Today’s top selections from the press and media feature a pair of runners at Hamilton, along with selections at Haydock, Newbury and Nottingham. Check those below and a couple of excellent sign-up offers at Virgin Bet
1: LITTLE TED (5:15pm Haydock) (4 votes)
Two career wins came as a double in June of last year (7f-1m, good). Form had dipped recently, but a third at Carlisle (7f, good), when 2.75 length adrift of winner Arranmore, in first time cheekpieces looks to have turned a corner. Comes in 1lb lower and with the headgear retained, as he looks to build upon that result today. Strong claims, although will face a tough test against Irv.
(Ipswich Star, Matt Polley. Scottish Sun, Jim Delahunt. Morning Star, Farringdon. 888Sport, Steve Mullington)
2: WINGS OF WAR (2:00pm Nottingham) (2 votes)
Strong debut run, when second at Leicester (5f, good to firm) and finishing 0.75 lengths adrift of Ernie’s Valentine. The third and fourth in that race have gone on to win since, to enhance that form, while the extra furlong will be a big plus. Looks the one to beat here.
(Western Morning News, Jeffrey Ross)
3: GOLDEN BUGLE (2:45pm Newbury) (2 votes)
Improved in every run so far, culminating in a victory last time out at Doncaster (1m 3f, good to firm), finishing half a length adrift of Praiano last month. Comes in off a very generous mark and with her dam a former Listed winner, plenty more is expected of this Gosden runner.
(Daily Telegraph, Marlborough. Yorkshire Post, The Duke).
4: MERAAS (7:30pm Hamilton) (2 votes)
Three wins in nine starts, with the last of those over C&D (good) in this very contest, last year. Struggled to replicate that for the rest of the season, but looked refreshed on return, thirteen days ago, when third of three at Haydock (6f, soft), just 2.5 lengths adrift of the winner. Will strip fitter here, but with Commanche Falls and Mr Wagyu involved, a career best run may be needed.
(Sheffield Star, Fortunatus. Weekender, Paul Kealy)
5: TITLE (8:00pm Hamilton) (2 votes)
Placed second in opening two starts at Newbury (1m, heavy and 1m 3f, good), before stepping up to take a maiden win at Yarmouth (1m 3f, good), when 1.75 lengths clear of Sea Karats and a further 5 lengths clear of the rest. A third of six in the Group 2 – King George VII Stakes last month at Royal Ascot, really puts him head and shoulders above the rest here and based on that form, should take the spoils, if on song.
(The Scotsman, Glendale. Wolverhampton Express & Star, Andrew Bladen)
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