It’s fair to say the softening ground at Newmarket this week has really mucked my selections up (two non runners on Friday) and Sky Lantern hated the ground.
But you won’t catch me making excuses – apart from the one I just made.
That means it’s advantage Paddy as we head into Saturday. And that’s a situation I don’t like. So watch out Paddy, I am after you. You hear me?
There are so many big races to get to grips with and Newmarket hosts the day’s feature – the Group 1 July Cup.
The testing conditions give a real chance for the stamina of ALJAMAAHEER (3.50pm) to come into play, and while he’s no mud-lark, he does stay strong and has run well on soft and good to soft ground in the past.
He’s classy, and hopefully can outstay the speedsters. Good luck to Paddy, whose family’s Sole Power might struggle in the conditions but stablemate Slade Power has every chance.
And with that charity bet challenge – Paddy will be keeping a close eye on Wes Welker’s Undrafted.
Top of the class
The Superlative Stakes brings together some decent juveniles. The one I like is ESTIDHKAAR (2.40pm) who ran well on soft ground on his debut. He looked really classy last time and hopefully can get the better of these improvers.
At York the feature is the John Smith’s Cup. Ryan Moore is banging the winners in at the moment and can score a famous success with BOLD SNIPER (2.55pm) for the Queen. He was second at Royal Ascot – but he can run off the same mark here and has a decent draw to work from in stall 7.
A bit like Aljamaheer – it may be hard to keep him out of the frame.
The Silver Cup at York sees the lightly raced MIN ALEMARAT (2.20pm) as a fascinating contender. He hails from the in form Marcos Botti yard, and while his form suggests he might prefer softer ground – it’s just possible a faster surface will bring about further improvement.
Ascot hosts the Group 2 Summer Mile, and the improver here is definitely GRAPHIC (2.30pm), who followed up a good second at Epsom with a fine success in France. Off a rating of 114 he’s bang in the mix here and he’s improving – compared to some of his rivals.
Worth a look for the top stable of William Haggas.
So good luck and of course if Paddy wins the July Cup I will be pleased for him. But if Aljamaheer beats him it will be even more special! Yeeehaaa!