Horse racing betting tips for each race shown live on Channel 4.
Just a week removed from the end of the jumps season, we find ourselves already upon the first Classic of the season, the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket.
Another wide open start to the monumental prize fund of this week's Scoop 6, a 1m1f handicap gets the Channel 4 coverage underway.
Trumpet Major (14/1 SkyBet) and Farraaj (11/1 Coral) both take a marked drop in class from Group races to head the weights. Richard Hannon's charge ran well below his best on his return at Kempton but that was his first run on the all weather and a tongue tie is an interesting addition. The latter ran well in the Winter Derby, a race that has worked out well enough. This is a workable mark on the face of what he has achieved and he should go well.
Stand My Ground (11/1 William Hill) ran a cracker in the Lincoln consolation race in March. He looks like he has adjusted fully to this country now and in David O'Meara, he is in very capable hands.
ROCK CHOIR (7/1 bet365) arrives on his four year-old debut with the potential to flourish in the forthcoming season. His form dropped off a touch in Listed races in the second half of last year minus the hood which makes a comeback here. That looks a good sign as does the big field which should offer a strongly run race and the opportunity for plenty of cover, conditions that should certainly suit.
Roserrow (11/1 Coral) would win no prizes for consistency but when in song he is a very competent handicapper. He won twice at Sandown last year, the latter off a mark just 2lbs below this, but this field may not be quite so easy to dominate.
Circumvent (16/1 SkyBet) isn’t as good on turf as he is on the all weather but this mark is more than a stone below below his best. This trip might suit having faded over a furlong further at Newbury before running on over a furlong shorter at Kempton.
2.05 Betting tip – ROCK CHOIR (WIN) (7/1 bet365)
A Listed race over a mile and a quarter for fillies and mares to start the action from Goodwood, a very weak race for the grade.
Marco Botti appears to have found a nice opportunity to get some black type for new arrival, Magic Art (16/1 bet365) on her first run on these shores. It's hard to gauge exactly what she accomplished in Europe but her Longchamp run in September behind a 102 rated filly of Karl Burkes would suggest early 90's with further improvement likely.
WAILA (5/4 Betfred) has been below par on both her runs with cut in the ground which is a concern but there are plausible excuses for both. The latter was a Group 1, a field monumentally stronger than this and she is better judged on her run before at Newmarket. That was the last time she ran at this level when wearing this headgear and it saw her take ten lengths out of the field in the last furlong and a half. She should very difficult to beat here.
Wall Of Sound (6/1 Betfred) showed she had wintered well when winning a decent Ripon handicap on her return. She looks like she will be well suited to the step up in trip with the runner up franking the form in good style at Pontefract on Wednesday. She is second best at the weights having almost a stone to find with Waila but she looks more straightforward than that rival and may well get closer than the weights suggest.
2.20 Betting tip – WAILA (WIN) (5/4 Betfred)
The Palace House Stakes is always fast and furious with this looking like a quality renewal, with half of the twelve strong field rated 110+ in this Group 3.
Kingsgate Native (12/1 Ladbrokes) might be nine years-old but he spent last season showing that he is no back number, a solid runner up in this contest before winning a Haydock Group 2. Robert Cowell continues to do really well with his sprinters but he has had a quiet start to the turf season.
Moviesta (7/1 William Hill) was a massive improver last season until his campaign came to an abrupt halt having been miles below par in the Nunthorpe. He is adaptable with regards to trip and ground but was in need of his reappearance last season and that may prove the case again.
Pearl Secret (7/2 bet365) is at his best with cut in the ground so any rain about would play massively to his strengths. A Nottingham win at long odds-on told us nothing new but the likelihood is that there is more to come after just seven career starts.
SOLE POWER (7/2 Ladbrokes) took this contest last year after a Meydan campaign and looks to repeat the dose here having mixed it with the best sprinters in Dubai again this winter. This type of contest plays to his strengths with a fast pace for him to run at, and he looks the one to beat.
2.40 Betting tip – SOLE POWER (WIN) (7/2 Ladbrokes)
A smaller handicap field here but no less competitive for this 7f contest.
George Guru (9/1 Coral) is better known for his all weather exploits but won this corresponding contest in 2013. He followed up that win with an excellent second also over C&D but is much higher in the weights now and that remains his sole turf triumph.
The step back up to this trip almost paid dividends for Newstead Abbey (5/1 William Hill) at Haydock last weekend in a strong handicap. This is a weaker contest so he should go close in the good vein of current form he is showing.
JACK’S REVENGE (13/2 bet365) ran well in the Lincoln on his return, a race considerably better than this. Four of the six that beat him there have all won since to massively frank the form and he has run well here in the past on more than one occasion.
The Confessor (6/1 Betfred) is another with good course form in the book and has held his form steadily at around this mark for three years. He is 12lbs better off with George Guru for a two length beating last year but he does come up a little short more often than not.
2.55 Betting tip – JACK’S REVENGE (WIN) (13/2 bet365)
The standard small but select field for the Jockey Club Stakes with plenty of intrigue trying to piece together form from around the globe.
Brass Ring (8/1 William Hill) has a mountain to climb on official ratings but as the least exposed in the field can be given an each way squeak. He has improved with every race, starting this campaign off with a tidy win on the all weather at Lingfield. The runner up won at the Good Friday meeting to handsomely frank the form and trainer John Gosden is not known for tilting at windmills with his inmates.
Gospel Choir (9/2 SkyBet) is a late blossomer, progressing through the handicap ranks last year before a step down in trip found him out here last time. The way he came home that day suggests that he has improved over the winter with this trip his optimum.
Penglai Pavillion (5/1 Ladbrokes) rounded off 2013 with a fine fifth in the Arc behind Treve so it must have been a disappointment to connections that he didn't fare better when favourite in Meydan on his return. He looked badly in need if the run that day, fading rapidly having travelled well and should strip fitter.
TRADING LEATHER (11/10 Betfred) is the form pick in the race having proved himself at the highest level last year. Winner of the Irish Derby before placed efforts in the King George, Juddmonte International and Irish Champion Stakes, efforts which very much make him the one to beat.
3.10 Betting tip – TRADING LEATHER (WIN) (11/10 Betfred)
The first Classic of the season rounds off the coverage the 2,000 Guineas. On paper it has all the hallmarks of a great renewal, let's hope it lives up to that.
Australia (10/3 Coral) was the talking horse all winter with a pedigree to die for, by Galileo out of Ouija Board, and looks to go with it. Considering his middle distance pedigree he wasn't short of pace as a juvenile but the form of his three starts doesn't really amount to much and he needs to step up to justify the hype.
KINGMAN (7/4 SkyBet) on the other hand has the form in the book, putting a decent field to the sword in the Greenham on his reappearance. It was impossible not to be impressed by that performance and as long as the ground isn't too quick he is the one they all have to beat.
Kingston Hill (14/1 Coral) has got a little lost in the shuffle over the winter having slammed his opponents in the Racing Post Trophy last Autumn. This trip will end up on the short side for him but he should be competitive on any surface with plenty of soft ground form in the book but trainer, Roger Varian, adamant he will be better still on quicker ground.
Noozhoh Canarias (20/1 Betfred) is a fascinating runner for Spanish trainer Enrique Leon Penate. We can get an idea of his form from his Grand Criterium run where he beat Wilshere Boulevard (rated 112) by a length and three quarters. That would give him an E/W chance, probably 4/5 lbs below the top here but a lot will depend on how he has travelled over.
Toormore (8/1 Ladbrokes) was the highest rated juvenile last year and is highest rated in the field. While his Craven win was more workmanlike than flashy he showed a good attitude, knuckling down when headed and ended up well on top at the finish.
War Command (7/1 Betfred) won last years Dewhurst to round out an impressive campaign. His Coventry Stakes win at Royal Ascot was one of the most taking produced by his generation last year and, while he represents the Ballydoyle second string, he has a massive chance in his own right.
3.50 Betting tip – KINGMAN (WIN) (NAP) (7/4 SkyBet)