Gershwin didn’t let us down yesterday showing a nice turn of foot under head waiter, George Baker, and Royal Ascot now looks on the agenda. Today it’s all about Richard Fahey and time to bag a couple of handicaps!
Wetherby 8.20 SIR GEORGE SOMERS This son of Cape Cross drops 2F to a mile, albeit a stiff one, for his third, handicap qualifying run. Has run perfectly well, if a little one paced, at Windsor over 10F in his two previous runs. Looks a handicap project to me. Watching Brief.
Wolverhampton 4.45 BAYAN KISARGA Very much an OnlyIf… horse. Six spins around Wolverhampton’s 12F for form figures of 115611, the two defeats involved the words “dwelt” “hampered” and “not clear run”, winning off marks of OR57, 67, 68 and 72. Today she runs off OR75 but Natalie Hambling, who has won on the horse over course and distance, takes 7lb off. Drawn 8 of 8 shouldn’t be a problem as Eager Beaver should set a solid pace and BK can tuck in and as always pounce late. Hope You Dance is 8lb better off than when they met in February but is still a seven race maiden. We will trust Ms Hambling to get a clear run and Bayan Kisarga is a two star** win selection @ 4/1 general.
Wetherby 7.15 INGLEBY SPRING Difficult to know what to make of this filly. She has won just once in sixteen starts but also only failed just once to make the first six and has finished either third or fourth on seven occasions. The words “kept on” frequently appear in her race analysis and today she steps up to 9F, well drawn in 4, and if Tony Hamilton can hold a position around the left hand bend she could be a player. She gets a stone off the penalised favourite and I think worth a one star* each way investment @ 10/1 general.
Wetherby 7.50 INNOCENT TOUCH This horse is going to go mighty close to winning a 12F handicap at York this summer on ground better than good. He has some ridiculously strong bits of form on his CV, such as running Mizzou to a short head, but his two wins from 23 Flat starts came off marks of OR67 and 73 and off marks in the 80’s he has been one paced in the final furlong. He drops a couple of grades today to C4 and is really well drawn in Stall 1, if Tony Hamilton, gets him out! If he could stack them up this prominent racer could go close.
Worth a one star* win @ 7/1 general
Wolverhampton 3.15 LINE SPORT One of the biggest disappointment’s from Musley Bank so far this season. Unraced as a 2yo, Jaber Abdullah’s chestnut son of Exceed and Excel was widely touted as useful but on debut at Ripon over 6F the tissue favourite was withdrawn and he went off market leader. Notes say “slow away, trailed, green, not a clue.” For his second run he tries the Tapeta at Wolverhampton with Jamie Spencer booked. This is serious egg and spoon territory but it has to be a Watching Brief.
Wetherby 6.45 CELEBRATION My pre-season notes said “Quick son of Equiano who won twice as a juvenile and may have further improvement to come. Took a few runs to get the hang of things then won 5F nurseries at Carlisle and Sandown off OR62 & OR68, both times getting out, bagging the rail and seeing it out best. Then ran perfectly well in C2 nursery company and rounded the season off a close second on Soft ground at Nottingham behind Ample in C4. C3 (?-80), stiff 5F/6F, good ground, any chance of grabbing a rail, would all be ideal. 3yo sprinting is the hardest category but I think there is a bit of scope from OR77.”
Celebration kept on for 2nd to Reflektor on his first run as a 3yo and last time out was 3rd just beaten two necks, losing out in the final 50 yards. Now up to OR79 he is a consistent sprinter, 3551164223, but could do with winning a 0-80 stiff 5f C3/4 soon. Ground doesn’t seem to be an issue. Wetherby’s 5½F trip is ideal and I am not alone in thinking that he has plenty in his favour today and the overnight 7/1 has all gone. If he can beat Udodontu to the rail he has every chance. Celebration is a two star** win selection @ 11/2 with PP.