Welcome to a Saturday blog from the team at Arseonlineracing. Alongside Charlie & Rich, we have Jamie and Chris Price. It is a busy weekend again with Group races all over the place & a couple thrown in at Deauville in France tomorrow…
We digress and yesterdays BREAKING NEWS about a competition to win a Book! The book is not due to be published until August and we will announce more details on Sunday at 7pm…..
Anyway back to the racing today & Charlie heads the Market, with Jamie & Chris strong in the middle part of the blog with Rich hoping to finish in style….
Ascot 2.05 Class 2 Handicap for Fillies over 1m
Melinkova – Frankel filly who won on debut on the 5th August 2019 at Kempton over 7f in a Class 4. Was 3rd behind Quadrilateral on next start at Newbury on the 20th September 2019 over 7f in a Class 2. If Sir Michael Stoute has her race ready, then she can gain another victory here in a Class 3. Main danger is Manaabit who has won twice in last 3 runs this year.
Newmarket 4.10 Bunbury Cup Class 2 Handicap over 7f
Mutamaasik – Dubawi Gelding who racked up 4 wins last year after finishing 2nd on debut at Kempton on the 5th June. Made reappearance on the 16th June this year in the Buckingham Palace Handicap at Ascot when finishing 3rd behind Motakhayyel and Jack’s Point over 7f. Meets Motakhayyel again here but has a 3lb advantage this time and that could be enough to reverse places this time around.
Ascot 4.25 Class 4 Handicap over 1m 7f and 209y
Stag Horn – Golden Horn Colt who finally got rid of the maiden tag at 4th attempt, when beating Bondi Sands by 2 and 1/2 lengths at Goodwood on the 15th June over 1m 6f. Made all in that race hinting that there is more potential of a follow up win. Main Danger comes from the Sir Mark Prescott trained Alphabetical who has won last 3 starts of 2020 and carries an extra 6lbs and is stepping up in trip.
Jamie – Has 3 from Newmarket
2:25 – British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies Handicap –
A puzzling 3YO Fillies handicap for the punters to solve. A mixture of unexposed and exposed types go to post. I tend to side with the less exposed horses and I like one in here for Highclare Racing. Fantail, a twice raced Filly to date with both starts at Chelmsford City on the all-weather.
She won first time up in November of last year before returning to finish fourth on her first outing of 2020. Connections have decided to go down the handicap route with her and she could be very well handicapped at 8st 9lbs. There is a couple of question marks to answer as far as how Fantail will fare on the grass. It may be worth a gamble though.
3:35 – Darley July Cup –
Selection: Hello Youmzain
The July Cup, where the top three year – olds clash with the older generation for the first time in the sprint division. While Commenwealth Cup Golden Horde is a worthy favourite I am not jumping from the Hello Youmzain ship as I tipped him to win the Diamond Jubilee, where he beat Sceptical and Khadeem.
There should be more to come from Hello Youmzain as that was his first run of the season and he goes well with cut in the ground. The July Cup takes some winning and this tough and hardy horse will be right there, he just needs a strong pace to aim at. I am quietly confident.
4:10 – Bet365 Bunbury Cup –
Selection: Sir Busker
Royal Ascot form is under the microscope here as Motakhayyel, winner of the Buckingham Palace meets Silver Hunt Cup victor, Sir Busker. I am siding with Sir Busker under Champion jockey Oisin Murphy.
It was a huge late surge that got Sir Busker home in front at Ascot and I am hoping he can perform up to that level again as he will need to in this hotter race. William Knight’s charge has improved from 3 to 4 and to my eye still looks to be the right side of the handicapper. He has some good form in the book having beaten Hunt Cup winner Dark Vision at Newcastle on his first run of 2020.
That form doesn’t look too shabby does it? Sir Busker should be bang there and running on well at the finish.
Chris – Has 2 Ascot & 1 from Newmarket
3.15 Summer Mile (Group 2)
Mohaather had no luck in running at this venue when only midfield in the Queen Anne, but I’m banking on this son of Showcasing to gain some compensation today. While it’s a stretch to say he would have won that day, he would have almost certainly been placed behind Circus Maximus. Having only had 6 starts, he’s also one of the few improvers here against some solid yardsticks. He’s not been missed in the betting, but this previous Greenham Stakes winner could still be a solid Group 1 horse.
3.50 Betfred Heritage Handicap
A typically competitive Ascot cavalry charge over the minimum trip, I’m picking a solid each-way chance here. Final Venture has been around for a while, more than paying his way. While it could be argued he’s not quite the force of old, he was placed at listed level at Naas and in hot handicaps at Musselburgh and here at Ascot last season off 103, he runs off 101 today. A fair 3rd at listed level behind El Astronaute last month should have him spot on, I’ll be very surprised if you don’t get a run for your money at 16/1.
4.10 Bunbury Cup
Mutamaasik went in to the notebook after a creditable 3rd at Royal Ascot last month over this trip, coming home best in the centre group, away from the action on the stands side. He has a 5lb swing for a 2 length defeat from the winner, also from the same owner in Motakhayyel, yet is a slightly bigger price with most firms at this time. Roger Varian does well with these lightly races types who seem to always appreciate the time and patience given. This son of Dubawi can add to his four wins (all over this trip) from six starts to date.
Final Word with Rich –
I have 3 all from Newmarket….
12.10 Handicap – Class 3 – 4YO Plus -1m 4f….
Yuri Gagarin – 4YO Sea the Moon gelding won over a mile at Newcastle (AW) back in December when landing a C5 Novice Stakes on debut and also made a winning seasonal return, again on the AW, this time at Kempton when stepping up to 1m 2f on June 15th in a C5 Novice Stakes by 5 lengths. Up in trip again on turf debut. Has an opening handicap mark of 95….
3.00 Superlative Stakes – Group 2 – 2YO Only – 7f…..
Hudson River – Galileo Colt, who’s Dam is Meccas Angel, the dual winner of the Nunthorpe Stakes. The colt made a winning start to life when landing a 7f Maiden at the Curragh on June 28th by 1 & 1/2 lengths. His trainer Aidan O’Brien has won this race 4 times…
3.35 July Cup Stakes – Group 1 – 3YO Plus – 6f
Golden Horde – 3YO Lethal Force colt was a neck runner up in the Middle Park Stakes to Earthlight last September. Made a winning season return in the Group 1 6f Commonwealth Stakes at Ascot by 1 & 1/2 lengths on June 19th. Receives age for weight allowance of 6Lb…
That is everything for you guys, lets hope Saturday is kind to us all… And that you are all well…
Those sprinters will go like a Bullet Train… Blink & you miss them!
Remember to keep stakes small & if you can’t afford to bet, just watch the top class coverage on the TV….
All the Best – The Arseonlineracing Team