There is plenty of horse racing to get involved with n Saturday if you want but I am choosing to be a little selective with just the two bets for me.
My first goes at Leicester in the Listed totepool EBF Stallions King Richard III Stakes at 2.45 over the straight seven furlongs. The straight course here is mainly downhill to halfway, then on the rise for about two furlongs until finishing on the level. Downforce and Hells Babe have only one way of running and they will be setting some pretty speedy early fractions I think which should bring stamina into play later into the race. One who likes to be held up and come late is Emmaus the four-year-old who arrives having run only three times to date and two of those runs were wins over this course and distance. First win was on 2yo debut and then when last seen in a handicap on sole start as a 3yo. He ran well in defeat in a Listed heat at two in-between those runs. Obviously goes well fresh and is also open to plenty of improvement on only fourth start; he wouldn’t need to improve much to win this. Trainer Roger Varian must surely be thinking of Group races for the colt at some point this season and this looks a good starting point for the campaign. At 3-1 early Friday, he is the pick.
They also go at Dunstall Park Wolverhampton on the Tapeta in the evening and there is one worth more than a second look in the 7.30 Contact Us At fclgf.com Handicap over 1m4f. Godolphin and Charlie Appleby have kept Hamada in training even though the four-year-old has not been seen on a track for 19 months. Back in 2016 as a 2yo, he showed some promise on debut when third over 1m in a Newmarket maiden. He filled the runner-up spot at Sandown next time over the same trip behind Atty Persse (subsequently bought by Godolphin) and got off the mark at the third time of asking over 1m2f at Pontefract in October. The 1m4f here should be fine and the fact an operation like Godolphin have stuck by him since his 2yo campaign suggests better things are expected. Grab the best price you can on Saturday morning.
Last but by no means least out in France on Sunday at Longchamp we have the Group One Prix Ganay over 1m2½f due off at 3.30 with some very well known names due to line-up, including two of my Dirty Dozen. Cracksman is the odds-on jolly, understandably, and it will be no surprise if he kicks off his four-year-old campaign with a victory. Rhododendron has also made the trip and at the prices is the one that will be carrying the Triple G cash. As a filly she gets 3lb from the boys and though obviously up against it to beat Cracksman on the known form I believe she can at least be the one to follow him home and if he is off his game the most likely to take full advantage so I have the 9-2 each-way NRNB as of Friday afternoon. Cloth Of Stars trained by Andre Fabre for Godolphin should be in the shake-up as well. This could be a decent little race to enjoy with a beverage of your choice on a lazy Sunday afternoon.