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 Tuesday go on the all-weather at Chelmsford and Lingfield.
  • Tuesday 25 September 2018
  • Tipsters

HARD TASKMASTER TO MAKE RIVALS PAY AT CHELMSFORD

HARD TASKMASTER (nap) has been in cracking form of late, evidence his ready victories on the all-weather at Newcastle and Lingfield, and the posting of a list-dominant speed rating of 76 on the most recent of these occasions.

Twice raced on artificial surfaces, the colt has every right to take another step forward this afternoon, and races as though this step up to one mile will suit.

The retention of go-faster headgear must be seen as yet another positive.

Chelmsford 5-45 Handicap (Class 5) 8f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Hard Taskmaster  76  76  72  (35)  (50)  (38)  (45)
 Barbara Hepworth  67  67  (60)  (43)  (74)  (47)  --
 Storm Shelter  66  66  60  48  27  (--)  --
 So Hi Class  64  64  (--)  60  43  (--)  --

LTO Speed: Hard Taskmaster 76 Shellbrook 69 Barbara Hepworth 67

Rest of the Speed Six...

Beverley 2-45 Stakes (Class 5) 7f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Sameem  80  80  70  36  --  --  --
 Four Mile Bridge  60  60  55  16  --  --  --
 Ramesses  53  53  52  --  --  --  --
 Ollivander  33  33  (28)  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Sameem 80 Four Mile Bridge 60 Ramesses 53

SAMEEM rates well clear on the clock for this nine-runner novices event, courtesy of his second to Five Amarones at Thirsk just over a fortnight ago. A lightly raced juvenile son of New Approach, he is expected to appreciate today's stiffer track, and we already know that he can go on rain softened ground. Pencilled in odds of 4-1 must be seen as another positive.

Lingfield 1-30 Handicap (Class 5) 8f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Launceston Place  91  70  (47)  (--)  (--)  74  (59)
 Agar's Plough  86  86  63  (80)  (66)  (72)  (62)
 The Warrior  86  75  (81)  76  (56)  (59)  81
 Chess Move  85  85  (76)  80  (64)  (79)  75

LTO Speed: Agar's Plough 86 Chess Move 85 Arctic Sea 83

LAUNCESTON PLACE catches the eye in this 12-runner one mile handicap, as the last time he raced at this venue he finished a running on third to Insurgence in a seven furlong event, and also managed to generate a list-topping speed rating of 91. Granted, the selection has been more out than in since then, but is racing off a lenient official mark at present, and is priced up at a generous-looking price at 25-1 for today's race. One to watch out for in the live market, that's for sure.

Lingfield 4-50 Handicap (Class 5) 5f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Khafooq  67  67  (48)  (36)  --  --  --
 Kingi Compton  64  64  (25)  (17)  64  36  --
 Four Wheel Drive  53  (52)  (61)  53  (54)  (53)  (36)
 Dawn Affair  51  51  (57)  (56)  (40)  --  --

LTO Speed: Khafooq 67 Parliament House 64 Kingi Compton 64

KHAFOOQ (nb) showed plenty of early zip before weakening out of things at the business end of a six furlong contest at Chelmsford a fortnight ago, yet still managed to post a speed rating big enough to put him top on the clock for today's five furlong handicap. The drop back in trip is sure to play to the selection's strengths, and as this is only his second outing on the all-weather further improvement can be expected.

Warwick 4-05 Handicap Hurdle (Class 4) 26f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Silk Run  88  88  36  40  --  22  82
 Lady Markby  87  --  87  59  --  --  --
 Dreamsoftheatre  86  86  --  54  46  --  --
 Lough Salt  84  44  63  77  84  --  48

LTO Speed: Fact Of The Matter 102 Silk Run 88 Dreamsoftheatre 86

SILK RUN stayed on strongly to score at Bangor last month, while at the same time managing to generate a list-topping speed rating of 88. A wide-margin winner at the same venue on her previous outing, the mare is firing on all cylinders at present, while today's step up in trip should be well within her compass. Granted, Fact Of The Matter posted a premier LTO speed rating of 102 over fences at Cartmel latest, but has yet to show the same level of ability over the smaller obstacles.

Warwick 4-40 Handicap Chase (Class 3) 26f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Lofgren  110  110  81  55  75  104  --
 Bestwork  109  109  94  56  --  100  89
 Marquis Of Carabas  107  69  82  107  83  106  --
 Tanit River  106  77  106  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Lofgren 110 Bestwork 109 Red Giant 102

LOFGREN posted a career-best speed rating of 110 when scoring narrowly at Cartmel last month, which doesn't seem out of place given that he has broken the 90 barrier on the clock on several occasions in the past. Back down a notch in class and with conditions to suit, the gelding must have every chance of going in again today, while his early bird odds of 11-2 with Paddy Power at the time of writing can be considered fair.

Rest of the racecards... 

Beverley

Beverley 2-10 Stakes (Class 5) 5f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Dancing Rave  61  --  61  28  27  --  --
 Timetodock  59  59  --  --  --  --  --
 Haadhir  56  56  (65)  50  (67)  (66)  --
 Melgate Magic  39  (53)  39  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Timetodock 59 Haadhir 56

Beverley 2-45 Stakes (Class 5) 7f  (See Speed Six)

Beverley 3-20 Handicap (Class 5) 7f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Roaring Forties  95  58  67  68  76  36  56
 Zeshov  90  73  90  86  --  79  59
 Desert Dream  88  88  56  (43)  84  85  --
 Twin Appeal  86  74  81  --  62  72  86

LTO Speed: Desert Dream 88 Equiano Springs 85 Somewhere Secret 79

Beverley 3-55 Stakes (Class 3) 5f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Perfect Pasture  112  85  --  112  106  --  --
 Tricksy Spirit  111  88  96  83  92  93  111
 Savalas  104  88  88  98  104  86  89
 Orvar  101  85  101  69  82  (92)  79

LTO Speed: Merhoob 108 Our Little Pony 93 Gnaad 90

Beverley 4-30 Handicap (Class 5) 8f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Vigee Le Brun  89  78  73  89  68  42  --
 Hitman  82  54  82  56  62  65  64
 Planetaria  81  (59)  (51)  81  --  (63)  (37)
 Stubytuesday  76  --  44  70  70  76  --

LTO Speed: Vigee Le Brun 78 Ideal Candy 75 Detachment 74

Beverley 5-00 Handicap (Class 5) 8f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Zodiakos  89  56  51  65  16  70  64
 Thornaby Nash  78  71  75  39  78  75  48
 Collingham Park  75  56  74  75  --  --  --
 Stringybark Creek  74  74  (55)  61  (60)  74  70

LTO Speed: Stringbark Creek 74 Thornaby Nash 71 Collingham Park 56

Beverley 5-30 Stakes (Class 5) 10f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Thawry  71  71  (64)  --  --  --  --
 Athary  24  24  --  --  --  --  --
 Admiral Anson  18  10  18  --  --  --  --
   0  --  --  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Thawry 71 Athary 24 Admiral Anson 10

Beverley 6-00 Handicap (Class 6) 10f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Graceful Act  54  36  38  44  43  41  42
 Hard Toffee  53  50  --  30  53  19  (7)
 Rosy Ryan  52  25  52  14  15  34  40
 Dutch Coed  51  51  45  50  (10)  49  24

LTO Speed: Dutch Coed 51 Hard Toffee 50 Warrior's Spirit 46

Chelmsford

Chelmsford 5-45 Handicap (Class 5) 8f  (See Speed Six)

Chelmsford 6-15 Stakes (Class 4) 7f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Dinas Powys  59  59  (55)  --  --  --  --
 Handmaiden  0  (65)  --  --  --  --  --
 Starry Eyes  0  (80)  --  --  --  --  --
 Mawahib  0  (72)  --  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Starry Eyes 80 Mawahib 72 Handmaiden 65

Chelmsford 6-45 Handicap (Class 5) 7f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Sayesse  84  (72)  (58)  (12)  (62)  (79)  (16)
 Sonnet Rose  76  68  75  71  (58)  72  67
 Hic Bibi  72  72  (48)  (73)  (41)  --  48
 American Endeavour  72  72  72  (32)  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Hic Bibi 72 American Endeavour 72 Rux Ruxx 72

Chelmsford 7-15 Handicap (Class 3) 7f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Holiday Magic  110  81  (65)  (91)  87  (87)  (56)
 Star Quality  96  87  (84)  (81)  (20)  96  --
 Insurgence  95  (77)  (76)  80  95  91  --
 Repton  95  (69)  85  (88)  (70)  (69)  (72)

LTO Speed: Desert Frost 97 Areen Heart 94 Star Quality 87

Chelmsford 7-45 Maiden (Class 4) 6f

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

LTO Speed: Taoiseach 56

Chelmsford 8-15 Handicap (Class 5) 6f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Awesome Allan  88  57  (77)  50  (76)  (73)  (71)
 Aguerooo  82  64  53  (46)  82  68  (58)
 Blessed To Empress  81  75  (77)  (23)  (68)  (62)  81
 Indian Pursuit  77  77  (75)  (49)  (67)  (51)  (20)

LTO Speed: Indian Pursuit 77 Blessed To Empress 75 It's All A Joke 75

Chelmsford 8-45 Handicap (Class 6) 14f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Avocet  71  71  65  44  54  --  --
 Shamonix  65  65  54  65  --  34  44
 Lyford  65  49  65  32  55  (39)  --
 Yasir  63  63  39  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Gemini 77 Avocet 71 Buxlow Belle 67

Lingfield

Lingfield 1-30 Handicap (Class 5) 8f  (See Speed Six)

Lingfield 2-00 Maiden (Class 5) 8f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Debbonair  0  (54)  --  --  --  --  --
 Living Legend  0  (51)  --  --  --  --  --
 Surrey Warrior  0  (42)  --  --  --  --  --
   0  --  --  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Debbonair 54 Living Legend 51 Surrey Warrior 42

Lingfield 2-35 Maiden (Class 5) 8f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Nina Petrovna  58  (37)  (53)  (31)  49  58  49
 Beauty Concept  58  58  (57)  (38)  (48)  (43)  (39)
 Sam Cooke  56  56  --  --  --  --  --
 We Are All Dottie  55  55  --  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Beauty Concept 58 Sam Cooke 56 We Are All Dottie 55

Lingfield 3-10 Handicap (Class 6) 16f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 General Zoff  73  73  (47)  60  (52)  (65)  (55)
 Moans Cross  68  43  68  (36)  --  47  (59)
 Swordbill  68  --  68  44  (36)  (14)  (25)
 Kerrera  54  (16)  (--)  54  --  --  --

LTO Speed: General Zoff 73 Moans Cross 43

Lingfield 3-45 Stakes (Class 5) 10f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Dono Di Dio  82  (53)  (57)  82  35  --  --
 Welsh Lord  75  75  --  --  --  --  --
 My Heart  68  68  (19)  --  --  --  --
 Visor  54  54  --  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Welsh Lord 75 My Heart 68 Visor 54

Lingfield 4-20 Handicap (Class 5) 10f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Assanilka  79  (32)  (--)  (83)  (63)  68  38
 Music Major  72  61  (--)  47  68  47  72
 Mullarkey  71  (59)  35  (37)  (68)  71  48
 Art Of Swing  70  60  70  61  66  (10)  --

LTO Speed: Bayston Hill 77 Ban Shoof 70 Le Maharajah 66

Lingfield 4-50 Handicap (Class 5) 5f  (See Speed Six)

Lingfield 5-20 Handicap (Class 6) 5f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Impart  82  65  (70)  (37)  (64)  64  (83)
 Ask The Guru  77  (62)  64  60  (65)  (69)  (50)
 Spin Top  75  31  (67)  (60)  75  (61)  43
 Midnight Guest  74  74  65  (17)  (67)  (55)  (26)

LTO Speed: Midnight Guest 74 Strictly Carter 69 Staffa 68

Warwick

Warwick 2-20 Novices/Maiden Hurdle (Class 4) 16f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Weightfordave  84  49  61  --  84  --  81
 Bardd  76  76  --  --  --  --  --
 Full Bore  67  67  (--)  (--)  (--)  --  --
 Bazukhov  31  31  --  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Bardd 76 Full Bore 67 Weightfordave 49

Warwick 2-55 Novices/Maiden Hurdle (Class 4) 16f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Totterdown  94  --  94  18  57  --  --
   0  --  --  --  --  --  --
   0  --  --  --  --  --  --
   0  --  --  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: No Qualifiers

Warwick 3-30 Handicap Chase (Class 4) 16f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Hurricane Rita  89  35  89  --  87  71  --
 By Rail  84  84  (60)  (--)  (--)  (--)  --
 All Is Good  83  55  83  (70)  (85)  --  --
 Peppay Le Pugh  79  65  79  66  75  72  --

LTO Speed: By Rail 84 Blazon 83 Peppay Le Pugh 65

Warwick 4-05 Handicap Hurdle (Class 4) 26f  (See Speed Six)

Warwick 4-40 Handicap Chase (Class 3) 26f  (See Speed Six)

Warwick 5-10 Handicap Hurdle (Class 4) 19f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Milan Of Crystal  86  86  65  31  58  49  53
 Westerbee  83  83  67  60  23  --  --
 Kristal Hart  83  83  51  39  --  --  --
 Massini's Dream  74  8  74  23  64  --  --

LTO Speed: Milan Of Crystal 86 Westerbee 83 Kristal Hart 83

Warwick 5-40 Handicap Chase (Class 5) 20f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Heurtevent  80  80  19  67  42  52  44
 Mariners Moon  72  (--)  72  (51)  (82)  --  --
 While You Wait  68  61  23  68  --  --  --
 Turban  68  42  --  20  --  64  68

LTO Speed: Heurtevent 80 While You Wait 61 Djarkevi 60

 

 

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