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Matt Chapman exclusive: I’m loving a 14/1 shot on day two of York

by Sean Goff | August 21, 2013


Matt Chapman | York preview day two

For a mile of yesterday’s Juddmonte International I was so certain Al Kazeem would win I could have popped with joy, but I can only think that he simply did not let himself down on the fast ground once James Doyle said “go”. Gutted. Gutted gutted gutted.

That said, we’ve had a tremendous run on the Blog and I’m not going to let the first day at York be anything other than a minor blip. So let’s smash Paddy up today – you hear me Paddy?

I want to take on The Fugue in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks, as while we all know on ratings she’s the best horse in the race, she has yet to actually win over 1m 4f. She also ran a shocker last time and this is a big test for Wild Coco, who is in fine shape, but might just find Group 1 company a step too far.


FEELING THE LOVE: Frankie Dettori can pounce on Es Que Love (3.05) in the 1m handicap

The big question mark with the three-year-olds is whether they are good enough? I am going to take the chance they are and am backing Venus De Milo (3.40). She stays strong, and ran the race of her life when chasing home Chicquita in the Irish Oaks, with Scintillula and Riposte behind. I can’t see her out of the first three.

Since then, Venus de Milo has picked up a minor event at Cork, where again stamina looked her strong suit. She might just make the running in this event, and could prove very hard to pass.

Travels like a Machine 

The Group 2 Connolly’s Red Mills Lowther Stakes gives a great chance to Lucky Kristale, the Cherry Hinton winner, to score again under a penalty.

However, I am a huge fan of J Wonder (2.30) and believe she could be very good. Lucky Kristale is currently rated 107, while J Wonder only won a Newmarket nursery off 79 last time, but I am sure she’s a machine. She travels like one and could be very good.

In the 20-runner Clipper Logistics Handicap.  I am hoping Es Que Love (3.05) will finally collect the decent prize he deserves – at a double-digit price. He hasn’t won any of his last six races, yet has gone up 8lb in the ratings to 104 for his consistency. He was really unlucky at Goodwood last time behind Wentworth. Frankie Dettori takes over for the first time.

See you back here tomorrow for all the Nunthorpe news. Yeeehaaa!


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