Summer Plate Guide

1. Pacific De Baune

T - Nicky Henderson

J - Jeremiah McGrath

This six-year-old carries top weight after racing off a career-high mark of 149 following his victory at Newton Abbot last month.

He made all under this jockey and never saw a rival at the Devon venue; should go well if jumping to the same ability.

Place claims.

2. Casablanca Mix

T - Nicky Henderson

J - Nico de Boinville

Put a miserable spell in front of goal behind her when bouncing back to form with a win at Aintree last time out in the middle of May.

Often lacks a bit of fluency, but looks to have turned a corner on the basis of her victory on Merseyside where she was forced to dig deep - prompting to move up a couple of furlongs now in Listed company.

The choice of Nico de Boinville.

3. Henryville

T - Peter Bowen

J - Sean Bowen

Father and son combine with the veteran Henryville - winner of nine races under rules in almost a half-century of attempts.

Won stylishly at Newton Abbot just last week despite flopping the last jump, but had plenty in hand over a few horses who revoked their entries here.

Something to prove now back down in trip.

4. Van Gogh Du Granit

T - David Pipe

J - David Noonan

Really decent spell this season has arguably been the best of his career.

Aside from struggling in the Scottish Grand National, he has applied himself very well to varying situations over different tracks and trips.

Won at Market Rasen immediately after Ayr mess-up, and has put together a string of good placed efforts.


5. Royal Village

T - Ian Williams

J - Tom O'Brien

Won snuggly over Pacific De Baune in the Clarke Chase at Uttoxeter at the end of May, but disappointed as the 5/2 favourite at Perth last month.

Now goes straight down the middle trip wise, and will look to follow up his course and distance success from October of which he won with plenty in hand despite idling in the closing stages.

Has a great record here in total.

6. Get Out The Gate

T - Jim Goldie

J - Callum Bewley

No gates for this six-year-old to contest, but joking aside, he does have ground to make up from his poor effort at Cartmel on June 30.

Has been rising up the handicap over fences since his debut in May of this year, but only carries wins in Class Fours.

Good hurdles form to bring to the table.

7. Darcy Ward

T - Jack Barber

J - Nick Scholfield

Nicely handicapped given his efforts in this calendar year, winning thee times and placing in one of the others.

Landed the hat-trick at Worcester in May when showing all of his guts to win, and went well in the trial for this race last time out at this venue.

One of the more likely winners.

8. Ronava

T - Dr Richard Newland

J - Charlie Hammond

In stunning form for an eleven-year-old before and after joining Dr Richard Newland's promising yard of young and old recruits.

Won on final two starts for Zoe Hammond in point-to-points, and finished third on new stable debut at Worcester at the beginning of June.

Prevailed at Stratford and Hexham easily in recent weeks, and should go close here.

9. Gortroe Joe

T - Dan Skelton

J - Harry Skelton

Makes first appearance since winning here over course and distance in April, where he stretched the field out like Monday morning washing.

Now found his trip and level, after being pulled up at Ludlow a month before - though did win the start prior to that at the same venue so clearly something amiss in March.

Should be on the premises if it's his day.

10. Gone Platinum

T - David Rees

J - Lorcan Williams

Solid record, despite being a beaten favourite at Ffos Las at the end of last month.

Could not land the hat-trick after wins at the Welsh venue and also here over the course and distance on June 21.

Definitely of interest with Lorcan's 5lb claim.

11. More Buck's

T - Peter Bowen

J - James Bowen

Long spell continues in the shadows after an abundance of poor efforts including unseating in the Topham at Aintree.

Clearly has the talent to compete at the highest level, but aside from one win in a small field in January, his long losing run goes back to July last year where he won over this course and distance.

Hard to predict.

12. El Terremoto

T - David Pipe

J - Tom Scudamore

Returns after a short-break, where he was last seen finishing last but one in a Novice Handicap Chase won by Larry at Sandown at the end of the proper season.

Does not have the best completion rate in the last month in terms of falls, and no win since this weekend last year which came at Southwell.

Needs to up his game.

13. Value At Risk

T - Dan Skelton

J - William Marshall

Three starts since the end of April, including finishing fourth of six here last time out in a Class Three Handicap.

Not sure the rise to a Listed race is going to bring out any improvement, but again course form must be valued, having won here back in January.

Demands further respect representing a top stable.

14. Solar Impulse

T - Ian Williams

J - Dave Crosse

Beaten favourite at Uttoxeter three weeks ago, and was well held by Dr Richard Newland's Mcgroarty.

Still, plenty of good efforts this term, including win a hurdle race at Clairefontaine by twenty lengths and beyond, so plenty of talent to be unlocked.

Usually on the scene, and good claims of a place here now up in grade.

15. Trigger Nichol

T - Dr Richard Newland

J - Sam Twiston-Davies

Lost out to Peter Bowen's Dr Robin at Ffos Las just last week, but showed plenty of signs that the short break did him so good.

Show his grit and determination to keep himself in the places, and perhaps could be capable of a little extra under a master trainer.

Top jock booked to ride, and should not be discounted.

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