Tad frustrating to put it mildly! Passed on Ibn Malik and Brando and they are still looking for the Hobbs trio I tipped up! At least Fox Norton eased the pain a bit despite not having exactly the cleanest round of jumping!
Two fabulous rides today. SammyJo Bell having b*lls of steel to take the inside route in a Beverley 5F sprint and Richard Johnsons strength to get up on Altesse de Guye.
Another exciting couple of cards at HQ and Cheltenham tomorrow plus an aberration from Paddy Power at Ripon.
Messr’s Stoute and Gosden have their strings well forward. Thursday’s card kicks off with a couple of fillies maidens and one for the 2yo’s and I don’t want to play until the Abernant.
3.55 EASTERN IMPACT “Eastern Impact is a Newmarket 6F specialist, he is simply 10lb better there than anywhere else. His C & D form is 412113 and the third was in the G1 July Cup at 50/1! Group 3/Listed is about his level. He doesn’t really want Soft in the going.”
He has to give 4lb away and there might be a touch too much juice in the ground but this is his course, his trip and his level. He is a one star* win selection @ 8/1 general.
5.05 HEAVENS GUEST “Solid, classy handicapper who wants a stiff 7F such as Ascot or Newmarket with Good/Good to Soft ground. He starts the season in the Lincoln and it will be interesting to see a) if he gets the mile and b) how he gets on with young Adam McNamara? Unsurprisingly never competitive in an 8F mudbath. Now had a run and could come down a couple of pounds? He has finished 4th, 4th and 11th in the last three running’s of the Ayr Gold Cup and expect that and the 7F handicap on Champions Day to be his two main targets with most of the C2 7F handicaps on the way.”
No surprise that he never got involved in the Lincoln but this is much more his cup of tea. He is a one star* each way selection @ 20/1 with WH (¼ odds 1,2,3,4)
5.05 FLAMING SPEAR Trainers son Adam Ryan said in his January preview of the season, “FLAMING SPEAR went into the 2015 season with just 1 win from his sole start but his reputation preceded him. As short as 12-1 for the 2000 Guineas, his season never really got going and although he ran very well in the French 2000 Guineas, he was limited to only a handful of starts. Now under new ownership he has been gelded and this could help him reach his massive potential that he continues to show.”
Ryan’s Hambleton Lodge yard have won both sprint handicaps at this meeting, with Teruntum Star and Brando, and should know where they stand with this chap. Keep an eye on any market moves but I’m recommending a Watching Brief as he has plenty to prove. Just seen the prices! 20/1 with Paddy Power is too big so he also is a one star* each way selection @ 20/1 (¼ odds 1,2,3,4)
3.45 DOLPHIN VISTA “Improved throughout his 2yo campaign bumping into some useful horses along the way and must be sick of the Maktoums when he went into handicap company chasing the likes of Move Up and Ebtihaal who now have OR’s of 94 and 93! He did “readily” win a C4 Maiden Auction event at York and this season should find his present handicap mark workable at 8-10F. Soft ground could help and a gelding operation could also bring about improvement.”
He is still a colt but otherwise he has the required conditions. He has already had a spin in a C2 event on the Tapeta at Wolverhampton. Drawn in stall 2 will help his prominent style of running and the #amazingMrFahey is amongst the winners. 12/1 with PP is simply ridiculous and he is a two star** each way selection at that price!
A card dominated by the fillies and mares and I’m surprised the prize money on offer hasn’t attracted Willie Mullins to come to play. Not easy to find a bet.
1.50 THE ORGANIST Carries a 5lb penalty for her Class 1 success. This is probably her best trip, she’s only been beaten once in five starts and that was on horrible ground over an insufficient trip. She is a one star* win selection @ 5/1 with PP and WH.
3.00 A winning run from The Organist would point towards the chance of Briery Belle here.
3.35 What a cracking 3m2f chase with warden Hill returning, Good ground winners Forgotten Gold and Benvolio and I might just be tempted by AMIGO (6/1 with PP) who was 6th in the Kim Muir and I thought had a squeak in the Scottish National!
4.10 I am keen on the lightly raced, lightly weighted son of Presenting, TEN SIXTY. He’s trained by Philip Hobbs and after my performance today I’m probably best off keeping my thoughts to myself!
Time is getting the better of me again, so I will put Tuesdays results with Todays in tomorrow mornings blog.
Lee Mottershead, live from Newmarket 14 mins ago
Newmarket latest: Appleby pleased after Emotionless gallop
Emotionless remains unchanged at 10-1 for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas following what looked to be a workmanlike performance in his racecourse gallop here today. “That will have done him the world of good and I’m very pleased,” said trainer Charlie Appleby. “I didn’t want him to go whooshing by. That will have put him spot on for the Guineas.”
Not the most impressive work out from Emotionless in my humble opinion. Simon @PaddockInspector