Posted Saturday August 18th 11.30am With Daban a non-runner, which is bad news on a Lucky 15, I’ve replaced her with Six Strings in the Doncaster 4.10.
Newmarket 2.45 SILENT ECHO 11/1 PP 10/1WH
Doncaster 4.10 SIX STRINGS 6/1 BetFred+WH
Ripon 5.00 TWO FOR TWO 8/1 Lads+Coral
Newmarket 5.05 OKOOL 7/1 PP 6/1 general
and here is why
Newmarket 2.45 SILENT ECHO It’s all about “will he settle”? Connections have reached for the first time visor and dropped this son of Oasis Dream a furlong. With the stalls Stands side and drawn in stall 1 surely Keiron Shoemark can take a pull early and get some cover which would be ideal over this speedy 6F with a stiff finish. May I remind you how talented this horse is. When he won at Haydock he hardly broke sweat in beating Chessman and Mojito and they are now OR97 & OR95 and Silent Echo runs here off OR91. Prior to the K-nightmare on the Knavesmire last time I had blogged “This horse is top of two of my lists, “Back until it loses” and “Group horse in handicaps”. Professional, travels, quickens.” This is a deep race with plenty of potential dangers, indeed Tommy Taylor, and Danielsflyer have already carried my cash this season and Merlin is very much on the radar but I’ll keep the faith with Silent Echo one more time.
One star win* @ 11/1 PP
Doncaster 4.10 SIX STRINGS Trained by the #FantasticMrFahey Six Strings has the scope for further improvement and his current mark of OR87 looks lenient. No surprise that connections have let him take his chance at this decent pot. On the plus side are as a 3yo he gets five pounds, only carries 8st 7lbs, the drying ground, it is now good (Good to Firm in places, the presence of Masham Star suggests a strong pace and something to run at. His third at Hamilton reads well with the likes of Get Knotted, Naggers, Jack Dexter and Muntadab behind him. Andrew Mullen rides and he seems to be regular Saturday pilot for Team Fahey and a C2 handicap win would help bond the relationship!
One star* win @ 6/1 BetFred+WH
Ripon 5.00 TWO FOR TWO Just couldn’t leave this one out! Some of you may have seen an e-mail twenty four hours ago, if not it said, “Gentleman I have a horse for Saturday! My notebook says “In form and still on OR90. 8F C3 Ayr or Ripon, 0-90 would be nice” He runs at Ripon on Saturday at 5.00pm in a C3 0-90 8F hcp. He is drawn 2 which is ideal for this hold up horse, however the icing on the cake is that in form trainer Roger Fell (5 from last 28) has booked Jamie Spencer for the ride! Sweet!! The horse is Two for Two. I expect your stake will be decided by your opinion of Frank as a jockey and me as a pundit. Somewhere between total plonker and absolute genius?” Nuff said!
Four star win**** @ 8/1 Lads+Coral
Newmarket 5.05 OKOOL I have been waiting for Okool to get 12F on a galloping course and it was a run at Newmarket, a hampered sixth to Eminent no less, that first got him in my Notebook. He opened his season with a two length second to G3 Gordon Stakes winner, Mirage Dancer, over 10F at Nottingham. Won his maiden over the same C&D keeping on well. Totally unsuited by Chester then staying on over 10F at Sandown behind wide margin winner Eynhallow.
Trip, track, grade, ground are fine and now he’s gelded this galloping mile and a half is spot on. Surely better than a C4 handicapper off OR80.
Two star** win @ 7/1 PP
Last Saturday’s Lucky 15
Great start but just couldn’t top it up. Still £22 back for our £15!
Ascot 1.05 STAKE ACCLAIM 1st 4/1JF (7/1 general)
Not only did we get the price but a masterclass from young Mr Spencer as well!
Haydock 3.00 JUST HISS 5th 15/2 (9/1 PP + Ladbrokes)
Prominent, squeezed against rail inside the final 2F but wouldn’t have been much closer anyway. Useful C3 10F handicap on GS ground which could throw up a few winners. The winner El Cap is certainly going the right way. I’m a fan of Dark Devil and of course the third horse was Two for Two!
Newmarket 3.05 DOLPHIN VISTA 6th 14/1 (10/1 Coral 9/1 general)
Market told the story. Keep him in your tracker. Still think he could be a Cambridgeshire player?
Newmarket 3.40 POETIC CHARM 5th 11/4 (4/1 general)
Got the price not the performance! Note to Godolphin: Give your novices two runs before a Group race! Odd race the Sweet Solera G3 7F 2yo fillies, as about ten in line across the track at the furlong pole! In fairness best horse won in Tajaanus.