I am all about the Parks on Saturday, Haydock Park on Merseyside and Belmont Park over in New York. Ol’ blue eyes Frank Sinatra sang of New York the city that never sleeps, where you can be top of the list, king of the hill, a number one……. whilst Gerry and the Pacemakers sung of the Ferry Cross The Mersey……….
Anyhow, I fancy horses at both meetings and the bets follow.
Best bet for the horse racing at Haydock Park
I am having just the one bet here in the UK Saturday in the Group Three 1m4f Sky Bet Lester Piggott Stakes at 3.00. Six fairly decent four-year-old fillies line-up but there is one that I think will progress this year higher up the Pattern and can begin by winning this. Time Lock has progressed with every run and only just failed to win a Listed heat at Goodwood on her seasonal reappearance last month. That will have blown away the cobwebs, with only five starts under her belt you’d expect there is more to come yet and Ryan Moore is an eye-catching booking in the saddle. I am on at 9-4 this morning. Modaara has two Polytrack wins to her name and might be anything so has to be feared whilst Mimikyu, who beat the selection in a head bobbing finish at Haydock last season, can be on the premises.
Best bets for the horse racing at Belmont Park
My first fancy goes on the Dirt over the mile for the Hill 'N' Dale Metropolitan Handicap at 10.04 our time. I have talked of the Godolphin owned Bill Mott trained Codys Wish more than once. I wanted to back him for the G.1 Churchill Downs Stakes over 7f last time, which he won as he liked, but he was odds-on and I left it alone. You can get Evens about him for this and I took that on Friday. Michael Banahan, Director of Bloodstock, Godolphin USA, said the website “Cody’s Wish has trained extremely well leading up to the Met Mile. His three breezes have all been bullet works and Bill has been very pleased with him since his comeback race in the Churchill Downs Stakes. We are very hopeful that Cody’s Wish can add the Met Mile to his roll of honour – it is a competitive and contentious field, but we feel that we have the horse to beat.”Up next is the Grade One 1m2f Resorts World Casino Manhattan Stakes at 10.54 our time; it’s Godolphin again but a British raider. Ottoman Fleet won the G.2 1m2f Fort Marcy Stakes here last month (tipped on here) and looks a good thing to make it two from two out in the States in this. He was running well in Meydan without winning earlier this year but arrives off the back of two victories having won the G.3 Earl Of Sefton at HQ before landing the Fort Macy; both over 1m1f. The extra furlong holds no fears and I think he should be more than capable of taking this. I took the 2-1 that was about on Friday. Charlie Appleby said on the Godolphin website “Ottoman Fleet has enjoyed an excellent year so far and looks to be in top form. He has been very consistent throughout his career and showed that he deserved a crack at G1 company with a good win at this course last time out. He is a proven Group-race performer and heads into this with a progressive profile.” Stable Mate Warren Point shouldn’t be far away is he settles dropping back in trip whilst the home team appears to be headed by Up To The Mark who won the G.1 Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic Stakes at Churchill Downs last time.