Speed Ratings - by Lawrence Taylor

    Speed expert Lawrence Taylor provides exclusive ratings and Speed Six analysis every day for At The Races. His best bets for Thursday go on the level at Chelmsford and Pontefract.
  • Thursday 21 September 2017
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PLATO'S KODE RATES A PREMIER PICK AT CHELMSFORD

PLATO'S KODE (nap) makes some appeal in this 14-runner staying handicap, in that he posted a premier LTO speed rating of 85 on the turf at Bath in July, and has recently been making a name for himself over hurdles with wins at Worcester and Market Rasen.

Granted, the gelding's form isn't as hot on the all-weather, but those three modest efforts were recorded before he had found his racing feet.

A 3yo son of Kodiac, there is nothing in his pedigree to say he won't be just as effective on tonight's artificial surface, while odds of 9-1 with Paddy Power at the time of writing should be taken.

Chelmsford 6-15 Handicap (Class 5) 14f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Sputnik Planum  76  46  76  (--)  (49)  (61)  (11)
 Conkering Hero  73  28  (39)  57  73  --  --
 Kerrera  71  71  (47)  (56)  --  --  --
 Uptown Funk  63  (68)  (79)  63  (34)  --  --

LTO Speed: Plato's Kode 85 Kerrera 71 Uptown Funk 68

Rest of the Speed Six...

Ayr 1-40 Stakes (Class 4) 8f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Narcos  77  77  --  --  --  --  --
 Lisheen Castle  65  65  --  --  --  --  --
 Handsome Bob  52  52  --  --  --  --  --
 Salazar  46  46  --  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Narcos 77 Austrian School 70 Lisheen Castle 65

NARCOS landed a seven furlong juvenile contest with plenty of authority on debut at Doncaster last month, and in the process managed to generate speed rating big enough to put him well clear on the clock for today's event. A son of sprinter Lethal Force, but out of a mare by miler Rock Of Gibraltar, the selection has a decent chance of staying today's extra furlong, and of handling the predicted rain softened ground.

Ayr 3-10 Handicap (Class 5) 7f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Jay Kay  91  91  87  75  83  78  78
 Crazy Tornado  89  60  81  70  80  89  70
 Valentino Boy  85  51  71  85  75  42  57
 Right Action  85  61  76  65  70  85  67

LTO Speed: Jay Kay 91 Inglorious 80 Right Action 61

JAY KAY posted a list-topping speed rating of 91 when just denied by Ventura Secret at Carlisle last week, and with the first two pulling well clear of their ten rivals the form of the race looks plenty solid enough. Very much at home on testing terrain, and with a predicted strong pace to shoot at, all looks set for this gelding to score for the first time in over two years. I also like the fact that he is a consistent sort when firing on all cylinders.

Pontefract 3-25 Handicap (Class 4) 10f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Peterhouse  95  91  --  95  79  82  65
 Ludorum  90  53  90  28  --  --  --
 Royal Shaheen  90  75  59  59  80  90  86
 Alfred Richardson  88  67  88  72  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Peterhouse 91 Save The Bees 83 Royal Shaheen 75

PETERHOUSE (nb) has been finding it hard to finish with his head in front of late, but rates top on both speed lists today, suggesting that he has what it takes to land this nine-runner middle-distance contest. I also like the look of the gelding's pedigree in relation to today's racing environment, as he is a son of Elusive Quality, out of a mare by Dynaformer. Stepping back down to ten furlongs, it could be just what is required to see him get back to winning ways, despite the fact that he is back up a notch in class.

Yarmouth 2-30 Stakes (Class 4) 6f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Flying Sparkle  78  78  --  --  --  --  --
 Angel Of The South  72  50  45  61  72  53  47
 Image  66  66  --  --  --  --  --
 Miss Minding  59  59  --  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Flying Sparkle 78 Image 66 Miss Minding 59

FLYING SPARKLE won with plenty in hand at Windsor in July, and in the process managed to generate a list-topping speed rating of 78. The second horse home in that race, Hunni, ran 11 points faster when landing a better race at Newmarket next time out, which puts a gold seal on the form, and it's also good to report that the selection's pedigree says he will have no trouble handling today's more galloping track, extra furlong and softer ground.

Yarmouth 4-10 Handicap (Class 2) 14f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Nadaitak  103  (103)  60  103  80  (80)  57
 Alqamar  97  86  76  97  --  --  --
 William Hunter  94  94  74  77  57  (86)  --
 Great Hall  94  86  76  74  --  52  49

LTO Speed: Nadaitak 103 William Hunter 94 Alqamar 86

NADAITAK has been a model of consistency this season, that's if we throw out his unplaced effort around the tight turns at Chester on his penultimate outing. Fully effective over a galloping 1m 6f on rain softened ground, the gelding has his conditions again today, but a step back up in class means he will probably need a career-best effort to score. Pencilled in at 15-2 on the early tissue, players of a more cautious nature have the option of backing him each-way.

Rest of the racecards... 

Ayr

Ayr 1-40 Stakes (Class 4) 8f  (See Speed Six)

Ayr 2-10 Handicap (Class 4) 8f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Boots And Spurs  91  --  76  81  89  91  75
 Strong Steps  91  56  78  91  (54)  85  77
 Al Khan  90  (72)  90  65  72  60  (85)
 Gerry The Glover  90  (93)  90  (85)  78  59  84

LTO Speed: Gerry The Glover 93 Maifalki 88 Bamber Bridge 87

Ayr 2-40 Handicap (Class 5) 7f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Mischief Managed  91  80  39  33  91  --  --
 Royal Duchess  87  85  87  79  76  54  --
 Forever A Lady  87  74  57  66  84  54  66
 Lexington Sky  87  --  (46)  60  73  87  70

LTO Speed: Royal Duchess 85 Reinforced 85 Dark Intention 81

Ayr 3-10 Handicap (Class 5) 7f  (See Speed Six)

Ayr 3-45 Handicap (Class 5) 13f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Jonny Delta  92  52  75  49  70  92  40
 Tectonic  85  32  52  63  51  71  56
 Archibelle  84  --  49  51  40  26  84
 Eyreborn  79  45  64  --  79  62  --

LTO Speed: Hurricane Hollow 69 London Glory 63 Braes Of Lochalsh 53

Ayr 4-20 Handicap (Class 4) 10f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Rosemay  87  73  79  34  63  87  64
 Livella Fella  86  69  62  59  58  86  81
 Maulesden May  84  (--)  47  41  55  35  64
 Duck Egg Blue  80  72  --  63  --  51  80

LTO Speed: Brief Visit 74 Rosemay 73 Duck Egg Blue 72

Ayr 4-50 Listed (Class 1) 10f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Forest Ranger  119  115  115  116  119  94  (107)
 Brendan Brackan  114  99  35  114  29  --  --
 Frankuus  112  91  92  99  104  112  107
 Hibou  109  80  109  92  58  90  85

LTO Speed: Forest Ranger 115 Brendan Brackan 99 Big Country 94

Ayr 5-20 Handicap (Class 5) 5f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Goninodaethat  86  --  78  --  71  48  67
 Salvatore Fury  82  63  50  61  60  52  82
 Granny Roz  80  78  80  77  60  32  55
 Cheeni  80  42  54  65  60  67  80

LTO Speed: Vintage Dream 79 Granny Roz 78 Suwaan 78

Ballinrobe

Ballinrobe 2-15 Novices/Maiden Hurdle 16f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Downtown Rebel  94  54  67  94  --  --  --
 Foxy Lass  37  37  --  --  --  --  --
 Kuiper Belt  27  27  --  --  --  --  --
   0  --  --  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Downtown Rebel 54 Foxy Lass 37 Kuiper Belt 27

Ballinrobe 2-45 Handicap Hurdle 16f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Boytonrath  85  85  64  47  --  --  --
 Paddy's Orient  77  77  33  --  --  --  --
 Theatre Run  75  75  --  13  38  --  --
 Ballykea Star  74  13  --  74  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Boytonrath 85 Paddy's Orient 77 Theatre Run 75

Ballinrobe 3-15 Novices/Maiden Hurdle 20f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Court Artist  80  80  (--)  --  --  --  --
 Kitty B  77  77  60  75  34  73  --
 Now Let Go  72  72  --  --  --  --  --
 Harry Smiles  67  67  --  --  42  64  --

LTO Speed: Court Artist 80 Kitty B 77 Now Let Go 72

Ballinrobe 3-50 Handicap Hurdle 20f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Pursecco  102  82  102  52  --  --  --
 Kilganer Queen  102  78  102  75  --  75  --
 Tay Lane  97  90  97  92  --  --  --
 Verona Opera  96  87  (83)  69  96  75  --

LTO Speed: Tay Lane 90 Verona Opera 87 Pursecco 82

Ballinrobe 4-25 Handicap Hurdle 20f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Eiri Na Casca  81  81  (64)  (43)  (48)  --  --
 Zagnzig  76  76  49  49  --  --  --
 Mic Milano  75  51  75  (65)  --  --  --
 Crack On Corrie  73  73  --  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Eiri Na Casca 81 Zagnzig 76 Crack On Corrie 73

Ballinrobe 4-55 Conditions Chase 23f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Thanks For Tea  93  (--)  (95)  77  (--)  93  --
 Net D'Ecosse  79  40  79  66  --  --  --
 The Gatechecker  76  --  --  76  56  --  --
 Call It Magic  47  (6)  --  47  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Jimmy Two Times 43 Net D'Ecosse 40 Call It Magic 6

Ballinrobe 5-25 Handicap Chase 23f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Willow Grange  84  28  --  (--)  48  84  76
 Caniwillyegiveme  73  --  --  73  (--)  (--)  (--)
 Ard Cregg  69  --  69  (--)  --  --  --
   0  --  --  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Willow Grange 28

Ballinrobe 5-55 NH Flat Race 16f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
   0  --  --  --  --  --  --
   0  --  --  --  --  --  --
   0  --  --  --  --  --  --
   0  --  --  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: No Qualifiers

Chelmsford

Chelmsford 5-45 Handicap (Class 4) 5f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Wiff Waff  82  82  (47)  (78)  52  --  --
 Encrypted  69  (73)  (48)  (83)  69  (41)  --
 Awsaaf  66  (69)  (65)  66  --  --  --
 Shaheen  57  (78)  52  (64)  (69)  (47)  57

LTO Speed: Wiff Waff 82 Shaheen 78 Encrypted 73

Chelmsford 6-15 Handicap (Class 5) 14f  (See Speed Six)

Chelmsford 6-45 Handicap (Class 6) 6f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Top Of The Bank  79  69  (64)  (66)  (44)  (55)  79
 Kyllukey  75  (44)  36  67  71  (62)  (47)
 Space War  75  (75)  (50)  (43)  (48)  (66)  (76)
 Fairway To Heaven  75  (60)  (75)  57  (56)  75  (54)

LTO Speed: Q Cee 76 Space War 75 Inlawed 73

Chelmsford 7-15 Handicap (Class 4) 7f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Envisaging  93  82  93  (41)  (53)  --  --
 Cainhoe Star  92  92  (66)  74  (85)  --  (71)
 Tobrave  91  91  --  --  --  --  --
 Plucky Dip  90  71  49  (59)  (44)  (74)  (60)

LTO Speed: Cainhoe Star 92 Tobrave 91 Dark Side Dream 88

Chelmsford 7-45 Maiden (Class 4) 8f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Deliberator  85  85  --  --  --  --  --
 Yogiyogiyogi  78  78  --  --  --  --  --
 Lewinsky  56  (44)  56  --  --  --  --
 Lady Of Steel  38  38  --  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Deliberator 85 Yogiyogiyogi 78 Nuncio 60

Chelmsford 8-15 Handicap (Class 6) 8f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Just Fab  72  67  (64)  --  72  --  --
 Captain Hawk  72  72  63  (--)  (45)  (77)  (57)
 Caledonia Laird  72  68  55  (74)  (64)  70  (72)
 Belgravian  71  71  (51)  (--)  (24)  (--)  (60)

LTO Speed: Captain Hawk 72 Belgravian 71 Chough 69

Chelmsford 8-45 Handicap (Class 6) 10f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 The Dukkerer  72  60  60  (--)  (70)  (73)  (67)
 Fantasy Gladiator  67  67  (--)  (59)  (58)  (--)  (36)
 Master Of Heaven  66  (--)  66  (31)  (39)  (62)  (55)
 Outlaw Torn  66  (66)  (50)  (47)  66  (68)  (53)

LTO Speed: Sussex Girl 69 Fantasy Gladiator 67 Outlaw Torn 66

Chelmsford 9-15 Handicap (Class 6) 10f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Bridal March  76  (--)  40  51  (56)  (41)  76
 Estibdaad  70  --  70  65  42  --  --
 Tawfeer  64  --  36  (24)  64  --  39
 Tommy's Secret  63  63  (60)  (60)  (65)  (58)  (57)

LTO Speed: Unonothinjonsnow 70 Tommy's Secret 63 Bollin Ted 59

Pontefract

Pontefract 2-20 Maiden (Class 5) 5f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Harrogate  85  85  45  35  --  --  --
 Rossall  75  74  75  51  --  --  --
 Militia  74  74  --  --  --  --  --
 Black Friday  73  73  37  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Harrogate 85 Rossall 74 Militia 74

Pontefract 2-50 Handicap (Class 4) 8f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Trinity Star  97  69  87  --  97  85  79
 Mr Cool Cash  95  76  --  93  75  86  88
 Echo Of Lightning  92  53  69  92  67  85  66
 Election Day  91  87  (77)  (83)  64  91  --

LTO Speed: Election Day 87 Pushaq 87 Spinart 83

Pontefract 3-25 Handicap (Class 4) 10f  (See Speed Six)

Pontefract 4-00 Handicap (Class 2) 6f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Sandra's Secret  105  94  100  55  78  64  73
 Southern Belle  101  101  84  89  101  87  89
 Savannah Slew  100  99  87  86  100  75  63
 Hope Solo  99  99  95  56  61  90  60

LTO Speed: Southern Belle 101 Hope Solo 99 Savannah Slew 99

Pontefract 4-30 Handicap (Class 5) 17f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Wordiness  82  56  --  (37)  --  82  59
 La Fritillaire  75  75  --  72  70  71  74
 Chebsey Beau  75  75  61  22  --  --  --
 Bulas Belle  72  65  34  61  72  --  --

LTO Speed: La Fritillaire 75 Chebsey Beau 75 Maple Stirrup 67

Pontefract 5-05 Maiden (Class 5) 10f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Hats Off To Larry  72  70  37  72  68  --  --
 Fashaar  65  65  45  46  --  --  --
 Misscarlett  63  63  --  --  --  --  --
 Frankster  52  32  --  52  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Hats Off To Larry 70 Fashaar 65 Misscarlett 63

Pontefract 5-35 Handicap (Class 5) 6f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Prazeres  79  45  79  24  --  70  57
 Ypres  79  75  79  27  71  74  69
 Cliff  78  49  76  69  74  68  52
 My Girl Maisie  77  63  77  (58)  73  63  74

LTO Speed: Roys Dream 75 Ypres 75 Penny Pot Lane 67

Yarmouth

Yarmouth 2-00 Stakes (Class 4) 8f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Gabr  72  72  57  --  --  --  --
 Bowditch  57  57  --  --  --  --  --
 Istanbul Sultan  50  50  --  --  --  --  --
 Blooriedotcom  49  49  --  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Gabr 72 Bowditch 57 Istanbul Sultan 50

Yarmouth 2-30 Stakes (Class 4) 6f  (See Speed Six)

Yarmouth 3-00 Handicap (Class 4) 6f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Royal Household  80  63  73  80  73  57  --
 New Empire  76  76  20  21  64  --  --
 Central City  70  (79)  70  62  (41)  38  63
 Fighting Irish  69  69  44  48  65  --  --

LTO Speed: Central City 79 New Empire 76 Fighting Irish 69

Yarmouth 3-35 Handicap (Class 2) 14f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Affair  88  88  78  65  53  50  (59)
 Eben Dubai  86  74  66  76  86  --  29
 Dukinta  85  (27)  85  38  40  --  --
 Hope Is High  77  --  77  72  54  63  68

LTO Speed: Affair 88 Eben Dubai 74 Delannoy 62

Yarmouth 4-10 Handicap (Class 2) 14f  (See Speed Six)

Yarmouth 4-40 Handicap (Class 4) 12f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Pernickety  92  75  92  50  66  69  65
 Jive Talking  85  50  59  62  85  82  --
 Bonnie Arlene  83  (47)  83  71  44  65  67
 Fengate  81  68  81  69  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Pernickety 75 Vernatti 75 Sea Tide 71

Yarmouth 5-15 Handicap (Class 3) 8f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Mazyoun  94  (88)  (85)  (99)  72  75  94
 Whosyourhousemate  92  46  92  --  --  --  --
 Maratha  92  42  92  65  80  (85)  --
 Casina Di Notte  89  89  (80)  38  86  63  --

LTO Speed: Casina Di Notte 89 Hugin 88 Mazyoun 88

Yarmouth 5-50 Handicap (Class 3) 7f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Pastoral Player  95  71  82  88  95  --  --
 Mountain Rescue  94  67  94  88  (81)  70  50
 Noble Masterpiece  93  (100)  93  51  (76)  --  --
 Theodorico  87  72  71  86  82  57  82

LTO Speed: Noble Masterpiece 100 Big Tour 96 Theodorico 72

 

 

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