one bet so far this week, Frontispiece winning at 5-2 Thursday evening down at
Sandown; hopefully I have found a four more winners for the weekend.
There is plenty of horse racing to get your teeth into Saturday if you wish as they race at Beverley, Catterick, Chepstow, Chester, Haydock, Newmarket and Stratford. Something for everyone as they say with summer jumps, tricky handicaps, sprints, stayers races, Claiming Stakes through to Pattern Class.
First thing to note is the British
spring weather and the likely affect on racing conditions. Haydock and Chester are both ‘soft’
and showers are forecast for that part of the world Saturday morning. Beverley
will be under thick cloud all day over in the North East whilst down at HQ
Newmarket it’s good ground with bright sunshine on the cards for the afternoon.
Due off at 1.35 at Newmarket the first division of the Margaret Giffen Memorial EBF Novice Stakes doesn’t jump off the page as a punting race but…….......... Godolphin have one due to line-up trained by Charlie Appleby called Glorious Journey. A 2,600,000 guineas yearling by Dubawi out of Fallen For You who was a decent filly and winner of the G.1 Coronation Stakes back in 2012. This colt is bred to be good at around a mile in time and this could be the start of his own glorious journey. Appleby’s 2-y-o's have been flying so I am taking a chance at 10-11.
Division two of the race is due off at 1.55 and Charlie Appleby should have the winner of this as well in the shape of Folk Tale. The chestnut colt is another by Dubawi, this time out of Causeway Lass (Gainst Causeway) unraced she is the dam of three winners thus far. He put up a fair effort on debut when fourth behind stablemate Masar at Goodwood, staying on when the penny finally dropped in regard to what was required. I would expect him to come on a lot for that run and at the early 13-8 here’s hoping for a quick fire Appleby 2YO double.
Haydock has the Group Three Betway Pinnacle Stakes for fillies over just shy of mile-and-a-half at 3.30. Ajman Princess has clearly always been well thought despite not winning as a 3YO having been in with some of the very best. Won her maiden on return to action at four without breaking sweat before looking an impressive winner of a Listed race at Goodwood last time. Second in the G.2 Ribblesdale Stakes at the Ascot on the soft last year behind Even Song if it stays wet she shouldn’t be overly inconvenienced but won’t want it too wet. Trainer Roger Varian told his website yesterday "Ajman Princess is a very talented filly who put the race to bed in fine style at Goodwood. She was second in the Ribblesdale Stakes on easy ground, but Haydock looks set to be very testing and deep conditions would be a question mark." I grabbed the 5-2 and have my fingers crossed it doesn’t chuck it down as this might be a filly on the upgrade. Bateel is feared the softer it gets.
The Group Three Betway John Of Gaunt Stakes at 4.05 sees some well known ones lining up with points to prove and questions to answer. The most reliable looks to be Breton Rock available at 3’s with Hills friday evening. Being able to get his toe in will be seen as a bonus and even though he has the penalty to shoulder the seven-year-old is the one for me.