Some tidy results for the blog last weekend have set us up nicely for the closing stages of the Flat season, and while some decent jumpers have already appeared it’s very much the Flat that takes centre stage for us Saturday with the Cesarewitch the big betting race.
Coincidentally, jumps horses often play a key part in Newmarket’s stamina test, and the in-form TEAK is the one I like. He’s won both over hurdles and on the Flat, and looked like an out and out Flat stayer at Bath recently. A mark of 84 is very reasonable and he can see off some bigger names.
The Group 3 Autumn Stakes could go to COMMEMORATIVE, who looked a colt to follow when I was at Doncaster last time. He is a winner over a mile, and beat a big field in the maiden there. He could just be a Classic hope.
Meanwhile, the Listed Pride Stakes gives MARSH DAISY a chance to bounce back to winning form. The selection was a fine winner at Goodwood in May and ran in the Oaks. She wasn’t good enough for that, but was far from disgraced behind Grandeur last time and can see this out strongly.
The 1m4f handicap at Newmarket is a competitive heat, but I am a huge fan of BATTERSEA, who could just be a Group horse in the making. Battersea was really impressive in his last two starts at Ascot, and comes from a fine stable which is in form.
Away from Newmarket, I want to take a look at the Rockingham at York, and the one to be with is CHARMING THOUGHT, who is unproven on soft ground but who is out of an Indian Ridge mare so may enjoy some cut. He looks a promising speedster and could be anything at this stage.
Finally, the big Sprint Trophy at York is tricky, but MASS RALLY has dropped a few pounds in the weights and likes some cut in the ground so he could bounce back to his best.
So best of luck this weekend – the big Paddy Power meeting is just a month away which tells us the jumps season really is nearly here in full force, but enjoy the Flat while you can! Yeeehaaa!