I can’t wait for Champions ‘weekend’ to get underway over the next two days – and it looks like there’s plenty of betting opportunities to get stuck into.
I’m not expecting too many surprises at Newmarket but we can still smash up one or two good things and look for a slice of value.
So watch out Paddy – after our tasty 10-1 winner with Commemorative last Saturday I’m out to knock your profits again.
I was lucky enough to be at Yarmouth when Deep Blue Sea scored last time – and this giant of a horse is one to follow next season.
However, this time I like the look of the Ryan Moore-ridden MAJESTIC MANNER (1.50pm) who is lightly raced and open to much improvement after just two races.
I was at Windsor when the selection made an eye-catching debut and it was no surprise when he scored at Lingfield last time over 7f on good ground.
The softer surface should not be a problem I expect a bold show from the William Haggas-trained runner.
I’m hoping for a Moore/Haggas double in the Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes with SQUATS (2.25pm).
He has plenty of experience, and was just touched off at Ayr last time when third behind the re-opposing Accipiter. Squats is 2lb better off with that rival now and provided he acts on the surface – he should be bang there.
Its not always possible to be imaginative when trying to pick a winner and I am not opposing IVAWOOD (2.55pm) in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes.
This tank of a juvenile has looked special this season and Richard Hughes believes he’s a true Classic contender. Ivawood has won two Group 2 races by over seven lengths – and looks like a Group 1 winner in waiting.
The Fillies’ Mile looks tough but LUCIDA (3.25pm) stayed on really strongly to win the 7f Rockfel Stakes at this course last time out. That suggests the extra furlong will be right up her street.
Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning are a potent combination when sending runners over the Irish Sea and this filly could be a major 1,000 Guineas contender next year. She’s up against plenty of improvers – but can deliver again.
Finally, the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes can go the way of the ultra-talented and tough ESTIDHKAAR (4pm).
Paul Hanagan thinks the world of this Richard Hannon-trained colt and he scored impressively in Group 2 company on his last two starts. He digs deep when asked and is a very exciting prospect.
So good luck and enjoy some cracking sport. I’ll be back on the Paddy Power Blog tomorrow for Saturday’s Champions Day at Ascot. Hopefully we’ll be taking more dosh of Paddy.
You hear me Paddy? Yeeehaaa!