Saturday was a case of the Good, the Bad and the downright Ugly! The good was a 37 star return for a 25 star outlay thanks to Garcia and Diploma, the bad was War Story and Mainstream was ugly!! However more on Saturdays results in the next blog.
Four horses of interest today and I apologise for missing the best prices.
Leicester 3.55 GERSCHWIN Trainer David Lanigan has always been bullish about this son of Shamardal and put on his website after he won his 2yo maiden at Haydock, “Gershwin, a beautifully-bred son of Shamardal broke his maiden in impressive fashion at Haydock today. Jockey George Baker poised him behind the leaders in the early stages of the race before making his move about two furlongs from home. He took up the lead with ease over a furlong out and maintained control holding off newcomer Baydar in the closing stages. Following the race, trainer David Lanigan said, “I’ve always liked Gershwin, but I perhaps ran him a month too soon. He’s going to be a mile, mile-and-a-quarter horse for next season.”
He didn’t get a clear run on seasonal debut when a well-supported sixth to Stargazer in a hot 10F handicap at Sandown. He still has entries in the Derby, Irish Derby, Eclipse and the more realistic Edward VII at Royal Ascot and if he was to take up any of those this race would have to be a formality off OR83 and winning jockey returning to the saddle. He is a two star** win selection @ 7/2 general
Leicester 4.30 THETIS Taken out of the Listed Cecil Frail over 6F on Saturday this 7F conditions event looks much more suitable. The Good to Firm (Good in places) ground will help but sadly a couple of non-runners has meant Thetis has gone odds on and is therefore a.
Windsor 6.50 IMPEDIMENT Was due to have run at Windsor a fortnight ago but the meeting was abandoned half way through due to dangerous slippery bends. I wrote for that race “Was made 4/1Fav to win, in a grade higher, at Doncaster over this trip. Pushed to lead, travelled well until he fell in a hole 2F out!! Ted Durcan retains the ride and is assisted by first time blinkers but this horse has shown very limited ability so far, as indeed have most of Mr Ng’s horses! Watching Brief.” Drawn OK in stall 8, they have changed blinkers for a visor but otherwise the same conditions. Watching Brief.
Ayr 4.45 INTIWIN He has dropped back 4lb below his last winning mark and a mile on Good ground or quicker seems right up his street. Although there is not a lot of him he is as game as a pebble, indeed the three races he has won have been by a nose, a nose and a short head, so he’s pretty photogenic as well!
Didn’t expect him on the AW at Lingfield for his seasonal debut and he didn’t seem suited by the track or surface, the mile at Ayr is much more suitable. He has won over Course and Distance, he has won in this grade and off this mark. He is #FantasticMrFahey’s only runner at Ayr and Tony Hamilton rides. That is an awful lot in his favour. He would have been a three star* win selection but I’m knocking a star off because I’m not sure he is at his best with Soft in the going description. Two star** win selection @ 8/1 general.