Mud glorious mud! Oh to be a hippotamus. Well the weather scuppered any chances my selections had yesterday, but we didn’t win loads of wars by being downhearted, so time to regroup and battle on.
I can’t help but feel Colour Vision (3.15) is overpriced in the Goodwood Cup. He was right back to form at Ascot last time when a close fourth to Estimate. He was third here last season behind Saddler’s Rock after winning at Royal Ascot and handles the ground. Att the odds he’s worth a decent each-way bet in a race where Paddy is refunding all losing single stakes if your horse finishes 2nd.
I love Saddler’s Rock, but he seems a shadow of his former self at the moment. I just don’t know what’s wrong with him.
Without doubt the big race of the day at Ballybrit is the Galway Hurdle, and watch the non-runner situation here with Dylan Ross and Fosters Cross already out as I write.
Dermot Weld has told me Rock Critic will take his chance, but it’s hard to believe the ground will be in his favour so it’s good to be able to take on a Rosewell runner near the top of a market.
Tony Martin has been in such good form this week that it’s tempting to weigh in with Ted Veale, who won the County Hurdle at Cheltenham and had a fine warm up when beating Pique Sous on the Flat – the latter might just lack experience for this.
I am putting up two against the field in what many will consider a pin job even though Paddy is paying out on the first 5 home.
Missunited (Galway 4.55) is a very classy mare, who ran badly at Roscommon last time. Connections have no idea why that happened, but provided she bounces back from that effort she has a great chance. Michael Winters trains, the man who had Rebel Fitz 12 months ago. I can’t understand a word he says – but I know an Irish smile and he had one on his face when I mentioned the horse to him.
I am also having a few quid on Make Your Mark (Galway 4.55), who improved over further in a hood last time and has tackled some of the best horses in the land in his time, namely Simonsig and Boston Bob. He’s ridden by the champion, Davy Russell.
Rebel Fitz runs in the Novice chase (2.20) and will probably win, although be careful at a very short price as he hates heavy ground.
Best of luck…and hope you are shouting Yeeehaaa later today. Boom!