I still can't quite believe Light Of Peace got beat yesterday on the nod but that’s the way it goes some days; Elegant Verse travelled strongly but never got in a blow when push came to shove. On to Friday and I fancy three.
Best bets for the horse racing at Sandown Park
Interestingly William Buick in in Esher to ride two for Charlie Appleby even though he has runners in a Listed heat at York – more on that race later.
One Nation is the first of the Appleby runners to go in the 1.45 7f Chasemore Farm British EBF Maiden Stakes. The son of Dubawi was third at Yarmouth on debut, a race one by stable mate Naval Power. I left the race alone but watched with interest and this one was green as grass at times and he is likely to improve significantly for that run. I have a bit of the Evens this morning.
The 1m2f Beck Handicap is due off at 3.55 and the other Buick ride is in this one in the shape of True Accolade. Having noted him on debut I tipped him when he won at Windsor over this trip in April and then luckily left him alone when odds-on, and beaten, at Lingfield last time. An opening handicap mark of 80 looks workable as they say and he is worth an investment at 4-1.
Best bets for the horse racing at York
The two Charlie Appleby sends up to York actually line-up in the same race the Listed Seat Unique Ganton Stakes over a mile at 3.30. I have backed Art Du Val more than once down the years and he is still a fair racehorse but at six he is unlikely to be getting any better. Valiant Prince is the other runner from Moulton Paddocks, another I have backed more than once, and the lightly raced four-year-old should still have more to give yet compared to his stable companion. He did get beat at Ascot last time unable to lead every yard on the straight mile and similar tactics here might see him set this up for a rival down the long home straight. Mohaafeth won the G.3 Hampton Court Stakes last season at Royal Ascot and has been tried at the top-table subsequently over 1m2f and 1m1f running well in defeat. It’s a tricky race but Mohaafeth was perhaps a little unlucky in running when tenth in G.1 Dubai Turf at Meydan back in March, not knocked about in the final furlong, and this significant drop-in class, back down to a mile and with a tongue strap on for the first time can see him back to winning ways. I have 11-8.