My apologies for no blog concerning last Saturday’s racing but the weather across the country was so variable and unpredictable as to make positive punting very difficult, add to that #FantasticMrFahey had thirty two (yes 32!!) horses entered across five meetings I decided to pass on the whole day.
I must however pass on my congratulations to Richard Fahey and his team for already breaking the million pound prize money mark and his seven winners over the weekend. Three of which I would like to highlight.
DON’T TOUCH Ribchester and Birchwood may be owned by Godolphin and running in Classics but Don’t Touch is the stable flag bearer. Unraced as a 2yo this gelded son of Dutch Art as a 3yo went from winning a C5 maiden at Newcastle in five unbeaten steps to winning the Ayr Gold Cup off OR101. This season he has won a C2 Conditions event at Haydock beating the likes of Baccarat, flopped in Ireland in the G2 Greenlands before bouncing back to win a hot Listed event at Salisbury, catching Watchable and fending off Danzeno. Prior to Salisbury his highest RPR was 112 and the handicapper had him on OR112. The two market Leaders for Ascot’s G1 Diamond Jubilee over 6F are Twilight Son and Magical Memory and the official handicapper has them at OR117 and OR114 respectively. Don’t Touch has earned his Group 1 ticket and the July Cup at Newmarket looks tailor-made with its stiff finish. Currently 14/1 with William Hill, may I recommend a two star** each way ante post wager!
MR LUPTON #FantasticMrFahey has a remarkable gang of 6F sprinters many of whom are following Eastern Impact out of handicaps into Group Company. Mr Lupton produced a stunning performance on Saturday to haul in Dancing Star in the 3yo Charity Sprint over York’s 6F. No horse had ever won that race off that high a handicap mark, not many have carried that weight and York doesn’t suit hold up horses! Jamie Spencer once again got it absolutely spot on just like he had at Doncaster when they teamed up to win the big sales race as a 2yo. Last season he was also second in the Super Sprint at Newbury over 5F to stable mate Lathom (Sorry, ex stablemate!) and second in the Redcar 2yo Trophy to Log Out Island over 6F. This season he didn’t pick a hoof up over 5F at Hamilton on Soft ground prior to an eye catching third in a C2 handicap at Newmarket.
#FantasticMrFahey’s comments prior to the race are insightful “Jamie Spencer was mad keen to run Mr Lupton in the 888sport Charity Sprint – and ride him – after they finished third at Newmarket last time. That’s always a good sign and I hope he’s right. The horse has to give weight all round and would have to be a Group Three performer to win this off 102 but is progressing along nicely and we’re very happy with him at home.”
Comments afterwards were just as insightful! Spencer said: “He’s a grand horse, he just didn’t handle the track at Newmarket last time. We thought getting him back on a flat track would be a big advantage to him. It was a deep race, we probably had a bit of an advantage being drawn where we were, but at the end of the day he’s carried 9st 7lb against unexposed horses. Like all good horses they feel they’re not going as fast as you’d like them to, and today he’s shown he’s probably a Group horse. He’s one to look forward to and not surprisingly Richard has trained him to perfection.” Fahey said: “If he’s OK and he gets in he’ll go for the Wokingham.”
Ascots stiff 6F would surely suit, big fields are no issue, he gets 7lb for being a 3yo and would have a 5lb penalty for last Saturdays win. He is currently 16/1 general for the Wokingham and Jamie Spencer has ridden the current favourite Brando, trained by Kevin Ryan, on his last two starts. Wait and see for the final Dec’s Thursday lunchtime.
MAYFAIR LADY Last June on her second run over 5F at Haydock she was beaten just a neck by Mr Lupton! She received 10lb, five for being a filly and five as SammyJo Bell’s claim. Last August at York’s Ebor meeting she hosed up by five lengths off OR87 under Jack Garrity in the C2 6F nursery. Last Friday (June 10th) on her return to York she once again made every yard in a C2 6F handicap off OR100 with young Adam MacNamara, taking seven pounds off, in the saddle. Helen Steels home bred daughter of Holy Roman Emperor is quick, loves York, 6F is ideal and surely wants some black type?
On Friday 10th July at York at 4:00pm there is the 888sport Summer Stakes, Group 3 for 3yo+ fillies and mares over 6 furlongs. Would seem an ideal next race!
Put all three of the above in your trackers!
Right, now onto Royal Ascot!
I am not inspired by the first two days, indeed the whole meeting seems to be short of headline acts!