Tuesday 4.00pm After the rain all over the country in the last 24 hours there has been a “blitz” of non-runners, playing havoc with Tuesdays Lucky 15 and making future selections more than trappy. So for Wednesday we’ll have two at Kempton on the sand and two at Ripon where the ground is Good to Soft and on the straight course the stalls are on the Stands side (High numbers).
Sandown’s Thursday card looks interesting, restricted to just 2 and 3yo’s, with notebook at the ready. Currently deep into Royal Ascot research and would love someone to go and interview Messrs Haggas, Stoute and Gosden to give me a clue to their running plans!
Tuesdays Lucky 15
Gone for the handicaps to see if we can find a price!
Ripon 7.35 DANDY HIGHWAYMAN 9/2 PP as low as 10/3 Coral
Ripon 8.05 SCRUTINEER 14/1 Coral 12/1 general
Kempton 7.25 PLY 9/2 general
Kempton 7.55 CAPTAIN PEACOCK 5/1 PP + BetFred
and here’s why
Ripon 7.35 DANDY HIGHWAYMAN Ripon is a course with its infamous ridges that not everybody gets on with and winning course form counts double. Dandy Highwayman made all over C&D under the stands rail in a grade lower two runs back and can repeat the dose here having got the plum draw. Wouldn’t want any more rain.
Some interesting rivals. Impart for O’Meara and Dr K on his second run since leaving Dermot Weld. Down to OR80 and a stiff six could be interesting, gone into my tracker. The easier ground could help grade dropper Groupie. #FantasticMrFahey saddles Night Law for the first time having paid £21K to get her out of Andrew Balding’s stable and he runs in the silks of “Merchants and Missionaries” who have some nice horses in the yard and I wish I knew who they were? Also gone into my tracker.
Ripon 8.05 SCRUTINEER Pleasant puzzle for a C3 handicap and I’m willing to be suckered again with the selection. Last time out he was last of eleven in a C2 handicap on soft ground at Newbury and yes I put him up! Here’s what I wrote then “Perfectly capable 6F sprinter who has spent much of his time in Listed company or better, indeed this is only his fourth handicap and much the easiest. All his best form for this hold up horse has come on Soft ground, hopefully Newbury has had sufficient rain to bring the fliers back to him. Scrutineer has a bit to find with Captain Colby on Cammidge form from six weeks ago but he didn’t get the clearest run that day. John Egan rides for the first time and will probably need to bring Mick Channons charge stand side to make his challenge. Off OR98 with his favoured ground he should be competitive.” So he now drops a grade further, Silvestre de Sousa takes over in the saddle and he has a reasonable draw in ten out of fourteen. His official rating has dropped to OR95, this is a 0-95 contest and I think Mick Channon has spotted a good opportunity to swipe a decent £8K first prize. Biggest dangers would include the back to form Zanetto and the Varian/Atzeni representative Atletico who hasn’t been seen out for 676 days.
Kempton 7.25 PLY Many of these are in the very early stages of their 3yo handicapping careers and improvement will be expected from many. It is very difficult to oppose a son of Nathanial with connections of Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore that won last time and is still on a mark of OR73. However having watched that last race Nathan Mayer didn’t do anything quickly and outstayed his opponents on rain softened ground. So in passing a horse owned by Sir Evelyn De Rothschild I am going for one owned by his mother, racing in the Nathanial colours!
Ply went into many notebooks when finishing fast on debut to chase home Bowerman here at Kempton over 8F. He has since finished down the field in two strong maidens, behind Wasatch Range at Windsor and the Dubai Thunder romp on rain softened ground at Newbury. In neither did he look too busy and has been rewarded with an opening mark of OR75. He steps up to 11F here which shouldn’t be a problem for this son of Dubawi and with an American dam’s side perhaps the all weather will be his best surface. Trainer Roger Charlton specialises in improving his 3yo’s and it is always handy when your stable jockey, Keiron Shoemark, can claim three pounds.
Kempton 7.55 CAPTAIN PEACOCK C3 12F 4yo+ handicap with three very interesting runners returning off long breaks. Murgan, Qatar Racing’s Galileo gelding having his first run for Stuart Kittow, absent for 382 days. Clowance One back after 567 days, but did win his maiden over C&D for the very patient Roger Charlton. Zambeasy after 247 days, a winning handicapper for Philip Hide. However on current form it looks a choice between top and bottom, Captain Peacock and Methag. The filly with the lowest weight was disappointing over hurdles but was a solid staying on second at Newbury behind Multigifted. I’ve gone for topweight Captain Peacock as he is a C&D winner, trainer William Knight is among the winners and Jim Crowley rode the selection when he last won.
Tuesdays Lucky 15
That’s a bit more like it two winners and one chinned and the big price selection, halved in price and a close fourth! Just over £20 for our £15 but Snookered would have been a hundred quid ticket!
Chepstow 3.00 TIS WONDERFUL 4th 13/2 (14/1 PP 12/1 general)
Little frustrating. Got the price for each way then the non-runners meant just three places.
Chepstow 5.30 KNIGHT DESTROYER 1st 5/4 F (2/1 general)
Hacked up. The other 3yo was withdrawn, remember they had a 15lb allowance!!
Wetherby 3.10 SNOOKERED 2nd 5/2F (3/1 general)
Chinned in the last ten yards. Did all the hard work.
Wetherby 4.40 DAN TROOP 1st 9/2 (9/2 Ladbrokes + Coral)
Hanagan got up on the line to deny stable companions Right Action and Tony Hamilton. Almost got into trouble but this is an improving 3yo over 7 maybe 8 furlongs. Nice turn of foot and isn’t ground dependent.
Wesley Ward Royal Ascot team takes shape at Keeneland June 05 2017, 23:01 Racing Post
Wesley Ward’s Royal Ascot plans took shape after a workout for his team, including last year’s amazing winner Lady Aurelia, at Keeneland racecourse on Monday. In front of some 30 owners, breeders and interested onlookers who gathered on Monday morning in the grandstand at Keeneland racecourse, Lady Aurelia and a number of other horses trained by Wesley Ward worked on the turf course in preparation for Royal Ascot. Lady Aurelia, the blistering winner of the Queen Mary Stakes at the Royal meeting 12 months ago, is the 7/2 favourite with Sky Bet to win the King’s Stand Stakes. The filly worked with stablemate Bound for Nowhere, set to race in the Commonwealth Cup three days later. The pair covered five furlongs on a firm turf course dampened by morning showers in 1:00.80.
“I was going to go into the work a little easy, but when we got that little bit of rain with the give in the ground I thought it would be a good time – two weeks out – to let her skip along, so I changed my plan a little bit,” Ward said in a press release from Keeneland. “She worked tremendous.” Lady Aurelia also won the Darley Prix Morny at Deauville last August before finishing third in the Connolly’s Red Mills Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket in September. The filly made her 2017 debut on April 15 at Keeneland, defeating older rivals in the 5½-furlong Giant’s Causeway Stakes on the turf. Since then, she has had four works at the track in preparation for the King’s Stand. Ward also had high praise for Bound for Nowhere, a three-year-old colt he owns who frequently works with Lady Aurelia. “(He) is getting better by the day,” Ward said about the son of The Factor. “He’s a formidable foe for (Lady Aurelia). She’s still an inch or two better there at the wire than him – which she should be – (and today’s work is) very promising for him. He’s got a big, long stride and he’s going to want to go another eighth of a mile. She kinda scampers.”
Among the other horses to work were Con Te Partiro (who heads for the Sandringham Stakes), McErin (Norfolk), Arawak (Coventry), Happy Like A Fool (Queen Mary), Elizabeth Darcy (Windsor Castle) and Princess Peggy, a possible Albany Stakes starter along with Fairyland.
The Ascot horses are set to travel next Tuesday. Ward, who flies to England on Sunday, said Lady Aurelia “will work in company (with Bound for Nowhere) a week from tomorrow at Ascot and get a feel for the course again. The others probably will work at the Rowley Mile in Newmarket.”