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There was Snowfall at Epsom in June, when Aidan O’Brien’s filly landed the Oaks, will there be Snowfall at the Curragh in July? The forecasted odds of 2/7 have her as the likely winner & we hope she can make it 3 wins on the bounce…. And unlikely to be selected here at those odds!
The 4 of us were sadden to hear of the passing of Galileo, a fantastic race horse, whose legacy as a sire will live on for generations.. Run Free.
As like last weekend, we are going around the courses to try & find some winners & value…. With Newbury, Newmarket, the Curragh, Ripon amongst the cards running tomorrow afternoon. Add some NH summer jumps & evening flat cards, it is a very busy day all round (You have to wonder if it would be spread around the weekend better!)
Newbury 4.45 Fillies and Mares Novice Stakes over 1m 2f
Selection – Princess Nadia – Out of Sea The Stars and Princess Noor, has had 2 racecourse starts so far, was 3rd on debut at Salisbury on the 13th May this year behind winner Pretty Fair and Tucsun Cloud over 1m 1f 201y. Was then sent to Haydock on the 9th June this year and finished a 3/4 of a length 2nd to Mandoob over 1m 3f 140y. With normal progression should win today in a slightly easier race on paper biggest threat to the selection comes in the shape of Mawenzi a daughter of Dubawi who won on debut at Wolverhampton.
Curragh 5.10 Aquaturf Handicap over 2m
Selection – Ever Present -Out of Elusive Pimpernel and Persian Memories, has had 6 career starts so far winning 3 times including last 2 starts at Leopardstown. Won on debut at Punchestown back in October 2020 when beating The Big Story by 1 and 1/4 lengths. Won again on 5th start at Leopardstown on the 17th June this year when beating Monas Melody by 6 lengths over 1m 7f on good to firm ground. Returned to Leopardstown on the 8th July and won again beating The Names Jock by 1/2 length over 1m 7f on good ground. Has been in fantastic form last 2 starts on the flat and should gain another win today with the biggest threat to the selection coming in the shape of Hector De Maris who’s trained by Aidan O’brien.
3.00 Hackwood Stakes
Tabdeed run his rivals down late in this contest last year and arrives here after a similar path this term, running a sound prep race at Newcastle. This Havana Gold gelding has clearly had his issues as he’s lightly raced for his age, but there’s no denying he is a very talented individual when on song. I’m expecting a good run here with conditions to suit.
3.35 Aphrodite Fillies Stakes
Free Wind put in a pair of eye catching efforts in novice races over 10f last month and rightly takes a step up in grade now. She looks ready for this test and is out of a 12f winning filly with her sire the much missed and hugely influential Galileo. The Gosden team have been patient with her and can be rewarded with another black-type winners for connections here.
1:50 – Bet365 Stakes (Listed) – Selection: Derab
This is a solid looking listed heat over the 10 furlong trip. The fact that my selection Derab isn’t favourite at the time of writing does surprise me a little but you can’t argue that Real World wasn’t very impressive at the Royal meeting. However, Derab has a lot going for him today and I think this is an exciting prospect going forward. The half brother to Enable still has untapped potential and receives a big chunk of weight, 7lbs to be precise from the likes of Real World. Derab currently still has only the one win to his name, a Newmarket Novice event back in May. After that the Gosden team decided to take their chance in the Prix Du Jockey Club. It is fair to say that being held up off a steady pace didn’t help Derab on soft ground and he finished 8th of 19. Back down a few grades and on quick ground today, Derab should be in the mix on all known form.
He looks well in on the ratings.
2:50 – Sapphire Stakes (G2) – Selection: Measure Of Magic
A field of 8 go to post for this 5F Group 2 contest. After a very good performance in the Commonwealth Cup at the Royal meeting when 3rd Measure Of Magic gets the nod here. It was a career best from the son of Kodi Bear who is back in calmer waters today and holds major claims of taking a 5th win from 9 races. A return to quick ground today will suit Measure Of Magic even better than the heavy going he encountered at Ascot. The danger is undoubtedly Logotype who is progressing nicely having won his last two races and will be a tough nut to crack. However, if my selection runs up to his Ascot form, which has been boosted by Laws Of Indeces winning the Prix Jean Prat, then he should be right there in the closing stages.
Newbury( Good, Good to soft in Places)
1.50 Steventon Stakes – Class 1 Listed – 3yo Plus – 1m 2f….
Derab – Sea the Stars X Concentric 3yo colt.
Half brother to Enable via Dam. Had a run at this course on his 2nd start, when finishing a 1 & 3/4 length runner up to Snow Lantern in a 1m Class 4 Maiden in April.
Won on his 3rd career start at Newmarket on the Rowley course over 1m on May 14th in a Class 4 Novice Stakes by 6 & 1/2 lengths.
Was stepped up in distance to 1m 2f & Class, when running at Longchamp on June 6th in the Group 1 Prix Du Jockey Club, finishing a 6 length 8th to winner St Mark’s Basilica, who won the Eclipse on July 3rd & was only 2 lengths behind 6th place Pretty Tiger, who has since landed the Prix Eugene Adam at Saint-Cloud on July 4th.
Drops back in grade & has age for weight allowance & can run carrying 8s 11Lb on his back…
2,20 Anglesey Stakes – Group 3 – 2yo Only – 6f 63yds
Hadman – Starspangledbanner X Anneli Colt.
Debut over 7f at Leopardstown on May 14th & finished 6 & 3/4’s of a length 6th behind winner Celtic Times, who runs in the field today.
Dropped to 6f & finished 3rd, when 3 & 3/4 lengths behind Dr Zempf on June 2nd at this course. Finally broke his maiden tag on his 3rd start over 7f at Gowran in a Maiden on June 13th, beating Unconquerable by a head, 2nd & 3rd have both since won. Dropped back to 6f last time out at Naas, when making it 2 wins on the bounce on July 3rd, he beat Geocentric by 3/4’s of length & the runner up has won since…..
That is everything for you today folks… There maybe a treat tomorrow at 7pm! Thanks for popping by & for your support, it means a lot…
All the Best – The Arseonlineracing Team