The weekend is here and despite the current run of bad luck – more seconds than a charity shop – I am getting involved in three heats across the weekend in the hope of recouping some of the recent loses.
Best Of Days clearly didn’t stay 1m4f in the G.2 King Edward VII Stakes at Ascot and is looking to get back to wining ways over a likely more suitable 1m2f in the Listed bet365 Stakes at Newbury on Saturday due off at 2.25. The Godolphin owned colt, trained by Hugo Palmer, won the G.2 Royal Lodge at two and should be capable of winning a race such as this easily if as good as I think he might be, especially with the three-year-old weight for age advantage he has against all his rivals. Palmer said earlier this week "It was a very big ask at Ascot and he was slowly away from a bad draw in a slowly-run race. It was all a bit of a mess. In the end he beat nothing but fresh air, but he was only beaten nine lengths by the winner Permian so he wasn't disgraced considering it was his first run of the year................We're coming down in grade and back in trip and I think he'll love the ground.” Grab the 9-2 with Hills.
Over at HQ they have the Listed Aphrodite Stakes due off at 2.40. The Godolphin filly Skiffle bashed her nose on the stall gate and finished lame when last in the G.2 Dahlia Stakes on her seasonal reappearance so that run can be forgotten. She was fifth in the Oaks last season and third in a decent Group Three at the Curragh and I think the Charlie Appleby trained four-year-old could take this at her best. It is a pretty open heat so you can get 8-1 which is a nice price.
Back at Newbury the Group Three Hackwood at 3.00 see’s Magical Memory back out again following his win at Haydock (tipped on here) back on the 8th. I like the Charlie Hills trained grey and this is still a level at which he should be able to win even if not at his best that saw him winning a Group Two at York last season. At a decent looking 100-30 I am on again with Hills.
A little Patent there if that’s your thing at fair prices.
De Bruyne Horse will not be lining up for the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury, due off at 3.35 as he is on the ferry to France as the colt will run in the G.2 Prix Robert Papin on Sunday. Talking on Thursday Tim Palin, racing manager for owners Middleham Park Racing, said: "He runs in the Prix Robert Papin (Maisons-Laffitte) on Sunday instead. Basically the lure of a Group Two and the race cutting up helped us decide, and he'll be more suited over five and a half furlongs." He will though do well to win as Heartache, winner of the G.2 Queen Mary Stakes at Ascot will be the short priced jolly off the back of that piece of form; she also gets a sex allowance in the 5½f feature and does not have a penalty for winning a Group 2 and looks solid. The Clive Cos inmate is available at about 8-15 if you want to have a bet. The Richard Hannon horse is available at 13-2.