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ITV7 picks: 20th May

With the action coming from Newmarket, Newbury and Thirsk we take a look at each of the races for you here on The Cheeky Punts as there's £50k up for grabs once again


The Previews

2.05N: Race 1

It looks a tricky opener here to kick off the day but Totnes looks a nice filly out of Kingman and if she can translate her AW form to the turf she should be bang up there. There was a lot to like about her win LTO coming from the back to finish strongest


Acotango is also at the top of the market and finished 2nd LTO behind Racingbreaks Ryder who has gone on to win again since then so he has to be respected but Ceanna is the Gosdens only runner of the day at HQ and they have a fair strike rate with first time handicappers. And this filly could be well handicapped here with Benoit DLS taking off another 3lb so she looks to have a good shot here if handling the step up from 7f to a mile


2.25N: Race 2

This group 3 has seen short priced favs win on 4 of the last 5 occasions and it looks highly possible it will be the same again here with Yibir a warm order favourite. The globetrotting Godolphin charge looks a worthy favourite here and the one to beat based on previous form but does come in to this having not been seen out since winning a G2 last July & hasnt the best record when fresh


So if you're looking for an alternative to try to take him on then Haskoy receives a filly's allowance and can go well under Frankie Dettori. She finished 2nd past the post in the St Leger (subsequently demoted to 4th) and finished ahead of Giavellotto who won on Friday at York & the talented New London despite showing a bit of immaturity in the finish. The drop back to a mile & a half should help & the pace should be there


2.32T: Race 3

Just the one from Thirsk in the ITV7 with a 5f dash and Mid Winter could be the answer to this tricky looking affair. She was 4th over C&D but is down in grade here so a return to calmer waters, and on a winnable looking mark, are all positives


Another down in grade is Lullaby Bay who won around this time last year including over C&D when completing a hat trick in May so this may be the time to catch her & with trainer Kevin Ryan's yard in the winners of late she's worth taking a cheeky punt on


2.40N: Race 4

A few come in to this one on a run of wins with both Expert Agent & Quinault having recently rattled up a hat trick of wins. With that form it's hard to discount either of them although of the pair I'd lean more towards Quinault who could go well again despite a 6lb penalty.


The pace looks to be with the low numbers which also brings in to play the favourite Eminemcy who was unlucky LTO so looks competitive off an unchanged mark. Washington Heights & Revenite can also figure for their in form yards


3.00N: Race 5

We've 16 due to go to post here in what could be a bit of a 'buster' race but my eye here is drawn to those who head the betting. Desert Hero holds a Derby entry but would need a big run here in the Kings colours to be realisticly considered for that. That looks possible for the Haggas yard & there's high hopes he can go on to bigger things this season.


Currently the 2nd favourite here is Exoplanet who was 2nd over C&D to the very impressive Military Order having won here as well in September. A slight negative here tho is the draw (stall 16) but id still expect a big run for trainer Roger Varian


3.15N: Race 6

Godolphin have a strong challenger once again with Striking Star who will be looking to go one better after two good seconds, including over C&D two weeks ago (when going off fav). The drying ground could unlock some more of that potential here with the soft/heavy ground the possible excuse for those previous runs which also includes a 9th of 9 on heavy ground at Newbury


At a bigger price the former French raider Burstow could be an interesting one in his handicap debut and may well defy his opening mark for his new stable.


3.35N: Race 7

The Group 1 Lockinge can go to Godolphin who last won this in 2017 but they look to have a solid chance here with Modern Games who is the only G1 winner in the field (having won 4). He's had runs over in the US of late and looks a top miler & sets the standard here


My Prospero & Laurel look the most likely dangers with Triple Time at a bigger price for the in form Kevin Ryan also in with an each way chance



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