Its a busy weekend of horse racing all over Europe this weekend and as such this is a long post, but stick with it, hopefully there is a winner or five in here. You can't back them all as they say so what follows is the bets I am having and a few notes on other races.
They race at Chepstow, Doncaster, Newmarket and Newbury here in the UK Saturday with Newbury hosting the main card. Any two-year-old for Godolphin making their debut at HQ is worth a look and Charlie Appleby runs Local Law in the opener the mile Betway British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes at 1.00. By Dubawi out of Lady Marian he is a half-brother to three winners most notably two-time G.2 winner Loxley. A February foal you’d like to think he will be ready to go and is worth and investment to get his career off to a winning start. I have will grab the best price I can when they price-up and feel fairly confident especially with those with experience looking nothing out of the ordinary.
I tipped up Dhahabi on debut at HQ last month and the 3,100,000 Guineas yearling son of Frankel got the job done. I mentioned at the time he is a half-brother to four winners including Golden Horn. It is a pedigree to die for with his grand sires being Galileo and Dubai Destination and grand mares Kind and Nuryana. He runs in the 7f Listed Denford Stakes, the Washington Singer Stakes to you if you are of the same vintage as me, due off at 1.50 over at Newbury. He ran pretty green at Newmarket to say the least but was still good enough to win always doing enough despite the greenness. He will have learnt a lot and clearly has some talent, plus, I would expect this fairly flat straight seven to suit at this stage of his career; he was also entered for the G.3 Acomb Stakes at York next week. James Doyle gets the leg-up with William Buick in Germany to ride Barney Roy. I have happily taken the 3-1 Friday lunchtime about him winning this.
At 3.00 it is the 1m5½f Group Three Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Geoffrey Freer Stakes. Communique hasn’t won in over a year and must be frustrating connections; he looks set to play a supporting role again. Andrew Balding and the team must have been doing a rain dance for Morando with his best winning form all of ground with soft in the description; looked way off his best at Ascot though. Of the three-year-olds I am not convinced about Max Vega and he has been well beaten on his two starts this year, admittedly one was the Derby and Tritonic looks up against it stepping up in class despite a Listed defeat last time. Hukum must have a chance with the weight-for-age, gets 10lb from the older horses, and the possibility of more to come from the lightly raced three-year-old. He travelled nicely in the 1m4f King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot and showed some tenacity to win for one so inexperienced. He will need to have come on again but the yard is in form and connections are flying this year. He is the pick at 11-2 that I took again lunchtime Friday.
Race of the day is at 3.35 the 7f Group Two Unibet Hungerford Stakes. Threat gets the weight-for-age allowance and he will win something like this but it has to be said was disappointing in the G.1 6f Darley July Cup Stakes when I tipped him last month. Didn’t seem to stay the mile in the G.1 St James's Palace Stakes before that so this may be his trip; won the G.2 Champagne Stakes over seven at two. Gets 6lb from Dream Of Dreams and 9lb from Glorious Journey which is a big help and the ease in grade doesn’t hurt. I am prepared to give him another chance and have the overnight price of 9-2.
Now the a 14-day quarantine for people returning to Britain from France has been introduced riding plans for a few jockeys could change this weekend with a few due to be at Deauville so keep an eye on who is where. Dettori will ride in France meaning he will miss the big meeting at York next week, John Gosden telling reporters 'He would prefer to ride this weekend. It is far from ideal to miss York, but these are strange times that we live in.” That statement might give you a clue as to the stables strongest chances over the coming days. On Saturday Mishriff runs at Deauville in the Prix Guillaume D'ornano Stakes, I am not betting him but that is another possible danger to the ante-post Ghaiyyath bet for the Juddmonte International crossed off! Kameko is back in the reckoning and is now likely to be at York but as I said earlier this week the colt doesn’t scare me even with the weight-for-age. Also at Deauville Althiqa goes in the mile Group Three Prix De Lieurey Stakes stepping up in trip following her third at Goodwood. I am not backing her today as this looks a warm Group Three to me. As touched on above Godolphin send Barney Roy to Germany for the Group One 1m4f 58th Preis von Europa. This is the first try at the trip and as I know very little about the opposition other than Dame Malliott, who looks a danger getting 3lb, I will be watching rather than punting there.
And so, to Sunday, yet again not a day of rest at Triple G Towers as there is one bet to be had. Charlie Appleby had interesting newcomer Desert Wisdom entered up in a couple of races recently and the colt will run in the 7f British Stallion Studs EBF Aldworth Maiden Stakes at Newbury due off at 4.40. This is another track always worth noting Godolphin newcomers. By Dubawi out of French Listed winner Tulips he is a half-brother to a couple of winners and this sort of test could prove ideal for the debut-ant. You are, of course, taking his readiness on trust but the yard is in fair form, knows how to prepare a two-year-old and has a fair strike rate at the track. Everything suggests a big run on debut can be expected so get on when you can, sit back and relax after your Sunday Roast!
Over at Deauville on Sunday they have the mile Group One Prix Jacques le Marois. Unbeaten Palace Pier will be favourite having won the St James's Palace Stakes pretty impressively. He gets weight from Circus Maximus and Persian King so has every chance but is a little too skinny to be backed for me as I write and as Dettori is now confirmed to ride the price will likely get shorter.