourth to Prohibit followed by a brave second to Cartimandua puts her bang in with a chance of landing this. Hayley Turner has finished second both times she has ridden DARK MISSILE (2.45) and girl power will do for me.

Appalachian Trail was a course and distance winner here three weeks ago, continuing the good form of Linda Perratt. He still has it all to do but at least we know he is in good form.

Silver Touch plies his trade in the top class and has three wins from 12 races. He defeated Major Cadeaux by a head in the Criterion Stakes at Newmarket conceding a pound. Today the roles are reversed with Major Cadeaux conceding 5lbs.

Major Cadeaux came back with a bang to win the bet365 Mile. Hard to say whether he will be inconvenienced by the drop to seven furlongs so I'm rowing in with SILVER TOUCH (3.15).

I was gutted with the way that Highland Legacy ran in the Chester Cup. I was so confident he would win I was heading to the pay out counter rounding the final bend. He has a chance to make amends at Haydock today but all the weight advantages he held at Ripon have now evaporated and there are others I prefer.

DR SHARP (4.20) has the ideal draw, trip and weight. He can put his front-running tactics to good use and lead them all a merry dance and is the best tonic for me for the day at Haydock.

The Scottish Sprint Cup is the centrepiece at York. It has been proved that horses drawn high in sprints at York are at a disadvantage.

Bertoliver will certainly be where the pace is. Machinist was a good second to Reverence at Haydock and then came to York and ran fourth to Tombi. He won't be far away and looks best of the David Nicholls quartet.

It may well be a bit to early in the season for Matsunosuke to be winning but he has the right draw. Fyodor did well to win at Haydock but the selection is course specialist RIVER FALCON (3.55) who was just denied by Tournedous last time. Stats prove he runs his best races in May and despite his advancing years he can bring the trophy home.

I was at Epsom to see Curtain Call work nine furlongs and though I've never been his greatest fan I've been persuaded otherwise. He looked strong, imposing, and went round Epsom like a dream.

Next week GETAWAY looks a penalty kick in the Coronation Cup. Andre Fabre knows how to win the race and the French have a good record.

The Oaks is much trickier, if LUSH LASHES runs she wins. But if she doesn't - Cape Amber chased her home at York and can only improve. But CLOWANCE just gets the vote as the sub if Lush Lashes is taken out.

Finally I will be leading out the runners tonight at Wimbledon in the Greyhound Derby and my selection is Trap 4 LOYAL HONCHO.


FAVOURITES in Haydock's 3.50 have suffered a torrid time of it over of the past ten years with only one managing to scrape home in front.


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Date:May 31, 2008
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