We bounce back to some sort of reality today after last weekend’s fixtures smash-up.
There’s something for everyone with the Flat from Newbury, jumps action from Market Rasen and the huge Irish Oaks card at the Curragh on Attheraces.
I want to start at Newbury with the Listed JLT Stakes at 2.35pm. Tullius will find this easier than the Eclipse, but he has to give weight away and that won’t be easy to some exciting three-year-olds.
The one to be on is CONSORT, who won his first two starts and then was far from disgraced when third, beaten three lengths by Gleneagles at Royal Ascot. He’s very progressive for Sir Michael Stoute and Frankie Dettori. Don’t be surprised if Mustadeem puts in a big run.
The Group 3 Hackwood Stakes (3.10pm) at the same course can go to AEOLUS who can give the weight away to younger horses. I was impressed with his attitude at Newcastle last time and he gets the trip strong.
Lump on …
The youngsters line up for the ultra-tricky 5f Super Sprint at 3.45pm. I’m lumping on SOAPY AITKEN even though he is not trained by Richard Hannon! in a race where Paddy’s paying to four places on each-way bets.
He was a good winner at both Leicester and Windor before finishing fourth behind Washington DC at Ascot and third last time at Sandown. He was unlucky at the Esher track and is better than that. Could be a big winner for Clive Cox and Paul Hanagan.
We go jumping at Market Rasen, and the Summer Hurdle at 2.55pm over an extended 2m.
John Ferguson’s team is in great shape, and BUCKWHEAT might well be able to overcome a significant rise in the weights for a facile success at Aintree last time. He was a high-class performer on the Flat and might just be too classy here for these in a race where Paddy’s going money back as a free bet if your selection finishes second or third.
The Summer Plate 3.30pm over an extended 2m 5f follows it and it looks impossible.
But take a chance with GREENLAW at a big price. He impressed me at Uttoxeter last time, and is a every strong stayer in this line up if they go very quick. Bottom weight is a bonus, and he’s only up 7lb for that decent success.
The one to be on ..
I’ll be at the Curragh on Saturday for the Irish Oaks 5.50pm. I have a feeling Speedy Boarding will out-run her odds so let’s take a chance on her for James Fanshawe in an open race. She can’t win on strict ratings – but Fanshawe did exactly the same with Ribbons not so long ago. Fingers crossed.
Back her each-way.
So it’s a Classic Saturday. Let’s hope Paddy is poorer by the end of it. You hear me Paddy? Yeeehaaa!