It has been a quiet week for
me thus far, two bets advised, both finished second! It is a fairly quiet
weekend as well as I am having just the two bets,
I’ve never been one to punt for the sake of it. It should be noted they will inspect at both Doncaster and Newbury on Saturday to assess the state of the ground so they might not run.
I have not been lying around doing nothing though and have been taking a look at the Breeders Cup, more on that next week naturally, and two ante-post punts are on.
The Group One Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes over a mile is the main event of Saturday up at Doncaster. Aidan O’Brien had an unprecedented 11 of the 12 five-day confirmations with the Andrew Balding-trained Kameko the only none Ballydoyle inmate left in. O’Brien did say earlier this week “The two horses that were being trained for it were Innisfree and Mogul, and then it’s whatever else we’ll run with them.” We are down to 5 from Ballydoyle from the 6 declared runners for the race and G.2 Champions Juvenile Stakes winner Mogul who was installed as the odds-on jolly at the start of the week is now down to 1-2. The son of Galileo was pretty impressive that day and is open to plenty of improvement yet but at the price is un-backable for me. For betting purposes, I am concentrating on Newbury.
At 2.20 they face 1m4f for the Group Three Teddington RBL Poppy Appeal Stakes (The St Simon Stakes to you and me). Mud lover Morando looks a solid punt here with the testing underfoot conditions playing to his strengths. He has to give most of them a little weight but he looked in his element at Ascot three-weeks ago winning the G.3 Cumberland Lodge Stakes in similar conditions. I am on at 5-2 with Power.
At 2.50 it’s the 7f Group Three Cancom Stakes (The Horris Hill as it is better known). Boccaccio looked one to follow winning on debut at Yarmouth over seven furlongs back in May. By Dubawi out of G.3 Fred Darling winner J Wonder he was an 850,000gns yearling purchase and is related to a number of top-class types. The going is a concern though as on breeding he probably won’t like it this soft. Kinross will be short, I took 6-5 Friday, having won by 8 lengths on debut at HQ earlier this month, travelled well and took off when asked to go about his work. His sire Kingman won on all types of going and dam Ceilidh House won on good-soft so underfoot conditions shouldn’t be a major problem.
And that is it for me for Saturday, just the two, but all being well, two winners.