Monday 6.10pm A frustrating weekend! Too many seconds. Too many disappointments and just couldn’t get my head round the Newmarket Guineas meeting.
The Craven form was shot to pieces at about every opportunity.
For the rest of 2017 every British, and probably Irish, Group 1 from 8F to 12F you will probably have to start and possibly end with Aiden O’Brien and an offspring of Galileo.
Some of our top jockeys seemed to be having as much trouble getting it right at Newmarket as I did. Why on the straight course some were making challenges in the middle of the course when you needed to be on the stands rail and there was a cutaway at The Bushes?
Memo to John Ferguson and Godolphin. If you want to win top races, any race, stick William Buick in the saddle!
Churchill could frustrate all season as he seems to be the type of horse who does just enough, easily. I wouldn’t want to oppose him in any 3yo G1 from 8-10F and probably not even in the Derby. He’ll just be difficult to love as he is the Steve Davies of racing, an ultimate professional. Just like his trainer and jockey.
Tuesdays Lucky 15
There isn’t one! Just spent most of the day trying to sort out Chester Cup (Wednesday) and Victoria Cup (Saturday) and hopefully I’ll put up the selections tomorrow at noon. Might even add a third in the Swinton Hurdle!!
Saturdays Lucky 15
Newmarket 1.50 NEXT STAGE 2nd 2/1 Fav (7/2PP 3/1 general)
Even Jason Weaver said “Why didn’t Jim Crowley count to ten” before taking it up. Went about a furlong too early and got re-headed! Horse will go up 7lbs+ for not winning!
Thirsk 3.40 MUTARAKEZ 8th 15/2 (12/1 Betfred 10/1 general)
“Paul Mulrennan, the rider of MUTARAKEZ (IRE), unplaced, reported that the gelding was denied a clear run approaching the final furlong.” Not to mention at the 3F pole, at the 2F pole etc.!! Too easy to blame the draw in stall 18 but the winner came out of 17 and made every yard!
Doncaster 6.50 GALLIPOLI 2nd 4/1 (4/1 general)
No complaints. Second best on the day, every chance. Still improving and will win more races this season.
Doncaster 7.50 NEW WORLD POWER 5th 11/8F (9/4 general)
The Facts. He was ridden as we expected, out the very back, in order to get the trip and that’s the way Spencer does things. He made good progress from the 3F pole and looked a winner whilst on the bridle but once Spencer went for him there was not a lot there and he didn’t exactly ride the ears off him. He was beaten less than two lengths and finished fifth.
I expect social media gave Spencer dogs abuse such as “Not one of J Spencer greatest rides …too much out of his ground..” I just didn’t see it like that at all. He was level with the winner at the two furlong pole and probably going as well. To my eye I don’t think the horse stayed the 14F at this stage of his career and he looked to be hanging left to me.
Was it money spent or money lent? Back at 12F in this C4 with possibly some headgear I would be quite happy to back the horse again. If he dropped 1lb from OR81 to OR80 and carried top weight in a 0-80 handicap over 12F with a stiff finish I’d go in again. I personally have no issue with Jamie Spencer for this ride.
I do however have an issue with the price. On my tissue NWP was a 7/2 shot and I’d hoped for 5/1. However the first company to price up were PP and their 5/2 lasted 11 minutes. SkyBet were the second and they went 2/1! He was backed overnight and again when Coral and Ladbrokes went 5/2 he was smashed into 7/4 within minutes. In the shops he opened up at 6/4, drifted to 15/8 then got hit again into an SP of 11/8! Did a tipping line put him up? No major paper or on-line tipster mentioned him. Hopefully NWP and Spencer will have upset enough people that we get our price next time.
Sundays Lucky 15
Newmarket 2.55 EASTERN IMPACT 2nd 7/1 11/1 WH (Only firm priced up at 3pm) Now 8/1!
Thought we had it but ended up towing #FantasticMrFahey’s other runner, Mr Lupton, into the race and got out stayed. Never thought Mr Lupton would go on that firm a surface and Monsieur Mosse isn’t my favourite jockey as a rule. Giving Eastern Impact 5lbs and beating him over a length almost makes Mr Lupton a July Cup player!
Newmarket 3.35 RHODODENHRON 2nd 5/4 Fav (15/8 Coral + Ladbrokes 7/4 general)
Don’t think she would have beaten Winter even with a clear run. The lads knew!!
Newmarket 5.20 BIN BATTUTA 4th 9/4 Fav N/A
Needed a telescope to see the first two, who were also both Godolphin owned. Race came too soon? Not good enough? Nice run from Society Red in third for #FantasticMrFahey and look forward to getting him back racing up north! York, Doncaster or Haydock.
Hamilton 3.45 KHELMAN N/A
BHA Stewards Report “Adam McNamara, the rider of KHELMAN (IRE), unplaced, reported that the gelding was never travelling.” You can say that again!
Talking of BHA Stewards reports here are a few of snippets of note from Saturday and Sunday.
“James Doyle, the rider of BARNEY ROY, placed second, reported that the colt lost its action for a stride entering the dip.”
“John Gosden, the trainer of ASTRONOMY’S CHOICE, placed third, reported that the filly was unsuited by the going, which on this occasion was Good to Firm, and would prefer an easier surface.”
“The Stewards held an enquiry following a report from the Sampling Officer that Sean Levey had provided a breath sample which was found to contain alcohol in a concentration above the threshold level for breath samples. They interviewed the rider, the Clerk of the Scales and the Sampling Officer. Having heard their evidence the Stewards found the rider in breach of Rule (D)65 and referred the matter to the Head Office of the British Horseracing Authority. Under Rule (D)66 the Stewards suspended Levey from riding for the rest of the day.”
And something for you jumping fans to excite you over the summer!
“Monday 8 May 2017 By Racinguk.com staff
Sizing John is to be aimed at the £1million bonus for winning the Betfair Chase at Haydock, the King George VI Chase at Kempton and the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Jessica Harrington’s seven-year-old claimed the Cheltenham feature in March and followed up at the Punchestown Festival after a thrilling battle with Djakadam and Coneygree.
Harrington told At The Races: “I think Alan (Potts, owner) wants to try and win the £1million bonus in England. So it’s the Haydock race and then the King George before the Gold Cup.”
Harrington is also responsible for Irish Grand National winner Our Duke, who will be kept closer to home before a possible clash with Sizing John in the Cheltenham Gold Cup next March. The County Kildare handler added: “Our Duke will definitely stay this side of the water. “The ground doesn’t matter now as he went on good ground at Fairyhouse. If the ground was safe at Down Royal (JNwine.com Champion Chase) he’d go there, then Christmas (Lexus) and then the Irish Gold Cup.”