Sir Mark Prescott has been plotting a Cesarewitch victory with Pallasator this season but his plans may be foiled by Lady Cecil’s Ebor winner Tiger Cliff

Sir Mark is the shrewdest of trainers and is a master of plotting the long game with his horses. Punters only need to think back to when one of his charges won the Cambridgeshire first time out to understand his ability. The giant Pallasator was running on well on seasonal reappearance in the Old Borough Cup at Haydock and will come on from that run.

Sir Mark’s charge will be battling out favouritism and probably the finish with the Ebor winner Tiger Cliff. The great Sir Henry Cecil had laid out the plans for that win and now Lady Cecil and Henry Ponsonby are looking to make it a big race double by taking the Cesarewitch. If they can do it the Winners Enclosure will cheer with emotion. Dangers to that victory will come from the jumps trainers Henderson and Hobbs, and from the French raider Smoky Hill who may be a cut above these in class. Crockford expects a better run from the big outsider High Office who showed glimmers of his former ability at Glorious Goodwood.

On Future Champions Day at HQ, the trainer Aidan O’Brien looks set to dominate with his talented team of Darwin (2.05), Great White Eagle (2.35), Oklahoma City (4.05) and Afonso De Sousa (5.25). In the Dewhurst (3.10) the impressive Coventry winner War Command may be outclassed by Godolphin’s grey Outstrip who comes to the race off the back of an eye-catching performance.

A great  jumps card at Chepstow sees the national hunt season truly swing into action. Rebecca Curtis looks well placed to win with Potters Cross (3.35) and Swnymor (4.45). The Tizzards Theatrical Star will build on from a good season in 2012/13  in the stayers chase at (5.45)

Crockford’s Dead Cert – Darwin (Newmarket 2.05)

Impressive winner of his first two starts for Ballydoyle, he was not quite right when he could only finish third last time out. In what looks to be a better distance for him and in a weak Group Two contest this highly regarded horse will dominate.

Swnymor to regain confidence after Chepstow fall

Crockford’s Whisper – Louis The Pious e/w (York 3.30)

The Ayr Gold Cup second was second in this race last year. On a low weight with attractive each way odds of around 11/1 this whisper is not one to miss in race that will suit him.

Archer’s Selection – Great White Eagle (Newmarket 2.35)

Archer would have noticed the talk around this unbeaten colt. An impressive winner, this Group One contest looks well within his grasp. Archer would have been up on Ballydoyle’s great Classic hope.


Crockford’s Gambles across the courses this afternoon:

Newmarket – Darwin (2.05), Great White Eagle and Brown Sugar e/w (2.35), Outstrip (3.10), Pallasator e/w, Tiger Cliff e/w and High Office e/w (Cesarewitch 3.50), Lightning Thunder (4.25), Oklahoma City (4.55) and Afonso De Sousa e/w (5.25)

York – King George River e/w (1.50), First Mohican and Broughton e/w (2.20), Outer Space (2.55), Louis The Pious e/w (3.30), Scots Gaelic (4.40) and Flow (5.10)

Chepstow – Potters Cross (3.35), Balder Success (4.15), Swnymor (4.45), American Trilogy e/w (5.15) and Theatrical Star (5.45)


(Featured Photograph – The Gallops at Newmarket by Stuart Rice)

(Photograph – Swnymor falls at Chepstow by Stuart Rice)


Newmarket Gallops