Some will tell you it’s a quiet weekend for horse racing, but that’s nonsense as far as we are concerned. We have winners to find and Paddy’S profits to hit. You hear me Paddy? Yeeehaaa!
Let’s start with the Irish Oaks at the Curragh, and of course this was blown wide open by the withdrawal of Taghrooda. Most will side with Tarfasha, and who can blame them, as the Epsom Oaks runner-up is the most likely victor, but I will have a crack for a place with TAPESTRY (5.45pm).
In the UK take a look at he selection has never raced beyond 1m, but if she gets home she has classy form, having been very unlucky when 6th, not beaten far in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot and when 2nd in Group 1 company as a juvenile. She might be the joker in the pack.
Let’s start with smashing up the Group 3 Hackwood Stakes at Newbury which has an unusually big field! At a big price have a few quid eachway on ES QUE LOVE (3.15pm), who has done well for Clive Cox since being dropped back in distance but who has lacked a bit of luck.
I think this track will suit him for sprinting, and while he may be a bit to find with some of his rivals on ratings, he may be better than we have seem so far.
The Listed Doom Bar Stakes at the same track should be at the mercy of Al Kazeem on his comeback, but having failed to make it as a stallion we have to take him on with another eachway chance in TRIPLE TREAT(2.40pm).
He may well have come here to look for better ground, having been in very soft conditions in France. He stays and has tackled Group 1 company in his time. If Al Kazeem is not at his best, Triple Treat would have a squeak.
At Newmarket it’s the Newsells Park Stud Stakes, and I strongly fancy CRITERIA (2.25pm) as a real Yeeehaaa! in the 1m4f event. This is a consistent horse who as a 3yo only has 8st 4lb to carry and I expect her to win easily after a fine third in the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot.
Over jumps Market Rasen is the place to look, and the Summer Hurdle is an open heat. On bumper form Slim Pickens is weighted to his ability, although he has enjoyed hurdling, so I’m going with class act MONTBAZON (2.55pm), who might just get a good pace to run at here and ran well at Haydock in the big Swinton event when fourth. He is fit off the Flat.
Finally, it’s always nice to try and find the Summer Plate victor, and BOOK ‘EM DANNO (3.30pm) is the one I like here. He’s a front-runner who loves the track, and while his handicap mark has gone shooting up he’s in great form. Fingers crossed.
So best of luck and if we are lucky enough to have a winner or two get those Yeeehaaas! ready.