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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 Royal Scotsman 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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