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 Sunday go at Hamilton and Plumpton.

Hamilton

SET IN STONE IS WELL TICKED UP AT HAMILTON

 

SET IN STONE (nap) rates well clear on the clock for this 11-runner selling event, courtesy of her victory over the extended mile at this venue on her penultimate outing.

Second in a better race over this track and trip three weeks ago, when heavy ground counted against her chances, I'm hopeful the mare can bounce back on today's more favourable surface, even more so as she is back down a notch in class.

A 9-2 shot in the betting forecast, I'll definitely be a player and not a watcher at those kind of odds.

 

Hamilton 3-30 Seller (Class 4) 9f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Set In Stone  94  --  94  93  76  67  68
 Redgrave  80  36  46  68  73  80  42
 Windsor Cross  78  29  57  48  (55)  77  75
 Firlinfeu  78  --  78  39  42  51  --

LTO Speed: Indomeneo 74 The Last Emperor 66 Ride The Monkey 60

 

REST OF THE SPEED SIX ...

 

Hamilton 2-30 Handicap (Class 6) 5f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Realtin Fantasy  75  75  --  35  16  --  --
 Bronze Beau  73  29  20  71  58  69  55
 One Boy  71  49  65  55  66  60  51
 Star Cracker  67  57  61  47  67  64  52

LTO Speed: Realtin Fantasy 75 Super Florence 67 Star Cracker 57

REALTIN FANTASY hinted at better things to come when finishing just out of the money over this trip at Down Royal three weeks ago, a performance that also saw her register a list-topping speed rating of 75. Lightly raced this season and fully effective on yielding terrain, it will come as no surprise if the filly gets off the mark at the tenth time of asking today, while her pencilled in odds of 7-1 look bigger than they should be.

 

Hamilton 5-30 Handicap (Class 5) 12f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Funny Man  72  72  35  58  40  71  44
 Karasheni  70  --  --  70  45  --  --
 Soloist  70  (--)  48  70  54  58  44
 George Mallory  69  --  63  69  68  68  64

LTO Speed: Funny Man 72 Art Of Diplomacy 56 Pour Sioux 52

FUNNY MAN has been a model of consistency this season, winning three of his eight races, and going close on his last two starts at York and Redcar. Indeed, his third placed effort at York earned the gelding a career-best speed rating of 72, which proves that he is still on an upward curve. Back down a notch in class today and with underfoot conditions to suit, this pencilled in 11-4 shot could easily get back to winning ways.

 

Plumpton 2-15 Novices Hurdle (Class 4) 18f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Gateway To Europe  95  95  64  61  92  --  (--)
 Not Going Out  89  49  89  38  (--)  --  --
 Archimento  74  74  60  --  --  --  --
 Awesome Rock  46  --  46  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Gateway To Europe 95 Archimento 74 Not Going Out 49

GATEWAY TO EUROPE got off the mark over hurdles at Fontwell last month, while at the same time managing to generate a list-dominant speed rating of 95. Effective on good ground and faster, and taking on same class rivals this afternoon, this consistent gelding must have every chance of going in again.

 

Plumpton 3-45 Conditions Hurdle (Class 4) 16f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Local Affair  89  89  --  --  --  --  --
 Highway To Success  63  63  --  --  --  --  --
 Pola Chance  48  35  48  --  --  --  --
 Limelighter  42  42  --  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Local Affair 89 Highway To Success 63 Limelighter 42

LOCAL AFFAIR should soon be winning over hurdles, that's if she can build on her fast-time second to Zeb Spirit at Fontwell a fortnight ago. The form of the race looks solid too, with the third horse home having run almost as fast at Worcester on his previous outing. Further encouragement can be drawn from the fact that none of the selection's seven rivals have a menacing profile.

 

Plumpton 4-15 Handicap Hurdle (Class 3) 25f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Percy Street  109  109  (--)  (105)  --  (64)  103
 Young Wolf  90  88  90  --  73  42  73
 Glanvilles Guest  88  88  --  --  54  --  --
 Sizing Granite  80  80  --  (95)  73  (--)  (87)

LTO Speed: Percy Street 109 Glanvilles Guest 88 Young Wolf 88

PERCY STREET (nb) has been pencilled in as the 5-1 outsider for this four-runner handicap hurdle, which can be considered generous given his superior speed ratings of 109, 105 and 103. Granted, the selection is up a notch in class today, having only been placed at Class 4 level last time out, but I'm sure speed followers will be only too willing to look past this minor detail ! It will be interesting to see how he trades in the live market.

 

REST OF THE RACECARDS ...

 

Hamilton
 

Hamilton 2-00 Handicap (Class 5) 6f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Fugacious  85  63  59  54  85  38  24
 Pinarella  76  73  (39)  76  13  49  (72)
 Fox Hill  76  76  47  63  60  49  12
 Kaafy  76  76  60  54  66  61  59

LTO Speed: Fox Hill 76 Kaafy 76 Pinarella 73

 

Hamilton 2-30 Handicap (Class 6) 5f  (See Speed Six)

 

Hamilton 3-00 Handicap (Class 6) 5f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 David's Beauty  75  47  35  44  73  52  75
 I'll Be Good  71  40  40  66  67  58  50
 Jeffrey Harris  70  51  59  68  57  68  69
 Classic Pursuit  65  38  51  65  58  30  23

LTO Speed: Griffin Street 53 Trulove 53 Jeffrey Harris 51

 

Hamilton 3-30 Seller (Class 4) 9f  (See Speed Six)

 

Hamilton 4-00 Stakes (Class 5) 8f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Modakhar  83  83  32  --  --  --  --
 Roman Stone  72  72  31  --  --  --  --
 Bashful Boy  67  67  --  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Modakhar 83 Roman Stone 72 Bashful Boy 67

 

Hamilton 4-30 Handicap (Class 4) 8f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Iconic Code  80  64  75  73  80  68  62
 Gometra Ginty  80  65  77  52  80  65  (61)
 Dream World  80  80  53  77  66  61  62
 Lady Alavesa  76  76  (72)  59  47  68  (87)

LTO Speed: Dream World 80 Lady Alavesa 76 Gometra Ginty 65

 

Hamilton 5-00 Handicap (Class 6) 12f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Kaizer  83  67  83  44  --  50  (--)
 Pammi  70  45  67  66  --  (--)  --
 Princess Nearco  69  69  18  --  --  --  --
 Gworn  68  63  54  31  68  66  54

LTO Speed: Princess Nearco 69 Kaizer 67 General Brook 67

 

Hamilton 5-30 Handicap (Class 5) 12f  (See Speed Six)

 

Plumpton
 

Plumpton 2-15 Novices Hurdle (Class 4) 18f  (See Speed Six)

 

Plumpton 2-45 Handicap Hurdle (Class 3) 16f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Cubswin  108  101  62  --  108  52  92
 Romanor  106  82  71  --  100  84  84
 Jumping Jack  101  89  86  85  101  --  --
 What Will Be  94  94  --  67  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Cubswin 101 What Will Be 94 Jumping Jack 89

 

Plumpton 3-15 Handicap Chase (Class 4) 26f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Alexander The Grey  86  62  84  86  37  37  75
 Gold Mountain  84  84  66  77  48  40  (--)
 Mr Satco  83  63  --  (--)  61  --  83
 Velvet Cognac  72  --  72  --  --  --  --

LTO Speed: Gold Mountain 84 Mr Satco 63 Alexander The Grey 62

 

Plumpton 3-45 Conditions Hurdle (Class 4) 16f  (See Speed Six)

 

Plumpton 4-15 Handicap Hurdle (Class 3) 25f  (See Speed Six)

 

Plumpton 4-45 Handicap Chase (Class 4) 20f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Taaffes Castle  80  75  47  (--)  80  (--)  (--)
 Torhousemuir  74  74  54  --  --  49  43
 Goldslinger  72  62  72  (63)  (80)  (--)  (--)
 Shimba Hills  65  --  65  (74)  (--)  (55)  --

LTO Speed: Taaffes Castle 75 Torhousemuir 74 Goldslinger 62

 

Plumpton 5-15 Handicap Hurdle (Class 5) 16f

 Horse  Best  Lto  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th
 Gin And Tonic  88  (--)  28  80  52  43  79
 Definite Winner  81  --  60  81  47  45  --
 Musical Stardust  79  79  30  65  59  48  40
 Outrath  78  78  44  22  47  29  --

LTO Speed: Musical Stardust 79 Outrath 78 Glendun 75

 

 

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