Strike back with Lord Empire

  • By: Anita Chambers
  • Last Updated: August 21 2014, 20:59 BST

Anita Chambers has a tip for every race on Thursday including at Wolverhampton, where Lord Empire is fancied to win.

BATH: 2.20 John Joiner, 2.55 My Meteor, 3.30 Molly Jones, 4.05 Hope For Glory, 4.40 Grayswood, 5.15 Bonnie Fairy, 5.45 Cabuchon.

FFOS LAS: 2.10 Spa Hill, 2.45 Jewellery, 3.20 Hold Court, 3.55 Milly Malone, 4.30 Get It On, 5.05 Wester Ross, 5.35 Goldie Horn.

KILLARNEY: 5.10 Before Long, 5.40 Crecora, 6.10 Rayna, 6.40 Elsie, 7.10 Indevan, 7.40 Get More, 8.10 Fill Your Hands.

NEWTON ABBOT: 5.25 Camachoice, 6.00 Georgian King, 6.30 Honour System, 7.00 Key To Milan, 7.30 Zama Zama, 8.00 Rathlin Rose.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 6.20 Angus Glens, 6.50 Seamster, 7.20 Logans Lad, 7.50 Red Primo, 8.20 Lear's Rock, 8.50 Bertie Blu Boy, 9.20 Lord Empire.

YORK: 1.55 Kool Kompany, 2.30 TIGGY WIGGY (NAP), 3.05 Parbold, 3.40 Taghrooda, 4.20 Arabian Comet, 4.55 Wedding Ring.

DOUBLE: Tiggy Wiggy and Taghrooda.

As uninspired a selection as it may be, it is impossible to see past Taghrooda in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks, the feature event on day two of the Ebor meeting at York.

John Gosden's filly has proved to be the middle-distance star of the season and she will be out to extend her unbeaten record to five as she tackles this mile-and-a-half heat.

Her Oaks success was certainly impressive and while the placed runners may not be quite so good as first thought, Taghrooda demonstrated her class with victory in the King George at Ascot.

Taking on both the colts and the older horses for the first time, John Gosden and owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum took a brave path in Berkshire and their courage was rewarded as Taghrooda made full use of a handy pull in the weights to see off Telescope by three lengths.

Taghrooda could well have won by further that day as she pulled clear in the final strides and off level weights with her contemporaries and getting a hefty chunk from the older fillies, it would be the surprise of the meeting if Taghrooda could not add a third Group One triumph.

Tiggy Wiggy had to settle for second behind Anthem Alexander at Royal Ascot but she can reverse the form in the Pinsent Masons Lowther Stakes.

Richard Hannon has taken a bold approach with this Kodiac filly and she will be having her seventh start of the campaign as she lines up in this Group Two affair.

She arrives on the back of a six-length demolition job in the Super Sprint, with Tiggy Wiggy conceding weight all round yet still winning as she liked.

Her previous form gave her a clear chance, winning three of her five starts, with her only defeats coming at the hands of the reopposing Anthem Alexander and Patience Alexander.

There were no obvious excuses for the the latter eclipse, but Tiggy Wiggy deserved plenty of credit for her Ascot run after getting outpaced in the middle of the race before staying on in the last of five furlongs.

That effort suggests this step up to six furlongs should be a plus and with Anthem Alexander shouldering a 3lb penalty, Tiggy Wiggy should have an excellent chance of avenging her defeat.

The Hannon team could be going home with plenty of cash in their pockets as Kool Kompany is the pick in the DBS Premier Yearling Stakes.

He must concede upwards of 2lb to each of his rivals in this six-furlong affair but as a dual Group Two winner, he still appears to hold all the aces.

Kool Kompany impressed in both his Railway Stakes and Prix Robert Papin wins but connections have opted to lower their sights after he was found wanting in the Group One Phoenix Stakes earlier this month.

Beaten just half a length, Kool Kompany still deserved plenty of credit and it makes sense to chase a big-money prize like this if he is not going to quite make it at the highest level.

Arabian Comet looks a likely type in the Sir Henry Cecil & EBF Galtres Stakes following an excellent run at Goodwood.

Winner of a 12-furlong handicap at Ascot in July, William Haggas thought the Dubawi filly good enough to pitch in to Group Three company next time out.

She repaid that faith with a fine second behind Missunited over a mile and three-quarters when she did not look totally at ease on the unique Sussex Downs track.

Arabian Comet was rated just 89 that day but a subsequent 10lb rise probably reflects her rate of improvement and puts her in the mix here.

Parbold has failed to reach the expected heights but is interesting switched in grade for the Clipper Logistics Handicap, while Wedding Ring is the pick in the EBF Stallions Fillies' Stakes.

Grayswood recently struck gold at Ffos Las and can follow up in the Bet On UK Horseracing With Unibet Handicap at Bath, with Red Primo taken to score a first win on Wolverhampton's Tapeta surface in the Neal Wood Fifth Anniversary Memorial Handicap.

They race over the sticks at Ffos Las where Hold Court can strike gold in the totequadpot Four Places In Four Races Beginners' Chase.

Newton Abbot also stages National Hunt action, with Honour System the pick for John Ferguson in the Handicap Hurdle.