Action shot from York
August 28th, 2018

Weekend Racing Review

Quick recap of Saturdays action, I was pleased to see Lord Glitters win the Strensall at York. He is entered for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and we have him joint 3rd favourite at 8/1 behind star of the season Alpha Centauri. He’s come so close this season a few times and he’s gone from a handicapper to a group horse who is both trip and ground versatile.

Supernova was unlucky in the Melrose and after a striking last to first run with all sort of bumps in between. It was classic Jamie Spencer field navigating. It was an unlucky but striking run. a horse to follow I think.

Expert Eye has delivered terrific results this term after learning to settle better. He’s a striking turn of foot at a specialist trip 7f. With Sir Michael Stoute training, this one could only get better. He’s a horse to follow next season.

Last but not least, The Ebor was won by John Gosden and Muntahaa. The horse had a likeable lightly raced profile and looked to be targeted for this. The strike rate of Jim Crowley was a negative but the horse won commandingly despite 1 or 2 hard luck stories, namely the favourite Stratum. But the winner was a fair one and a terrific training performance and season for Gosden. It was in keeping with big priced winners in the Ebor though was late supported from 20s into 11s. It carried more weight than a usual Ebor winner so he’s obviously a very good horse.

With the end of yet another big meeting on the Flat, sights turn to the end of season Champion races where markets are adjusting following the results at York. Goodwood and Newmarket had fetching cards as well, and the heavy rain ensured that the feel good of a rather blessed summer (weather wise) was also coming to an abrupt end.

The Arc still holds no clues to the potential winner with many of the British & Irish principles drifting due to disappointing runs. Roaring Lion enters the fray in the betting and is 12/1 with us and if he runs he will be much shorter. It seems a market where value can be had, but assurance of potential runners is still very much needed.

Antonia De Vega looks very much one to follow after a devastating turn of foot in The Prestige Stakes at Goodwood. It looked a strong race but after the visually impressive debut win form was franked, she looked like further improvement was likely. She put a strong looking 2yo field to bed in very impressive fashion. She might be the best 2yo filly I’ve seen this year visually. I don’t know the times, but I would guess they are very good.

I was also very pleased to see Limato get back to winning ways at Newmarket. He’s been campaigned over a mile this season by Henry Candy, and to be frankly honest he’s never looked a miler to me. But Henry knows best and the step down in trip on fast ground seen Limato (as it usually has) to his best effect. He beat a decent field and he’s a good each way bet antepost (10/1) with us for the Sprint Cup. If it comes up Good to Firm then he’s a horse to side with now that he’s back to winning ways. He is ground dependent however so a risk in betting antepost.

Re-capping Saturday at York and I was pleased to see Lord Glitters win the Strensall. He is entered for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and we have him joint 3rd favourite at 8/1 behind star of the season Alpha Centauri. He’s come so close this season a few times and he’s gone from a handicapper to a group horse who is both trip and ground versatile.

Supernova was unlucky in the Melrose and after a striking last to first run with all sort of bumps in between , it was classic Jamie Spencer field navigating. It was an unlucky but striking run. A horse to follow I think.

Expert Eye has delivered terrific results this term after learning to settle better. He’s a striking turn of foot at a specialist trip of 7f. With Sir Michael Stoute training, this one could only get better. He’s a horse to follow next season.

Last but not least, The Ebor was won by John Gosden and Muntahaa. The horse had a likeable lightly raced profile and looked to be targeted for this. The strike rate of Jim Crowley was a negative but the horse won commandingly despite 1 or 2 hard luck stories, namely the favourite Stratum. But the winner was a fair one and a terrific training performance and season for Gosden. It was in keeping with big priced winners in the Ebor though was late supported from 20s into 11s. It carried more weight than a usual Ebor winner so he’s obviously a very good horse.

I’m going to tip one Horse Antepost each week and I’m going to start with Antonia De Vega for the 1000 Guineas at 20/1. So much can happen between now and then which always puts me off distant antepost betting but at that price I will take a chance as both starts have left me believing that this could be a very special one for Ralph Beckett