Today’s Info 18th June 2015 – Royal Ascot Day 3
It was Frankie’s 50th Royal winner when Osaila kept straight and took the finale yesterday at Ascot but it was the first on the board for us this week and we go a super price about her considering the market caught on and at almost half the odds returned her 13/2. We got a bit of luck as she should really have finished second if the jolly had stayed straight but we’ve had that go the other way a few times so you just have to accept both sides of the coin!
We looked a bit foolish when I suggested Rotherwick would win a Handicap at Sandown on return against a certain Jack Hobbs but I’m not sure too many expected to get a Derby horse scorch the turf that day. Rotherwick was 14/1 and we got a little bit back and for all the reasons I gave then I think there is more to come and the form of that race is speaking volumes for what Paul Cole’s runner did in taking on the madness of Jack Hobbs – everything has run well from the race and I think if he hadn’t had to race up top with an obviously superior animal he might have finished a clearer second and without Hobbs in the race probably would have been a very ready winner. Up 4lbs which was very fair I hope and dropped in trip now having been put away since for here he is very much over priced in my view again to hit the front and hang on in under new pilot Jim Crowley who should suit and rides this place very well.
Bocca Baciata is in Group 3 company at what should prove a more suitable test after running well in the Irish 1000 Guineas. Had already beaten Pleascach who took the Classic at The Curragh when they met over further the time before and whilst it may look a step back to finish behind the front few in the Guineas it just proved that a furlong or two more are ideal. Quick ground suits, more to come given a test and the super filly gets a little allowance to aid her. She is overpriced to step up again and arguably is the form and ratings pick for Jessica Harrington who can train serious flat horses with big targets in mind. Looks sure to get involved and is an each way play.
Jim Bolger’s Pleascach is clearly the one to beat in the Ribblesdale but his two runner this week have not fired and that is a minor concern although this would have been his strongest arrow this week to fire. She should appreciate the test but is short and not a betting proposition. I wanted to play Cumani’s Pamona at this meeting after seeing the return where nothing went right and promise was there for a big race or two this summer. The Oaks was mentioned but connections are all about this meeting and they can then go to Ireland in a month should this go well. It’s an each way bet as the jolly is a good one but we haven’t been able to see Pamona just yet shine to her fullest.
The Gold Cup would be Tac De Boistron’s if only a hose or two could get loose and dampen the terrain, I still think if set loose Botti’s runner will go well but so much better on easier going. It won’t be ideal for Forgotten Rules who still need to prove a little to justify the odds but master in charge of the progression knows more than me and I will just be a viewer of the race and hopefully these two have a ding dong battle and set the division alight!
I’m done there for the day it’s a tough one as usual so good luck to all, once again chancing them to hit the frame in a few small acca’s makes sense for change!
3.05 – Bocca Baciata 0.75pt e/w – 7/1 Victors, Lads
3.40 – Pamona 0.75pt e/w – 7/1 Victors, Powers
5.00 – Rotherwick 1pt e/w – 20/1 General, 5 places
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