It’s a funny old game. It was a poor day for the blog on Saturday, only for our selection Sea the Moon to hack up in the German Derby on Sunday to recover the losses. Now that was a Boom! performance.
Now we move on to the July Meeting at Newmarket, and there are good chances to make Paddy have a miserable week. You hear me Paddy?
Let’s concentrate on the TV races, and start with the Bahrain Trophy (1.40pm), in which Windshear (11/4) should run a cracker for champion Richard Hughes. The selection is improving all the time, and ran a belter at Royal Ascot behind Elite Army. On ratings he has a bit to find, but I think he is up to it.
The July Stakes (2.10pm) is choc full of improvers, and many will do even better now stepped up to 6f from 5f. I will stick with Jungle Cat (5/1), who is proven at 6f having won at Goodwood and finished third behind The Wow Signal in the Coventry at Royal Ascot. The son of Iffraaj looks good.
The Princess of Wales’s stakes (2.40pm) includes that fast improving Arab Spring (13/8), who had problems as a younger horse but is now looking really good and it’s no surprise Ryan Moore (below) ditches Hillstar for his mount. On that basis Arab Spring should take all the beating.
Finally, in the 10f handicap Mange All (9/2) should run huge for William Haggas. The horse who beat him on his penultimate start has since won a handicap off 84, so Mange All has every chance off 86 if he is improving just a little bit. Have a close look at him.
So good luck on Day 1, and let’s hope the Yeeehaaa! are flowing.