Blimey are we still here without a day away! You cannot keep us down that is for sure… Welcome folks, I am sure you know the score by now… 2 racing enthusiasts run arseonlinetips…. Charlie from Glasgow, Rich from the Isle of Wight. Today we present to you …… Fantastic Friday!
A standard racing blog…. Charlie has his Friday Threesome and Rich will have the Final Word… So, let’s head to the track and see if we have got the all in the stalls….
Gateway -Has only had 3 starts and has shown improvement with each run, first run was in a Class 5 at Bath over 1m on 11th July and finished 2nd some 7 lengths behind Watheeqa. Next run was at Lingfield and although finished 3rd over 1m 1y was less than 3 lengths behind the winner. More recently was 1st at Ayr over 7f 50y with Duquesa Beach some 2 and 1/2 lengths behind in 2nd. This suggests that the horse is progressing and should go in again today if in the same mood.
National Wealth -Has been pretty consistent in Maiden’s of late without winning, finished 4th on debut at Roscommon back on the 11th June and although was 4th was less than 4 length behind the winner Lethal Power. Next race was at The Curragh on the 29th June when finishing 3rd, some 1 and 1/2 length behind Dermot Welds Kisanga. Next race was at Ballinrobe when finishing a 3 and 1/4 length 2nd to another Dermot Weld horse Mutaabeq. Next on the agenda was a trip to Galway and finished 2nd by a head, although not to Dermot Weld this time was one of Willie Mullins horses in Diamond Hill. Latest run was at Leopardstown when finishing 3rd to Dermot Welds Centroid who won by 2 lengths. If repeating the run shown at Galway 2 starts back that should be enough to take this race and break maiden at the 6th attempt.
Zwayyan -Had won 4 times for W Haggas before switching yards now with Andrew Balding, last victory came in October last year at Ascot, has ran 5 times since then and only placed twice. Was 2nd at Nottingham in May over 1m 75y in a Class 2 race. More recently was 3rd at Ascot over 7f 213y in another Class 2 race. If repeating that here should be enough to take this race if handling the switch to all weather surface.
Well that’s my thoughts on today’s selections, good luck if following and please remember to keep stakes small so it doesn’t hurt your pocket. I will now hand you over to Rich for the Final Word.
Rich’s Final Word –
Congratulations to Mark Johnston, who yesterday surpassed Richard Hannon Snr to become the most successful trainer in Great Britain, yes I said successful, not Winningmost… That word hails from America & has been used to describe Mark’s feat. We are in Great Britain not America, if they wish to use then let them, please do not let that word anywhere near the UK! Rant over!
York again for me…. Yesterday was great…. I mentioned 4 in the Yorkshire Oaks and blimey, with Sea of Class, Coronet & DANGER Ezira filling the first 3 places! Then we had an exceptional performance from Lah Ti Dah to land the Sir Henry Cecil Stakes…..
What do I have for you today???
2.25 Lonsdale Cup Group 2 2m 56y…..
Stradivarius is looking to make it 4 from 4 this season and John Gosden’s Sea the Stars colt has on outstanding chance. Having started with a 3 length win on seasonal return in May when landing the Yorkshire Cup(G2) at this course before heading to Ascot in June, where he landed the Gold Cup(G1 2m 5f) from Vazirabad. Goodwood was the next venue on July 31st when taking the Goodwood Cup(G1) over 2m to beat Torcedor…
Will he have it his own way???
Idaho was a 6 & 1/2 length 3rd at Goodwood on first try over this distance and could get a touch closer while Red Verdon is stepping up in trip and is likely to give it his best shot!
3.00 Gimcrack Stakes Group 2 2YO Only 6f…..
Legends of War is a Scat Daddy colt I mentioned on his debut in this section when he won by 4 lengths at Yarmouth. He was rather thrown in at the deep end in a Newmarket Group 1 when finishing a 7 length 6th to Advertise. Back on track when landing a Class 4 6f at Newbury last time out by a head and will appreciate this track and has a little bit more experience…..
The Rest….. Space Traveller is 2 from 2 this season and is likely to be very good for the future and Irish Rover, who was a 1 length 3rd to Advertise in Ireland last time out and has the best form in the race!
3.35 Nunthorpe Stakes Group 1 5f…..
Battaash is the red hot favourite who was a 5 & 1/4 length 4th in this race to Marsha last season and is 3 wins from 4 runs since. The only defeat was in the Kings Stand to Blue Point. A 4 length winner of the King George last time out from Take Cover ….
What are the Dangers??
The obvious place to start is Blue Point, who has only run over 5f twice. Was a head runner up to Ertijaal in Meydan and then beat Battaash. Not the same when running in the July Cup at Newmarket over 6f finishing a 4 & 1/2 length 7th, so with a bit of a break and back to 5f, we could see the Blue Point from the Kings Stand …. Of the Fillies’ Mabs Cross was 3rd to the two above at Ascot and was 1 & 1/2 lengths behind Havana Grey in the Saphire Stakes at the Curragh….
One last thing before we go here’s Rich’s Trackers for today.
That’s all for today folks. Thanks for popping by….
All the Best – Charlie & Rich