I have gone up super early for the weekend as I am having four punts and I have taken the early prices on all four as of Thursday.
Firstly I should say I have never had a bet on a Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup race, and doubt I ever will, but it is a bit of fun, promotes the game and it is always nice to see some of the best jocks in the world race-riding. Organisers do appear to have pulled off a bit of a coup with Danny Tudhope and Nanako Fujita taking part this year. Tudhope is, of course, flying this season and giving Oisin Murphy a good fight for the Jockeys Championship whilst Japanese star Fujita was the winner of this year’s Women Jockeys’ World Cup at Bro Park in Sweden. Good luck to ‘em.
Anyway to the racing I will be punting on. Haydock hosts the Group Three Rose of Lancaster Stakes and Listed Dick Hern while Newmarket has the Group Three Sweet Solera Stakes. On Sunday the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville is the race of the day.
The Listed Dick Hern Stakes at 2.30 has an open look to it but I think one is worth a punt. Ardiente won her sole start at two at Kempton before being put away for the winter, you would expect her to be better as a 3yo on breeding, Australia – Hoyam. Third on her seasonal reappearance at Newmarket 3-weeks ago, held-up she had to come very wide two out and looked to be finishing best but the leaders had flown and she was eased close home when her chance had obviously gone. At 16-1 I think she is a fair each-way punt.
Addeybb shortened noticeably for the G.3 Rose Of Lancaster Stakes at 3.05 when rain was forecast earlier in the week. Well it has arrived on Thursday evening and Friday morning and there is every chance of more Saturday; he will surely get his soft going. I grabbed a bit of 11-10 very early Thursday and will be doing a rain dance for the next 48-hours.
The G.3 Sweet Solera Stakes at HQ is due off at 3.45. Light Blush won over track and trip on her debut and was second at Sandown last time in a Listed heat behind the x3 winner Walk In Marrakesh. The winners extra experience looked to help that day as did getting the first run, Light Blush very nearly reeled her in having given her a three-length head-start. Further improvement looks guaranteed and I am on at 7-2 that was available on Thursday.
The mile Group One Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville on Sunday has been won by some good ones in recent years Alpha Centauri, Ribchester and Kingman are all on the roll of honour. King Of Comedy has been jolly for during the week, as short as 5-4, but he is going to York for the Juddmonte according to his Trainer John Gosden this week so I hope dear reader you did not get sucked in by the Bookies. Watch Me was available at 9-4 midweek and I took a bit of that about the G.1 Coronation Stakes winner.