Speed Ratings - by Lawrence Taylor

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LAD IS RATED TO RECORD FOLLOW UP VICTORY AT HAYDOCK

 

TEESCOMPONENTS LAD (nap) rates clear top on the clock for this 11-runner handicap hurdle, courtesy of his placed effort at Hexham on his penultimate outing.

Successful in a one grade higher contest at Wetherby last time out, albeit in a comparatively slower time, the gelding is moving forward strongly at present, and with today's step up to three miles expected to suit he could easily record a follow up victory.

A 5-1 shot in the betting forecast, he also promises to go of at a decent price.

 

Haydock 4-15 Handicap Hurdle (Class 3) 24f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Teescomponents Lad  96  51  96  59  --  --  --
 Django Django  86  --  86  --  --  --  --
 Le Musee  82  --  82  42  --  --  --
 Goodbye Dancer  78  78  --  32  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Goodbye Dancer 78 Highland Hunter 63 Teescomponents Lad 51

 

Rest of the Speed Six...

 

Ascot 12-40 Conditions Hurdle (Class 3) 16f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Poucor  83  83  28  --  --  --  --
 Belargus  75  48  75  --  --  --  --
 Vlannon  66  66  45  --  59  53  --
 Fresno Emery  66  66  --  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Poucor 83 Vlannon 66 Fresno Emery 66

This race is interesting from a betting point of view, as potential market leaders Zafar and Beat The Judge can't find a place on either speed list. This leaves the door open for pencilled in 9-2 third favourite POUCOR (nb), who posted a list-dominant speed rating of 83 when a wide-margin scorer at Hereford just over a fortnight ago. Twice raced over hurdles, there is sure to be more to come from the selection this afternoon, even more so as we know that he can act good-to-soft ground, and is bred to handle even softer terrain (showers forecast).

 

Haydock 12-55 Handicap Hurdle (Class 4) 16f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Georgian Firebird  93  93  75  --  --  --  --
 Bahama Moon  93  --  70  93  --  --  --
 Suggestion  90  59  90  63  77  83  68
 Canny Style  89  --  --  89  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Georgian Firebird 93 The Character 76 Contre Tous 68

GEORGIAN FIREBIRD has been knocking loudly on the door of late, with her last time out second to Delface at Uttoxeter translating into a joint top speed rating of 93. Staying on well at the business end on that occasion, the mare could easily take another step forward today and finish with her head in front, despite the fact that she is back up a notch in class. Track type (galloping) trip and ground are all okay too. Pencilled in at 10-1 on the early tissue, I'll definitely be a player and not a watcher at those kind of odds.

 

Lingfield 3-10 Maiden (Class 6) 6f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Probability  75  75  --  --  --  --  --
 Amor Kethley  62  62  43  --  --  --  --
 Maximum Power  58  58  27  48  53  (64)  38
 Sea Of Reality  56  56  --  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Probability 75 Amor Kethley 62 Maximum Power 58

PROBABILITY shouldn't be long in winning on the all-weather, that's if she can build on her last time out second to Benny And The Jets over this trip at Wolverhampton. Posting a list-dominant speed rating of 75 on that occasion and with the first two finishing well clear of their 11 rivals, the form of the race can be expected to work out well.

 

Taunton 3-55 Handicap Chase (Class 4) 16f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Railroad Junkie  94  94  87  62  --  77  (34)
 Boagrius  57  --  57  --  --  --  --
 Rainy Day Dylan  52  52  --  --  35  --  --
 Legend Of Zorro  0  (32)  (--)  (--)  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Railroad Junkie 94 Rainy Day Dylan 52 Legend Of Zorro 32

RAILROAD JUNKIE is easily the best and most consistent clocker in this five-runner handicap chase, and as such must take all the beating. Scoring with some authority over this course and distance three weeks ago, and fully able on good ground and softer (showers forecast), there doesn't seem to be a chink in this gelding's armour. A 7-4 shot with bet365 at the time of writing, it's hard to argue that he should be priced up bigger.

 

Wolverhampton 6-15 Handicap (Class 5) 16f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Falcon Cliffs  84  84  52  57  (61)  73  (61)
 Iftiraaq  73  69  73  --  (44)  (50)  --
 Blazon  67  67  40  28  67  --  --
 Your Band  67  61  50  67  53  65  64

LTO Speed: Falcon Cliffs 84 Iftiraaq 69 Blazon 67

FALCON CLIFFS probably doesn't win as often as she should, but did post a list-dominant speed rating of 84 when finishing a staying on second to Given Choice in a 1m 6f handicap at Wolverhampton 12 days ago. Competing this evening in a race that won't take a great deal of winning, I'm more than ready to give her the benefit of the doubt, especially if she is offered up at anything like her early tissue odds of 6-1. **Given Choice runs in the 6-45 at Kempton on Friday night.

 

Rest of the racecards...

 

Ascot
 

Ascot 12-40 Conditions Hurdle (Class 3) 16f  (See Speed Six)

 

Ascot 1-15 Handicap Chase (Class 3) 19f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Rock On Rocky  94  87  61  31  94  76  (--)
 Un Prophete  90  90  --  --  --  --  --
 Risk And Roll  82  82  65  77  --  68  --
 Wolfcatcher  79  52  79  57  (10)  68  --

LTO Speed: Un Prophete 90 Rock On Rocky 87 Risk And Roll 82

 

Ascot 1-50 Conditions Hurdle (Class 1) 24f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Petticoat Tails  96  64  96  66  --  --  --
 Culture De Sivola  81  81  69  --  --  --  --
 If You Say Run  71  71  --  --  --  --  --
 Shimmer's Rock  68  63  --  68  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Culture De Sivola 81 If You Say Run 71 Petticoat Tails 64

 

Ascot 2-25 Handicap Hurdle (Class 1) 19f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Kelpies Myth  121  100  121  107  74  --  --
 Ballymoy  112  101  107  112  --  --  --
 Boite  109  109  81  58  --  --  --
 Better Getalong  102  102  --  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Boite 109 Better Getalong 102 Ballymoy 101

 

Ascot 3-00 Handicap Chase (Class 2) 21f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Quite By Chance  115  (46)  94  57  112  115  --
 Flying Angel  113  47  57  113  81  --  --
 San Benedeto  113  63  113  111  (74)  --  --
 Mr Medic  110  75  110  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Doitforthevillage 108 Cyrname 103 Happy Diva 94

 

Ascot 3-35 Conditions Chase (Class 1) 17f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Altior  138  138  93  --  --  --  --
 Diego Du Charmil  112  112  91  --  --  --  --
   0  --  --  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Altior 138 Diego Du Charmil 112

 

Ascot 4-05 Novices/Maiden Hurdle (Class 3) 22f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Nearly Perfect  87  17  87  (--)  --  --  --
 Champagne Well  82  82  (--)  (--)  --  --  --
 Admiral Barratry  81  81  76  --  --  --  --
 Downtown Getaway  72  72  --  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Champagne Well 82 Admiral Barratry 81 Downtown Getaway 72

 

Haydock
 

Haydock 12-55 Handicap Hurdle (Class 4) 16f  (See Speed Six)

 

Haydock 1-30 Novices/Maiden Chase (Class 1) 20f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Le Breuil  110  110  71  65  76  --  --
 Jerrysback  96  96  92  --  --  --  --
 Crucial Role  95  95  29  --  --  --  --
 Castafiore  79  --  79  (72)  (102)  --  --

LTO Speed: Le Breuil 110 Jerrysback 96 Crucial Role 95

 

Haydock 2-05 Novices/Maiden Hurdle (Class 1) 16f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Mister Fisher  96  96  52  --  --  --  --
 Esprit Du Large  92  92  (--)  --  --  --  --
 Bright Forecast  88  88  72  --  --  --  --
 Tricks And Trails  39  39  22  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Mister Fisher 96 Esprit Du Large 92 Bright Forecast 88

 

Haydock 2-40 Conditions Hurdle (Class 1) 16f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Western Ryder  121  121  113  116  --  --  --
 Mohaayed  121  121  103  99  --  --  --
 Global Citizen  121  114  121  114  --  --  --
 Silver Streak  117  115  117  97  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Western Ryder 121 Mohaayed 121 Silver Streak 115

 

Haydock 3-15 Handicap Chase (Class 1) 26f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Red Infantry  112  --  112  (50)  --  --  --
 Ballyarthur  111  85  111  --  --  --  --
 Ballydine  104  104  82  --  --  --  --
 Wakanda  102  102  (99)  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Ballydine 104 Wakanda 102 Daklondike 88

 

Haydock 3-45 Handicap Chase (Class 3) 16f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Dicosimo  103  103  68  --  --  --  --
 Oliver's Gold  102  62  --  62  88  102  (--)
 Vendor  100  69  100  72  (79)  --  --
 Zalvados  100  100  63  (76)  (56)  --  --

LTO Speed: Dicosimo 103 Zalvados 100 Admiral's Secret 100

 

Haydock 4-15 Handicap Hurdle (Class 3) 24f  (See Speed Six)

 

Lingfield
 

Lingfield 12-50 Handicap (Class 6) 10f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Global Wonder  79  70  65  79  54  69  59
 New Street  71  67  55  59  67  70  71
 Pivotal Flame  71  60  50  51  71  62  (45)
 Turn Of Luck  70  61  59  58  70  37  69

LTO Speed: Global Wonder 70 New Street 67 Turn Of Luck 61

 

Lingfield 1-25 Handicap (Class 4) 10f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Emenem  93  76  (53)  93  (78)  (91)  --
 Forbidden Planet  91  91  79  68  --  --  --
 Family Fortunes  88  68  88  87  85  (71)  78
 Maybe Today  69  53  64  (76)  69  62  (38)

LTO Speed: Forbidden Planet 91 Emenem 76 Sheberghan 73

 

Lingfield 2-00 Handicap (Class 2) 12f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Seafarer  100  --  84  100  60  (55)  (70)
 Primero  100  82  76  91  100  (32)  --
 Lord George  84  58  84  49  (87)  (64)  41
 Redicean  82  82  64  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Redicean 82 Primero 82 Lord George 58

 

Lingfield 2-35 Handicap (Class 3) 8f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Originaire  78  49  54  58  78  --  --
 Forseti  0  (52)  (68)  (52)  (71)  (--)  --
 Amplify  0  (50)  (--)  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Forseti 52 Amplify 50 Originaire 49

 

Lingfield 3-10 Maiden (Class 6) 6f  (See Speed Six)

 

Lingfield 3-40 Handicap (Class 5) 6f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Aguerooo  88  75  64  72  78  80  79
 Real Estate  85  78  39  23  78  (73)  49
 Dotted Swiss  79  79  57  60  55  (48)  (21)
 Big Time Maybe  77  28  65  77  (53)  65  65

LTO Speed: Dotted Swiss 79 Real Estate 78 Aguerooo 75

 

Navan
 

Navan 12-30 Novices/Maiden Hurdle 16f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Smoking Gun  100  69  100  --  --  --  --
 Minella Times  95  48  95  66  --  --  --
 Press Conference  73  46  73  --  --  --  --
 Galvin  66  66  (--)  (--)  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Smoking Gun 69 Galvin 66 Minella Times 48

 

Navan 1-00 Novices/Maiden Hurdle 20f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Discordantly  93  93  41  --  --  --  --
 Face The Facts  85  85  --  --  --  --  --
 Emily Moon  79  79  (--)  --  --  --  --
 Keep Standing  64  64  --  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Discordantly 93 Face The Facts 85 Emily Moon 79

 

Navan 1-35 Handicap Hurdle 20f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Plinth  118  93  37  43  44  118  99
 Melly And Me  106  --  106  94  98  --  --
 Agusta Gold  104  --  104  64  92  --  --
 Cartwright  96  96  29  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Cartwright 96 Plinth 93 Chatham Street Lad 83

 

Navan 2-10 Handicap Hurdle 20f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Lusis Naturea  87  87  80  84  57  54  --
 Folly Dat  82  47  76  44  82  51  53
 Load Up Time  75  75  --  58  71  --  --
 Tale Of Woe  74  74  62  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Lusis Naturea 87 Load Up Time 75 Tale Of Woe 74

 

Navan 2-45 Novices/Maiden Chase 24f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Ah Littleluck  82  51  34  --  --  82  --
 Frankly All Talk  57  46  57  (34)  (58)  (--)  --
 Westland Row  50  50  (--)  (--)  --  --  --
   0  --  --  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Ah Littleluck 51 Westland Row 50 Frankly All Talk 46

 

Navan 3-20 Handicap Chase 24f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Fergiethelegend  71  71  --  --  48  69  --
 Doldido  69  66  59  --  37  69  --
 Milanesque  56  --  56  --  --  --  --
 Coolnagorna Giggs  55  55  --  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Fergiethelegend 71 Doldido 66 Coolnagorna Giggs 55

 

Navan 3-50 NH Flat Race 16f

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

LTO Speed: No Qualifiers

 

Taunton
 

Taunton 1-05 Handicap Hurdle (Class 5) 19f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Mr Lando  77  21  22  51  52  59  77
 Norse Light  71  --  --  --  (50)  71  --
 Oologist  69  69  --  --  --  --  --
 Telson Barley  68  68  13  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Oologist 69 Telson Barley 68 Candyman Can 59

 

Taunton 1-40 Novices/Maiden Hurdle (Class 4) 16f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Thomas Darby  97  94  89  97  --  --  --
 War Brigade  81  56  81  --  --  --  --
 Blue N Yellow  57  57  --  --  --  --  --
   0  --  --  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Thomas Darby 94 Blue N Yellow 57 War Brigade 56

 

Taunton 2-15 Handicap Hurdle (Class 2) 19f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Mick Thonic  121  --  102  121  116  71  84
 Raven's Tower  113  72  113  102  --  --  --
 Kings Lad  105  (--)  (--)  (61)  (60)  105  --
 Unison  103  103  --  72  83  --  --

LTO Speed: Unison 103 Blue Rambler 99 Beltor 91

 

Taunton 2-50 Conditions Chase (Class 2) 28f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Royal Vacation  116  --  116  --  --  --  --
 Tea For Two  109  109  84  --  --  --  --
 Present Man  107  83  107  --  --  --  --
 Thomas Patrick  105  44  --  105  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Tea For Two 109 Present Man 83 The Last Samuri 68

 

Taunton 3-25 Novices/Maiden Hurdle (Class 4) 19f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Jasmin Des Bordes  86  86  (--)  --  --  --  --
 Before Midnight  81  41  --  81  --  --  --
 Smackwater Jack  73  65  73  --  --  --  --
 Ruffling Feathers  28  17  28  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Jasmin Des Bordes 86 Smackwater Jack 65 Before Midnight 41

 

Taunton 3-55 Handicap Chase (Class 4) 16f  (See Speed Six)

 

Taunton 4-25 NH Flat Race (Class 5) 16f

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

LTO Speed: No Qualifiers

 

Wolverhampton
 

Wolverhampton 4-40 Handicap (Class 6) 7f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Blessed To Empress  84  66  84  66  70  (72)  (18)
 Energia Flavio  79  54  57  (63)  67  79  (58)
 Air Of York  77  65  26  50  75  (64)  63
 Anif  76  76  30  (39)  (--)  --  --

LTO Speed: Anif 76 Takeonefortheteam 72 Steal The Scene 67

 

Wolverhampton 5-15 Maiden (Class 5) 7f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Designated  73  73  --  --  --  --  --
 Wanaasah  58  58  --  --  --  --  --
 Jungle Warfare  57  57  --  --  --  --  --
 Peruvian Summer  48  41  48  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Designated 73 Wanaasah 58 Doris Bleasedale 58

 

Wolverhampton 5-45 Handicap (Class 5) 5f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Katheefa  89  47  71  66  89  50  69
 A Sure Welcome  84  84  83  61  82  72  66
 Entertaining Ben  83  80  46  56  (77)  (67)  83
 Becker  83  75  83  66  67  (78)  80

LTO Speed: A Sure Welcome 84 Brandy Station 82 Entertaining Ben 80

 

Wolverhampton 6-15 Handicap (Class 5) 16f  (See Speed Six)

 

Wolverhampton 6-45 Handicap (Class 6) 9f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Um Shama  60  60  50  59  43  37  54
 Tunky  58  34  32  58  (23)  38  --
 Precision Prince  57  57  44  26  37  (31)  (38)
 Comeonfeeltheforce  54  44  48  54  49  (40)  30

LTO Speed: Um Shama 60 Precision Prince 57 Freesia Gold 53

 

Wolverhampton 7-15 Handicap (Class 4) 7f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Black Medick  82  82  63  63  53  (--)  --
 Woodside Wonder  81  64  81  65  68  53  (42)
 Deira Surprise  79  79  77  61  (64)  (71)  --
 Times Past  77  65  68  77  46  56  58

LTO Speed: Black Medick 82 Deira Surprise 79 Facethepuckout 65

 

Wolverhampton 7-45 Handicap (Class 6) 12f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Iley Boy  75  39  67  75  47  23  --
 Onda District  75  59  64  63  27  75  43
 Demophon  72  68  72  42  71  70  70
 Sosian  68  52  47  57  49  68  (75)

LTO Speed: Demophon 68 Apex Predator 67 Onda District 59

 

Wolverhampton 8-15 Handicap (Class 7) 5f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Storm Lightning  66  64  57  38  56  52  66
 Teepee Time  62  53  55  53  43  36  --
 Amazing Amaya  62  46  62  (55)  --  --  --
 Foxy Boy  59  45  41  45  59  (42)  (34)

LTO Speed: Storm Lightning 64 Captain Ryan 58 Atyaaf 54

 

 

 

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