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As we reach the last day of Glorious Goodwood & the Galway Festival, there have been some fine performances & some dismal decisions from the stewards. You just know that the new few weeks racing will be back to small field handicaps with very little Each Way value.. Racing needs to sort things out & very quickly!
Charlie makes a welcome return to join Jamie & Rich as Chris is away for the weekend
Charlie – Goodwood 3.20 Stewards Handicap Class 2 over 6f
Selection –Inverpark – 4 year old Gelding out of Pivotal and Red Baton, has had 15 starts winning 5 times, 3 of those wins have came this year at Windsor, Hamilton and Ascot. Has won over 6f and 7f, drops back in trip to 6f today after winning over 7f at Ascot last time out, when beating Ropey Guest by 1 length. If showing same attitude today could easily go in again, biggest threat to the selection comes in the shape of Mr Wagu who has won twice from last 3 starts.
3:40 – Bathshack Maiden (3yo+)
Selection: Touching Clouds
A full field of 18 line up for this Maiden over a mile. Dermot Weld loves a winner at Galway and he will have high hopes of adding to his tally with Touching Clouds. This daughter of War Front takes on the boys today after what was an eye-catching debut at Gowran Park in May. She finished off her race well to nab a half length second and any improvement from that run surely gives her a big chance. The form of that Maiden hasn’t worked out too badly with the fourth & fifth winning next time out. The Weld stable are in decent nick and she has a nice draw in stall 2. There is a lot to like.
Goodwood- 3.20 – Stewards Handicap – Class 2 – 3yo+ – 6f… Coachella – Dunkerque X Rock Harmonie 4yo gelding. First run for new trainer having moved to UK from France. He was last seen at Deauville on the All Weather in December 2021 winning a 6 & 1/2F Stakes race by 3 & 1/2 lengths. He has won 5 of his 9 starts with 1 place & is also a Longchamp 7f Listed winner from May 2021, when beating Erasmo. This is the biggest field he has run in , with the previous being a 14 strong field – Each Way
3.55 – Handicap – Class 2 – 3yo Only – 7f… Invincible Spirit X Tutu Nguru gelding. 2 wins from 4 starts, all runs over 7fs, with both wins coming on the All Weather at Kempton, In a Class 5 Novice Stakes in November & Class 4 Novice Stakes in December. He made his seasonal return at Haydock (Soft ground) on July 2nd in a 7f Class 3 Handicap, finishing 2nd to Zero Carbon by a short head…
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It was great to see Nashwa win the Nassau Stakes, following up her fine win in France with a great ride from Hollie Doyle
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Chris is back with us today along with Jamie & Rich. Jamie was in fine form yesterday with a winner & a huge EW landed
3.35 King George Qatar Stakes
Raasel has gone from strength to strength over the past 12 months, going from 6 handicap wins from 7 starts to landing Listed and Group 3 honours this summer, all over this trip. Today presents his sternest test to date and will have to be delivered late by James Doyle once more. If they go a strong gallop, which is more than likely here, he should be flying late on to land the spoils.
2:25 – Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes (G3)
Selection: Bayside Boy
This Group 3 over a mile represents a two grade drop in class for Bayside Boy today who holds strong claims today. Roger Varian’s son of New Bay has been campaigned in Group 1 company so far this season. After a well below par run in the French Guineas, Bayside Boy bounced back to form with a close two length defeat in the St James’ Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot when seventh. Unfortunately a slowly run race and being held up towards the rear didn’t help his cause that day. Back in calmer waters today on suitable quick ground, I fancy Bayside Boy to get his head back in front today. Ryan Moore in the saddle is another boost to his chances.
7:10 – Guinness Irish EBF Fillies Maiden
Selection: Raving Royal
This 3yo+ Maiden over 1m 4f has attracted a sizeable field of 18. There is a few candidates who stand out more than others with the O’Brien clan holding a strong hand. However, it is a Willie Mullins inmate Raving Royal who I believe can take the spoils. It was a promising debut run from Raving Royal when 3rd in a decent standard of a maiden with the winner being the well regarded Ballydoyle Colt Newfoundland, whilst the 2nd and 5th have won since. Soft ground went against Raving Royal next time out at Bellewstown where she was well beaten, I wouldn’t read too much into it though. Back on a sound surface and the Galway hill sure to suit, it could be another winner for the master of Closutton.
3.00 – Golden Mile Handicap – Class 2- 3yo+ – 1m… Jimi Hendrix – New Bay X Planchart 3yo colt. 3 wins from 6 career starts, won on final start of 2021. He finished a 3/4’s of a length 3rd of 6 on seasonal return in a 7f Salisbury Class 4 Novice Stakes on May 1st before stepping up in trip to 1m on handicap debut. He won that day on May 28th in a Class 4 Handicap at Haydock by 1 length from an opening mark of 83. A trip to Ascot last month, June 16th in the Class 2 1m Britannia Stakes, the colt finished a 1 & 1/2 length 3rd of 30, from a mark of 87. His last run was on July 9th at Newmarket, in the Mile Class 2 Handicap, from a mark of 92 & he won by a short head. Today he carries a 3lb penalty for the win, so a mark of 95 today & will go up to 98 after this run – EACH WAY
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Performance of the day yesterday came from Baaeed, he is now 9 wins from 9 starts. The Frankel comparison’s are a bit over the top though. He is Baaeed as was Frankel was Frankel. Both exceptional horses but to compare them is like Chalk & Cheese..
Fool of the day yesterday has to be the Goodwood stewards for banning a jockey for 2 days for saying ” What the f**k did you do that for?” to another jockey…
We have Goodwood & a bit of Galway…
Chris is back with us today along with Jamie & Rich
2.25 Richmond Stakes
Chateau has some smart form in the book, having finished a close 4th in the Windsor Castle at Royal Ascot, before winning a Listed race at Newbury a fortnight ago when upped to 6f. Plenty went wrong that day too, having suffered a tardy start and was hampered when coming to challenge. It was to his credit that he still got up and won there, looking strong through the line. Staying at 6f is clearly a wise choice and he must go well for the Andrew Balding yard who are in fine fettle recently.
4.45 World Pool Handicap
Dusky Prince had to wait a while to get his head in front again, but has rattled off a hat-trick over this trip during the summer, rising 15lb’s in the handicap. The form of his latest win looks strong, with both the 2nd and 3rd finishing 1st and 2nd respectively on their next starts. Due to go up another 2lb in future, he could have another strong run in him and is currently a fair each-way price.
2:25 – Qatar Richmond Stakes (G2)
Selection: Royal Scotsman
With course form and proven ability RoyalScotsman is one of my strongest fancies of the week. I just couldn’t leave this son of Gleneagles out today. Royal Scotsman made a striking impression when winning over course and distance on his second start, progressing nicely from his Ascot debut a few weeks previous. The form of that race has been boosted by the third home Mischief Magic winning his maiden well here on Tuesday. Next up for Paul & Oliver Cole’s charge was the Coventry at the Royal meeting and he ran a super race when finishing a close third. The form again has been enhanced by the fourth home Blackbeard winning a G2 in France since. With a proven liking for this track and the ground suitable Royal Scotsman must have a great shout today. Chris’ selection Chateu is the main danger.
5:05 – Guinness Galway Handicap Hurdle
Selection: Glan (Each way)
As always this is a tricky puzzle for the faithful Galway punters to solve but there is plenty of each way value out there. With that in mind I am quite taken by Glan who has snuck in at number 20 of the 21 original entries. Gordon Elliott’s charge has a likeable record in big field 2m handicap hurdles including at Punchestown a few months ago when landing a big pot. His last two races haven’t gone to plan but he had excuses on both these occasions, especially when suffering a nasty cut last time out at Killarney in May. Freshened up since then, with a low weight to carry and plenty of experience of the rough nature of these big handicaps, I can see Glan getting in the mix at
4.10 – Nursery – Class 2 – 2yo Only – 7f Self Praise – Twilight Son X Allegramente Colt Made his debut on April 30th in a Doncaster 5f Class 5 Maiden, finishing 4th of 6 by 1 & 1/4 lengths. His next 4 starts,1 in May at Chester in a 5f Class 2 Maiden & 3 in June, Epsom Class 2 Woodcote Stakes 6f, Newmarket Class 4 7f Maiden & Epsom Class 4 7f Maiden, the Twilight Son colt finished 2nd. He finally broke his maiden on his last run, July 16th at Chester in a Class 4 6f Novice Stake, beating Kessaar Power by 1 & 1/4 lengths. Wears 1st time cheek pieces – Each Way
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Day 1 saw Sandrine land the odds in the Group 2 Lennox Stakes & Kyprios narrowly beat Stradivarius in the Goodwood Cup….
What can we expect on Day 2 of Glorious Goodwood… The Group 1 Sussex Stakes over 1m featuring Unbeaten Baaeed, the 5f Molecomb Stakes & The Oak Tree Stakes over 7f
Jamie is back to join Rich & our guest @WattyRacing…
2:25 – Whispering Angel Oak Tree Stakes (G3)
Selection: Benefit (Each way)
Benefit looks to be one of the quicker Fillies in this race and I am hoping that she can power home late on and nick a place. My selection has been running mainly over 6F this season and has been giving the impression lately that a step back up to 7F is worth another shot. Benefit was well beaten on her sole attempt at today’s trip at the start of the season when she pulled too much in the Fred Darling at Newbury. It was a good run at York last time out when Benefit stayed on well to finish a close enough sixth in a G3. The form has been boosted by the third Gale Force Maya winning since. With a strong pace likely and Ryan Moore in the saddle I am confident she will give us a good run for our money. Another horse I must flag up at an each way price is Allayaali who is very interesting on her seasonal reappearance.
4:10 – European Breeders Fund EBF Fillies Handicap
Selection: Sea Speedwell
This looks to be a competitive renewal of this class 2 handicap over 1m 2f. SeaSpeedwell has done little wrong in her career to date and gets the nod from me today. Sea Speedwell is a thrice raced daughter of Sea The Stars who got off the mark at the second attempt last December at Kempton over a mile. Despite being perhaps a bit ring rusty on her first outing of 2022, Sea Speedwell ran with great credit to finish second last time out in a novice stakes at Leicester. You would like to think that she will come on a lot for that run and there is seemingly more improvement to come. The nice ground will suit ideally and Marquand will have her close to the pace. Big chance in my book.
2.25 Oak Tree Stakes – Fillies’ & Mares’ Group 3 – 3yo+ – 7f… Heredia – Dark Angel X Nakuti 3yo filly. 2 wins from 2 starts in her debut season 2021 at Windsor & Newbuty. made her seasonal return at York in a 7f Class 3 Handicap, opening mark was 91, on May 22nd winning by a short head. She followed that up at Ascot in June by winning the Sandringham Fillies’ Handicap by 1 length from Zanbaq from a mark of 98. Her last start was on July 2nd at Sandown in the 1m Fillies’ Listed Distaff, when finishing 3rd to Grande Dame by 4 & 1/4 lengths. I would draw a line through that & now drops to 7f from 1m…
1.50 Goodwood, 1m4f Handicap 3yo (0-105)
A typical race of it’s type with plenty of horses at the top of the weights in form and quite a few at the bottom just waiting their turn to reach a winning handicap mark.
Previous course form is always worth plenty on the Sussex Downs and with that in mind I’m quite drawn to the Charlie Hills trained Inverness.
A winner over 1m in September last year he has taken a few runs to come to hand as a 3yo, 6th first time out at Epsom in April’s Classic Trial he returned to handicap company at Royal Ascot where he was 10th in the King George V Stakes before trying a staying trip back at the Royal course earlier this month over 1m6f where he finished an honorable third.
I think the return to Goodwood plus a nice draw up the inside in stall one will help and if some of the favoured horses struggle and sulk before fading then he should give ew punters a good run for their money.
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It’s the start of Goodwood on the downs & the weather is set fair for the next few days, with the ground set to be good, good to firm in places..
Charlie is unavailable until Saturday, Chris will be here on Thursday & Friday, with Jamie joining us again tomorrow so we have a Special Guest – @WattyRacing joining us…
2.00 Vintage Stakes – Group 2 – 2yo Only -7f… Mysterious Night – Dark Angel X Mistrusting Colt. Runner up on race course debut at Newbury in May, running over 6f in a Class 4 Maiden finishing 2nd by a nose before winning on his 2nd start in June, over the extended 6f, 6f 110yds, again at Newbury in a Class 4 Novice Stakes beating Constitution by 1 & 1/2 lengths. His last start was on July 11th in the Group 2 July Stakes over 6f at Newmarket, finishing 3rd by 3 & 1/4 lengths to Persian Force. The extra distance will be no issue, coupled with his race experience & a good draw in stall 2…. The DANGER could come from the Favourite – Holloway Boy – Ullysses X Sultry Colt, who won by 1 length on debut in the 7f Chesham Listed Stakes at Ascot on June 18th..
5.55 – Fillies’ Handicap – Class 3 – 3yo+ – 6f…. Kimngrace – Profitable X Estonia 3yo Filly. 1 win from 4 starts in her first season. Made her seasonal return in April at Sandown over 5f in a Class 2 Handicap, finishing 4th of 9 by 5 & 1/4 lengths before winning over C&D in a Class 3 Apprentice Handicap by a neck on June 3rd. Her last start was back over 5f on June 18th in a Haydock Class 4 Handicap, finishing a short head 2nd to Sandbeck, who has won again since as has 3rd, Vadamiah….
3.00 Goodwood, World Pool Lennox Stakes, 7f, Group 2.
In what looks a pretty wide open race of it’s type with a mix of regular performers at this specialist intermediate trip I’m quite happy to avoid the favourite and go for something at a double digit price for all you each way punters.
I’m quite taken with Ever Given from Hugo Palmer’s, already a winner from two of his four starts this season he showed that undulating tracks pose no threat when winning over this trip at Epsom on Oaks Day, after that things didn’t go to plan in the Criterion at Newmarket but back on a turning track and with the benefit of an inside draw he can make his presence felt in this.
4.10 Goodwood, Nicholson Gin Handicap, 5f (0-105)
Goodwood sprint handicaps are often a minefield given the nature of the track with it being mainly downhill with a slight dog-leg bend but it can often be a place where plot jobs can be pulled off to perfection.
With that I’m going in here on Embour from Ruth Carr, Ruth is a trainer I’ve always liked and most certainly would not be sending a horse down to Goodwood for a day out, a few years ago she sent out the winner of the consolation race for the Stewards’ Cup so knows when it’s worth having a raid and he comes here off the back of a recent third at Catterick over 6f.
Embour is fairly lightly raced for a 7yo sprint handicapper and despite having yet to win over the 5f trip on what will be his 35th start, something tells me this is a plan that could be ready to strike.
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Slim Jim Picking’s or sparse fields with Glorious Goodwood coming up this week, there will be plenty to get our teeth in to but today is King George day at Ascot, with 6 going to post & it is a decent race. Some nice field handicaps too but that is a rare thing these days outside of the BIG festivals…
All 4 of us are here today, so let’s get to the start
Gowran Park 2.20 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies and Mare’s Maiden over 7f
Selection – Blazing Skies – 3 year old filly out of Dark Angel and The Sky is Blazing. Has had just the one run and finished 4th at Naas on the 22nd June, only beaten 4 lengths by winner Didn’thavemuchtodo, faces Giulia Frasi and Endless Season who finished 6th and 8th retrospectively in that race at Naas. Has the best chance to gain 1st victory today if reproducing same performance level. 2nd
Ascot 3.35 King George Vi & Queen Elizabeth Stakes Group1 over 1m 3f 211y
Selection – Westover – 3 year old Colt out of Frankel and Mirabilis. Has had 6 runs winning 3 times and finishing 2nd twice and 3rd once. The wins came at Sandown X2 and the Curragh. His 3 runs this year have shown that he has maintained his ability shown last season. Won at Sandown on the 22nd April when beating Cash by a short head over 1m 1f 209y. Was 3rd in the Derby on the 4th June when beaten by a head for 2nd with2 the winner a further 2 and 1/2 lengths infront. Won the Irish Derby on next start at the Curragh on the 25th June, beating Piz Badile by 7 lengths. Clearly the one with the best form in this race and is taken to gain another victory today, biggest danger to the selection comes in the shape of Mishriff who was 2nd in this race last year.
1.50 Princess Margaret Keeneland Stakes
I’m looking away from the favourite here and siding with Breege. A comfortable winner over 5.5f on debut before going down narrowly last time over this trip, when making a mess of the start. The winner that day has since ran with credit in the Coventry, and if she can break on terms today, could well be involved in the finish at a fair each-way price. 3rd
3.15 York Stakes
Not an original choice, but Dubai Honour is clearly the class horse in the Group 2 feature at York. Twice a winner at this level last term, his best run was when runner-up in the Champion Stakes at Ascot in October. He failed to land a blow when down the field upped to 12f last time out in Meydan, and hasn’t been seen since. Connections may well have found an ideal race this afternoon to kick start his campaign, and if anywhere near fully tuned up, should land the spoils.
3:35 – Ascot – King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1)
Some people will moan about a six runner King George but it certainly doesn’t lack for quality. In my opinion Westover is the best horse in the field and I fancy him to give Colin Keane a massive winner on British soil. My selection is enjoying a terrific season having been placed in the Epsom Derby where he was an unlucky third due to traffic problems. Westover got his recognition in the Irish version a few weeks later when winning like a proper out and out mile and a half horse, it was a very comfortable success. There is more to come from Westover and the stiff nature of Ascot’s home straight will play to his strengths. A worthy favourite in my eyes.
The Jessica Harrington stable have taken this race in the past two years and they have a great chance of adding to that tally today. My Minvervina is chasing a hat trick herself after winning well at Bellewstown and Killarney over today’s 1m trip. She obviously needed her reappearance race a good bit at Down Royal last month. A 6lb rise in the weights seems quite lenient after that Killarney success as there seems to be more improvement in her. The ground is fine and the Harrington stable is operating at a healthy strike rate at the moment. Every chance on all known form.
Ascot – 3.00 – International Stakes (Heritage Handicap) – 3yo+ – 7f…. A 21 runner handicap with up to 7 places on offer from selected bookmakers & there are a few i like in this race with Favourite DARK SHIFT ( Dark Angel X Mosuo 4yo colt), who was 4/1 at the time of writing this, he is a C&D winner from last September & has won his last 2 starts, which were over 1m & now drops back to 7f. He landed the Class 2 Hunt Cup here on June 15th, the form of his Nottingham win over 1m 75yds on May 22nd in a Class 2 Handicap is a belter, with DUBAI MIRAGE (2nd that day & runs here at 4,45 – 8/1), Dubai Icon (5th) & Austrian Theory(6th) all winning next time out in this class. He now runs from a career high mark of 102. Of the EACH WAY chance I like are – ROPEY GUEST (Cable Bay X Hadeeya 5yo gelding) who has finished 2nd on his last 2 starts, from a mark of 92 & has been raised to 93, with his last win mark at 92. He was 2nd in the Buckingham Palace over C&D on June 16th & last time 2nd to Bless Him (Runs in this race & cannot be ruled out with smuggler Spencer on his back & runs from a mark of 99, won from 101 in that race) at Newmarket on July 9th. Ropey has a 5lb claimer on board too…
And I also like NORTHERN EXPRESS (Zoffany X Hint of a Tint 4yo gelding), who has 1 win & 3 runner up spots from his 5 starts in 2022. He landed a Class 3 York 7f Handicap on June 10th when he beat Orbaan (Running in this race) was was a neck 2nd last time out ina 7f Class 2 York Handicap on July8th to Saleymm, from a mark of 92 & runs from the same mark today with the form has being boosted by the 4th winning next time out & he is due to go up to 95 after this race… Dark Shift 4/1 Win Ropey Guest 14/1 EW Northern Express 16/1 EW
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Welcome to Watty’s Flat Spots – Part 7. Neil Watson (WattyRacing) was at Haydock Park on Friday & has found 3 to add to your tracker, plus talks about the lack of foresight from the race courses in his area….
Friday saw what was probably not the classiest Friday afternoon card that Haydock had ever staged but for those of us who don’t really go to the music nights, it was a nice way to spend a few hours in a relaxed atmosphere and also have a little break from my current binge watching of the Women’s Euros.
Sadly though I didn’t see any visiting fans from Sweden, Netherlands, Portugal or Switzerland, who have all graced the Leigh Sports Village about five miles away and with racecourses concerned about lack of crowds at the moment it’s frustrating that the Haydock management didn’t think of offering them discount admission and sample a days racing. Sometimes you have to bash your head on the wall that racecourse management don’t seem to spot something directly going on close by!
However with Wigan and St Helens rugby league teams both playing in the evening I did spot a few fans doing the double header, certainly does help with the 320 bus that frequents the two towns and has a stop right outside the road entrance to the course.
Back to the racing though now that I’ve got off my rant and here we have three potential nice spots who all stood out for me on Friday.
1 – Battle Dubai – 2yo Bay Colt – Trainer : Harry & Roger Charlton.
For me this was definitely the performance of the day in the 2yo Novice Stakes.
In the paddock he caught the eye and he was one of six horses in a field of eight that were having their first race in public but he showed true professionalism over on the far side rail to win impressively on debut.
Getting the far side rail helped and he could be one to follow going up in grade, it would be no surprise at all if he were to end up in a Group race during the late summer and early autumn of the season.
2 – Supreme King – 2yo Bay Colt – Trainer : Richard Hannon.
Chasing home Batal Dubai was this fellow debutant.
The Hannon yard was 10-56 with 2yo debutants this season and while he couldn’t live with the winner he still showed a willing attitude and will most definitely be winning next time out.
About four lengths behind the race winner he should learn plenty from it and looks like he will probably get 7f in time too.
3 – Go Sing – 4yo Bay Gelding – Trainer : Mick and David Easterby.
In what looked a very open and moderate maiden won easily by first time starter Floral Splendour who looks like she could be a fair sort my eye was taken by the ones behind her and the only one who stood out was the runner up here in Go Sing.
Now Go Sing has had an interesting route to the Sherrif Hutton yard of one of Britain’s oldest trainers, originally trained in Hong Kong he showed zilch on his first start over 5f at Sha Tin, now in Yorkshire he ran with promise over a mile at Thirsk when fifth of ten.
Dropped down to 7f here he probably didn’t quite like the trip and will be far happier back over a mile and even a bit further but he now gets a handicap mark and should be able to land something during the summer months.
I do hope you have enjoyed this little one, hard to say when the next one will be due to a mix of the weather and the various rail companies striking which has put the kibosh on a few plans so i need proper military style planning to get racing by rail firmly sorted.
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Plenty of raving today with everyone getting steaming in the paddocks & I don’t mean the trainers or stable staff! Anyway, there are lot’s of meeting’s today & we would like to express our gratitude to all the stable staff, who have travelled to courses up & down the country, deserve a BIG round of applause & plenty of cold water today, race course manager’s, please do the right thing…
Lot’s has happened this week in racing with the introduction of new whip rules ( Pro Cush), dwindling crowds ( Nothing to do with cost of course entry) & Trainers boycotting Newbury over prize money ( Same level as last few years). Just yesterday, with temperature’s due to reach record HIGH’s, the BHA, finally decided to cancel racing in the area’s within the RED ZONE, a first for the BHA doing something right lately!
All 4 of us are back today, hoping to KEEP our COOL in this heatwave
Newbury 3.30 Weatherbys Super Sprint Stakes Class 2 over 5f 34y
Selection – Rouge Spirit – 2 year old Gelding out of Dark Angel and Quite Sharp, has had 3 career starts winning 2 times and placing 2nd once. The wins came at Beverly on debut when beating Mersea by 3/4 of a length on the 2nd May this year. Returned to Beverly for next start on the 28th May and was beaten by a neck into 2nd place by Chateau. Was sent to Wolverhampton for latest run and won again beating Beau Roc by 3 lengths on the 20th June. If showing same attitude today could gain another victory, biggest threat to the selection comes in the shape of Maria Branwell who has 2 wins from 3 runs.
1.50 Steventon Stakes
Grocer Jack hasn’t hit the heights of last term just yet, but he has run in 2 competitive races over middle distances. He was a previous Group 3 winner over this trip in Germany last Autumn and has also placed at the top level during his many travels across the continent. This could well be the ideal opportunity to get his head in front again compared to the level of competition he’s been facing, and receives weight from the current market rival.
3.14 Summer Plate Handicap Chase
Manofthemountain has been has been an admirable performer over the past few seasons and arrives here on a very workable mark. He won off 1lb lower last year and was placed at Uttoxeter off this mark in May. Good ground seems key to him and some of his best form is over the intermediate trip. Shop around for best places as he’s a solid each-way bet at the current prices.
the Curragh –
2:35 – Scurry Handicap (6F)
Selection: Neo Soul Ger Lyons’ Neo Soul caught the eye last time out when flashing home to finish third in the Rockingham Handicap on Irish Derby weekend. This is a rock solid, consistent 3yo who’s recent form figures of 2163 read pretty well. The key to his chances today could be the step up to 6 1/2f which should suit well judging by his recent effort at this track lately. The draw hasn’t been the kindest but Colin Keane is the man for the job and if he has progressed a bit more since his last race then I think he will get involved in the finish. Good ground on all known form is going to suit as well.
2:56 – Hackwood Stakes (G3) Selection: Man Of Promise This looks to be a good renewal of this Group 3 over 6F and I believe Man OfPromise, down in grade today from Group 1 company can take advantage. That Group 1 run was in the Kings Stand at Royal Ascot where he appeared to find everything happening just a yard too quick over 5F against the likes of Nature Strip. The step back up to 6F in a lower graded race should make Man Of Promise feel more comfortable. You don’t have to go back far to remember how he was dominating the main sprints at the Dubai Carnival during the winter. He will relish the fast ground and at 6/1 Man Of Promise makes plenty of appeal. The Appleby yard have been flying all season…
Ripon- 4.01 – Handicap – Class 4 – 3yo+ – 1m… Reel Rosie – Highland Reel X Lady Canford 3yo filly. 1 win from 2 starts as a 2yo, making a winning debut last August over 7f at Ripon, in a Class 5 Novice Stakes before finishing a 4 length runner up at the same course in a Class 4 Novice Stakes over 7f to Spirit Catcher in October. Made seasonal return in April, when stepping up in trip to 1m 75yds at Nottingham in a Class 5 Handicap, with an opening mark of 71. The filly finished a 2 & 3/4 length runner up. She went to Newmarket in May, running from 72, over 1m in a Class 5 Handicap & won by 4 lengths from Convection. Another step up in trip followed on her last start in June, which was over 1m 2f at this course in a Class 4 Handicap, from a mark of 81, where the filly finished 5th of 6, some 10 lengths behind the winner, Myristica, who has won & finished 2nd on last 2 starts along with 3rd, Miss Harmony, also winning next time out. She runs from the same mark of 81 today, drops back to 1m & has the aid of first time blinkers….
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Plenty to get stuck in to today with racing from Newmarket, Ascot, & York to name but a few fixtures taking place. Back on the July course at Newmarket, with the July Cup the Group 1 race of the day in the UK, with the Belmont Oaks & Derby this evening in America…
Newmarket 3.50 Bet365 Bunbury CupClass 2 Handicap over 7f
Selection – Montassib – 4 year old Gelding out of Exceed And Excel and Felwah. Has had 4 career starts winning 3 times, the wins have came at Newcastle, Wetherby and Goodwood. Was 5th on most recent start at Ascot when making move, squeezed out of room 2f out and was 1 length a short head, neck and head seperating the 1st 5 home. If showing same attitude could gain another win today, biggest danger to the selection comes in the shape of Samburu who has 3 wins from 4 starts.
Newmarket 5.00 Moet And Chandon Handicap Class 3 over 1m 4f
Selection – Glen Savage – 4 year old Colt out of Gleneagles and Rocksavage, has had 2 carer starts, winning once. Won on debut at Newbury on the 18th April 2021 when beating Title by a short head. Was 4th of 9 at Doncaster on the 3rd of June. If reproducing that here can gain another victory, biggest danger to the selection comes in the shape of Commonsensical who has 2 wins and a 2nd from last 3 starts.
Chris is taking some time away but the 3 of us are ready to go….
2:40 – Class 2 Mile Handicap
This looks to be an informative little eight runner 3yo handicap over a mile. Laasudood is one of the less unexposed runners and his form has to be taken seriously, so he just gets the nod for me here. Successful on his second attempt as a juvenile at Kempton, Laasudood has trained on as a 3yo and brings in a smart piece of form from his first start as a 3yo. That came in a Nottingham novice where he was beaten just over a length by subsequent King George V Handicap winner Secret State. He improved a bit more to win a class 3 handicap at Doncaster last time out in smooth fashion. The booking of Cristophe Soumilion today catches the eye and he must have a big say on ground he has winning form on. More improvement is seemingly likely too…
4:05 – John Smith’s Cup (Handicap)
Intellogent went into my notebook after a superb run at Royal Ascot when he was second in the Hunt Cup to Dark Shift. After an injury interrupted 2021, Intellogent has returned to the track in 2022 in great form, running well on his three starts and unlucky not to win one. A reproduction of that Hunt Cup run puts him in with a solid chance of making the frame at least. The step up in trip is an obvious question mark but I think he will get it judging by how he’s been hitting the line in his races. He’s due to go up 4lb after today too. Good to firm ground is ideal conditions and with a bit of luck he shouldn’t be far away. Shop around for the best prices.
Newmarket – 4.25 – July Cup – Group 1 – 3YO Plus – 6f….
Perfect Power – Ardad X Sagely colt. Winner of 4 of his 6 starts in 2021, including the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes & a pair of Group 1s – The Prix Morny at Deauville & Middle Park Stakes. He started this season over 7f at Newbury, when landing the Group 3 Greenham Stakes from Lusail by 1 & 1/2 lengths on April 16th. he was stepped up in trip to 1m at Newmarket on April 30th in the Group 1 2,000 Guineas. The Ardad colt finished a 6 & 1/2 length 7th to Coroebus & was never really in the race. Dropped back in trip last time out to win the Group 1 6f Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot by 1 & 1/4 lengths from Flaming Rib on June 17th & stays 7f…
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Haydock Park played host to a strong seven race card with it’s two feature races being the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks and the famous Old Newton Cup, which is the oldest sporting event in this neck of the woods from where your intrepid reporter is from.
The day itself certainly didn’t pass without incident, most notably in the Lancashire Oaks, which has been assessed and dissected many times over so it’s pretty pointless in me giving my view although I did back the runner up but my wishing and hoping that the stewards would kick out the winner sadly only proved to be in vain.
Anyway as is per the norm here I will have hopefully found a few potential future winners so lets see what Saturday brought.
1 – Speycaster – 3yo Bay Gelding – Trainer : Ralph Beckett.
In what looked a pretty top quality 3yo handicap over 1m 6f, it was a race that had quite a few issues as to how many horses would stay the extra trip with many going up in distance for the first time.
Nathanael Green was a deserved winner but one who caught the eye back in fourth was this one, Speycaster, a winner at Chelmsford over 1m last November & he shapes like a stayer in the making. He was running on pretty well towards the end and wasn’t beaten by far. He should come into his own in the autumn for me and has a race or two in him.
2 – Free Wind – 4yo Bay Filly – Trainer : John Gosden.
Without doubt the most visually impressive came in the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks as she overcame a bit of traffic trouble trying to go up the inside of Eshaada but when switched out under Robert Havlin she powered home nicely in the end.
This was a third straight win in Group company and she just keeps getting better and better, having taken the Red Rose verison of the two Northern Oaks. It’s very likely that August will see her head up the A1 for a crack at the Yorkshire one on the Knavesmire, she still remains one to keep onside.
3 – Doux Espirit – 3yo Bay Colt – Trainer : Roger Varian.
Probably in many people’s “Expensive To Follow” list of horses as this was his fifth start without winning a race and it may be folly or pretty stupid to nominate him but I’m sure he has a race in him.
Kept mainly to 7f so far with a race at Leicester over a mile being the other, this pretty likeable type ran an honest enough race considering he was third behind two very useful and inform types, he always appears to be running on at the end of his races although he does lack the pace for 7f. I could envisage him being far better if upped to 1m2f and given a chance to relax in his races.
If all goes to plan next month will see myself pop over the border to our Yorkshire friends for an afternoon at the Ebor Festival at York, till the next time, Goodbye
Article – Neil Watson ( @WattyRacing ) Pictures – File