Thursday 6.00pm Struggling to pick my nose but patience is allegedly a virtue! Praise to Goodwood with the rail out 6yds to the 2F pole creating a cutaway and great races. “Denied a clear” run a thing of the past! Bet it’s gone for the Glorious meeting! Looking forward to a cracking card at Sandown tonight. Need to get this blog out first.
Here’s one we were looking forward to on Friday but as pointed out on Twitter “Liam@RatingTheRaces @RTR_Liam “Atty Persse looked a horse going places last time. 6/5 at Betfair looks too big. Expect to go off short and odds on tomorrow!”
Fridays Lucky 15
Goodwood 3.10 ALNAAS 3/1 Ladbrokes + Coral
Goodwood 3.45 RAHEEN HOUSE 15/8 general
Haydock 3.30 DAGONET 6/1 BetFred + PP
Haydock 4.40 IN FIRST PLACE 11/1 general
and here’s why
Goodwood 3.10 ALNAAS Bumped into one at Newbury in the shape of Princess de Lune on debut but went one better at Chelmsford in a mile maiden despite racing keenly. This daughter of Dansili was doing her best work late on and the handicapper may have been generous in his mark of OR79 on handicapping debut. Drawn 4 is spot on for this prominent racer.
Goodwood 3.45 RAHEEN HOUSE Delighted that Brian Meehan seems to be having a better start to this season than in recent years and I’m also a sucker for a “man with a plan”. The trainer nominated this race immediately after Raheen House had failed by two and a half lengths to give five pounds to Shutter Speed with Enable, the Cheshire Oaks winner, close behind in 3rd. That could look excellent form after the Oaks here and in France. His 2yo form included a fourth in the G1 Racing Post Trophy and that’s as good as anything else on display here. Khalidi has to give him three pounds for winning a Newmarket Listed race, Monarchs Glen has questions to answer after boiling over in the Sandown Derby trial and Fierce Impact, Shymkent and The Grand Vizir will all need to show vast improvement, of which all three are capable. Informative race but up a furlong I fully expect Jamie Spencer to come home first on this son of Sea the Stars.
Haydock 3.30 DAGONET Just have to put this one up having seen the video of his win at Kempton over 6F last October. He may have beaten trees but it had a bit of Wow about it. He’s gelded, big and scopey and his trainer is bullish. “He won his race over six furlongs at Kempton quite readily and he will always be a sprinter. He is bred to be fast being by Sir Prancealot and he will be contesting the sort of 0-85/0-90 handicaps and he will improve.” Dagonet wears a first time hood and as long as he takes too it, under the capable guidance of Jim Crowley, who rode the horse on debut, he should be too good for these.
Haydock 4.40 IN FIRST PLACE At first glance he would look exposed but I like the horse and there are loads of reasons to back him here. With the talented Ms SammyJo Bell taking three pounds off he does in effect race off OR76, his last winning mark. He drops in grade to C4 and his last run in C3 behind City of Joy and Mustarrid bears close scrutiny and his defeat of Masham Star as a 2yo last season is rock solid. He’s not ground dependent and a mile looks his trip. Overpriced in double figures!
Thursdays Lucky 15
Just can’t call them right. Selections seem to be running in glue. Going to too many funerals and not enough weddings!
Goodwood 2.40 SHADY MCCOY 4th 5/1 (11/2 WH 9/2 general)
Too far back, still came wide and race was over when he got involved. RP analysis suggests “Eyecatcher: Shady McCoy (2.35) kept on well from an unpromising position in a race that wasn’t run to suit”.
Goodwood 3.45 ELDRITCH 5th 10/3 (5/1 PP 4/1 general)
Took ages to gather race pace and was too far back. One pace from 2F out, probably needs further.
BHA Stewards ” The Veterinary Officer reported that ELDRITCH (IRE), placed fifth, trained by John Gosden, finished lame on the right-hind.”
Goodwood 4.20 ICESPIRE 7th of 7!! 2/1 (6/5 Ladbrokes Evs general)
Market told you everything you wanted to know! Drifted from Evs to 2/1, Friendless. In race too keen, too buzzy, didn’t pick up. Bubble well and truly burst. BHA Stewards – Nothing!!
Sandown 8.40 MAZKEEM 4/1 PP + BetFred
Not exactly over confident!
The Epsom Derby 2017
Sportinglife.com May 25 2017, 17:27
Mirage Dancer has been ruled out of the Investec Derby but could still bid for Royal Ascot honours.
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained son of Frankel won on his only start as a juvenile last year and returned to action with a fair fourth behind Derby favourite Cliffs Of Moher in the Dee Stakes at Chester earlier this month, doing some eyecatching work late on. However, connections of Mirage Dancer believe a trip to Epsom may be the wrong move at present and while the King Edward VII Stakes at Ascot next month a possible alternative, the colt will not be hurried in his preparation. “He is fine and it is not that he has been working badly, but going into the Derby you want all the right bells to be ringing. He is still a work in progress and we still hope he will be top class,” said Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah. “I think with a horse like this, you have just got to give them a little bit of space to grow up and mature. It is not impossible he will go to the King Edward VII at Royal Ascot.”
My other Derby ante post ticket follows Sir John Lavery into the bin!!