Through the Card: Chepstow, Monday 24 June

14:00 – STARCZEWSKI (3) produced his best effort yet when second on his most recent outing at Salisbury, keeping on well to be beaten just a length and a half by another improver, with a subsequent winner another four lengths back in third. It would be no surprise if he proved capable of better still given his overall profile, and he has already demonstrated enough ability to suggest that an opening mark of 69 will not prove beyond him here. Indeed, David Simcock has a solid record with handicap debutants, and Starczewski gets the vote to take this. It’s also reasonable to expect improvement from Unplugged and he is feared most ahead of AW winner Lieutenant Conde and Renardeau.

14:30 – DILMUN DYNASTY (5) wasn’t seen to best effect when finishing fourth at Chelmsford earlier this month, being left poorly placed in a race where the first three home were always prominent, but it’s worth noting that he ran to a fairly useful level on just his second career start. Indeed, there looks to be more to come from Dilmun Dynasty yet, and it would be no surprise to see Sir Michael Stoute get things right sooner rather than later with this colt. Saffran shaped like a ready-made future winner when third on his introduction at Nottingham and, likely to benefit from this stiffer test, he is clear next best. Train To Georgia, winner of a modest AW event on debut, can claim minor place money.

15:00 – It’s difficult to get past RED ARMADA (8), who was just edged out by Biometric on reappearance at Newbury last month, and that rival has gone on to give that form a huge boost by winning the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot last week. As such, the form he’s shown so far leaves him a long way clear of his rivals, and he should open his account with the minimum of fuss – particularly with the step up in trip this afternoon set to suit. Bint Soghaan made a promising start to his career at Kempton in October and is next best ahead of Soft Cover.

15:30 – Considering he cost $625,000 as a foal, ALMOKHTAAR (1) has been very disappointing on the track so far, failing to show any more than modest form in three starts. However, this represents a sharp drop in grade, and he may not be one to give up on just yet considering how well-bred he is (dam, US 1m winner, half-sister to high-class Bodemeister, who was runner-up in Kentucky Derby/Preakness Stakes). As such, he’s chanced to take a step forward in what’s a particularly poor affair. Ballet Red is a nine-race maiden, but her form is the best on offer in this contest, so she is respected.

16:00 – SHARQEYYA (1) ran her best race yet when finishing sixth at Newmarket on reappearance earlier this month, shaping as though the race would do her good having hung left inside the final furlong. Now qualified for a mark, Owen Burrows switches her to handicap company, and she looks an interesting prospect in this sphere considering that she is bred to do better than what she’s shown so far. Aigiarne has been shaping as though a low-grade handicap would be within reach so she is respected, while Glamorous Crescent and Immoral also have claims.

16:30 – KINGLAMI (4) has a good record at Chepstow, and he seemed unsuited by the drop back to the minimum trip when finishing fifth on his most recent start here 16 days ago. That was still a solid run, however, and he’s started his 2019 campaign in reasonable heart, having shaped better than the bare result on reappearance at Windsor last month. Kinglami’s mark is beginning to slide – he arrives here 8 lb lower than his last winning mark – and in an open heat, it looks worth siding with him to return to winning ways at a double figure price. Jungle Juice is unpenalised for her recent soft-ground success at Salisbury and rates as a big threat, while Princely, Hey Ho Let’s Go and Jaganory are others to consider.

17:00 – JOHN JOINER (10) has far from dazzled in his career so far, but he took a step back in the right direction to finish third at Nottingham last time out, when only unable to quicken inside the final furlong. That was still pretty poor form, but this is a lowly race, and he arrives here off a basement mark, one that’s 9 lb lower than the last time he got his head in front. None of this field make too much appeal, meaning it could be worth chancing John Joiner to pick this up at an attractive price. Broadhaven Dream has less miles on the clock than most of these and is respected, while Arnoul of Metz has acquitted himself well the last twice and is another to consider.

Source:: Betfair UK Horse Racing News