RISE HALL (4.45 York)
RISE HALL found the drop to one mile against him when a close second to Escobar at York on his penultimate start, the pair pulling seven lengths clear of the third, and regained the winning thread returned to his optimum 1m2f trip at Newmarket last time. That took his record since gelded to 1211 (2-4), with the other runner-up effort behind Setting Sail, who is now rated 11lb higher. He looks well drawn in stall six of 17 in the Sky Bet Handicap (4.45)
QUE AMORO (5.20 York)
Michael Dods is two from two in the concluding 5f Sky Bet Apprentice Handicap (5.20) and QUE AMORO (stall two of 20) is taken to defy a 10lb rise for her impressive all-the-way course win last month. She clocked a good time in the process and is clearly best in high summer, that win taking her record in July or August to 1211 (3-4), with the defeat coming on unsuitably soft going.
THEMAXWECAN (3.20 Newmarket)
Mark Johnston has a fine record with his handicappers on Newmarket’s July course, scoring with 53 of the 264 runners since 2012 (20.1% strike-rate) for a profit of £53.82 to a £1 level stake at SP. THEMAXWECAN reportedly lost a shoe when disappointing at Haydock last month and bounced back to score at Ascot, justifying strong support. His record below Listed level now reads 112251 (3-6), with the first runner-up effort behind the now 109 rated Technician and the other by a head to Durston, whose mark has since shot up from 79 to 100. He can be backed in the 1m6f Price Bailey “Firm Of The Year” Handicap (3.20), a race his trainer has won for the last three years.
OH THIS IS US (3.15 Goodwood)
The consistent OH THIS IS US has been running creditably without winning in Listed and Group 3 company this summer but will be happier back down in grade when he contests the 7f Ladbrokes Bet £5 Get £20 Handicap at Goodwood (3.15). Richard Hannon six-year-old has form figures of 11108188312127011 (8-17) in handicaps, for a profit of £37.33 to a £1 level stake at SP. He tends to underperform at Ascot and if we ignore his runs at the Berkshire venue his handicap record becomes 1111883121211 (8-13)
TODAY’S BEST BETS
Oh This Is Us – 3.15 Goodwood (2pts win, 11-2 generally)
Themaxwecan – 3.20 Newmarket (2pts win, 9-4 generally)
Rise Hall – 4.45 York (1pt win, 8-1 generally)
Que Amoro – 5.20 York (0.5pt win, 10-1 bet365)
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