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After Frankie’s 4 yesterday todays racing was just as exciting in a different way, with the Derby form coming to the form and Advertise coming back to form. The 3 of us all landed a winner, so was a good day all round… It has been a great weeks racing and this is the final chapter!
Lets start with a recap of yesterday before we get into todays head to head, chosen by Jamie!
Charlie – Baghdad(Winner) Nonchalance(unplaced)
Jamie – Japan(Winner) Maamora(Unplaced) Fujaria Prince(3rd)
Rich – Daahyeh(Winner) Pablo Escobar(Unplaced) Jash(Unplaced)
Head to Head result… Rich & Jamie- Hermosa(2nd) Charlie Jubiloso(3rd)
Todays head to head is the 5.00 Wokingham Stakes.. Handicap… Class 2… 6f..
Charlie – Hey Jonsey -Although hasn’t won since landing a 6f Class 3 maiden at York back in 2017, when beating Staxton by 2 and 3/4 lengths. Has ran in some decent races since including finishing 5th in the Commenwealth Cup last season, although was beaten less than 2 lengths on that occasion. Was also 3rd to Projection here in October last year but was only 2 length behind the winner. A repeat of those performances in this race puts Hey Jonsey in the mix here and is around the 12-1 price at time of writing and is worth an eachway play.
Jamie – Summerghand
One of the trickiest puzzles of the week for punters to try and solve. I
have reasons to believe that David O’Meara’s inmate is the one. He
has run two big races so far this campaign at Newmarket. He was
desperately unlucky not to win on his first start and then he looked
to have really bumped into a smart one the next time. Summerghand
will love the fast pace of this race, and with the ground coming into
his favour he should run a screamer again. Oh, and did I mention that
Danny Tudhope is on board?
Rich – Summerghand – Beaten a neck on season return in a Newmarket 6f Class 2 Handicap by a neck in April by Flavius Titus before filling the same spot in another Newmarket Class 2 6f Handicap on May 5th, this time 3 lengths behind winner On the Warpath, turning the tables on Flavius Titus in 3rd, who has since won!
The final chapter begins, with our final thoughts on todays card…
3.05 Space Blues – Has been in great form since finishing 4th on seasonal return at Newbury over 1m 2f in April this year. Was sent to Nottingham to race over 1m 75y on next start and finished a head behind winner Fifth Position. Was dropped in distance to 7f for next race at York when beating Reeves by 2 lengths on the 15th May. Next assignment was at Epsom in the Surrey Stakes and Space Blues won again beating Urban Icon by a neck. Although that sounds like a short distance victory, Space Blues wasn’t put under too much pressure and held on by just doing what was required. If using same tactics today could easily go in again here and is available around the 3-1 price with most bookies.
3.40 Masar -Makes a long anticipated return today, hasn’t been seen since I tipped him to win the Derby in 2018 after picking up an injury. Was supposed to run in the Prince Of Wales Stakes on Wednesday but was entered into this race by connections. If reports from recent breeze up are correct then Masar has retained the ability shown prior to that injury and at 3-1 is today’s Nap.
4.20 The Tin Man -Has been a fantastic horse for me over the last few years and has won 9 times from 22 starts, has also won 6 out of 17 Stakes races and prize money won is just short of the 1m mark. Last victory came in September last year when winning the 32 Red Sprint Cup Stakes at Haydock over 6f from Brando who was 2nd by 1/2 length. Was 7th in next race here in October when contesting the Quipco British Champion Sprint Stakes over 6f on soft ground behind Sands Of Mali. Was then put away for the winter before making seasonal reappearance at Windsor on the 20th May. Was beaten less than 3 lengths when finishing 3rd behind Dream Of Dreams in the Wetherbys Hamilton Stakes over 6f and 12y. Should be more sharper for that run and looks way overpriced at around the 11-1 price and is worth an eachway play.
3.05 – Jersey Stakes – Angels Hideaway
It is a typically open looking Jersey Stakes with Godolphin’s Space
Blues well fancied. I quite like the look of Angels Hideaway at a big
price. She has got some good form in the book, not least a fourth in
the 1000 Guineas. A stiff seven furlongs should suit her, and I expect
her to be hitting the line strongly. She didn’t handle Epsom at all, but
we know she acts well at Ascot. Good chance.
3.40 – Hardwicke Stakes – Defoe
Defoe enjoyed his finest hour in the Coronation Cup at Epsom when
finally getting his first Group 1. He arrives at Ascot in fine form and a
worthy favourite in my book. He may have to improve further from
Epsom as this is a hot race with Masar, Lah Ti Dar and Southern
France in opposition. It’s hard to believe that this will be first
appearance at Ascot. A stiff mile and a half is what he wants and as
we know, Defoe stays a bit further too. My bet of the day.
4.20 – Diamond Jubilee Stakes – Sands of Mali e/w
I think that Blue Point will complete the King Stand – Diamond
Jubilee double. Although, I am looking for a bit of value and in
Champions Day winner Sands of Mali I think we have it. Of course,
that race was run over course and distance which can be important
around here. He will have to put behind him a disappointing effort at
Hamilton a few weeks ago but I think trainer Richard Fahey is
training him specifically for this race. A big run is expected.
Lee McKenzie –
I like CITY LIGHT in the Diamond Jubilee on Saturday. He only just failed to win the race last year after a disastrous start. Testing ground wouldn’t be a problem, but if conditions were drying a bit by then he still has the class to make up for last year’s lapse.
Final Word with Rich –
Thanks guys, Charlie & myself would like to thank Jamie for his huge contribution this week & Lee for his thoughts, we look forward to working with you both again very soon… Final day, final thoughts, final chapter….
2.30 Chesham Stakes… Class 1 Listed… 2YO Only… 7f…
Pinatubo… 3 & 1/2 lengths winner on race course debut over 6f on the All Weather at Wolverhampton in a Class 4 Novice Stakes on May 10th before heading to Epsom just 3 weeks later on May 31st in the Class 2 Woodcote Conditions Stakes, making it 2 from 2 by 1 & 1/2 lengths….
DANGER…. Lope Y Fernandez… Winner on debut in a Curragh 7f Maiden on June 7th by 3 & 3/4 lengths…
3.05 Jersey Stakes… Group 3… 3YO Only… 7f…
So Perfect… 4th in the Queen Mary here last season before landing a Curragh 6f Group 3 in July. Finished 2nd to Advertise in the Phoenix in August before a 3rd in the Cheveley Park Stakes to Fairyland at Newmarket in September, both Group 1 races. Headed to Churchill Downs & finished 3rd in the Breeders Cup Juvenile Sprint in November. Finished a head 3rd on season return in the 7f Fred Darling at Newbury in April before winning last time out in the 6f Group 3 Laken Stakes last month by 2 & 1/4 lengths. Now back up to 7f…
4.20 Diamond Jubilee Stakes… Group 1… 6f…
City of Light… Beaten a short head over C&D in this race last season and had a tough end to 2018. Started this season on April 26th, when finishing runner up at Maisons-Laffitte 6f Listed Prix Servanne to Inns of Court by 1/2 a length, who has since won the Group 2 Prix Du Gros-Chene at Chantilly, while 3rd has also won a Group 3 & finished runner up in the above mentioned race…
DANGER….. Blue Point… Can he win this after his excursions in the Kings Stand??
A massive thanks to everyone who has popped by this week, to the guys for their contributions but most of all to ALL the staff who get the horses ready on a daily basis…
All the Best – The Arseonlineracing Team…
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