Today’s Info, 5th July 2014
A lot of time has been spent during the last week calling for review of the big race programme for middle distance three year olds. An Irish Derby was won on Saturday by a very good animal, as it should be of course, but the lack of opposition makes for a less than spectacular spectacle despite the presence of a “proper one”.
If Kingston Hill had ran I expect we would have heard nothing at all except for plaudits and delight from all concerned that the brilliant one-two at Epsom were the equally brilliant one-two at The Curragh. Let’s look forward to round three and oh yes, what a lovely world we live in!
So Roger Varian, just what have you done…….
Well only seven days later and we may well see the Epsom Derby second step into open company for the Group 1 Coral Eclipse – Touché indeed Mr Varian, Touché…
Not a race that I would have chosen for Kingston Hill ( still time to change the plan before 3.50pm ) but it is a very interesting move indeed after a quick breath of Irish air and a few topaz miles added to the card.
I’d love for him to win, back up the Epsom Derby form and his trainer’s choices in one lovely swoop but this will be hugely tough. Sea The Stars came from Epsom to land it, so did Oratorio, via Royal Ascot, but it’s not a path that is overly considered now or littered with success stories from the recent past.
I much prefer the chances of the four year old Verrazano if having a punt in the race. A something of a “look see” in the Lockinge was followed by a rather underappreciated performance at Royal Ascot behind Toronado. All eyes have seemingly been on the Eclipse since connections first opened the 2014 diary and this former Todd Pletcher inmate will love a step up in trip to 10 furlongs. As an e/w bet to nothing I think Ryan Moore will be going very close despite the presence of an in form The Fugue and Night Of Thunder to contend with. It will be a cracking race.
Two other runners on the supporting cards do also interest me on Saturday.
I have been waiting for Velox to reappear after the assault and battery of his last handicap start on Oaks Day at Epsom, behind a well backed Abseil. I was of course on board financially that day and am convinced he’d have gone mighty close if not having been stopped searched and then pinned to the rail when just clicking into gear. What adds insult to injury is the Luca Cumani runner received a rise in mark for that effort whilst nothing was done to correct the injustice from the other runners in the race and of course earning no prize money!
Well this is payback time under a super pilot in Cam Hardie who certainly catches the eye with this booking and the few pounds off from him will do no harm. I think this is a very solid wager and with any luck in running a hard one to beat.
The other bet is less confident and more on visual consideration for a horse that could be a superb when things drop right. Pallasator is a very big animal and one with an engine, alongside that though comes all the problems you would associate with a fast growing teenager. Sir Mark Prescott has not been overly aggressive with the campaigning of the giant for precisely those reasons. I think this trip will suit best, a good pace to aim at is essential and it must be tempting given his size to use bully tactics over further but this looks nice placement. Such a big striding animal of course and Luke Morris can be forgiven for getting it slightly wrong before, especially in the Old Borough at Haydock when given too much to do. This is a hot contest, the likes of Havanna Cooler ran a massive race at Royal Ascot behind Arab Spring and also James Fanshawe’s Magic Hurricane has not finished improving just yet.
Pallasator makes plenty of appeal at the likely prices especially on just a seventh career start, a bit of rain wouldn’t go amiss in the run up to post time but I expect fitness not to be an issue despite the break.
Sandown 2.40, Velox 2pt Win, 5/1 with most firms
Haydock 3.30, Pallasator 1pt e/w, 9/1 with most firms after non runners today
Sandown 3.50, Verrazano 1pt Win, 7/1 with most firms, bigger in places
Dean Ryan “The Judge” writes a Saturday column in RacingExtra – Out every Saturday in Ireland and Northern Ireland and previously ran www.onthenoseinfo.com can be followed at @onthenoseinfo on Twitter and is hosting Saturday’s RaceDay Live on RacingFM
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