Very busy day and the Ebor in focus of course with Clondaw Warrior scraping in at the bottom to deliver for the master Mullins and he can certainly do it. I’m not convinced this is the ideal trip against a top field, got away with it against lesser opposition at Galway and used every yard at Ascot to score but Mullins is Mullins and Frankie is aboard so an obvious chance.
The chances of Quick Jack look more solid to me for Tony Martin and Fran Berry. He has been superb for connections and winning at Galway the icing on a superb bit of training and well campaigned by the trainer and he could not have been more dominant there. Very much the right type here and all looks in favour for a huge effort. Should be fav on flat form, flying at present and has to be on side.
A quiet week for the column but a bust Saturday in store across the cards and a cracking set of midweek races next week to tackle will keep us busy.
The Greys race is always a great spectacle and it might be the right time for previous winner Crew Cut to go in again, comes in great from for Stuart Williams and he has booked Kirby for whom shows a real intent give their record from a handful of rides. Career best last time in my opinion and goes well here has to go close again at a fair price.
It’s a bit of fun for many with the Shergar Cup and it looks like it might offer a couple of opportunities for punters although this type of competition comes with the usual wealth warnings!
Double Up should land the opener but is priced about right, so perhaps is best just left to do what he has been doing and run another big race for jockey Blake Shinn although the 3s with one layer looks tempting if you can get on.
The run last time from Xinbama was very taking and under Jamie Spencer looks a little bit of value to back it up on the card. Got a rise and that’s expected but once hitting form should hold it and I expect another big effort and at the prices a small stake wager in order.
Nothing to shout about yesterday and a few poor runs gave little hope in running!
More from Goodwood and Galway today for us to work with and Galway first should see Dermot Weld rack up a few more winners after a serious amount of crossbars hit. I expect Zafayan and Hoppala to take plenty of beating but only the latter a possible wager at the odds. The Handicap Hurdle at 3.15 is a corker and Pyromaniac would have been a big player in the Galway Hurdle but missed out on a run and has to be on side in this although the trip is a slight concern but if he gets up the hill he has a bit more to come and sets the standard. At big prices I can’t resist Silver Tassie for Meade and Carberry who reverts to hurdles after an unlucky spin of chase runs hasn’t got them a win, this will suit and the mark is more than fair I hope so at big odds is a second dart.
More from Galway and Goodwood today and it’s cracking racing as you would expect.
I’m keen on Cotai Glory today to get the better of Muthmir in the sprint at Goodwood. Very encouraged by the belated return to the track and this looks a match up with the Haggas runner. The receipt of weight should be enough to carry them home and the price is still fair to get involved.
The Betfred Mile looks tailor made for fav Basem and it’s hard to not get involved there but the price is short now and I’d rather take two at prices to go better than the odds suggest. Big Baz is overpriced and was steadily improving before a poor run at Ascot and then ran ok in better class next time up. Has more to come and can figure despite rag odds if handling this camber, a big rolling horse who will come home strong if able to get a position before the 2 pole. The other is Ayaar who is class but let the side down with a strange run last time out, at 20s or so well worth keeping faith once again and owes us little after a great seasonal return for Luca Cumani.
Mount Logan did the job yesterday despite a concern that the ground wasn’t ideal and the Luca Cumani in mate continues to improve. The rain that fell at Galway may not have helped Steps To Freedom but ran a very good race all the same and also nabbed a small return.
Today at Galway it’s the TheTote.com Galway Plate and I’ve been impressed with Alechi Inois to date but small fields seem to suit best and I’m concerned the jumping will be put to a real test here and the price is skinny despite the promise shown.
Went close to a nice winner at Galway yesterday but Kate Harrington made sure Modem wasn’t getting beaten and a super ride from her was enough to deny us with Awesome Star. King Of Oriel threatened to go close but faded up the hill rather than finding up it and that happens at the Ballybrit more than most places.
Goodwood to add to the mix today for us all and a big week gets busier from here on in!
Respect to both McManus runners in the chase on the card this evening at Galway but Steps To Freedom is a classy type who can surely do better over fences and has been warmed up without looking stretched in recent flat runs. Second each time the impressive looking animal has tackled fences and at the prices today that wouldn’t be the worst result but he is better than shown and conditions have come right to figure in a very decent contest.
The start of the Galway Festival will kick off with soft ground and promise of a bit more rain to come. Goodwood also to be blighted by rain means the changing conditions have to be considered when getting involved this week in a fascinating seven days ahead for all.
The opener on the card brings two very nice animals to the unique test of Galway with Bachasson impressive last time out and showing lots of talent and Zafayan’s flat form in the upper echelons now back over hurdles for the master Dermot Weld. If the latter jumps well then he should be the one to beat but Bachasson left such a favourable impression at Sligo in the Un De Sceux colours it may be best just to watch it out this evening.
King George day at Ascot and its all about Golden Horn. Can he make it a perfect 6 from 6? Speculation this morning over whether John Gosden will let his stable star take his chance on the testing ground, with the trainer set to walk the track an hour before the race and make his decision. We all want to see him line up and lets hope he can continue to impress.
Punting wise it’s a tricky day but hopefully I can put you in the direction of a few winners. There is a big handicap in Michael Halford’s, Portage and maybe today can be the day. He’s rated 90 but I think he is far better than that. William Buick is booked for the ride in the mile handicap at Ascot today and I think he’s a cracking each way bet.
Flat action everywhere today and the highlight at Naas this evening when the nine runners line up for a good looking listed contest at 7.35pm.
The stand out runner in the pack for me is Newsletter for Ken Condon. Not been overraced but busy lately taking on strong opposition including last two starts in G3 company and running with great credit in both. Takes on some smart opposition but I’m surprised Shane Foley’s mount does not top the market with the layers. A smart juvenile, including a third to Anthem Alexander at Royal Ascot then bottomed out after that but returned this year stronger and looks to set the standard this evening.