Still working my way through last weeks Royal Ascot meeting? Should have paid a bit more attention to my own notes, my trackers and had the b*ll*cks to stick with #SuperStoute!
There will be a blog in your inbox as soon as poss with about ten horses that I think are winners waiting to happen on the back of Ascot! However I’m just bursting to put one up, right here, right now! It is already priced up for a race on Saturday July 9th, a date you need to mark in red in your dairy! It is THAT Saturday when there is big racing at York, Newmarket, Ascot et al and there aren’t enough jockeys!!
So I’ve had a serious look at three races already priced up for a fortnight Saturday.
YORK 4.15 John Smiths Cup 3yo+ C2 10F 88y Heritage Handicap
The horse is James Fanshawe’s ARTHENUS. He was a fast finishing fourth in the Listed Wolferton handicap at Royal Ascot on his first try at ten furlongs beaten just a length and a half by Sir Isaac Newton. Firm in the going would be a negative but there looks plenty of rain about and on the soft side of good would be ideal. I have no worries about the trip but the draw could be an issue, especially if they stick to that far rail, but as a hold up horse as long as Freddy Tylicki (or George Wood if they decide to use the stables star claimer!) can find a seam it will be fine. Arthenus won over nine furlongs at York last season beating no less than Librisi Breeze, the so close second in the Hunt Cup. He is currently Officially Rated 101 and 24th on the list of runners which would 99.9% ensure he gets in if connections so choose.
Arthenus is a two star** each way Ante Post selection @ 20/1 ¼ 1,2,3,4 with a handful of on-line companies. Big four still to price up, may wait until they do. I intend going in again as soon as Fanshawe gives any indication Arthenus is an intended runner one star* win and if declared, again on the day one star* each way at the best terms available!
NEWMARKET 4.35 July Cup G1 6F
My selection for this race will come as absolute no surprise to regular readers of this blog because the more I think about it the more I think that DON’T TOUCH will be ideally suited by Newmarkets stiff 6F. Beaten only the once in an eight race career, and #FantasticMrFahey suggested “he just didn’t like Ireland”, with the Greenlands blip ignored he has been nothing but progressive. As a 3yo he won the Ayr Gold Cup which is an outstanding achievement and his most recent victory beating Danzeno at Salisbury is a serious bit of form. Ben Linfoot in his most recent article on sportinglife.com reviewing Ascot asked “Who wants to be a Champion Sprinter?” with the handicapper having “Profitable on 117, Quiet Reflection on 117 and Twilight Son on 117.” Don’t Touch is currently OR114 and with #FantasticMrFahey stating “the July Cup has been the plan all along” and why they missed Ascot I think it is time for Don’t Touch to wear the crown. #FantasticMrFahey has won this race before with Mayson and was third with course specialist Eastern Impact last season and he clearly holds Don’t Touch in much higher esteem.
Don’t Touch is a two star** each way selection @ 14/1 with Betfred 1/5 1,2,3
NEWMARKET 5.10 Bunbury Cup C2 7F Heritage Handicap 3yo+
I have had this race in mind all season for HEAVENS GUEST all season as probably his best chance of getting into the winners enclosure! My notes say he is a “Solid, classy handicapper who wants a stiff 7F such as Ascot or Newmarket with Good/Good to Soft ground.” He runs the July course well, 7F is his best trip and it looks quite possible that young Adam MacNamara will keep the ride, making use of his seven pound claim, especially having got so close at York last time. Currently OR104 and tenth on the list of entries, if healthy he runs!! Ridden prominently just off the pace, if he can get his head in front in the last two hundred yards he is a damned difficult horse to pass! Ticks every box and Heavens Guest is a two star** each way Ante Post selection @ 14/1 with PP and Betfred ¼ 1,2,3,4.
A £1 each way Trixie (£8) at the prices above could return over £5500!!