It is 2,000 Guineas day Saturday, the first Classic of the season and if that doesn’t get your pulse racing I do not know what will! It’s a case of no rest for the wicked this weekend as it is 1,000 Guineas day Sunday as well; at least we have a Bank Holiday Monday to get over all this excitement. You can read my thoughts on the big races on the Classics page. The rain arrived yesterday during racing and there is every chance it will again today. At the time of writing this morning the going is officially good.
Best bet for the horse racing at Newmarket
I have mentioned before that I am a proud owner of a handful of shares in the as yet unraced two-year-old Treasure Time. His half brother Equality runs on Saturday afternoon in the Group Three Palace House Stakes at 4.00. Champion jockey William Buick takes the ride for trainer Charlie Hills on what is the five-year-old geldings first run of the season. He makes the step-up from handicap to Group company having put in some solid performances last season including winning over the minimum trip twice. He has gone well fresh in the past and both his wins last year were on rain softened ground. I have invested each-way at 10’s
Best bet for the horse racing at Belmont Park
Ottoman Fleet is running across the pond this evening in the Grade Two 1m1f Fort Marcy Stakes at Belmont Park due off at 9.56 our time. He has been on his travels again this season and the Charlie Appleby-trained four-year-old posted three strong efforts during the Dubai World Cup Carnival at Meydan, finishing third in the G.2 Al Rashidiya, G.2 Singspiel Stakes and G.3 Dubai Millennium Stakes. Back in the UK he won the 1m1f G.3 Earl Of Sefton Stakes at Newmarket’s Craven Meeting (tipped on here) before being shipped off to the States. The team at Moulton Paddocks are masters of nipping across the Atlantic and snaffling decent purses and I think they can do it again with this one tonight. Charlie Appleby said: “Ottoman Fleet traveled over well and should be a live player based on what he has achieved so far this year. We know nine furlongs suits him and he has experience on a similar style of track, having run well at Meydan. It’s an exciting ride for Richard Mullen to pick up and hopefully the combination can get the job done.” I have the 6-4.
Unusually for me I don’t have a fancy for the Kentucky Derby and with Codys Wish odds-on in the Grade One Churchill Downs Stakes I won’t be getting involved at Churchill.