Plenty to enjoy this weekend should you chose with the Jumps game getting into full flow as the Flat season comes to an end plus some big races in France and the land down under. I am actually only having two bets, though both are confident selections in the big two-year-old races so hopefully quality over quantity.
At 1.35 over at Saint-Cloud in France they have the Group One Criterium International over a mile and I will be playing in that. La Barrosa had an entry in the Vertem Futurity Trophy but crosses the channel instead and looks to have a great chance. He had to show some balls to get a run in the G.3 Tattersalls Stakes and put his head through the gap to go on and win by a comfortable length in the end. It’s a nice trait in a two-year-old when they are willing to fight like that and I fully expect him to make it three wins from three starts. By French 2,000 Guineas/Derby winner Lope De Vega he should be at home in France (like the colt knows). Paddy Power were one of the first to chalk up and I have the 9-4.
The race of the day here in the UK is at Doncaster the Group One Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes (Racing Post Trophy) at 2.55. I was talking the other day down the pub with my mate Matt (when we could see mates down the boozer) about Wembley and how this one looks like one of those horses that will drive you mad. It seems to me be it a handicap or a Group One he’ll be an eye-catcher storming home to finish in the places; one of those horses that just don’t like to be out in front. Despite being rated 118 he still has only a maiden win against his name. He’d be a perfect each-way punt in a race such as this but them bookies aint daft and he isn’t anywhere near an each-way price. One Ruler is one I have talked about and backed this season already. He won the G.3 Autumn Stakes at HQ with what looked a bit in hand and though on paper he has to improve to beat Wembley, the Ballydoyle runner being rated 7lb superior, I think the Godolphin colt is likely to have his head in front where it matters. I have the 11-4 that was about in the week.
On Sunday at Longchamp it is the French St Leger the Prix Royal-Oak with recent winner for Triple G Princess Zoe lining-up. She’ll be odds-on though and I have not backed her this weekend.Be lucky