It’s the start of the Qatar ‘Glorious’ Goodwood Festival tomorrow and the Galway Festival begins today so, it going to be a busy week for me.
Here’s what I have planned for the next four days:
Today, I’m going to look back at Saturday’s King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. There's also a quick look back at last weeks’ punting. Plus, I have a selection from Galway for you.
From Tuesday to Thursday. I will be looking at some of the big races from that day’s racing at Goodwood and Galway.
This all means there won’t be any eyecatchers this week. Hopefully some of you were on Roundhay Park who I put up as a horse for the tracker last week and won at York on Saturday.
Four winners on Sunday
I have to confess. The first couple of weeks after racings resumption were tough on the punting front. However, since the middle of June Victor Value subscribers and I probably on the best run for some time.
Thanks for the kind messages from those of you who joined me last week on the pay as you go service.
The solid profits over the past few weekends, that I mentioned in last Monday’s column, continued big time on Sunday. Four winners, between 5/1 & 16/1, from just seven bets. It should really have been five as Dancing Vega got chinned on the line.
In truth it really doesn’t get much better than that.
One subscriber summed it up:
“That was a stunning day of tipping John. Well done and my bank (and I) greatly appreciate it”.
It’s comments like that which make all this worthwhile. The tough part is to now maintain the run over the next week.
If you want to find out if I can. You can get a weeks’ worth of tips here.
History is made
The smallest field in the history of the King George but they included: Enable, bidding for a third win in this historic race. Last year’s International Stakes winner Japan and Irish Derby winner Sovereign.
As expected, Sovereign was sent into the lead with Enable in second and Japan just behind the mare. Heading down into Swinley Bottom the leader opened up and went six lengths clear of his two rivals. Coming into the straight Sovereign still held a clear advantage but he was being ridden along. Meanwhile Enable was still cantering along with Frankie sitting confidently. In a few strides she was upsides the leader. Two out Frankie was able to looking around to see where Japan was. Japan was being ridden along and hanging inside. Frankie asked the mare to go and she showed her potent turn of foot to quickly put four lengths between herself and the toiling Sovereign.
There was 5 ½ lengths between the winner and the runner-up at the line with the well beaten Japan, heavily eased off in third.
Sovereign probably ran up to last years Irish Derby form. Japan was the big disappointment of the race. Maybe he had too hard a race in the Eclipse? Maybe he didn’t appreciate the loose ground? Or maybe he’s not as good as connections had hoped? I tend to side with the latter and last years Juddmonte form is starting to look really weak for a premier Group 1 race.
A third Arc?
Enable now heads for more history making and a third Arc win. It will either be the Yorkshire Oaks or the International Stakes next for the mare before a final hurrah at Longchamp.
The stage is set then for her clash with top 3-year-old filly Love and Eclipse & Coronation Cup winner Ghaiyyath. Plus, any others who emerge as contenders in the coming weeks. It has the makings of a cracking race if they all turn up.
To win a third Arc will be a lot tougher, as the ‘Queen of the Turf’ will have to give the 3-year-old filly 7lb.
Can she do it?
It’s Day One of the Galway Festival and this is one summer racing festival that will be worse for a lack of a crowd.
There's an all flat card for day one and there are a number of big field competitive handicaps for punters to get stuck into.
6:45 – A field of twenty go to post and jockeyship is likely to win the day.
Dalton Highway (Jamie Codd), De Name Escapes Me (Derek O’Connor) and Sharjah (Patrick Mullins) were first, second and fourth respectively at the Curragh last time and I wouldn’t be surprised if Dalton Highway upholds form with the runner-up. However, at the revised weights talented hurdler Sharjah could be the best of the trio.
Grandmaster Flash was only 7th behind Dalton Highway but that was his first run for 198-days and he was entitled to need to the run. The colt should get closer today and needs respecting on his close-up 3rd of 10 at the Curragh 17-days ago. Shaped like a return to this sort of trip will suit and has each way claims.
Great White Shark won this 12 months ago and shouldn’t be far away again although he’s 8lb higher this time around.
Princess Zoe was a comfortable winner of the Ladies Derby, over 1m 4f, at the Curragh 9-days ago. Up 13lb but she’s clearly in good heart and Finian Maguire is a good jockey booking.
Takearengo was 7 ½ lengths behind Princess Zoe in the Ladies Derby and can get a lot closer at the revised weights. The four-year-old was noted making some good late headway that day and now had the added assistance of Lisa O’Neill in the saddle.
I'm happy to have a couple of darts at the race in Takearengo & Grandmaster Flash.
Takearengo – 14/1 @ William Hill (paying 5 places)
Grandmaster Flash – 20/1 @Bet365 (paying four places)