Quite looking forward to Saturdays racing. Think there are a few bets kicking around.
1.25 C3 7F handicap
Monteverdi came to my attention when chasing home Aclaim over 6F at Newmarket at the Craven meeting. “Aclaim and Monteverdi are a couple of sharp 3yo sprinters. The latter took time to organise himself and a flat track may help..” Was then third at York to Castle Harbour and Chief Whip in a hot C3 7F handicap and last time never competitive in the Britannia over 8F at Royal Ascot. Ground on the soft side won’t be an issue, 7F is fine, stall 5 is excellent and Ryan Moore has the mount, all plusses. An OR of 90 in a 0-90 C3 7F handicap is something I like and I think Jamie Osborne’s charge is simply the best horse in the race. Two star** win.
2.00 Coral Charge G3 5F
Sandown’s straight 5F can be messy with everyone trying to race on that far rail. However this race has a different shape to it. Surely Log Out Island will lead and he is drawn 12 of 13 and Robert Cowell’s Iffranesia won’t be far away and he’s drawn 11. However they and the softer ground may set it up for a finisher and the one who could get a tow into the race and be out of trouble is the horse with the worst (?) of the draw, Dutch Masterpiece in stall 13. At 20/1 general has to be a one star* each way selection.
2.35 Coral Challenge 8F C2 handicap
Readers of my blog #startrackingThursdayJune30th will know I am a keen fan of Mutamakkin who I believe will progress to Group company. However I think he needs to be put to sleep out the back and be brought with a strong late run but I’m not sure Paul Hanagan will ride him like that? Missing the break, like he did at Newmarket, could be a bonus! I’ll put his second run down to the infamous “bounce”, as he had been off for eleven months prior to his seasonal debut, but he really bounced back over the course and distance last time! Just the one star* win @ 5/1.
Melvin the Grate is grossly overpriced. Seen as an AW horse he was beaten less than three lengths in this race last year off five pounds higher having been awkward at the start. Drawn 1 here could be troublesome but it could also give in-form Oisin Murphy an opportunity to get the box seat, on the rail just behind the pace. At 25/1 with Betfred has to be a one star* each way selection.
4.20 Coral Marathon Listed 16F
Course and distance winner Pallasator looks a standout out to me in this Listed race. I am not Sir Mark Prescott’s greatest fan (Think he wins egg and spoon races at unappealing prices with horses that don’t realise their full potential) and Pallasator has his quirks but was a well-supported, non-staying 12/1 shot in the Ascot Gold Cup. I don’t see anything else of that class in the line-up. Two star** win as the gates open! (6/1 approx.)
1.45 C3 10½F 3yo handicap
Two of the field of six were featured in my blog #startrackingThursdayJune30th, Dark Devil and Wild Hacked. With Dark Devil I am afraid I am in disagreement with his trainer, #FantasticMrFahey, as I don’t think the horse stays 10F and will be best over a strongly run mile plus I don’t think Soft ground is in his favour. However a modest run and dropped a pound to OR85 could pay dividends? Whereas the extra yardage will be in Wild Hacked’s favour and the ground shouldn’t be an issue and he is 4lb better off with Threat Assessed (if he turns up?) for the less than two lengths he was beaten last time. Dark Devil is a Watching Brief and Wild Hacked is a three star*** win @ 9/4 general .
2.15 G2 11½F Lancashire Oaks
Another horse featured in my blog #startrackingThursdayJune30th, Abingdon is due to run but currently (Friday 1pm) has no jockey and looking at Oddschecker is probably a non-runner, presumably because of the ground!
Carnachy is an improving filly who will get the trip and go on the ground and from the red hot stable of David Simcock. Carnachy is one of three interesting rides Jamie Spencer has for the yard at Haydock.
2.15 C2 11½F Handicap Old Newton Cup
No surprise to see Darshini, another horse featured in my blog #startrackingThursdayJune30th, a non-runner as he doesn’t act on Soft ground. Nothing leaps off the page although Desert Encounter is on my shortlist for the Ebor.
3.25 C2 6F handicap
Tatlisu is featured in my blog #startrackingThursdayJune30th and the issue will be the unfavourable Soft ground. Probably classy enough to go close without winning. Hopefully down a pound or two to assist Mission Great St. Wilfred! Watching Brief.