Boy did Paddy get lucky last weekend as we hit the crossbar with a trio of tasty priced horses in Es Que Love, Tapestry and Criteria. I hate that – so let’s make him pay this weekend. Boom!
The only place to start is with one of the summer highlights – the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot – a race won by some of the greats over the years.
You have to go back to 1976 and Pawneese for the last three-year-old filly to win this race. But I’m going for the unbeaten Epsom Oaks winner TAGHROODA (3.50pm) to do it in 2014 especially as she’s getting lumps of weight from all her rivals.
The Oaks form has already been boosted by Volume’s third place in the Irish equivalent – and Taghrooda was miles better than her at Epsom. There is sure to be a decent pace and she can sit in behind and make the most of the 15lb she gets from the Telescope, Magician and Mukhadram.
Also at Ascot, the 7f International Stakes cavalry charge is on and the draw, as always will play a part so I’m going for two. I’m having HORSTED KEYNES (3.15pm) as my high-draw selection and AYAAR (3.15pm) if the draw pans out well down low.
Horsted Keynes is an obvious selection after a fine second at Ascot last time, while Ayaar is knocking at the big-race door.
Here’s one worth waiting for …
I have been waiting for MURAAQABA (2.05pm) to run again since his terrific debut at Newmarket on June 27 and I’ll get the chance to back him at the Berkshire course.
Over at York, it may be worth taking a chance with the filly SECRET GESTURE (2.55pm) in the Group 2 York Stakes. She has a bit to find on ratings, but gets weight from all her rivals, is in form and has run some of her best races at York.
She could run well, although it is a shame there are not eight runners to have her each-way.
Finally, take a glance at the 6f Dash at York, where OUT DO (3.30pm) deserves to get his head in front after a string of near misses.
The handicapper has not been that kind – but he has the ability to score and is worth a few quid each-way.
So good luck this weekend and let’s hope we get some bank roll ahead of the Galway Festival and Glorious Goodwood next week. Yeeehaaa!
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