Right here we go with three days of brilliant days of racing from HQ with Ascot and York coming to the party on Friday and Super Saturday! Looks like we could be on Good to Firm ground, everywhere except Chester, for the first weekend since Noah packed up! Indeed Newmarket and Ascot are watering and York is irrigating!
So let’s look at Thursday.
Doncaster 2:50 REINSTORM Patrick Miles – Meehan Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden Stakes
A home bred son of Canford Cliffs for the Steels who also raced the dam, Bridle Belle, trained by #FantasticMrFahey and she was a solid middle distance OR85 handicapper.
No show when last of eight to Frankuus in a hot C4 6F maiden at Haydock. Watching Brief.
Doncaster 2:50 DOUBLE TOUCH Patrick Miles – Meehan Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden Stakes
A chestnut colt by Dutch Art out of a Dr Fong mare that cost Nicholas Wrigley & Kevin Hart £55K as a yearling having been an £80K foal! We love these touches! Watching Brief.
Carlisle 3:00 FLOWING CLARETS Stallions Breeding Winners EBF Fillies’ Handicap
“Made her seasonal reappearance in a C4 handicap at Ripon on Good to Soft ground. Drawn on inside, missed break by two lengths, still two lengths off the back at halfway, had to go five wide and flew home. Still green as grass but this daughter of Pastoral Pursuits is quick. 6F C4/C5 and has to win off OR75!” Went up to OR78 and two poor runs at Ripon, Now down to OR77, she just needs one smooth late run.
Well here it’s C4 0-80 Fillies only on Soft ground (?) off OR78, Tony Hamilton rides and only six runners. Why not?
One star* win @ 7/1 with Ladbrokes.
Carlisle 4:40 MELESINA ApolloBet Bet On Lotteries Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (Plus 10 Race)
Owned by Nick Bradley Racing. He is half of the team that run Middleham Park Racing. £22K daughter of Dark Angel who ran an OK debut. Has since been to Chester, Naas and Royal Ascot for C3, Listed and Group 3 contests. Back to a winnable level but still a Watching Brief.
Epsom 7:45 BAYAN KASIRGA Towergate Insuring The Win Ladies’ Derby Handicap (Lady Amateur’s)
Probably a Grade too high but otherwise ticks most boxes. However lady amateurs over the Epsom Derby course just doesn’t appeal as a betting medium. Watching Brief.
Newmarket 2:10 PLATITUDE Bahrain Trophy (Group 3)
Won on debut in a C5 7f maiden at Doncaster as a 2yo and soundly beaten in two Listed races. OR of just 97 and beaten into 5th on the AW in a C2 conditions race when last seen in September. Hardly the form to win the Listed Dee Stakes? So interesting that Stoute puts in this son of Dansili, who should enjoy the step up to 10F. 4th 16/1 Has now been gelded. Pushed early up to be third. Probably too much too soon as had every chance at the top of Chester’s home straight. Still kept on well and beaten about three lengths in a race where “they were breaking the fractions throughout”. OR97 99 A bit harsh to go up 2lbs and it will be interesting to see where he is entered next. Royal Ascot handicap? 2nd 12/1 An excellent run in the C2 12F King George handicap beaten only by Primitivo. Even more impressive considering he was drawn widest of all in stall 18.
Steps up another furlong and into Group company for the first time. Dettori takes over from Moore, who rides for Coolmore, on Abdullah’s homebred colt. Handicapper suggests Platitude has four pounds to find but why not? The horse stays, #SuperStoute is fabulous at eking improvement. One star* win @ 6/1 with PP.
Newmarket 3:15 EXOSPHERE Princess of Wales’s Arqana Racing Club Stakes (Group 2)
A typical #SuperStoute improver. Burnt my fingers at Royal Ascot when supposedly Ryan Moore “chose” incorrectly and stablemate Dartmouth won for HM the Queen! Too many question marks in this race, ground, trip, class etc! So Watching Brief.
Newmarket 4:20 BELIEVABLE British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (Div I)
Cheveley Park home bred 2yo filly by Acclamation out of OR99 rated mare. Watching Brief.
Newmarket 6.05 ESTIDRAAK Plusvital Sir Henry Cecil Stakes (formerly Stubbs Stakes) (Listed Race)
£130K son of Iftiraaj who had two runs on the AW last Autumn finishing second on debut and then winning a C4 7F maiden at Kempton by seven lengths! Handicapper has given him a mark of OR93 and the Shadwell team have chosen to put him straight into Listed company over a mile. Could be anything, Watching Brief.
Carlisle 3:35 FIDAAWY Breeders Backing Racing EBF Maiden Stakes
“I am gobsmacked to see this Shadwell home bred son of New Approach has been gelded! Mind you having watched the video of his debut again perhaps I can see why! Awkward out of the stalls, took ages to settle but from three furlongs out he was mighty impressive before coming home under hands and heels in the last hundred yards. Ted Durcan goes to Doncaster to ride him tonight and I’d expecting one of two runs. Either, real quality and he hacks up, in what is a warm maiden, or he shows immaturity and attitude and does all his best work late on.”
Sadly it was the latter! 3rd 3/1 Racing Post Analysis “Dwelt and behind, headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, nearest finish (op 11/2)” and to rub salt in the wound #SuperStoute won it with the 25/1 second string. This race, C5 8F on Soft (?), should be a penalty kick for Daniel Tudhope and no surprise he has been put in at 4/6. Very close Watching Brief!
Doncaster 3:55 VOLITION PPM Barnsley Fillies’ Handicap C4 (0-85) 8F Round
Notes say “£300K daughter of Dark Angel who showed nothing at Chelmsford last August on her only 2yo start. First time up this season she was an eye catching second at Newmarket in a C5 7F Fillies maiden to Godolphin’s Clear Water, albeit the form was on great shakes. Keen early, got cover, travelled well into the race among horses, kept on strongly under a hands and heels ride. 2nd 9/1 No doubt will go in search of Black Type.
Steps up one furlong to a mile and up one grade to C4 but remains against her own sex here at Newbury. These fillies can improve rapidly but the opposition here are nothing special, indeed the very green second favourite was almost 3l behind Volition at Newmarket. Steps up one furlong to a mile and up one grade to C4 but remains against her own sex here at Newbury. These fillies can improve rapidly but the opposition here are nothing special, indeed the very green second favourite was almost 3l behind Volition at Newmarket. 3rd 2/1”
Ted Durcan heads north to ride before his two days at Ascot. The 5/1 with Coral attracts a one star* win wager.
Newmarket 3.45 VENTUROUS
Notes “Fifth on debut in a C4 7F maiden at Newmarket won by the high class Emotionless, he had every chance at the furlong pole just not getting home. Three weeks later he made a winning reappearance back at HQ over a furlong less. Awkward away he travelled strongly in midfield and came to the front two furlongs out and quickened all the way to the line in impressive manner. Ten days later he ran again at 6F at Doncaster up two grades in a C2 conditions race and he was held up and took the trail, took time to organise himself but he was quick over the last two furlongs to win by ½L and the same. For his fourth race in seven weeks (!?) he was stepped up to the G1 6F Middle Park stakes and basically not a lot went right. He reared at the start missing the break, wouldn’t settle, stormed down The Dip but was beaten coming out of it! This deep chested chestnut son of Ravens Pass looks every inch a sprinter. For 3yo’s that is the hardest division and the Godolphin/Appleby crew aren’t on fire, yet, but he starts off in a C2 handicap at Newmarket off OR97. If anywhere near his best he is an OR100+ horse. 3rd 4/1 Travelled strongly and never got a clean break as stablemate Yatwee carried him right. OK.”
Beaten over C&D and this mark, OR97, but no surprise if he went close here with Godolphin getting their act together. However he is a Watching Brief.