Good morning all,
Tricky day coming up, with rain around pretty much anywhere in the shape of some sharp showers, so keep one eye out on your rain radars at all times!
My selections for the day are on the main piece. Have a good weekend everyone, and good luck.
2.40 Sandown – Scurry Stakes
If Hand On My Heart had a slightly better draw than stall 7, I might have been mildly tempted by her, as she’s got plenty of early speed and might have been able to get track position, but maybe Sunday Sovereign is the answer. It has to be a worry that we didn’t see him after Royal Ascot last year when he was sent off favourite for the Norfolk, but he had looked a very speedy sort when thrashing Arizona on his second start, and I don’t think there’s anything in here that could match that. You’re taking a chance that he’s something like the same horse he was, but at 3-1, I’m happy to risk it. First start for Roger Varian today too.
3.15 Sandown – 1m Handicap
Exec Chef is one of those horses that, when he wins, you can afford to lose, but this does look something of a good chance for him. He’ll strip fitter for a run at Newmarket last week where he was far from disgraced, and ought to get this run to suit with Muraad and Solid Stone both likely to get on with things early. His one run at Sandown wasn’t a bad one, getting beaten 2l in a better race than this, and the bottom line is that he’s simply too well handicapped to ignore.
3.35 Newbury – Diomed Stakes
How much do you trust King Of Comedy? Is he going to produce the run that saw him finish second to Circus Maximus, beaten a length, or the one that saw him chuck the towel in completely when QE2 Stakes, looking less than cooperative from the moment he stepped out onto the track?
It’s probably not a surprise that his price has drifted since they first came out in the week, but even so, 2-1 is a price that’s only for the brave.
The rain, thankfully, has come, as I’ve already backed Stormy Antarctic in the hope that it would. On soft ground, he’s just about got the best form in the field, and he’s got a good record after a break, so the fact he’s not been seen since last July isn’t that much of a worry. If he can wind it back to 2018 and reproduce his fourth in the QEII, when Mosse gave him far too much to do (Century Dream was actually third there, but he’s not looking the same horse these days) he’d have every chance here. The more rain the better.
4.45 Newbury -1m Handicap
I’ve thrown a few quid e/w at Enigmatic here, who represents Joseph Parr (who seems to have taken over from Alan Bailey, and in the short time he has been training is already 1-3, with another just touched off). Very well handicapped at present, it’s his record after a break that catches the eye – 11141 – and it is interesting that the runners from the yard all seem to have been well backed. 18-1 and four places with Hills is worth a bet.
My bets –
2.40 Sandown – Sunday Sovereign
3.15 Sandown – Exec Chef
3.35 Newbury – Stormy Antarctic (e/w)
4.45 Newbury – Enigmatic (e/w 4 places)
Good luck with all your bets today,